WHAT IS IT?
When a cycling tour becomes the challenge of a lifetime.
In this 516km bike ride organized by Runtheworld and Agua de Coco across Madagascar, you can get to know their projects and experience a once in a lifetime adventure.
You will travel through beautiful landscapes and you will get to know first-hand the projects that your efforts are supporting that change so many lives and you will meet those helped by them.
Put your helmet on because for each kilometer, you will earn 2€ and you will make friends for life – this is an emotional and authentic challenge that you will never forget.
Madagascar is a developing country where you can find the necessary infrastructure to have a trip with all the comforts that a western tourist expects, however not only with the hotels or meals, the travel within country is also very comfortable. For the experience to be as beautiful for our travellers as it is for Agua de Coco it is important to come with a positive and open mindset in order to be able to adapt to unforeseen situations or changes. We would also like to emphasise that the main intention in offering this trip is to raise funds for and promote the precious work of the NGO on the island.
HOW WILL THE EXPERIENCE BE?
This is Roul’ mon Coco 2018. Get on your bike, overcome your fears and help to improve the conditions of the lives of 30,000 people each year in Africa and Asia. Discover Madagascar on your own, with friends or with your colleagues and be part of a unique, human, sporting adventure.
WHAT IS A SOLIDARITY PROJECT?
29th July – 15th August 2019 and 16th September – 3rd October 2019
Departure from Europe on an 11 hour flight (approximately), arrival at the capital of Madagascar: Antananarivo. The hotel service/chauffeur will transport us from the airport to the hotel. First night in the hotel in Antananarivo.
From Antananarivo to Fianarantsoa.
Breakfast in the hotel and we arrive at the Farm school for lunch time.
First night in the Rizière, the hotel school which, each year, trains 90 young people from the region in a vulnerable situation. The centre is supported by a French association, the Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement (IECD).
Day in Fianarantsoa.
During the day, we will visit the projects and the city, and by night the group will stay in the dormitory of the farm school, composed of two large rooms with 12 bunk beds in each. Electricity available. The bathrooms and showers are basic and in the Madagascan style. The organizers will use the day to perfect the equipment/materials. Meals will be organized in the farm with the NGO team and the beneficiaries of the social hub. Your body has to start getting used to eating rice.
From Fianarantsoa to Ambalavao.
58km – 6hours 15 minutes
The first stage is not very long but it has steep inclines. Provision of raincoats for the potential rainfall at the start, very typical of the area. Refreshments will be given out before lunchtime. The group will have a picnic at the highest point of this stage, prepared beforehand by the logistics team. Upon arrival at Ambalavao, you can visit the artisan workshops of silk and paper and walk around the city’s market. To eat dinner and sleep, the group will stay in the Hotel Bougainvilliers with a great restaurant and shared rooms.
From Ambalavao to the National Park, ANJA.
12km – 1 hour
Only 12km away from Ambalavao, we find the natural reserve of Anja. It is a small, protected space but it has a great richness of flora and fauna. This stage on the bike takes approximately one hour and the visit to the park can be completed in two hours. It is a calm day to relax and enjoy the natural richness of the country. The group will stay in the Park Hotel which offers shared bedrooms with individual bathrooms and restaurant service with European food.
From the National Park, ANJA to Zazafotsy
89km – 8 hours 45 minutes
This is the hardest stage in terms of distance and slopes. However, as an incentive to carry out this stage, its important to note that there are a couple of spectacular descents where the landscape is beautiful. Refreshments will be given out every 20-25km and, at 40km from the destination, we will have a picnic. It’s just enough time to arrive at the village in the daytime and to settle in at the school of nuns: Père Luigi Ella. This is the third year running that the nuns will welcome the group and offer them the best of everything that they have. They prepare the rooms with mattresses on the floor and access to the bathroom and showers.
They also take care of preparing the dinner and breakfast, which they cook brilliantly. We can also suggest doing a film screening with the nuns and the people in the school to watch some short films with the villagers.
From Zazafotsy to Ihosy
35km – 4 hours
Short and calm stage. A breather for the group to rest and complete the stage more calmly, to take photos and there are stops in the villages to meet its people up-close. We will arrive in good time at Ihosy where we will eat lunch and dinner in the same restaurant. Delicious, homemade, Madagascan food. In the evening, the group can relax or go out and visit the market in the village. If desired, we could organize a cinema trip for the people of the village when it goes dark. The hotel where the group will sleep is called Ravaka and it offers shared bedrooms, some of which have private access bathrooms, and others don’t. The exterior bathrooms are Madagascan outhouses.
