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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    The perils of Preston you didn't warn me about.

    SA is a great place and part of the world, forest and woods hold a special place in my heart.

    Was lucky to go up the umbongobongo twice but by christ the mozzies love me and basically anything bitey, i had so many i looked like one of doctor pimple poppers most challenging cases. Watch out for the Chagas.
    I took all sorts of spray with me and got fucking murdered by the mozzies....in my hotel room.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Cool pics Hal, I bet that dodgy bar is like a home from home for you
    ..
    That bar was my favourite and was part of my final day piss up tour across 3 countries; the pics of which I was starting to upload before my shit computer crashed 5 minutes ago.

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    Roll up, get pissed, fall asleep and start again. Happy days!

    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    I made it to the Amazon in 1989, but not that far up to my regret. Manaus is over 1000km inland, but even moderate sized ocean liners can get up there, and you can only just see the other side of the river. It even has a fine old opera house- from the colonial rubber plantation days. But cocaine processing was probably the biggest industry when I was there. This is the 'big Amazon'- just after the Rio Negro and Amazon merge, and the two colored river effect is quite famous.
    The boat still goes down the Amazon from Tabatinga on the Brazilian side to Manaus and takes around 4 days. We've been thinking about doing it, but there's just so much to see and do S America and it's not cheap to get around.

    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Of course where you are/were Hal (about another 800km inland at a guess) there are three countries bordering the Amazon- Bra, Col & Peru. It seems Peru gets most of the tourist numbers.
    As I was saying to Chitty above, I was just uploading pics of my final day piss up across las 3 fronteras when my crap computer crashed! The Colombian side is the most developed these days and gets most of the numbers for the Amazon but, as you say, Peru and Cuzco attract the majority of the hordes in general.

    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Piranha meat is quite delicious btw, I just had it plain grilled. No probs at all with the bigger ones, guess the smaller ones they stew. Great thread- keep it going.
    Yeah, the food was good. Lots of fish and very tasty too. I'll try again later to get more pics up. In the meantime here's a few of the "border crossing" from Colombia to Brazil.

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    About 50p to travel from Colombia to Brazil.

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    Re: the cost of travel in SA...

    Yeah, what gives? It's not labour costs. Sure corruption and crap infrastructure could be a factor, but Southeast Asia has corruption and poor infrastructure too and flying around SEA is relatively cheap.
    Pues, aquí estamos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    flying around SEA is relatively cheap.
    But inly since Tony Fernandez started Air Asia . . . plus, initially the distances were quite short; MY-TH, MY-VN, MY-IN, MY-SG etc . . . plus you have the population density . . .


    But yes, that part of SA is very enticing. I've only been to Chile, Argentina and Iguassu Falls, so I can add Brazil

    An amazing continent

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    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    Re: the cost of travel in SA...

    Yeah, what gives? It's not labour costs. Sure corruption and crap infrastructure could be a factor, but Southeast Asia has corruption and poor infrastructure too and flying around SEA is relatively cheap.
    I believe supply and demand is one thing (there are more people travelling between countries in Asia), but the main issue is the absence of low cost airlines that fly internationally and the competition they generate (there are a few routes these days but nothing like Europe or Asia). I don't know why that is, but the flag carriers dominate and keep prices at a premium.

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    ^ come on mate. Where's these hookers you went there for?

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    Great thread and photos, hal. Out of ammo, but keep the pics coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    ^ come on mate. Where's these hookers you went there for?
    I think they were in the back of this burger van.

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    Anyway, Tabatinga on the Brazilian side. We crossed over to one of the most dangerous border towns in the world...

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    ...and went to a chocolate factory.

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    Plenty of brass in these places later on, Dil.

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    There's no real border to speak of, but you know you're in Brazil 'cos the football shirts and lingo change although most people still speak Spanish as well.

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    To be fair to the chocolate place, the sweet stuff took up only the front of the shop and the rest of the place was set aside for various types of alcohol.

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    Beer 1 of the day: Brazil.

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    Next stop Peru.

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    So, off we set in a tuk tuk to the port to cross over to Peru. Football fans will recognise the face of this 1990s Colombian star on the back of the tuk tuk.

