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ISSUE:  058
DATE:  February 04, 2002
TITLE:  Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Amazon - Jungle Trip Preparation
TIP:  Jungle trip preparation.
LOCATION:  Iquitos, Peru

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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Amazon - Jungle Trip Preparation
Issue 58 - Hobotraveler.com - February 4, 2002
A Hobo trip around the world. Year 4
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HOBOTRAVELER.COM WEBPAGE UPDATE
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Please look at the GO THIS WAY section in this
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~   HOBO STEW (A Dish of Meat and Vegetables)
~   Hoboguide.com GO THIS WAY!

~   TODAY’S TIP - Jungle Trip Preparation
~   TODAY’S TIP FROM THE - “Peanut Gallery”
~   HOBO QUESTIONS FOR READERS

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~   HOBO STEW (A Dish of Meat and Vegetables)

WHERE IS TARZAN?

I guess Tarzan is in Africa and not South America.
But when I think of the Jungle. I think of Tarzan,
Jane, and Cheetah the monkey. I watched all
those Johnny Weissmuller movies when I was younger.

As always I have a lot on my mind, and lots of time
to think about it.

My mind is like a bad neighborhood.
You do not want to enter it alone... hehehe
(That was a JOKE for those of you that speak a different language.
Jokes just do not make much sense in a different language)

I will leave for the Jungle Wednesday. For a few days.
Just winging it, more or less, or mas o menos.
I will get in a boat at night and 10 hour later get off
at an oxbow in the river called “Capitan Clavero”.
There is suppose to be Manatees and Pink Dolphins.

BORA BORA TRIBE

Tuesday or today. I am going to see the topless women.
I hear it is extremely tourist orientated. It is just a boat
ride away from Iquitos. In fact they start to take their tops
off upon arrival of the boats. This is just the gossip I have
heard so far. Of course photos will be posted soon.

CARNAVAL

This is the week of Carnaval here. That means the worlds
biggest water balloon fight. They are driving around in
trucks and dumping water out of windows on people.
( Throwing water balloons is a good way to meet girls )
Probably a good time to go on Jungle Safari.


HOBO HOSTEL

I have been toying with the idea of a Hobo Hostel and
maybe I will start one in Iquitos. Who knows
if it will happen or not? This is Peru and things move extremely
slow. I will only do it if I can guarantee it will be successful,
but more importantly fun. My perfect hostel has to be fun
and a place to learn how to travel in the area. Lots of you probably
have your favorite hostels. I think the most fun one I know in the
world so far is the “ESPANA” in Lima, Peru. Not a Hostel
as to what I WANT TO DO, but the Espana is lots of fun and is worth
going to Lima just to visit. There are people from all over the
world there, a great place for conversations and to start your
South American trip.

In my mind the ideal hostel has to have free kitchen to use
and a TV room to sit around and talk, and meet other
travelers. The price of a bed has to be one of the cheapest
in the city. That unfortunately means a dorm bed. I hate
dorm beds, but will sleep in them occasionally. A dorm can
be lots of fun if done correctly. I do not mind a dorm when
the give me a locker to put my computer in, but for some reasons
lots of hostel owners do NOT see that security is necessary.
I would always give people a locker for safety and security.
Living safe is the first priority.

Well I will not bore you now with my idea of a perfect Hostel,
But I am playing around with the idea of making one here in
Iquitos. That does NOT mean I will LIVE HERE. I would just
start it, and help the owner to market it, connect it up with
all the best hostels in the world by a good internet webpage
and try to make if fun. A hobo hostel would be low maintenance
and a your home away from home. It would be fun to have them
pop up all over the world. I dream of being able to find great place
to watch TV, trade stories with other budget travelers, and
cook my favorite meal for free in the kitchen. Even wash some
clothes. I really do not like dorm beds, and unfortunately everyone
seem to define that as a hostel. I consider that the one feature that
is least desirable. In countries like Peru you can find a room for
3 dollars a night, and a dorm bed seem a little on the silly side.
But lots of people like dorms and in reality is the cheapest type
or accommodations. I have found a lot of owners of hostels give
you ONLY the dorm bed, and NONE of the really good benefits.
(Free Kitchen, Free TV, Free laundry)
I call that GREED. (Europe)

Well, suffice to know I have been thinking
about this for about 4 years now, and hope to start one soon.
I have the ability and my newsletters and WebPages are
slowly covering the world. Plus have know lots of Hostel owners.