From Ihosy to Ranohira
91km – 10 hours 30 minutes
Long but moderate stage. Steep incline at the beginning with 7km of the port ascending. The group makes stops to regroup and the logistics team prepares the refreshments to keep everyone’s strength up in each stretch. At the halfway point, a picnic is planned as there is in all of the long stages. Gradually we get closer to the mountainous landscape of Isalo Park, where we arrive with enough time to visit the historic museum in the park. In Ranohira there is a great variety of hotels and restaurants as it is a touristic area.
From Ranohira to Antsohamadiro
66km – 8 hours 30 minutes
Moderate stage with a couple of steep inclines. The refreshments start to be more constant due to the accumulated fatigue of the group. The climate also changes and the sun gives off a lot more heat. The route goes all the way through the largest area of mining exploitation in Madagascar and the group stops to visit one of the closest mines or one of the rivers where the people work and that is easy to access by bike. Lunch is a picnic halfway along the route and dinner will be organized by the school with the people of the NGO. The accommodation is in the classes of the same school with some bunkbeds and mattresses on the floor. The bathrooms are Madagascan and there is electricity and water.
Day in Antsohamadiro in the school of the Zafiros.
Excursion with the local people and those from the NGO mines. Explanation of the situation of the region and getting to know the towns with the most mining activity in the area. Activities with the beneficiaries of the school: sporting activities, entertainment, reading and the possibility of screening a film in the evening. The accommodation will be the same and the food will be organized by the logistics team of the school. Madagascan food due to the few available resources in the area.
From Antsohamadiro to Andranovory
104km – 6 hours
Long stage in terms of kilometers but mostly flat. There is just one uphill upon crossing the National Park of Zombitse, but afterwards it is all flat. Semi-desert landscape and almost uninhabited. We get close to one of the mining towns situated next to the path to get to know first-hand their way of life.
On arrival at Andranovory, we will try to organize a film for the villagers. We will eat in the same hostel because the food is delicious.
From Andranovory to Tulear
69km – 4 hours
Last stage on the bike. Light stage. Here we can start to smell the sea and your legs pedal almost automatically because the path is downhill and because you are reaching the end of the event. The heat intensifies so the refreshments will be more frequent in order to arrive in Tulear with your best smile. Several stops are planned to get to know the local craftmanship. The eating times will be extended to have the picnic on “la table”, a touristic spot not far from the entrance to the city. On arrival at Tulear, the groups of beneficiaries will be waiting for us with a warm welcome at the doors of the NGO. The afternoon will be spent relaxing and settling in to the hotel and in the evening, we will meet with the children of the social home before going out for dinner. The restaurants in Tulear have a great variety of European and Madagascan food.
Day in Tulear and departure to Mangily
In the morning, we will visit the projects in Tulear and in the afternoon we will depart for Mangily on the bus. The path is very flat and the views are beautiful, especially when we reach the view of the sea from the road. Visit to an area of mangrove reforestation protected by the NGO and arrival in the afternoon at the Hotel Solidaire Mangily with time to swim in the pool before trying the culinary delights of its restaurant. The bungalows in the Hotel can be doubles or family rooms and they are all fully air-conditioned.
Two days in Mangily.
Visit to the farm school of the environmental projects of the NGO.
Free day and/or participation in the NGO projects. Nights and dinners spent in
the hotel in Mangily.
From Mangily, Tulear to Antananarivo.
Breakfast and rest in the morning (beach, pool…).
Internal flight from Tulear to Antananarivo and travel to the hotel.
Day in Antananarivo. Whole day in the capital. Possibility of guided visit through the city or free day: shopping, market visits, etc. Breakfast and visit to Antananarivo.
From Antananarivo back home. In the morning, visit the crafts market and in the evening it is already time to take the plane home to your country.
Arrival in Europe 🙁 🙂
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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Travel package from €749 (groups of min. 10 people)
YOUR FUNDRAISING FOR AGUA DE COCO:
2€ = 1 km – Objective 1032€
Agua de Coco receives economic benefits upon the organization of your visit through your donations. Without even meeting you in person, you are and will be the best ambassador to all of the island’s programs.
AFTER YOUR HARD WORK, A WELL-DESERVED REST
At the end of your journey, you will enjoy Mangily and the Hotel Solidaire. From your arrival to your departure from the island, we will accompany you so that your experience is unforgettable. The pack includes ground transport, insurance, support car, bicycles, activities in relation to the projects, accommodation with breakfast (dormitories or double bedrooms shared with another traveller) and the guide. You will be able to add other activities to your stay such as diving, whale watching etc…
All ground transport within the country
All activities organized with the NGO
Health and cancellation insurance (Obligatory)
Hiring of bikes (Route suitable for road bikes, you can bring your own)
Flights (internal and international – around 1000-1750 euros)
Visa (In the arrival airport, roughly 35 euros)
Vaccines and medication against Malaria
Food and extra activities
Donation to Agua de Coco is an additional payment and is tax deductible.
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