Issue 10 - Hobotraveler.com
For travelers that, DO NOT WANT TO GO HOME!
Buccaneer's, Blockade Runner's, & Adventurer's - Hobo’s
Angel Falls, Choroni, Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
Travel Tips by Andy the Hobo
I just left Choroni, Beach and I am in Ciudad Bolivar, in Venezuela.
It is the place where people arrange trips to Angel Falls. The
worlds highest waterfalls.
Choroni, or Puerto Colombia is a small fishing, and tourist town about 4 hours
south of Caracas. The beach there is one of the best I have encountered, and is
and excellent stopping point, for travelers going toward Merida. A Caribbean
one of the most beautiful bus rides I have ever taken is between Maracay, and
You climb slow on hairpin curves, where the bus has to stop, back up, and make
a second try, just to go around the curve. Often honking the horn, to let other
know we are coming. The road is narrow and difficult for 2 cars to pass.
It climbs up to the top of a mountain range, passing fast running rivers. The
aspect though is the large outcroppings of Bamboo. The road is lined with
Bamboo. I have
been traveling though a lot of countries now, and have seen Bamboo,
but this is the first time I have seen this much in one location. The ride is
worth the trip.
Puerto Colombia is small, quiet. It has a riverfront area, where they sell
jewelry, and play
bongos. It is very quiet during the week, but on the weekends lots of Caracans
come to play.
The beach is clean, and the waters calm, surrounded by small mountains in a bay.
one great spot. Large palm trees close to the beach provide shade.
Lots of people were camping on the beach, and I believe it is safe. I did not
get a chance
to find out if they have to pay, or what the deal is, but if you have a tent,
remember this option, because
I do think it is safe to camp.
I am presently in Ciudad Bolivar, after leaving the beach with my Tan only have
needed another 4 days of work on my tan. Ciudad Bolivar is transition point,
people arrange tours for Angel Falls. The worlds highest waterfalls. I am in the
finagling a exchange of a free WebPages, and pictures for a free trip. Since I
getting rich of my WebPages, and have traveling a long time, I need to watch my
I am going to try hard for this. It is not often they say the “WORLDS” .....
It is 3-4 day trip, and you have to fly by airplane to get to the staging point.
You can just
fly over it, than return, but you can also go by boat to the bottom. It is
important to know
what season, because the dry season has less water, and the waterfalls is less
spectacular. I am not quite sure, but I believe we are in a dry time. Strange
how difficult it
is to find out clear, and good information. If I ask a guide, they can very well
say it is the
wet season, because they want to sell the trip. One way or the other, though I
take the trip.
After this I go for the “Gran Sabana”, than down to Manaus Brazil to get on the
TRAVEL TIPS - Commentary
hmmm... What to pack? Will I forget something, do I need something
special? Everyone seems to have these thoughts. I can make it simple
Passport and Money... After that, all is just luxury.
In the city where you now live you can probably purchase supplies for your trip.
Remember that the rest of the world sells these items also. Of course some
special gear is hard to find. If you want to go mountain climbing, you may have
to be very careful, or going into very cold weather. But most locations sell the
types of things necessary for the locale climate, and activities, and often
than you pay in your home country.
Most travelers pack too much, than proceed to throw away things as they go.
I would recommend the other way, buy things as you go. Have the enjoyment of
finding shirts, pans, pots, etc. You get to learn the local cities, culture,
The problem in packing is not to know what to pack, but to know what is
NOT available in the countries where you go. If you have a special sickness,
or need special things, do be careful. Most major cities have almost anything.
I call these business days, or re-supply places. I often stop in the big cities
just to purchase supplies, that are hard to find. I stopped in Maracay to buy
popcorn, because they do not sell it in Choroni. I like to pop some at night
and give me something to do.
OK, to be more serious. What should you pack?
Absolute. Passport, Automatic Teller Cards, Money, Traveler Checks. 100 USA
dollars (Cash) Guidebooks.
Absolutely DO NOT PACK: Anything that is priceless, or you cannot replace.