Lots of you think that I live in squalor, but I do NOT.
I live very nice. I just do not pay much, and I get a great value.
But if it means living in a tent, or a hammock to afford going
to the places. I do what is needed. A bum wants a free handout
a hobo wonders to next city to find work.

Another website had decide to publish some of these
stories out of my newsletters. So I wish to thank them.
They have been writing me, and telling me their intentions
and seem like good people X OK. ALRIGHT
Take a look at their WebPages.
http://www.frugalfun.com/hobosperu.html
http://www.frugalfun.com/travel.html


CUZCO BY WATER

I have been thinking and planning another trip to Cuzco.
I would like to first go to Pucallpa by water. This is easy.
But the river does not stop there. It keeps going toward
Cuzco. But the further you go UP stream the faster
the water goes. All rivers go up hill. And as you go
toward Cuzco, you definitely go up hill. Or more correctly
up the mountains. So boat transportation becomes
more difficult and may change with the seasons and water
levels.

I met a guy from Brazil, that had some bad luck and told
me just came that way, or got off the boat after traveling
downriver from Cuzco to Iquitos, Peru. He was very interesting.
I met him in the Plaza de Armas when he ask me for money
to use a telephone.

I have discovered that the traveling street venders and other
wondering hobos can give me great advice. He gave
me some information while on the park bench.

There is a piece of this trip that must be done by truck,
bus, or hitchhiking. If anyone knows anything more about
this trip, please reply to this email and tell me any help
you would have, or could recommend. Here are my notes
so far, but who knows if they are correct.

NOTES: Stops needed, and prices for boats as given
to me in the Plaza de Armas by a hobo.

PLANNING TRIP FROM CUZCO
Pucallpa to Atalaya 10 soles
Atalaya to Iyochota 100 soles
Iyochota to Kitena 10 soles
Kitena to Cuzco 20 soles by truck


MY MOM ON LICE

I believe that most of these “UNDER-DEVELOPED” countries
are living just like the “Developed” countries were 40-50 years ago.
Here was my mothers comment.

“I can remember when your Aunts kids had head lice
and your great grandma and my Mother would wash their
heads in kerosene and comb and comb to get the nits out.”

Life is fun and exciting in Peru. All the countries have about
the same life. I would say that:

“Iquitos Peru is the...
Amsterdam of South America”

La Vida Buena
Beso y Abrazos

Andy the hobo

Maybe it will help you to...
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

X     Hobotraveler.com was HERE!

Life is good.
The Hobotraveler.com

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Article written by Andy the Hobotraveler.com
On year 4 of Hobo trip around the world.
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HOBO TRAVEL SIGNS

A Hobo of old traveled from town to town searching for work.
They lived their lives in a meager and subsistence manner.
Working day to day for their next meal or for a friend
to help them find the way. In this time period in the
United States that were numerous Hobos wondering from
place to place, looking for their next job, a meal, or a friendly face.

The normal form of transportation was the train. A freight car
that they would jump onto illegally and move to the next town.

SIGNS

Communication between Hobos evolved. A simple system of
marking on walls, doorways, railroad cars, fences, or anything
convenient. Using a piece of chalk or a chunk of coal from the
freight car they had just jumped out of they would
tell the other travelers advice.

This newsletter is full of tips or guidance on how to be a budget
traveler. Nobody wants to live in total squalor, but like a hobo
we must live within our means, and the money available. Adjusting
our life styles accordingly. This newsletter give simple guidance
and help you make do with what is available anywhere in the world.

The hobos made their mark   X
and communicated with other hobos through code information
or warnings to other travelers.


This section of my newsletter is called
GO THIS WAY!

I have named this after a hobo sign. Normally when a person
says to GO THIS WAY they are trying to say the path is good.
In this section I recommend a trip, or place that is beautiful.
Pointing you to the best places to visit. Ergo.... GO THIS WAY

Here is a example:
http://www.hobotraveler.com/hobo.php


OK or ALRIGHT
I say at the end of each section of my newsletter;

X     Hobotraveler.com was HERE!

This   X   comes from two place for me.

