Updates from the 2013 Junket are coming thick and fast. Aside from a lot of chicken, the teams have enjoyed giant insects, guinea-pigs, alpacas and lions
Cool Earth has now seen off the 2013 Ralliers, Derbyists and September Runners with the Junketeers in hot pursuit. With the epic amount of world saving this entails, we wanted to tell you more about the rainforest that every Adventurist is saving.
So why Peru?
Peru is the third largest rainforest nation on the planet. It is also one of only four across South America that is at the pre-transition phase in terms of forest change. Peru still has more than 50% forest cover and its rate of forest loss is still only between 0% and 0.25% each year. (Brazil is already passed this point). This means that Peru is the Amazonian country that Cool Earth can make the biggest difference in.
Where are you helping?
This year the Adventurists are supporting our Ashaninka Project in the Rio Ené Valley of central Peru. The Ashaninka are our indigenous partners in our mission to halt rainforest destruction. Ten years ago these villages lived 200 miles from the arc of deforestation. Today the loggers are on their doorstep.
We started working with the village of Cutivireni in 2008 after loggers offered them cash for their valuable hardwood trees. Today, we are partnering with fourteen of their neighbouring villages. These villages are the only ones in the valley to have no loggers and zero destruction.
Get your bearings for the villages you are helping save below
Every Adventurist is now working alongside these villages to halt rainforest logging. Without this support, these villages would have little option but to accept a logging offer. This ‘selective logging' is the key deforestation threat in Peru and starts the incremental process towards clear cutting.
By building better incomes, better schools and better clinics, Cool Earth helps to empower these villages to take control of their forest and nip deforestation in the bud.
With the Adventurists behind the Ashaninka project, millions of acres of forest are being made inaccessible to loggers. Great work Adventurists. We salute you.
They say getting to the start line is half the battle. For some of the teams it was more than that. 2 lost passports, 1 lost driving licence and a few lost souls, and this is even before the launch..
The 2013 Mototaxi Junket has burst forth from the Andean hilltop town of Urubamba like a cartoon volcano; an eruption of colour, noise, smoke and no small amount of foul language.
The nice chaps at JVC gave us a bunch of Adixxion action cameras to give to a bunch of Rally teams to shoot their escapades
This is a Mongol Rally Tale of Adventure from team The Drama of Llama; who tell how losing your car in Russia is no excuse to not properly finish the Mongol Rally.
We like to give teams awards at the Adventurists and today we launch a brand new one; the 'Finishing-Far-Too-Soon' award which goes to the September 2013 Rickshaw Run team "Pervs"
Don't watch the relentless generic gibberish pumped out by every TV station on the planet. Watch this instead
Mobs, Bandits and endless breakdowns are just a few things this year's teams have faces in the September Rickshaw run, check out what else they've been up to here
Chief of our official charity Cool Earth Matthew has got his felt tip pens out to express his gratitude to the riders and supporters of the Mongol Derby for the great work that their fund-raising has done.