On a bicycle, through "The Open Veins of Latin America"

Exploring Latin America with a camera on my hands has always been a dream of mine. 

Thanks to the amazing books written by writers such as Gabriel García MarquezPablo NerudaMario Vargas Llosa and Eduardo Galeano (whose most famous book is perhaps one of the biggest sources of inspiration for my trip) I have always been curious, and fascinated, about our variety of cultures, traditions and landscapes. 

Many other books and movies have also contributed to cultivate in my spirit this unstoppable desire to wander through Latin America and photograph some of its faces, places and stories: Walden (or life in the woods), by Henry David Thoreau; The Motorcycle Diaries - Notes on a Latin America Journey, by Ernesto Che Guevara, and Into the Wild (both the book and the movie), amongst many others.

I wanted to immerse myself in "The Open Veins of Latin America" (Eduardo Galeano), so why not doing it on a bicycle?

My traveling pace would be slower, so I would be able to be "more part" of the environment, feel it more, discover it more, learn more, share more, photograph more.

Besides, it's an environmentally friendly form of transportation, and I also wanted the physical, psychological, mental challenge. 

I wanted the adventure, the feeling of freedom. 

And traveling for me is not much about the final destination only; it's more about the journey itself.

So on a bicycle I'm off. 

Furthermore, this trip is also about manifesting myself against this consumerist society we live in; against this economic system (Capitalism) that destroys both the environment and human relations. It is about trying to truly live according to my beliefs; it's about taking a stand for what I believe in

It is about discoveries: of the worlds outside, and within myself. The story of a curious travel photojournalist looking to discover and tell stories through words and images; of a man embarking on a spiritual journey

The idea? To cycle from BogotáColombia, all the way south, to MontevideoUruguay, passing through EquadorPeruBoliviaChile and Argentina. No over-planning, no time frame. Serendipity. Surprises. Wandering. A genuine curiosity, an attentive eye, an open heart and the will to be a platform through which people can share their stories, their struggles, their dreams. 

I will be posting as often as possible, and you can follow my journey, in English, here on my blog; and in Portuguese, here at Mundo Revelado.

You can also keep updated on my Facebook FanPage, on Mundo Revelado's FanPage and on our Instagram accounts: Bernardo Salce Photography | Mundo Revelado.

This is undoubtedly the biggest adventure of my life so far, and I'm indeed a bit afraid - I'm completely aware of the risks I will be taking. However, my excitement is much bigger, as well as my curiosity and my thirst for exploration. I know I will discover a lot about Latin America - and much more about myself.

Right now, as I finalize my preparations to embark on this adventure in two days, I feel truly happy, and excited beyond words about everything that is to come.

Each day has a story that deserves to be told, because we are made of stories. I mean, scientists say that human beings are made of atoms, but a little bird told me that we are also made of stories.
— Eduardo Galeano

Join me as I cycle and photograph the Latin America I will discover - and wish me luck! :)

Bernardo Salce

Bogotá, Colombia

March 19th, 2016