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Old 06-20-2012, 01:27 PM   #1
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Talking It is going to happen! A tico riding to Chile!

Hi all,

Well.. that's it, I am from Costa Rica and I am moving to Chile. So, my plan is to ride my bike from San Jose, to Santiago next spring, early-mid Octuber.

I will ride solo, although in some sections of the trip I will have company. In Colombia my friend Andrea will join me for a couple of days, In Ecuador a friend will flight from Santiago to ride with my for 5days and hopefully my girlfriend will flight to Lima to join me till the end of the trip to Santiago.
As you may know, this is a dream for almost every rider.. and finally, I am planning it.
I am going to cross Darian Gap by plane. I will send my bike from Tocumen airport (Panama City) to Bogota, Colombia, I'll do it with Girag.

I am planning to go all along the coast line, since I don't have time to get into the Altiplano.

Any sugestions about the route? Maybe I will have time to visit one or two places up in the Andes, but my goal is to get to Santiago as fast as I can.

Places to stay? any rider out there how wants to join me in some point of my trip?

Thanks in advance! Pura vida
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:34 PM   #2
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I am going with my BMW G650GS, 2011. It has only 14500km, will have around 15000 km at the moment of the trip.

I will change my rear tire for a Pirelli Scorpion MT90, the front tire will be the Metzeler Tourance Exp.

I will post about my gear-equipment to travel hoping you guys have any sugestions-reviews -comments that could help me in my trip.


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Old 06-20-2012, 01:38 PM   #3
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Sounds like a great trip.
Post up a ride report with lots of photos please.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:22 PM   #4
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Sounds like a great trip.
Post up a ride report with lots of photos please.
You bet I will!
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:36 AM   #5
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Go from Quito to Cuenca and south via Zumba to cross Peru . It is easier to cross and nicer, then head to the coast tgorugh Lambayeque. There are a few interesting arqueological things to see in Chachapoyas and Trujillo (Chan-Chan ruins).

On your way along Peru Coast , at Chimbote take the road to Huaraz along the can~on del Pato and ride the Cordillera Blanca and Negra. It is worth the trip and marvelous. Then down to the coast From Huaraz to Barranca, Lima.
Visit the Paracas national park, Nazca on your way south and all the way to Chile.

Chile , try getting the coast road from Antofagasta until you could anymore. This trip won't make the Atacama Panam road too boring.

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Old 06-21-2012, 02:32 PM   #6
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Go see Chuquicamata or some of the other big copper porphyries! Chuqui is only about 70 km off Pan American by Antofagasta. I don't know how they are doing it now but Codelco used to give tours if you arrange ahead.

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Old 06-25-2012, 03:30 PM   #7
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Go from Quito to Cuenca and south via Zumba to cross Peru . It is easier to cross and nicer, then head to the coast tgorugh Lambayeque. There are a few interesting arqueological things to see in Chachapoyas and Trujillo (Chan-Chan ruins).

On your way along Peru Coast , at Chimbote take the road to Huaraz along the can~on del Pato and ride the Cordillera Blanca and Negra. It is worth the trip and marvelous. Then down to the coast From Huaraz to Barranca, Lima.
Visit the Paracas national park, Nazca on your way south and all the way to Chile.

Chile , try getting the coast road from Antofagasta until you could anymore. This trip won't make the Atacama Panam road too boring.

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Hi Gaston,

I looked in detail the route you proposed, it looks pretty interesting! I was thinking to drive from Quito to Guayaquil, But now I am considering your proposal... As I said, I am short of time for my trip, and going trough Cuenca instead of Guayaquil would save me some time. It is that along the Cordillera? it is going to be cold?

Thanks for you help!

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Old 06-25-2012, 03:41 PM   #8
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Go see Chuquicamata or some of the other big copper porphyries! Chuqui is only about 70 km off Pan American by Antofagasta. I don't know how they are doing it now but Codelco used to give tours if you arrange ahead.

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Hey SR! How are you??

Of course I will go to Chuqui!! I talked to my girlfriend (she is Geologist too ) and she is going to prepare the visit. You only have to call them to reserve the spot in the tour and they will show you the mine! pretty nice!!

Cheers!!
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:48 PM   #9
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Go see Chuquicamata or some of the other big copper porphyries!

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Riding through Antamina in Peru is quite an experience as well. They didnt offer tours when I was there, but you can ride right through the place.
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:33 PM   #10
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... They didnt offer tours when I was there, but you can ride right through the place...
That's even better!!

Thanks for the hint!
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I'll take the ferry!

Hi everybody.

I made a few changes in my trip planning to Chile.

I decided to make the Panama-Colombia gap by ferry. The initial plan was to send my bike by plane (with Girag), with a fare of $900 plus my ticket (around $300?). So... as you see, it is quite expensive. I thought to do it this way due timing.. but I think isn't worth the price.

I will ride to Colon at the caribean side of Panama and take the ferry to Cartagena. The fare is around $99 (need to do more research). It will take me around 5 days to cross Colombia from Cartagena to Ipiales, close to Ecuador Border.

This is the route


http://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=Car...t=h&mra=ls&z=6

I recently changed the drive-chain of my bike. I did the 15000km service in the concessionary, which BTW sucks... Why? cause they didnt check the chain, the fluids, tyre pressure, etc.. I went back to them when I heard the F*****@$#! noise .. but they told me everything was right. After 30min of begging to check the chain, they agreed that that was the problem. I went to another mechanic to do the change because, I dont trust those guys anymore.
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I second the run down thru Chachapoyas

looks like the ferry thing is up in the air for now
a couple of years ago I took the stahlratte...great trip even tho prices continue to climb from 500 a few short years ago
to over 850-900 ???
I did CR to Ar this way -
went down thru Ecuador, crossed at Zumba great out of the way ride, Peru side was easy to get in...park your bike at bridge after checking out of ecuador, register and see the police, and off you go
don't miss the ruins of Kuelap just south of Chachapoyas worth the drive up, camping in lot, caretaker will feed you - at that time was a buck a meal
say hi to his beuatiful daughter Fanny !
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:05 AM   #13
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Hi when you get to Quito, come by our shop- we would like to get you off the Panamerican highway a little bit to see some of the great stuff that is off the beaten track in Ecuador.
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:38 AM   #14
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looks like the ferry thing is up in the air for now
a couple of years ago I took the stahlratte...great trip even tho prices continue to climb from 500 a few short years ago
to over 850-900 ???
I did CR to Ar this way -
went down thru Ecuador, crossed at Zumba great out of the way ride, Peru side was easy to get in...park your bike at bridge after checking out of ecuador, register and see the police, and off you go
don't miss the ruins of Kuelap just south of Chachapoyas worth the drive up, camping in lot, caretaker will feed you - at that time was a buck a meal
say hi to his beuatiful daughter Fanny !
You are right about the ferry :( .. I am planning to do it by Cirag again.

Thanks for the information about Ecuador-Peru. I will make a research for Kuelap! thanks for the info.
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Hi when you get to Quito, come by our shop- we would like to get you off the Panamerican highway a little bit to see some of the great stuff that is off the beaten track in Ecuador.
Thanks, I will!
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