A Bicycle Tour From Patagonia To Peru — Remote Encounters

For the next 6 months, Pia and Jimmy will be cycling across South America with nothing but camping gear, cameras and a basic grasp of Spanish. Can they go the distance? Will their language skills improve along the way? Follow their video journey here — a new episode every month.
October 12, 2016

My boyfriend Jimmy and I love traveling by bicycle. In 2012 he made a series of films while cycling from Germany to Japan, and this year we’re taking the project to another continent: South America. We’ll be cycling through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru, documenting the entire journey and meeting lots of locals along the way.

We’ve spent the last year learning basic Spanish, and gathering everything we need to make films on the road in the middle of nowhere: bicycles, spare bike parts and tools, camping gear, camera equipment and laptop, first aid kit, cooking stuff, navigation tools, warm clothes… and now we’re finally ready to hit the road.

Do we have what it takes to endure a 5,000 kilometer bike trek across four countries (not to mention the Andes Mountains)? Will we get by with beginner’s Spanish in the remotest corners of South America? I guess we’ll find out! Check back over the next six months for new videos as we cycle through some of South America’s most spectacular landscapes and meet the people who call these places home.

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Pia Leong
Born in tropical north Queensland, Australia, Pia is a theatre designer who somehow found herself traveling the world on a bicycle and living in a tent. "Remote Encounters" documents her courageous attempts to communicate in the local language on her travels.
Born in tropical north Queensland, Australia, Pia is a theatre designer who somehow found herself traveling the world on a bicycle and living in a tent. "Remote Encounters" documents her courageous attempts to communicate in the local language on her travels.

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