Design the fastest route criss-crossing South America. As a team you must be the first to decipher and visit all 7 secret locations and arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina.

Links to great websites that will help you while preparing for the race are available at the bottom of this page!









Race Across South America



Objective:
To be the first team to visit all required stops and arrive at the final destination, without being disqualified.




Background:




You and your partner are entering as a team competing in the world-famous Race Across South America.  A large and wealthy company willing to pay all of your expenses sponsors your team.  The company is putting a lot of pressure on you both to win so they can advertise to the world.  You want to win for the fame and to get your names on the coveted RASA plaque in Señor Bassett’s room!
    The race starts at Caracas, Venezuela (northern part of the continent) and ends at Ushuaia, Argentina (the southernmost city of the entire world!)  All teams entering the race are required to fill out the necessary paperwork before leaving, so be sure that your paperwork is in order or your team may have to start after the other teams!





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You and your partner must choose the fastest route, the best modes of transportation (although race rules limit you here), figure out the required stops (los lugares secretos/ secret locations) based on the clues given, and pack helpful equipment etc. that may give you the advantage over other, competing teams.




Rules




Start, Finish, and Visits




You must begin at Caracas, Venezuela and end at Ushuaia, Argentina.  You must spend the night (6 hours) at 7 specific, secret locations (los lugares secretos) along your route or be disqualified.  Your team will be given clues for the 7 locations so you can decide the quickest route to take.  If for any reason you mistakenly visit an incorrect location, leaving one of the required stops unvisited, your team will be disqualified.  Discussing the secret locations with other teams is left up to your discretion.  You must submit all required paperwork prior to the race.





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Modes of Transportation




You may only use the modes of transportation that are found on the “Qualified Modes of Transportation” list.  You may only use each mode of transportation once.  Repeating one or using one not found on the list will result in a disqualification!
You will specify your mode of transportation on your ‘Route Map’.  You must decide which mode of transportation will take you from and to each required stop along your journey.  For example, you may want to use a train to get from Caracas to your first stop.  If any of the required stops are located just outside of a city (it would take less than 3 hours journey to reach the stop from that city) than you may count that city as the required stop.  For example, in order to visit the Statue of Liberty you would arrive in New York City and then have to take a cab to a specific location and then a ferry to the statue etc.  However since the cab and ferry journeys would take less than 3 hours, I would accept arriving in New York City as a visit to the Statue of Liberty.  I would not count the cab or ferry as part of the Modes of Transportation used for your journey.  On the contrary, if the ferry trip to the statue took 8 hours (hypothetically), then I would not count arrival in New York City as a visit to the statue and you would need to include the ferry trip as part of the Modes of Transportation.





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Qualified Modes of Transportation



1.  Commercial Airline Flight – Only to large cities that have an international airport


2.  Charter airplane flight - Any small city is allowed (no airport, the pilot is good)


3.    Car – must follow the roads, city to city


4.    Bus – city to city


5.    Train – city to city


6.    Large, commercial Boat – port city to port city


7.    Ferry – port city to port city


8.    Canoe – on water only please


9.    Bike


10.    Horseback


11.    Hiking/Walking


12.    Helicopter – any location to any location





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You may want to figure out how fast each mode of transportation goes.  This is a race after all!




Food and Equipment




You will survive on local foods.  Your sponsor has provided you with ample funds to pay for any meals you will need.  Finding food will not be an issue.  Digesting the local foods may be.




Above and beyond clothes, money from your sponsor, daily toiletries and a backpack, your team will only be allowed to bring 5 items. Choose the five items that will best help you along your route.  I will consider your choices when looking at your route to see if the items will help with any possible difficulties along the journey.  Items normally found within a ‘kit’ may be considered as one item.  Don’t forget any documents you may need to travel from country to country.  Even though both of your team members may need a specific document, you may list those documents as one item.





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All of your equipment must be easy to carry or it may slow you down.  Make sure it can be taken on each leg of your journey.




Health




Your health is very important and the director of Race Across South America will not allow your team to start the race unless you are current on all necessary immunizations etc.  As part of the paperwork required to enter the race, you will need to show what immunizations are needed to enter each country along your route.  If you plan on spending any time in remote areas of the continent there may be additional safety and health precautions that you will need to take before your journey.





