Couple on world tour says Guyana a “surprise”, Kaieteur News | GUYANA
In 2000, Ama Callau and Pablo Rey took the decision of their lives when they decided to load up a Mitsubishi Delica and head out on a world tour. And what an adventure it has been!
From being chased by angry elephants to experiencing the warmth of the Sudanese people despite the turmoil in their country, and now trekking through the jungles of Guyana, Ama and Pablo have soaked up world culture in a way they could never have imagined.
Anna, from Barcelona, and Pablo, from Beunos Aires, are now on their way to see the magnificent Kaieteur Falls, thanks to the generous support of Rainforest Tours, the Guyana Tourism Authority, and the Guyana Oil Company.
Guyana was not really listed as one of their destinations, but since they were just next door, in Venezuela, they decided to head down to Guyana, a country they had heard little about, and a place that people around the world didn’t seem to know, even in Venezuela.
From Lethem, they travelled through the Savannahs, observing the giant anthills and the endangered giant anteater. Before heading to Georgetown, they visited the Iwokrama Rainforest.
From Georgetown, they headed to New Amsterdam and all the way to Moleson Creek at the border with Suriname.
They returned to Georgetown and, yesterday, set out on a journey through the jungle to see Kaieteur Falls.
When the couple started out on their world tour in 2000, they thought it would take them just four years.
“We soon realized that the world is not so small,” Pablo told Kaieteur News yesterday in Georgetown.
When they left Barcelona, their plan was to travel through Southern Europe, then to the Middle East, then to Africa (going from North to South), then to America (travelling South to North), and then making their way back home through Asia, starting from Siberia.
What triggered their decision to embark on a world tour in a sports utility vehicle?
“We were both working (Pablo is a writer, and Ama was in public relations) but then we asked ourselves is that is what we really wanted to do till we reached 65,” Ama related. They decided that they wanted to see the world, and their journey began.
“We betted our life on our dream,” said Ama.
At first, they started out depending on their savings, but worked as they travelled. Pablo has since written a book on Africa and has been selling it along the way.
The one thing that is common in people around the world, the couple says, is their goodness.
“People are good around the world; people are nice. It is politicians who don’t know how to solve problems,” Ama declared.
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Pablo Rey (Buenos Aires) and Anna Callau (Barcelona) also known as #viajeros4x4x4, have been overlanding the world non stop since 2000 on a 4WD Delica van. They mastered the art of solving problems (breakdowns and police harassment, between them) in far away places, while enjoying their nomadic lifestyle.
They’ve been 3 years driving through Middle East and Africa, between Cairo and Cape Town; 7 years all around South America, and 7 years going to every corner of Central and North America. They crossed the Southern Atlantic Ocean in a fishing vessel, descended an Amazon river in a 6 log wooden raft, and walked with a swiss knife between elephants in wild Africa. On the last two years they started to travel by foot (Pyrenees mountains coast to coast, two months) and motorbike (Asia), with the smallest lugagge possible.
Pablo has written three books in Spanish (one translated in English), many articles to magazines like Overland Journal and Lonely Planet and both are in the short list of the most respected latino overlanders.
¿When will the journey end? It doesn’t end, the journey is life itself.
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