This is the story of the Legends of Adventure that are 2013 Mongol Rally team Tempranillo. Unfortunately they don't speak English and we don't speak Spanish so we don't really know what they're saying...
Why do people get Mongol Rally tattoos? For one they're better than dolphins or Celtic Knots aren't they?
These are the first ever photos from China and Pakistan on the Mongol Rally. And my word are they fucking brilliant, and if you like these wait until you see their film
The 2013 Mototaxi Junket has just reached its shuddering climax. Field report brought to you by Mr Duncan.
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.