This story is about a brave adventure traveller
from Poland who’s plan consisted of hitchhiking from South Patagonia to Fairbanks, Alaska. Long story short: he made it within less than a year!!! Find out what he thinks about Colombia and Venezuela, why he would come back and what crazy travel mode he picked for his next trip to the Americas.
Maciek’s story was truely fascinating when he asked me to host him during my first stay in Quito, Ecuador in Spring 2013. I wanted to learn more about his plans and former hitchhiking experiences. So I invited him to stay a few days at my apartment. This is his message to me after he came back to Poland:
I was given rides by so many drivers,
“various people in their various vehicles”
So I had rides in ordinary cars, trucks, trailers, porsches, motorcycles, even a German Mennonite horse carriage, by people who had been born on 6 continents. That was so rewarding because I learned so many things. I remember talking with you about Latin America and I was saying that it’s a kind of uniform area.
“I was so wrong!”
It just seems to me that the only obvious thing that those cultures have in common is the Spanish language which varies a lot from country to country anyway.
So. I visited Columbia and Venezuela and these are countries you should definitely visit, while you’re there. Colombia is the most varied, Venezuela is the most ultimate. In both the most beautiful girls of the world, I would say in Venezuela a bit prettier and fakier.
The variety of landscape in Columbia is epic, they’ve got eveyrthing there, literally everything you could imagine, the most beautiful piece of land in the Earth, and the spirit of Colombian people is very vibrant.
“In Venezuela, everything is on the edge.”
Prices are totally low, the spread between oficial dollar market and the black market one is enormous, the crime is everwyhere, cars are imported from american movies from 70s, you can smell gasoline virtually everywhere and every second girl is like a miss of the world. I’ll be back there.
My next travel will be down the Amazon river on the boat from Iquitos, Peru to the Ocean and then to explore Guyanas and the north of South America.