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I am the author of the award-winning first edition Traveler's Venezuela Companion guidebook, and co-author of the 2nd edition of the Traveler's Ecuador Companion, and 2nd edition of the Traveler's Russia Companion.

In 2004-5, I worked on the update of the Peru Handbook 2005, and the Bogotá and Venezuela chapters of the South American Handbook 2006, both for Footprint books.

I have updated the Ecuador & Galapagos and Peru reports for Intelliguides, syndicated worldwide by Northstar Travel Media and worked on hotel reviews for Quito for their StarService reports. I have also authored various city guides for LatinFinance magazine.

I updated the northern chapter of the 2nd edition of Fodor's Peru in September 2005.

In 2006, worked on the first edition DK Eyewitness Peru guide, as well as on the Insight Guide to Venezuela and Insight Guide South America.

I'll be working on various new essays and updating for the forthcoming edition of Insight Guide Ecuador in 2007.


Fodor's Peru, 2nd edition

For the 2nd edition of Fodor's Peru, I updated the northern chapter. The work took me from the Ecuadorian border south along the coast with its range of ruins, down and up to the stunning peaks of the Cordillera Blanca and then back north to the cloudforests and ruins of the Chachapoyas region.

The work was hectic and there's never enough time, but I enjoyed it greatly. I look forward to working on the 3rd edition!

Peru Handbook 2005, 5th edition
Peru is the heart of the Andes. It is also home to the driest desert in the world, a thin coastal strip littered with massive ruins dating back thousands of years, and two thirds of the country is jungle. This is the only guide for free-spirited travellers who want to get beyond both the Gringo and the Inca Trails. Activity packed for thrill-seekers visiting the country, Footprint Peru takes you surfing, white-water rafting and trekking through the heart of this fascinating land. With a comprehensive background section detailing all you need to know about the ancient culture and history of Peru, this guide also takes travellers off the beaten track to find wildlife sanctuaries, the source of the Amazon, pyramids, condors and the famous Inca Trail.

> I updated the Arequipa, Colca canyon and Cotahuasi canyon sections of the 5th edition. For more on Peru, see Peru pages.

South American Handbook, 82nd edition
The world's longest-running guideboook in English

Planning your trip feature for first time visitors. Pioneering - packed with information not available in other guides. Adventure travel feature including trekking, mountain biking, surfing, scuba diving, white water rafting and much more. Critical listings of the best and most interesting palces to stay, eat, drink and party. Festival guide from carnival in Rio to Inti Raymi in Cusco. Highlight maps to get the best from each country.

> I updated the Bogotá and Venezuela chapters for the 2006 edition of the Handbook. See VenezuelaVoyage for more.



by Dominic Hamilton
Photographed by Anthony Cassidy
Best Guidebook 2002
Benjamin Franklin Awards
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Venezuela, one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean, has natural wonders reading like an A to Z of ecosystems, where travelers can enjoy both heavyweight adventures, or lighter journeys of discovery.

From the hustle and bustle of skyscraping Caracas to the hidden corners of this tropical land, the Traveler's Venezuela Companion leads you in capable hands through this beguiling nation, at once Caribbean, Amazonian and Andean.

Dominic Hamilton takes you from the country's long coastline where there's a beach to suit every taste and wallet to the world's highest waterfall -- deep in the heart of the Gran Sabana.

Pamper yourself in one of the coast's many fiver-star resorts, cruise the acquamarine waters of its national parks, or live out a Robinson Crusoe idyll on the beaches of Paria. You'll discover the best places to snorkel and scuba dive in the Caribbean, you'll hike up the Andes, horseback ride across the plains, boat along the Orinoco, or blaze trails through swathes of bird-rich cloudforests.

Traveler's Venezuela Companion uncovers restored gems of the colonial era, follows in the footsteps of "El Libertador" Simón Bolívar, highlights vivid folkloric festivals and steps back in time to the world of remote indigenous Indians.

Glowing praise from a rare editorial review

From the opening pages, as Dominic Hamilton describes skipping up the rocky path to Venezuela's Angel Falls like an overexcited schoolboy, you know you're in for something different--and good--with this travel guide.

Every travel guide series has its niche, and Traveler's Companion's is adventure and romance. Which is to say, this book spends most of its pages getting you enthused about the adventures waiting for you, rather than boring you with dry information and dull history lessons.

Hamilton, a British journalist who has lived in Venezuela for almost a decade, has the inside scoop and shares the country's glories enthusiastically.

Dubbed "Paradise on Earth" by Columbus himself, Venezuela still lives up to its nickname. Hamilton describes its "top spots" with a string of superlatives--Venezuela is home to the world's highest waterfall (Angel Falls), more bird species than in North America and Europe put together, the longest and highest cable car in the world, and more Caribbean coast than any other country in the region.

Once Hamilton has whetted your appetite, it's on to "Your Choice," a section devoted to describing the myriad activities available, such as hiking, scuba diving, fishing, mountain biking, and horseback riding, most of it in 40 national parks and monuments. There's also adventure tourism in the form of paragliding, mountaineering, and white-water rafting, family fun, the arts, and fiestas throughout the year.

The bulk of the book is devoted to descriptions of various regions of the country, with listings of what to see and where to stay and eat broken down by price range. The sections are well designed and clearly marked, which makes for quick access. While the maps are fairly inadequate, the full-color photographs bring out all the color and variety of the place, with its azure waters, golden dunes, craggy mountain ranges, and festively dressed peoples. And yes, there is a history section, but it's lively.

Finally, the "Traveler's Tips" section has been relegated to the back where it belongs. Sure, it's important stuff--transportation, exchanging money, health concerns, and an excellent guide to Venezuelan Spanish--but after all, you're traveling for the adventure, right?

Well, pick up this guide and go. You're in able hands. --Lesley Reed

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I am the co-author of the second edition Traveler's Ecuador Companion, now in the shops.
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There are currently 135 Traveler's Companion editions covering 40 countries and regions. Over 3 million copies have been sold worlwide. The guides appear in three European languages: under the Insider's Guide imprint (French and Italian) and Guias del Buen Viajero (Spanish).The Traveler's Cuba Companion by Kirsten Ellis came second, and highly commended, in the The Observer's Guidebook of the Year Award 2000.

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