1. The X   in Hobo signs mean the place is OK or ALRIGHT.
And alright means that “ALL is RIGHT”, or
“Life is Good”

2. The second part of it is my desire to say we was there.
A hobo traveler was there. I have found in my travels that the
hobos find the beautiful places first. I remember hearing about
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico as a great backpacker place.
but when I got there I was too late. The tourist had already found it.
Pipa, Brazil is like this. The backpacker have found it, the tourist are
following.

OK, but that is just part of it. In the WW II solders tired and
frazzled would walk into buildings and find a sign

KILROY WAS HERE

Click to look:
http://www.kilroywashere.org/

Good Explanations of why?
http://www.ohiohistory.org/etcetera/exhibits/kilroy/
http://www.quinion.com/words/qa/qa-kil1.htm


WHY I HAVE THE STEW SECTION?

HOBO STEW (A Dish of Meat and Vegetables)

A HOBO STEW is simple. A combination of anything they
had available thrown into the pot.
My first section of my newsletter is named this. It is
so that I can just say anything I want. Just anything thrown
in good and bad.


FUN HOBO SIGNS

I enjoy life, and this letter is fun for me. Not a task where
I have to report to the office, but just me rambling around my mind
and me wondering around the world, and telling about anything
that cross my mind. I do not try to be too organized. Mostly
just writing about the ideas in my head that day.

So I am slowly, slowly evolving with my newsletter and my WebPages.
You will slow see some more of the hobo signs on my WebPages.
They are perfect. They can help you to navigated around the site
and the world.

If you are out on the road. Traipsing from city to city or country to
country give the world a sign.

X   A Hobo Traveler was here.

Let us know that your place is OK, or ALRIGHT.

Here are links to a whole bunch of hobo signs.
Have fun, and life is good.

http://www.slackaction.com/signroll.htm
http://www.worldpath.net/~minstrel/hobosign.htm
http://www.musespace.com/notes/alternative/hobosigns.html
http://www.angelfire.com/folk/famoustramp/signs.html
http://home.surewest.net/rlplionel/hobomarkings.html


Maybe it will help you to...
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

X     Hobotraveler.com was HERE!

Life is good.
The Hobotraveler.com

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Article written by Andy the Hobotraveler.com
On year 4 of Hobo trip around the world.
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~ TODAY’S TRAVEL TIPS

JUNGLE TRIP PREPARATION

How I prepared to go the Jungle?
Learning about how to make a journey is as much fun
as the trip. I have enjoyed researching about mosquitoes
and how to purify water. The location of my expedition
and how I got there is another whole story.
All of the thing I have on the list were purchased
locally and over the counter.

I started a checklist about a two weeks ago, then
proceed to drive my friend my Mike crazy asking
questions. I would write down new things as I discovered
them, or people recommended.

I will not have a guide with me from the start, but have
decided to find a local person from the town that I going
to stage my trip from. I feel that the closer the person lives
to the area the better they would know of the dangers and local
land, and water conditions.
It would be nice to have biologist with me.

I suppose the 6 most important things
1. Protection from Mosquitoes and Animals.
2. Map
3. Water
4. DO YOUR RESEARCH !
5. Protection from rain and sun.
6. Arrange your transportation.

I have been traveling for 4 years and know how to guide
myself. I still need the advice to learn of local
dangers. I speak good Spanish so it is simpler.


MY CHECKLIST AND WHY?

Boat Ticket
HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO GET THERE

Guide
THE AMAZON JUNGLE HAS DANGEROUS SNAKES

Lighter or matches
TO LIGHT CANDLES FOR LIGHT OR TO COOK

Candles
THERE IS NO ELECTRICITY IN THE JUNGLE

Flashlights
YOU NEED TWO WAYS TO SEE IN THE DARK

Toilet Paper
BETTER THAN LEAVES

Small Knife
FOOD PREPARATION

Map
NEED TO KNOW THE PATH AND GUIDES GET LOST

Mosquitoes Repellant
MALARIA AND DENGUE ARE CARRIED BY MOSQUITOES

Long Pants
TO KEEP THE MOSQUITOES AND SNAKES OUT... etc.
AVOID GETTING SCRATCHED AND SKIN RASHES

Hammock and Ropes
TO GET OFF THE GROUND.
HAMMOCKS DO NOT COME WITH ROPES

Hammock Mosquito Net
I HAD TO HAVE THIS MADE TO STOP MOSQUITOES        
But also “Sancudos” or “No See Ems”

Plastic for Ground Cover
THE GROUND IS WET ALONG THE RIVER

Drinking Water
I HAVE TO CARRY TWO ONE LITER BOTTLES
AND GET PURIFICATION DROPS. ( Iodine or Micropur )

Sheet Plastic for Tent
I CANNOT BUY A TENT HERE CHEAP SO I WILL USE PLASTIC

Tent
IF I HAD ONE, I WOULD USE IT.... hehehe
Mosquitoes...