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    before a short 10 minute boat trip across the Amazon took us to the Peruvian border town of Santa Rosa.

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    A nicer little town than Tabatinga on the Brazilian side with loads of cosy little bars and restaurants.

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    Machu Picchu in the photo below. I'll be there shortly for a few days.

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    Plenty of gloryhunters about though.

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    I was in this hammock not long after it was vacated by the fella and his mate.

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    And then it was time for lunch (Peruvian food is quite good as it has a big Chinese influence).

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    Together with another beer in another country: Peru.

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    (Un)Fortunately, a tropical storm descended and I was forced to sample a few more of these in the bar with my mate keeping me entertained while the storm passed and he showered.

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    Evening was approaching and it was time to head back to Colombia for beer 3 of the day in the third different country.

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    Bizarrely, we passed this place on the Colombian side.

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    Ahead of the local elections, there was a bit of campaigning going on (it wasn't the local Fiorentina supporters club).
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    and after some grilled chicken on the way to my favourite bar

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    the objective of getting pissed in 3 different countries in one day had been achieved.

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    Wow, never thought of that goal, good one. I have been in several "states" yea, confusion, disarray, shock ect. Thanks, I'll be retooling my objectives going forward. Kinda gives me something to shoot for.

    Cheers, fishy.

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    HAl, keep em coming.

    1. You didn't get pissed in three countries? apologies but my inner pedant couldn't let that pass
    2. Did you also miss out on passaporte stanps? - one of my prized ones is one of 3 i have from Argentina but the Sgt at one of the immigration crossings took delight in stamping over the falklands is stamp and writing Islas Malvinas with a big grin - all good though

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    The final day's piss up was well deserved as I must confess to not having got stuck into the ale the previous few days. I was goosed after the trip down the Amazon and into the jungle the next day, so had instead been enjoying the local fruit juices (the variety of tropical fruit in Colombia is even better than Thailand).

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    As per above, after the day on a boat down the Amazon, we did a bit of a hike into the jungle itself with a local guide.

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    The Painu are one of the local indigenous groups, with their own language, who do a lot of the trips into the jungle and down the Amazon. The main man was keen to give us a bit of rocket fuel (for good luck) before we set off.

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    We were hoping to see a couple of sloths in the morning, but had to settle for a load of mushrooms and lots of weird looking insects instead. I'm sure you'd have a good few hours on these mushies should you be so inclined.

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    Anyone know what this is?

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    The afternoon was spent out on the lakes that make up parts of the Amazon fishing for piranhas. I wasn't too sure about the boat at first.

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    Nothing big enough to eat though, so back they went.

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    We stuck around on the lake a little bit too long, so a short run to the other side of the island wasn't quite quick enough to catch the sunset, unfortunately.

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    More local elections as we passed through villages on the way back and Fuker would definitely get my vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    HAl, keep em coming.

    1. You didn't get pissed in three countries? apologies but my inner pedant couldn't let that pass
    2. Did you also miss out on passaporte stanps? - one of my prized ones is one of 3 i have from Argentina but the Sgt at one of the immigration crossings took delight in stamping over the falklands is stamp and writing Islas Malvinas with a big grin - all good though
    1. Technically, no, but I began the job in Brazil, was tipsy by the time we left Peru and can only barely remember hitting the hay back in Colombia.

    2. Sadly, no. You only get stamped at the airports (Colombia and Brazil) and there are no controls between the three towns themselves.

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    Football fans will recognise the face of this 1990s Colombian star on the back of the tuk tuk.
    Did Pablo Escobar play football? Jeez, you'd wanna be on his team.

    Anyway, getting pissed before sundown in three countries- a mans effort. Well done.
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    The Amazon-gomes-4-jpg

    He plays for Watford
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    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
    I apologize if any offence was caused. unless it was intended.
    You people, you think I know feck nothing; I tell you: I know feck all
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    ^ So did Justin Fashanu. Would you venture into his bar?

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    ^ Nah there would be no room unless he pushed a stool in a bit further.
    Better to think inside the pub, than outside the box?
    I apologize if any offence was caused. unless it was intended.
    You people, you think I know feck nothing; I tell you: I know feck all
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    ^ & ^^ you two are going to hell.

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