Our biggest problem about being trapped in São Paulo was, that we were running out of time. The longer we had to stay in São Paulo the less time we would have to explores the things on our map for Brazil. It was time to prioritize. We had already faced, that Brazil is a big country, in fact it is the fifth biggest country in the would by area and population. Our plan was to drive to Rio de Janeiro, to tour the city for 3-4 days, from there we would drive northeast towards Cuiaba to visit the northern park of Pantanal, still having some time to see a few thing on our way. BUT since we had planned to enter Paraguay on the 21st of June, so we could be in Bolivia in the beginning of July, we were running out of time. It was almost the 1st of June!
The state of São Paulo had declared state of emergency since the hospitals were running out of oxygen and food, and what was left of gasoline, was only to supply the police and ambulances. Well, check out the right picture. I don’t think all the cars are police cars… hmm… did somebody say “corruption?”.
On the other hand we were very lucky, that we could stay at our friends house. We also spend time on updating our blog, editing picture, fixing personal things and since we couldn’t drive anywhere we walked around the neighborhood to get some exercise.
Strength training in Charles’ garage
I (Camilla) also went to a Yoga studio with Larissa, who is one of Charles’ daughters. Esben picked avocados in the garden. It is a difficult task, with such a long stick, but the harvest was quite good.
After spending 4 days in São Paulo some gas stations where starting to get gas for everybody, still the line of cars was huge. Nobody didn’t really know if the trucker strike was over, but the trucker unions had finally excepted a proposal from the president, and some truckers were starting to drive. Brazil is a big country, and after 10 days of strike it would take a few days before things got back to normal. The trucker unions had agreed to this: the government had to lower the diesel price by substitution, and keep the price stable over the next 2 months. Also the road tax for truck were lowered to the same as for cars, and truck without any cargo could drive for free on the toll roads. This agreement was set for the next 60 days, but nobody knows what will happen after the 60 days. At least we will be out of Brazil at that time.
Back on the road after spending 1 week in São Paulo
How did we change our plans? First we decided not to go to Rio de Janeiro, second we decided to drive from São Paulo to Pantanal and third no room for detours. While in São Paulo we had done a lot of research how to visit the northern Pantanal on our own. The first leg of the trip was to get to Cuiaba, where the roads to the northern Pantanal start.
This must be a clear sign, that the truckers were driving again
It feels amazing to be able to fill up gas again!