WARNING! Richard 'Aukcoo' Fowler - cr...

WARNING! Richard 'Aukcoo' Fowler - crooked guide in Iquitos

There are 9 comments on the Lonely Planet story from Oct 30, 2007, titled WARNING! Richard 'Aukcoo' Fowler - crooked guide in Iquitos. In it, Lonely Planet reports that:

WARNING! Richard "Aukcoo" Fowler - crooked guide in Iquitos Warning! Richard Fowler aka "aukcoo" is a swindler and crack cocaine addict posing as a tour guide in Iquitos, Peru. via Lonely Planet

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jeb thompson

Lima, Peru

#1 Nov 5, 2007
The IP address has already been traced. The attorney in the States will be issuing a demand to the IProvider to deliver the name of this person that is libeling Richard, then he will be summoned.
I suggest kindly that you take this down, especially since you are now forewarned.
Mike

United States

#2 Nov 6, 2007
Are we talking about the former Judge Richard Fowler who still practices law in Key West?
Roland

United States

#3 Feb 26, 2008
I have spent 2 weeks in 2004 with Richard in Jungle. I would do it again in a blink of eye. It's actually only guide in Peru I would trust. This is very competitve trade, somebody trying to smear his reputation and ruin his business. To get an idea what Richard have to offer, one should read book "Trail of Feathers" by Tahir Shah. Author put dedication on the first page: "To Richard for keeping his promises". You should be realistic with your expectations, Amazon expedition is nothing like trip to local zoo or park, and you will be dealing with seasoned Vietnam veteran. I found Richard after reading this book, so far it was the best trip I ever had.
chullachaqui

Austria

#4 Jun 27, 2008
I've met Richard, last summer 2007 in Iquitos. A good friend of mine went with "Aukcoo" for a ten days trip (split in two episodes) into the jungle.
He was very impressed by the knowledge Richard possesses and dislike the drinking and drug habits of "Aukcoo". And yes Richard may take drugs, but it's his life, mind and body...and this does not make him a bad person or a bad guide. Even the local people respect Richard for his knowledge about the jungle. He is maybe not the best educated and no he is no scholar. He's sort of a Indiana Jones character, doing his thing, Living and surviving in the jungle. And the jungle got its own laws, so do the people living there. Yes there's no doubt, that he may seem estranging to the capitalist, wannabe adventurere, going two weeks to the jungle demanding western comfort, regulations and laws...Peru is one of the poorest countries in the world, the economy is owned by a few and laws are a bit different, as lets say in London...
The jungle is sort of an autonomous zone, where individuals live by their own rules, but still under the guidance of common sense ,
So please be wise and have respect for the junge and its individuals living there...this is not Disneyworld
Alan Shoemaker

Peru

#5 Dec 19, 2008
I believe consulting Richard Fowler's rapsheet will show you just what kind of person he really is. He was convicted of a felony by possessing and transporting explosives. An undercover operation in Key West, Florida caught him planning to kill people with a bomb. He is one sick puppy. But don't take my word for it; just look at his criminal record at:

http://www.geocities.com/richard_aukcoo_fowle...
Don Radcliffe

Thomaston, GA

#6 Dec 30, 2009
Alan Shoemaker, you are one lying SOB. I thought you were Richards friend. I grew up with Richard in Florida, and I know these bad things being said about him are lies. He is one of the best men I know. I dont know what he has done to piss you off, I know you cant whip his ass, but why fabricate such lies about him. He was not found guilty of any crime he has ever been charged with, you need to get your facts correct. I can only say to you Alan Shoemaker, you are one backstabing piece of shit.
Matt Hansen

Englewood, CO

#7 Dec 21, 2011
I also spent a week with Aukcoo in the jungles around Iquitos in 2004. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Richard is a top notch guide and teacher, even if he comes off as acting a bit abnormal. He has a passion for the primitive lifestyle in the Amazon, preserving the jungle habitat, and sharing these passions with anyone who cares to learn. I wouldn't hesitate to travel with him again. I just wanted to say this to set the record straight on who he is. He isn't the most liked person around Iquitos, but he sure isn't the type of person described in this article.
bo keeley

Peru

#9 Jun 4, 2012
i know richard personally, as well as the person who is trying to badmouth him. as a tour guide myself, richard is the best in the amazon, and does not steal your money.
Seen_it_before

Madison Heights, MI

#10 Aug 13, 2015
Don Radcliffe wrote:
Alan Shoemaker, you are one lying SOB. I thought you were Richards friend. I grew up with Richard in Florida, and I know these bad things being said about him are lies. He is one of the best men I know. I dont know what he has done to piss you off, I know you cant whip his ass, but why fabricate such lies about him. He was not found guilty of any crime he has ever been charged with, you need to get your facts correct. I can only say to you Alan Shoemaker, you are one backstabing piece of shit.
Google: alan shoemaker anonyme - and read the posts about Shoemaker - he is a con-artist from Kentucky... Wanted on Felony drug charges.

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