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ISSUE:  010
DATE:  May 19, 2000
TITLE:  Choroni Ciudad Bolivar Venezuela
TIP:  Travel Packing:
LOCATION:  Angel Falls - Choroni - Ciudad Bolivar - Venezuela



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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 culture, and
one of the most beautiful bus rides I have ever taken is between Maracay, and Choroni.
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 vehicles
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 most interesting
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. Just
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 complete. I
needed another 4 days of work on my tan. Ciudad Bolivar is transition point, where
people arrange tours for Angel Falls. The worlds highest waterfalls. I am in the process of
finagling a exchange of a free WebPages, and pictures for a free trip. Since I am not
getting rich of my WebPages, and have traveling a long time, I need to watch my pennies.
I am going to try hard for this. It is not often they say the “WORLDS” ..... etc.

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 want to
take the trip.

After this I go for the “Gran Sabana”, than down to Manaus Brazil to get on the Amazon


TRAVEL TIPS - Commentary

Travel Packing

hmmm... What to pack? Will I forget something, do I need something
special? Everyone seems to have these thoughts. I can make it simple
for you.

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 cheaper
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, customs. etc.

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 stolen,
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.

Thank you

Andy the Hobo in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela May 18, 2000



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.

Haime Gomez


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 guidebook.

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,


Hello Scott,

Yes I do remember you.

Hmmmm.... ISIC. I am pretty sure you are referring to the International Student Identification Card.

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 can
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 one.

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.

Hi Andy,
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 Europe..)
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.

Hello 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.

Dear Andy,
    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.
Love Ya,


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.
Amit Negi

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 city.
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.

Be safe!
Linda in Peru

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



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