Your grandmothers locket, the last picture taken of your mother. If they are
or you lose them, or destroy them you will be heartbroken.
Traveling is not safe, and secure, it is an adventure. If you travel long enough
things will be stolen, destroyed, broken, or just lost.
Andy the Hobo in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela May 18, 2000
QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND ANSWERS FROM READERS
Hi Andy, Really I appreciate all the information I get with your newsletter, and
practically I can say that I share your emotions with
every town you visit and every culture you meet.
I feel pretty glad to hear of People that I've met in past trips, in your last
email told us about Hans in Cartagena... really I miss all the
people I met there and I am missing my holidays to travel too... hehe.
Hmmm well I know that you know people of everywhere cause you are in contact
with foreign travelers in every hotel where you stay. I would like to know where
I could get a job out of my Country. Currently I live in Colombia (Bogotá) and
I'm working giving technical support in Computing systems. In your last email
you wrote about the chance to get a job for travelers in Norway, Danmark and
Sweden. Do you think that is possible for me to get a job there at last for 1
year? if not, do you know another chance for me in other Country?
thanks for your time.
That is a tough question. I believe the best option for you is to realize that
“technical support” with you being a “native Spanish
speaker” is of great value. I would contact some of the major webmasters, and
see about working as translator for web pages.
Colombia has some special problems about getting visas to other countries.
I am not sure if you have talked to German at the Platypus Hotel in Bogotá, but
he traveled for 15 years, and worked in all of these countries. I would give him
a call, and
talk to him. He is great. He is from Colombia.
Hopefully someone reading this, will add to the information.
Larry Heckler ask:
In traveling to Costa Rica, in order to operate my American made electric
appliances, will I need a power converter/adapter? If so, what voltage?
I traveled for 2 months in Costa Rica, I have a computer, battery chargers, and
an electric hotplate. The battery charge and the hot
plate work off 110, or the normal United States electricity.
I was able to use any 110 product in all of Costa Rica, and you do not need any
converters. I will comment though that if you go into a hostel, or hotel owned
by like a German, or European, they may have some lines, that are 220, for their
products they brought from Europe. Patrick at the Cascada Verde, in Uvita Costa
Rica had some plugs that were only 220, but he had his plus label. Ask before
you use plugs.
I was very worried about 220 in South America. Peru is only 220, and was not
sure what to do, but a friend of my pointed out that lot of laptop, can receive
both 220, and 110, and are ready to go. I looked at all of my label on the back
and found out that my batter charge for my movie camera, and for my Sony Mavica
digital camera can use either. I also can use either for my computer, so I do
not carry a converter.
I have yet to find out what happens if I plug my hot plate into 220. But I may
risk the 8 dollars I paid, to see what happens. I hope some electrically
knowledgeable person will help me on this point. I really do not want to buy
another electric hot plate. This is a very simple device.
You may consider buying the appliance in the country, it could be easier. But
like I said. Costa Rica is not a problem.
Read your guidebook, they will usually tell, or go to the library and look at a
Your Friend Andy
In case you do not remember, I am the Canadian guy you met in Huanchaco in
Peru at the end of January. The rest of S.A. was great. Right now I am back
in Toronto for a few days before I head off to Europe.
I have a question that might be of interest to all of your contacts.
Where can I get a fake ISIC card in Europe? Actually, it would be good to
know where it is possible to get one in every country. I know that there is
a place in La Paz, but I am not sure where exactly.
Thanks for the updates,
Yes I do remember you.
Hmmmm.... ISIC. I am pretty sure you are referring to the International Student
I do not have one, but have wanted the savings in couple of times. In Panama I
could have saved
over 100 dollars on an airplane ticket.
I found a website on them, but have not went there.
OK, so you want a fake one, or not so real, or you stall want to be a student. I
say that this does not exist, but it does. I have decided to pay the money, and
being 44 I am having passing for anything less than 34. But if you want a
student card, I do not think what you want is a fake one, is you want a real
There has been some places, where a travel agency will help you to get one.
