Crossing Brazil the Hard Way


Usually a phrase like “self-powered journey across Brazil” is associated with words like “inefficient,” “difficult,” and “dangerous.” But for Aaron Cherenak and Gareth Jones, the phrase is mostly associated with the words “something we’ll be doing this September.” The pair is looking to become the first to cross Brazil north to south by foot, bike, and canoe. The endeavor is called the Brazil 9,000, with 9,000 being the length of their proposed trek in kilometers. For the non-metric, that’s 5,600 miles, or the distance between Los Angeles and Stockholm, Sweden.

While other adventurers have traversed Brazil north to south, it wasn’t until 1995 that the true northern-most point of the country was determined. Such cartographic recalculations are not unusual on a continent where borders are often covered in mountainous jungle. And their journey will begin at just such a remote, wild point along Brazil’s border with Guyana at Mount Caburaí.

Chervenak, a Royal Geographical Society fellow, and Jones, an independent filmmaker, will be supported by a small team who will also assist them in documenting the expedition. They envision the project offering an “unprecedented portrait of Brazil and the Brazilians; [we’ll be] visiting indigenous territories, deforested ranch lands, industrial ports, deserted beaches, fishing villages, pristine jungle, and huge metropolises,” according to their website.

If all goes according to plan, the two will end their trip safe and sound at Chuí on the southern border about 15 months later.

You can track their progress in real time at the website Brazil9000.com.

Below you can check out a short film from their last Brazilian adventure called “South at the 28th Spring.”

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Photo and route map via Brazil9000.com