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Paperwork




The following is a list of all the paperwork that must be submitted before your team will be allowed to race.  You must have all of these documents submitted to the director (Mr. Bassett) by the given due date.




Late entries are allowed but will result in a time penalty for your team.  A penalty of 6 hours added to your race time will be added for each day your team is late with this paperwork.  Paper work must follow the guidelines given, be orderly, clean, and all writing easily legible or it will be returned to the team for corrections.  A time penalty will be given when this happens.




You must write a title for each form on the top of the paper!  Use the list below for the titles.  Maps may include hand-written information as long as it is neat and legible.  All other lists or paperwork must be typed and orderly, with the correct ‘title’ centered at the top of the page.





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1.  Countries and Capitals Map
     a.    On a map of South America, label     all the country names and their capitals


      i.    label in ink, must be spelled correctly
      ii.    Capitals should be marked with a star and located where they actually exist
      b.    Color in each country with colored pencil, no two bordering nations should be the same color


2.    Land Forms Map
     a.    Knowing these landforms may affect your travel route and/or the number of days it takes to get from one place to another
     b.    Label the following land forms, use colored pencils to draw or color each land form
          i.    Andes Mountain Range
          ii.    Amazon River Basin
          iii.    Atlantic and Pacific Ocean
          iv.    Magellan Strait
          v.    Brazilian Highlands
          vi.    Las Pampas
          vii.    Tierra del Fuego
          viii.    Draw in and label the Equator and Tropic of Capricorn


3.    Equipment List
     a.    List the five items that your team will bring with them
     b.    Be sure to include documents and paperwork needed for travel
     c.    Along with each item on your list write a short statement explaining the purpose for choosing it.


4.    Map of Secret Locations
     a.    Correctly identify the 7 secret locations and mark them on this map
     b.    Please also mark Caracas, Venezuela (start point) and Ushuaia (finish line)
     c.   You may want to make copies of this map so you can use them for the next map


5.    Route Map
     a.    You may use a copy of your Map of Secret Locations and then draw in your route.

          i.    Make a couple of copies just in case you make changes to your route
     b.    Draw in each leg of your journey, use a ruler
     c.    Specify what mode of transportation is being used for each leg


6.    Health Preparations
     a.    What preparations will your team members take to make sure they will stay healthy
     b.    Write a paragraph explaining the specific actions your team members will do in order to stay healthy
     c.    If needed make a list of immunizations and/or preventative medicines you will take


7.    Team name and logo
     a.    Come up with a team name and logo
     b.    The logo should be colorful and include your team name





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Los Lugares Secretos
(Secret Locations)




Use the following clues to decipher the seven secret locations that you must visit during the race.




If your team is unable to figure out one of the clues, you may petition the director of Race Across South America (Cade) for an extra clue.  Each extra clue will cost your team a penalty of 4 hours journey added on to your total time at the end of the race.  Never share extra clues with any other teams.  You will want them to petition themselves and therefore receive the same penalty on time.




The director is not permitted to reveal the secret locations at any time.  Your team is expected to rely on your own research and trust in your own conclusions.  Discussing the identity of Los Lugares Secretos with other team members is left up to your discretion.  Remember that you are competing, and discussing these locations may give them helpful information.





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Pistas (Clues)


1.            Primer Lugar


o   Higher than any other one of these in the world


o   Heavenly waters


2.            Segundo Lugar


o   2,000 year old animals and birds


o   Gigantic geometry


3.            Tercero Lugar


o   Hitching post of the sun


o   Touching heaven


4.            Cuarto Lugar


o   Large body of water


o   Home to an ancient tribe still living on floating, man-made islands


5.            Quinto Lugar


o   One of the world’s most isolated yet inhabited places on earth


o   big heads, Big Heads, BIG HEADS


6.            Sexto Lugar


o   “Poor Niagara” said Eleanor Roosevelt


7.            Séptimo Lugar


o   ‘discovered’ in 1972


o   1,200 steps lead up to it


o   September 15, 2003 kidnapping



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