A Rota prevista

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A rota que nos pretendemos voar, esta desenhada na mapa abaixa.  Um planejamento dia-a-dia é impossível já que há principalmente muitas incógnitas e condições meteorológicas diversas. Porem, cada perna do trajeto terá um destino planejado e alternativo. O percurso de cerca 15.000 km abrange todas as regiões do Brasil. A primeira etapa (“perna”) corre ao longo da costa dos estados do sul, e em seguida para o interior até a Foz do Iguaçu.  A segunda perna rumo Bonito e Campo Grande. A terceira o Pantanal e a quarta abrange a floresta amazônica. A quinta segue o poderoso rio até Belém e depois pelo interior para São Luis e pelo litoral para Fortaleza. A 6 etapa continua seguir o litoral nordeste ate a boca do rio Sao Francisco. Depois ter seguido um trecho do rio vamos desviar para Tocantins. A ultima etapa seria de Palmas para Brasília sobre o eixo central do Brasil, e de Goias para Minas Gerais. Nossa rota para Rio segue parcialmente a antiga Estrada Real.


A Brief Description of the Intended Route

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Around 15.000 km
The first leg follows the coastline of the southern states. Highlights will be the breathtaking coastal mountain range (“Serra do Mar”) and stunning canyons inland Rio Grande do Sul. We will then leave the coast and fly cross country to the spectacular Foz do Iguaçu waterfalls (said to be bigger than the Niagara falls and more beautiful than the Victoria falls) on the border with Argentina and Paraguay. 

The second leg will be from Foz do Iguacu to Campo Grande spending a good amount of time in Bonito for sight seeing. Bonito is known for its beautiful natural scenery, wild life, cristal clear waters and excellent diving possibilities. The third leg will be the Pantanal. The Pantanal is the world's largest tropical wetland. It lies mostly within the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul but extends into Mato Grosso as well as into portions of Bolivia and Paraguay, spread out over an area similar to the size of France and Spain together. We expect to see exotic wildlife and will set up camp in any place with a suitable landing strip. 

The fourth leg crossing the Amazon region is expected to be one of the most dramatic in terms of beauty, and most critical in terms of lack of landing options! We hope to meet and ask some local bush pilots for advise before flying into the danger zone. May be we should take a jungle survival course before we start on this one!

The fifth leg will be downstream the mighty river towards the Amazon delta and the cities of Belem and Sao Luis. This time less bush, but lots of mangrove and water, once again limited options for landing.  The fifth leg will extend into the North-East towards the sand dunes and finally Fortaleza.

The sixth leg will continue start continuing the north-eastern coast with a great variety of eco-systems, lovely fishing villages and entertaining cities, and then off the beaten track following the Sao Francisco river and then deviating towards the state of Tocantins.

The objective of the seventh leg  will be to fly over the central axis of Brasil passing through the capital city of Brasilia. We should finish the last leg in Rio de Janeiro via Brasilia  and locations along the Gold Trail (Estrada Real) from the state of Minas Gerais (General Mines) to the coast.  Any way, if we do bring the whole roundtrip to a good end, we have the priceless pleasure of looking back on a lifetime adventure!