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Fishing Paradise Awaits in the Americas

 

Fishing for sport is very popular in the Americas. Brazilian sea bass is one of the most popular fish in Brazil, and consequently, fishermen  can earn a premium.  In Mexico also, fishing has been a part of many family traditions as a way to earn money and feed families. In the USA and Canada, fishermen have been earning a living from the sea for as long as there have been boats!

What top getaways are popular in the Americas? Over the last few years, generic once popular tourist spots have reduced in popularity and niche themed vacations like fly fishing vacations or US sportfishing expeditions have grown in vogue.

Whether it is fishing for Halibut in Alaska, Peacock Bass in Costa Rica or simply Marlin fishing in Cabo San Lucas, all have caused fishing to become a sought after holiday.

Unlike before, nowadays sportfishing enthusiasts never had it so good. Every kind of luxury is available for the tourists in relatively untouched areas like the Sea of Cortez. in the Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico or off the coast of Canada and Alaska.

The fishing equipment and tackle  are usually easily available and furnished by the boat captains  and the booming hotel industry ensures excellent accommodation. Add to this the thrill of deep sea fishing, the boat rides to the deep sea and we have a compelling travel destination.

Who are the people who would want to go to Mexico for Sportfishing?

The availability of great game fish, cheap prices and the chance of catching a record size fish, have people from all walks of life deciding to try something different from the average beach holiday.  Whether you decide to fish in fresh water or salt water, the thrill of hooking on to a 500 pound Marlin, or giant tuna, or even a rainbow trout in a fast running mountain stream, can provide excitement that will last a lifetime.

Things to look for to ensure a great vacation

fisherman fly fishing in Canada

Flyfishing in Canada

Equipment : This is key to success as far as sportfishing is concerned. Be prepared and decide whether you want to take your own fishing tackle or  rent it when you get to your destination.  Unless you plan on doing a lot of future deep sea fishing, I would suggest that you just have the boat captain provide the equipment for you.  If you are going fly fishing in a lake or river, you may want to look at buying your own equipment.  A fly fishing outfit or spinning outfit is not that expensive and can be used again and again, almost anywhere you happen to be.  I always used to carry my fly rod with me, in case I saw a likely place to stop and try my luck!

 

 

Environment : Slightly off the beaten track.
If you want to be serious about fishing, you need to choose relatively smaller destinations.  Stay away from the crowds and popular resorts.  Make sure that you have comfortable clothing and someplace that is clean, comfortable and relaxing for when you are done for the day. After all, you will probably be up before sunrise and out all day.  You want some comfort when you get back.

 

Mexican peacock bass

Another great catch

Playa de Mexico, Cabo San Lucas and Baja California  are all  top tourist destinations, for deep sea sportfishing.  The Rocky Mountains in the USA and Canada are prime freshwater fishing areas.  This is a great time to visit the Americas  for all your sportfishing needs.

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Bolivia, South America A Stunning Retreat

 Bolivia, South America

One of the National Geographics top ten “bucket list” places to visit in 2017 is Bolivia.  Here is what they had to say!

“If there’s one thing not to miss in 2017, it’s the rising tide of La Paz’s wrestling Cholitas.

“This is a movement through which Aboriginal women have taken back a once derogatory term in the name of self-empowerment, battling against gender roles, discrimination and male machismo one thespian match at a time.”

During my younger years, I finally had the opportunity to work on a project in southern Bolivia. Although I had spent previous summers camping alone while conducting fieldwork in remote areas, this was to be my first journey to South America, to a country known variously for coca growing, revolution, and the final resting place of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

La Paz, Highest Capital in the World

La Paz is nestled in a series of steep valleys that are eroded in a jagged, blasted moonscape of sun-baked volcanic rock. One of the city parks is called “Valle de la Lunas” or Valley of the Moon. The city has sprawled up the valley slopes onto the Altiplano, or high desert.

As my taxi drove from the airport over the lip of the high desert, the city was spread out below, partially obscured through a haze of heavy smog. After finding the company office, a driver took me to a hotel in the old part of the city, popular with young, dominantly British and Spanish backpackers.

Left to my own devices for several days, I taught myself the phrases and words to order breakfast and dinner, and wandered through the open-air market to practice my  Spanish skills on vendors of flashlights, jeans, and trilobite fossils.  Although I grew up in Florida, my Cuban Spanish left a lot to be desired!

I found Bolivians to be the friendliest of people, who seemed to delight in talking to a Norteamericano. At first, I felt no ill effects from climbing the steep streets in what has been described as the World’s highest-altitude capitol city. After several days, altitude sickness left me with a feeling of exhaustion and constant headache in spite of having lived in Colorado at 8500 feet and working on a project at 11,000 feet.  Altitude sickness really affects “flatlanders”!

Southern Bolivia

At last I was to depart for the exploration camp in southern Bolivia, as the pickup laden with fuel drums and survey stakes arrived to collect me. My driver, Nicco, guided the pickup through the bustling, chaotic streets of La Paz and we rolled south on a two-lane, newly paved highway toward Oruro, a hot, dusty, windblown town that represents the end of pavement.

