Savitri Gomez is an east indian from Guyana and a trader. she buys things in caracas and trades it along the tributaries of the river. mostly to indians who come to her house which resembles a palafito itself.she is extraordinarily generous. I had called her from Miami and she had organized my trip from Barrancas to Curiapo and if she was in...more
as in any other bolivarian city of this bolivarian republic, the main plaza around which are government offices is called plaza bolivar. in the evening, it is lit, so many people including lovers come to chat...also buy beer or other goods from one of the many stores that line the streetsmore
Indalacio Lugo who lives right at the malecon facing the big river is a treasure trough of information about the region. He is proud of the fact that all his eight children are educated or being educated.. at the university level.. Two daughters are in Cuba studying medicine and the third one soon to follow!He knows the history of the place...more
If you are not in the medical profession, this might be of little interest to you. But the greatest humanitarian help in Latin America is the Medical Help offered by the Republic of Cuba to Venezuelan poor. Even in this outpost, there are four health professionals including two doctors from Cuba! A small laboratory, a eyeglass distribution centre,...more
I had met this family on my last trip to Curiapo and they were all smiles and hugs and kisses when I arrived this time, barely five months after the last one. They immediately started to prepare dinner, eventhough I had already been invited to dinner at another place. I had to rush back and tell them that i will take a raincheck on the dinner and...more
At Hotel Orquidea, the resident manager and his wife whips up something at each mealtime and if you happen to be there they ask you to join in.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Fricasse
Rice and Beans
They never asked for any money and when I checked out of the hotel, neither did Kewal include the meals in the price
From the port of Barrancas, there would be someone going to Curiapo, there are no scheduled services.
and they would take you along and it is customary to give a small tip to the driver of the boat to help him with food and lodging in barrancas. usually they are from guyana or living further down the river in guayo or bella vista or in curiapo itselfr
Once in Kalahari I made the error of saying to a san/bushman, there is nothing here.. and he said, we have everything we want here..when in curiapo, you have to understand the rhythm and for me, being an anthropologist, meeting and chatting to the locals and understand the current situation in venezuela and its friendship with cuba.. all kept me...more
When Thelma told me her last name was Anumansin, I couldnt figure out the origin of that name.. My father was from Guyana and his name was Hanuman Singh, now it figures, it has been espanolized to Anumansin!Also the immigrants are supposed to take on spanish names.. so if you see hindoo faces with names like Gomez or Vallenzuela you know why.....more
if you dont wish to be bitten.. even with all the precautions, the chances are that you will get bitten either by mosquitoes or the no seems as they are called. it takes up to a week for the wheal and the itching to go away. it is good to have cortisone cream with you to rub on it three times a day to alleviate the pain and itching.more
If you are arranging this trip by yourself, unscrupulous tour guides or travel agents or just slimy guys from Tucupita, would ask you for a 100 usd to bring you down to Curiapo.
Petrol is 2 cents usd per litre, so that argument doesnt hold water. I was offered free rides everywhere, but 30 usd or 40 usd for the ride seem fair enough. per day per person
how can you give tips on off the beaten path, from curiapo which itself is off the beaten path.
But a trip to Guayo is well recommended, it takes about two hours by boat from Curiapo.
Also recommended are trips to Guyana, when the seas are not rough and the river is not "bravo", in four hours you could reach Guyana and take the daily flight to Georgetown