Bed Sheet
A COVER FOR WARMTH

Machete
TO CUT DOWN BRANCHES AND KILL SNAKES

Money
NOTHING IS FREE

Camera
SOMETHING TO LOSE OR BREAK IN THE JUNGLE

Compass
TO POINT ME TOWARDS HOME AND CHECK ON MY GUIDE

Sunblock
KEEP MY NOSE OK

Plastic Bags and one Plastic Coffee Jar.
TO KEEP MY CAMERA INSIDE... etc

Backpack
a.k.a. RUCKSACK, OR SMALL FRONT PACK
TO CARRY ALL THIS CRAP

Small Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol
TO CLEAN MY FACE AND ARMPITS
WORKS LIKE A “WET WIPE”

Rubber Boots
TO STAY DRY AND GIVE SNAKES SOMETHING TO BITE

Shoes
BECAUSE I DO NOT LIKE WALKING IN BOOTS ALL THE TIME

Food
NO STREET STANDS OUT IN THE WOODS
I could bring a lots of cooking supplies. I am not going to
on this trip, and just carry some packaged food.
I could lose a few pounds anyway and this is a great way to
diet.

Wash Rag
TO WASH MY FACE, OR USE FOR HOT PAD TO COOK.

Rain Poncho
TO MAKE SURE I SWEAT A LOT, AND STAY DRY

Book to Read
SO I DO NOT GET BORED

Bandana
TO KEEP THE HAIR OUT MY EYES
UNTIL MY PONY TAIL GETS LONGER

Long Sleeve Shirt
TO KEEP MOSQUITOES OFF ME, MUST BE LOOSE

Shampoo
TO WASH MY HAIR AND MY BODY

Toothbrush
SO PEOPLE WILL TALK TO ME

Rice for Camera
KEEP CAMERA DRY
I am going to put my camera in a plastic coffee jar
with some rice. Moisture is the worst thing for electronic
devices.

Batteries
EXTRA FOR FLASHLIGHT AND CAMERA
Note: I use the same size for both. Plus I have a recharger.

Clothes Line Cord
SERVES AS ROPE, AND TO PUT MY PLASTIC
TENT UP, AND KEEPS STUFF OFF THE GROUND
TIE THING UP.

No See Em ( Sancudos )
THIS IS A VERY SMALL BUG... INVISIBLE
I am thinking about buying a sheet of mosquito cloth
to cover my head.

Friend
WHERE IS SHAKIRA WHEN I NEED HER?
( Girl Singer from Baranquilla, Colombia. )

Place to Store Big Backpack
I HAVE TO LEAVE MY MAIN BAG BEHIND.
THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.
Be very careful in this choice. The back room of
a friend is not good. Find a place to put under lock
and key.

Copy of Passport
SMALL TOWNS HAVE POLICE THAT LIKE TO
DEMONSTRATE THEIR POWER

This is my list of things I would recommend for the Jungle.
I did not talk that much about clothes or food, because these
are personal choices. A guide should tell you what you
need to bring, and what is dangerous. If your guide does
not instruct you in safety procedures and what is necessary
and why... then you are just traveling with a local, not a guide.

A guide is for safety, help for supplies, and to teach you the about
the area.

But first is
SAFETY.

Andy
Hobotraveler.com was here.    X

Hobo’s mark your locations so we remember.
Have fun! Life is Good!

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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Article written by Andy the Hobotraveler.com
On year 4 of Hobo trip around the world.
Budget Travel, Jobs, and Adventure, etc
Subscribe to Free Newsletter at:
Hobotraveler.com
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TODAY’S TIP FROM THE “Peanut Gallery” Fun tips
Here's a little tip from me, to you, as an experienced traveler.

The higher the high heeled shoes...
The brighter the colors of their clothes...
The bigger the trouble...

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