There, the sun-baked main street was covered in a one-inch layer of dust that was excited into whirling vortexes as lines of Volvo flatbed trucks trundled through. Gray, windblown silt covered the cobblestone street, sidewalks, building facades, and withered decorative trees to produce a desolate dreamscape devoid of color.

We rolled through a featureless landscape beneath an endless expanse of blue sky and mercilessly bright sun. Thankfully, I was wearing my Panama Hat, which was actually made in Bolivia. As the daylight began to wane, the highway degenerated into a pair of deep ruts across the featureless desert, passing desolate adobe towns.

Cordillera Oriental & Salar de Uyuni Salt Flat

We forded streams of frigid meltwater from the Cordillera Oriental, often breaking a thin film of ice. Night fell and still we rolled south, now across the Salar de Uyuni salt flat. Despite the heater in the Mazda 4×4, the cold crept in.   In the ghostly play of the headlights, the shimmering white deposits of salt might have been snow drifts. Time dragged, with only the constant rumble of the tires on hardpan marking a cadence in the darkness that surrounded the small, heated compartment of the pickup.

At last we reached a town, a sign of human habitation in what seemed increasingly like a harsh wilderness. Not a single light bulb was evident as we thumped slowly over the cobbled streets. Dark shapes shuffled along the sidewalks.  The shadows of adobe buildings rose and fell, capering in the glare of the headlights. Stars, bright and brilliant as diamonds, but equally as cold, seemed to provide the only other light. Amidst this scene of harsh desolation, the corpses of dogs littered the streets.  They had frozen stiff as they had ultimately succumbed to the uncaring elements.

Freezing weather and Mountain landscapes

After another three hours of crawling through the frigid darkness, the road seemed nothing more than a gully.  Sagebrush whipped the sides of the truck. Almost imperceptibly, we left the desert.  Suddenly,  a sheer rock wall  loomed out of the darkness. The truck climbed the rapidly rising road.  As we clung to the side of the cliff, and the engine whined in protest at the exertion caused by the steep grade and thin air.

In the days to come, my own heart and lungs would register a similar wheezing protest. We passed through a looming cleft in the rock wall, beneath towering ramparts massed in the impenetrable gloom. Suddenly, the truck stopped and we had arrived.

Arrived where? In the dim light, I could barely discern an adobe wall. There were no lights, no sound of people or animals, and no hum of machines that we have come to expect virtually everywhere in North America. In the dead quiet, pitch black surroundings, I might have been standing in a cavern instead of in front of the quadrille where I would live for the next four months. I had arrived in Bolivia.

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Travel and the Internet Seduction on Prices

Travel and the Internet Seduction on Prices

Most people tend to check the internet for prices on travel.  Sometimes it seems easier and cheaper than using a travel consultant.  Nothing against the “live” sites, but every day I have someone asking me for a quote on travel that they have seen as a cheap price on a competitor’s website.  What they fail to realise is that the quote that they see, could either be on a static site, or an “average” price.

Let me explain that.  Travel prices are like the stock market…they fluctuate.  Not necessarily as drastically as the stock market and not minute by minute.  As an example, I priced a flight for a family of five to the Philippines and got a quote back from one of our tour operators.  By the time that I got in touch with the client, and she sorted out her payment method, we could not book the flight until the next day.  Overnight, the fare rose by £700 pounds!  Luckily, I was able to search through our suppliers (we have over 450) and found the same flights for her at £97 more than she was quoted the night before.  Most tour operators will only hold flight quotations until the close of the business day.

If you go to a website that has a series of airlines listed and prices listed to where you want to go, click on the ad, fill in your dates and see if the price stays the same or does it tell you to call them.  We did an experiment with a local travel agent that advertised cheap flights to the Philippines. This is one of our main markets, as we specialise in Far East travel.  The agent had an offer for KLM airlines to the Philippines for £321 pounds.  We put in the airport we wanted to travel from as Heathrow going to Manila on a particular date.  We were then advised to call.  So my wife did and it turns out that the price was £550 traveling from London City and £700 traveling from London Heathrow!

False Advertising?

I consider this to be false advertising.  It is used to get you to call the agent, who then tries to sell you something different than what you are inquiring about.  The term is “Bait and Switch”, where they bait you with a seductive price on the internet for travel and then make you call them where they “switch” the price.

If you cannot book the flight you want on their website at the price advertised, then the price is not a LIVE price.  How they get away with it, is by advertising an “average” price.  This means they take the highest price and the lowest price for that flight in a year and average it.  The other way is that they advertise the price , saying “as low as”.  That means that on some Wednesday in the middle of some month, you can get the price that they are advertising.

Use a Travel Consultant

It always pays to use a travel consultant to help you with your travel arrangements.  Our commissions are paid by the operators, not the client, so the fares you are quoted are the fares you pay.  Most independent travel consultants are available if you run into a problem on your holiday and can help you sort it out, where as most internet sites can leave you hanging.

If you need help with your travel arrangements, contact us.  For short haul trips, check out our website at www.clbglobaltravel.com, this is a live site.  For long haul or special trips, call us.  Our advice and quotes are free, and you can have complete peace of mind.

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