About Journey America
On July 8, 2012, Filipe Masetti Leite, a Brazilian journalist based out of Toronto, embarked upon one of the most daring journeys of the 21st Century. The second-generation cowboy is riding two horses through 12 countries in North, Central and South America – a lifelong dream passed down from his father and inspired by Aime Tschiffelly’s 1925 ride from Argentina to Washington D.C. Filipe is traveling on horseback to explore, learn and engulf himself in the simplicity of a “natural way of life”. Riding through hundreds of towns and villages on his nearly 10,000 mile journey, he’ll engage with locals to hear their stories, sharing the most compelling narratives he finds. All the while you will see his personal footage updated weekly and follow his exact GPS coordinates on OutWildTV. Come along and experience Filipe’s adventures and pitfalls while he experiences the wilderness, cities and towns of the Americas on his epic journey home.
The Road to Zacatecas
Amid stone walls and church domes I dive deep into history. Fancisco Villa won his most important battle during the Mexican Revolution here. Thousands of indigenous slaves were forced to work in the mines under horrible conditions when the Spanish arrived years earlier. This was one of the most important cities in the Americas during the 16th century – producing a wealth of silver and gold.
“If someone knocks on the door in the middle of the night, don’t open the door. Last week two women were shot in the head just down the road from here for no reason… there are very bad people here,” Josefina warns my father and I before we head to bed.
“I would now like to call Filipe Masetti Leite on stage to say a few words to the people of Cuencame,” director of culture, Jaime Favelas told the large crowd gathered in the main square.