The have a list of things you needs. A student card. A couple passport pictures,
or something that proves you are student. So what people were doing is going to
the website of the School, downloading some logos, and making up a fake letter.
The lax travel agents than helped to get this done.
Now of course by me saying this, it just helps the ISIC to close up the hole.
Now FAKE. I have heard that Taiwan is basically making these card as you need.
I have heard in Nicaragua you can get about anything.
A real passport can be gotten in some countries for investing in that country.
A lot of USA citizens have Costa Rican Passports, by investing 50,000 US in the
But to get FAKE in Europe, some reader probably knows.
Interesting thing about the world. I you can buy anything.
Hope I helped, Scott.
How to get on the Amazon.
I just came back from Barcelona where I had a Great time! I didn't even remember
what my occupations were in Holland before I left; now I didn't WANT to
remember. Loved it! But I read your mail and perhaps I can 'help'; there was
someone who wanted to go on a boat on the Amazone. I did this from Santarem to
Manaus (Brazil). The initial plan was to leave on a boat from Belem but the boat
was 'broken' (a few weeks later I got the newspaper article; it sunk...).
It lasted for 3 days and because of bad nights sleep in the weeks before I took
the cabin. I was the only foreigner on the boat, but because I spoke Brazilian I
had the greatest discussions and laughs with some of the co-passengers.
About the food; I got an infection (diarrhea) because of the terrible things
they put on the table. So my advise is to bring lots of fruit, water,
cookies, crackers, whatever to eat. It's amazing the trip, really beautiful, but
to sleep in a hammock...well, off course you can, especially if you don't travel
by yourself. I was alone so I didn't want to leave my things all over the deck.
I think it's always very crowded on these boats, but that's just my experience.
I hope i could be of some help and oooh yeah, if you get the infection,
ask for maistruis; it's incredible and pure natural. A kind of herb from which
they can make tea. Have a save and nice journey and...be careful in Manaus! I
heard some terrible stories and saw certain things that you don't want to
experience. But if you find yourself a good 'buddy' who knows Manaus, it
can be terrific!!! Well, Good luck and perhaps c u soon! (when you come to
Beso, Marlou (loulou). ... HOLLAND
Name: jette thomsen
Arriving to Mexico city next week. we are two backpackers. we are arriving late
in the evening and want to stay at a hotel in the
airport, - so that we do not have to search for accommodation that late. Do you
have a proposal closeby and not too expensive .
Thank you. jette.
Sorry. I am probably too late to even comment. I have been away from
the internet for a week traveling.
I stayed at the Oxford hotel, which is nice, and has Cable TV, but
I am lost on Mexico, City. I was there 5-6 times, but every time I was
lucky and stayed with friends.
The Oxford is not close to the Airport.
Please send the solutions you find.
Two e-mails ago I meant to warn you to always shake out your clothes,
shoes and hat before you dress to make certain there are no scorpions in
them. This is a good habit to develop because I have heard many horror
stories, but then maybe it's another boogi man? I've seen but not yet been
stung by scorpions, its still on my yet list of things that hasn't happened
yet? God bless and don't forget to shake rattle and roll your clothes and
boots before dressing each morning. Don't let the bed bugs bite and if the
do hit them with your shoe.
AmitNegi from Village Danda Dhrampur, Nehrugram ,Dehradu ask:
I am making a report on Eco tourism in the Garhwal Himalayas
It would be a great help if you could guide me in this project.
Has any reader got some suggestions?
DEBATES? Tell me your opinion.
Is it better to carry your money all the time. Give to hostel owner. Hide,
Is it better to carry your passport on you, or a copy when walking around a
It is safer to walk around without your passport
on you. Passports are worth $2,000.US each. Keep them
in your hotel room. When your robbed the first thing
they ask for is your passport.
Linda in Peru
FUTURE TRAVEL PLAN
I am in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, going to the “Gran Sabana”
to see these “table mountains”,
and then to Brazil to catch a ride on the Amazon River