New Book ‘Hookers and Blow’ Details an Exhilarating 18,298 km Odyssey Throughout South America

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Those who enjoy travelogues that allow the reader to vicariously live through others—and those contemplating a South American journey—will enjoy Chris Wirth’s new book, ‘Hookers and Blow’.

Hookers and Blow by Chris Wirth

‘Hookers and Blow’ entertains, inspires and provides a unique perspective on South America and traveling.

Few things capture the imagination more than a lone traveler on an epic journey. From Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ to Paul Theroux’s ‘Dark Star Safari’, the trials and tribulations of an individual on a lone trek across a vast distance has never failed to captivate the reader or ignite wanderlust within.

‘Hookers and Blow’ by Chris Wirth details just such a trek, in which some of the more interesting and relatively unexplored parts of South America come to light. Spanning roughly five months in length, it chronicles the highs and lows of a traveler journeying through often dangerous yet endlessly fascinating terrain and the adventures and people encountered along the way.

“The book starts in Rio de Janeiro where I had been living and working for 3 months,” says Wirth. “From there I made my way up the Northeast of Brazil, stopping in each of the major cities along the coast along with my traveling companions. One of these included a posh Englishman who had brought penny loaders and a cashmere sweater to the tropics-just in case he was invited to a United Kingdom embassy party. Eventually we reached the city of Belem, gateway to the mighty Amazon river, and embarked upon a 7 day, working-class ferry journey up the Amazon to the heart of the continent.”

While South America has been gaining in popularity over the past decade or so, the continent is still off the beaten path compared to perennial favourites Europe and Southeast Asia. Known for being somewhat dangerous and dodgy, there are still plenty of unexplored nooks and crannies throughout the continent, along with new adventures and tales to be had.

“After a whirlwind tour of Venezuela I arrived in Colombia and was able to debunk some of the stereotypes of this country first hand. Excepting of course my tour of a cocaine production facility in the jungle and the violent incident I was party to in a Bogota nightclub,” confesses the author.

Written with a unique blend of historical fact, homespun wisdom, risqué anecdotes and humour – ‘Hookers and Blow’ entertains, inspires and provides a unique perspective on South America and traveling.

‘Hookers and Blow’ is published by and is now available in e-book format from several popular online retailers, including, and Apple’s iBookstore.

About the Author
Chris Wirth is a freelance reporter based out of Canada who has written extensively on a number of topics - everything from the current crisis in the Bluefin Tuna fishery to the slums of Rio. In addition Chris has written travel features which have been published on the popular travel website Gadling, as well as Polo's Bastards - a website dedicated to visiting more edgy and dangerous locales than your typical traveler.

Since 2010, (based in Sudbury, Massachusetts) has helped thousands of authors and publishers get their books converted to ebook format, and distributed to all the major ebook retailers, including,, Apple iBookstore, Kobo, Sony Readerstore, Ingram Digital, and Google eBookstore.

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