We have a problem in Bolivia, but it some ways it is a wonderful problem. Through our research to date it seems that we may have difficulty finding a route from Santa Cruz (where we must visit to see our charity Birdlife International’s partner Armonia whom we are seeking to raise money for) to Guajara-Marim at the border with Brazil. The road does not appear to run through without a massive 1000km de-tour to the West. Good for the area because it means less development with which comes human pressure, bad for us as we are already seeking to run a huge distance! The waterways provide the access to these parts normally, and that’s no good for a running challenge.
There seem to be three options, but we welcome (read we are desperate for!!) advice in this area:
- Run as far North as possible viua Trinidad and try to cross East into Brazil
- Run as far North as possible and take river transport to Guajara Marim, then back track on the Rurrenbaque to Riberalta road to the same latitude. This would involve a broken route but we would make no advantage from it
- Run as far North as possible and take road transport back via Yucumo to the Rurrenbaque to Riberalta road to the same latitude. This, too, would involve a broken route but we would make no advantage from it
- Run the route via Yucumo and Riberalta. No breaks in route but a huge extra distance covered
All are weather dependent, all pose serious challenges logistically. Answers on a postcard please?!!!!