Calling them wheelchair-bound sounds misleading. Polish friends and adventurers Maciej Kamiński and Michał Woroch definitely aren't stuck.
The duo photographed far-flung locales, road-tripped around Europe and ditched wheels altogether to reach remote communities on horseback. Next week they're flying to South America to begin a new journey from one end of the continent to the other.
Kamiński and Woroch, both in their early 30s, made a strong pitch to the jury of the annual Kolosy travel and exploration awards. They won the 2015 Andrzej Zawada Award, named after the famed Polish mountaineer, given to recipients under age 35 who present the most extraordinary expedition proposal. It also comes with a grant that will support their South America expedition this month.
Polish kayaker Piotr Chmielinski served on the jury and recounted on Pythom how Kamiński and Woroch transformed him and the other jury members from skeptics to enthusiasts for the South America idea in the short five minutes they had to share their idea.
The plan really is wild. On November 9 they will fly from Poland to Buenos Aires and then pick up a 1996 Land Rover that has been converted so it can be driven entirely by hand. The vehicle also has lifts so they can get into the driver's seat and to the rooftop, which doubles as a tent platform.
After making their way to Cape Horn, they will drive along the Pacific coast all the way to the Peruvian Amazon, where they plan to visit local shamans. Depending on how they're feeling, the two might continue to Costa Rica and up into the United States. Chmielinski reported that they got U.S. tourist visas just in case.
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