In the run-up to its bitterest election in decades, the Guardian retraced Lula’s historic road trip to hear the voices of 147m voters

Twenty-five years ago, one of the titans of contemporary Latin American politics set off on a gruelling 2,600-mile bus journey across Brazil to take the pulse of the region’s biggest democracy and hear the voices of its forgotten masses.

“I’ll have a mouth like a cricket and ears like an elephant,” future president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva vowed as he began a 20-day listening tour later dubbed “The Journey to the Heart of Brazil”.

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