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Old 03-08-2012, 11:25 AM   #46
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MIkeMIke

To the other dude, no idea what you mean, what I rode I think has no bad stuff in it, just the advice to have fun and relax, there are no time frames DOWN here, I am Mexican so I know how things can take time somethimes, and time conscious people can have a big problem with that! (I know because I have it all the time)

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RIght, you were a Mexican. Not everything south of the Rio Bravo is the same. You would be surprised...
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:49 AM   #47
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Dami, check your PM (private message) for more info
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:31 PM   #48
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Dami, check your PM (private message) for more info
Gracias MIke!! all good and yes you are right!

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Old 03-10-2012, 06:43 AM   #49
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Hi Dami,
Check here

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/jog/l...33-ng12-11.jpg

and that will give you an idea of the kinds of maps I have started to use. The mainland ones offer much more detail because Baja is a sparse region when it comes to man made landmarks etc... Enjoy!

The main page is here

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/jog/latin_america/

Thanks to the good gringos at the University of Tejas.
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:36 AM   #50
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GPS: Mine failed somewhere in southern Peru, and I managed fine with paper maps and speaking to the locals. I actually enjoyed the trip more without a GPS.

In Chile, buy the Copec map that they sell at most Copec gas stations, its incredibly detailed and can send you into the middle of nowhere - highly recommended.

Colombia was also the last place I purchased motorbike insurance though entering Los Antiguos in Argentina, I was asked to show insurance and my buddy wasnt.

I carry a policy good for all of South America, valid for four years, it cant exactly be purchased, though it did come in handy in Peru as well.
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:09 AM   #51
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I carry a policy good for all of South America, valid for four years, it cant exactly be purchased, though it did come in handy in Peru as well.
That must be the same policy I had.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:34 PM   #52
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solo to south america

I'm also planning that ride, from N. California to Ushuaia, returning only as far asParaguay to drop the bike with a friend there. I'm tentatively set to leave October 5.I just started the detailed route planning today. I'll be going down the Mexican pacific coast, and continue hugging the coat and probably cut over into Argentina and ride down on Ruta 40 (Argentina's version of route 66). I'm now in the process of finding cheap biker friendly places to stay. Many with whom I have consulted have suggested taking certain spare parts,as they are not available en route and shipping can take forever, if it succeeds at all. I've been told to take a clutch cable, shift levers, a new chain, and enough oil pan bolts and washers for as many changes as I anticipate, along with assorted nuts and bolts, and spare tubes and tires. I've been to may of the places over the years, some several times, but not on a bike--- usually on the "chicken buses" (the ancient school buses that haul locals, but not really chickens). I'm trying to get to Peru quickly and bank some days because it is a great place to spend some time and the food is the best in all of the continent. Good luck on your ride!!
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:39 AM   #53
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Fyi

I'm sure you have already done the requisite research and know this, but in October you'll be running into the tail-end of the rainy season. It's not necessarily all that bad, I'm planning on being there at the end of September and am excited to see all the life that comes out of the earth with the rain.

There's a climate heat-map floating around the internet if you need help planning it out, I have it somewhere on my computer at home and can dig it up if you haven't come across it yet.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:31 AM   #54
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And rainy seasons are buggy seasons, too. Populations soar.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:47 AM   #55
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Here are a couple of things I found useful. www.minihostels.com and www.pacarama.com are sites for hostels, and hotels and hostels. You can book and put the address in the GPS and go. You can get insurance good for most of the trip at www.motorcycleexpress.com To me having insurance is a part of being a responsible human being. Also there are a couple of countries where if you have an accident the cops will throw you in jail till you either show insurance or post a cash bond to cover any injuries you might have caused. YMMV. Dave
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