This 1,000 kilometer stretch was chosen because it crosses a region of expanding infrastructure and surging deforestation. It will be a sort of social transect, showing a representative cros- s-section of Amazonian society, including Indigenous people, gold miners, homesteaders, land-grabbers and illegal loggers.
Along the way the cyclists will cross multiple protected areas, including indigenous territories and parks set up to protect the region’s unsurpassed natural diversity. These visits will bring up discussions of forest conservation, biodiversity protection, climate change and the rights of forest peoples.
The route was also chosen to put the adventurers in contact with city-dwellers in the settlements that have sprung up on the road. They’ll see extensive pastures that have replaced na- tural forest with little real benefit for people. Also on display will be efforts to curb deforestation without stunting the economic prospects of the region. The two-wheeled expedition will also take the travelers past places preparing for lange scale infras- tructure projects, such as Tapajós transport hub, which invol- ves ports, hydroelectric dams and railways.