The Green Machine has been conducting
International Paintball Travel Events since the early 1980's. With a
heavy concentration of "industry old timers" and several members
with a severe case of wanderlust on the team, it was simply unthinkable to
turn down acquaintances overseas when we began receiving requests from them
years ago. Since then we have been putting together travel event packages for
these overseas operators that include:
1. Shipping an experienced paintball team (or
two) to their country
2. Assisting their event with referee training, tournament field
mapping and setup
3. Providing sponsored prizes for the local participants (only - we will refuse
any sponsored prizes won)
4. Providing substantial media coverage.
Most of the countries we have visited had
fledgling paintball industries at the time, and our events have helped launch them into the
mainstream. Our trips have included:
1. Montreal, 1985 (First ever International event
2. Johannesburg, Capetown, Durban - 1988 (First ever International event
in South Africa)
3. Newcastle, 1991 (First ever International event in Australia)
4. Paris, 1993 (First ever International event in France, all proceeds
donated to the local Children's Hospital)
5. Moscow, 1994 (Only ever International event in Russia)
6. Sao Paulo, 1997 (We provided all of the event's prizes on this
trip to Brazil)
Venezuela is a place that the team captain lived
as a child, and has been wanting to revisit for several
decades. We are combining a Paintball Tournament the first weekend
with a 5-day jungle trip up the Orinoco river to Angel Falls
See the team Resume on
this web. Soon to come - full coverage of all the magazine articles
published over the years including pics.
Please make your own travel arrangements to and
from Caracas. Fly into Caracas on or before November 18th.
We'll all meet up Friday morning the 19th. Interior travel and all
travel associated with the jungle trip is being arranged for you.
If you send me your itinerary, I'll post it on
the web site so others might coordinate their trips with yours
(Y'all can get loaded and swap lies and such along the way).
Caracas - Nights of 18, 19,
20. Have had several suggestions all in the $30/night each
range. Am following up with the tournament operator regarding the
best location relative to the field. Don't know yet. Keep
checking this site for updated information.
Ciudad Bolivar - Hotel Valentina
nights of 21st and 26th. Ciudad Bolivar is the jumping off point and landing point of
the jungle trip.
Jungle - in hammocks.
We traditionally solicit sponsored
prizes for the benefit of the tournament promoters on these trips.
In exchange for providing prizes, organizational help, and substantial press coverage the
tournament promoters are asked to reciprocate with free entry into the
tournament for the team, free or discounted paint, and free or discounted accommodations
and in-country travel arrangements. Every once in a while a little
something comes our way too!
Todd is supplying the team with event patches. Each sponsor should send Todd 20 company patches. When all the patches
have been received, Todd will send each member a packet with all of the patches they need
to populate their uniforms. The patches will be sent to the address you used when
you filled out the Signup Form. Sponsors, please mail
20 patches to:
7516 Evans Ford Road
Clifton, Va. 20124
According to the Embassy most emphatically
"no". Firearms will not be allowed into the country (they
must have been reading the papers about Americans lately).
**NO**. Watch out for the the visa
instructions at the Venezuelan
Embassy's web site. They're misleading. I'm told by the
embassy that as a U.S. citizen all you'll need is an "entry
card" that will be filled out while you're on the airplane. Of course
you will need an up to date passport.
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$1500 is pretty safe, less if you're a "non-combatant" arriving
at a later date, more if you're coming earlier or leaving later to see the