Listen to the full interview with Aaron Smith here.
Travelogues of South America are a ten cent piece to the dozen - but put this one to top of your pile. Exu, Macumba, Quimbanda, Ayahuasca, love and piranhas - it's all here.
Aaron met the woman who was to become his wife when they went dancing deep in the favelas (loosely, and incorrectly translated as 'slums' in English) of Rio de Janiero in the last week before his ticket back to Australia ran out. He stayed in Brasil and he and Vivi are now married and living on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait.
In Chasing El Dorado A South America Adventure, Aaron is held up at gun point in the favelas, nearly dies when the poison of a giant tree frog is pushed into wounds on his chest (by choice), ends up deep in FARC territory in Colombia following William Burrough's yage quest and quite a few other adventures.
Chasing El Dorado provides a considered, pacy review of the shamanic and healing practice of the ayahuasca vine, proffered as a hallucinogenic brew. It is also a rambunctious and enjoyable travelogue.
Listen to the full interview here.
You can read Aaron's blog Going Strait here.
This interview was first broadcast on Edge Radio on Tuesday 14 October, 2014
Chasing El Dorado, a South American Adventure
by Aaron Smith
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