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Old 07-12-2012, 08:38 AM   #1
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South America, January-June 2013: Route Suggestions??

January-May/June 2013 is the only time I can get away from my life in the US to do this trip I've been dreaming about for years.

I'm looking for route suggestions from people who know the area, the weather patterns, and the good motorcycling roads: Which months should I spend in which areas? What cool places should I visit that are not listed by Country below? Which Andean passes are the safest and at what times?

Here's a starter list of areas/places I *think* I'd live to try and cover:

*Brasil (Rio de Janeiro south to Florianopolis - visiting friends in S. Brasil)
*Uruguay (beaches of Uruguay-Montevideo, Punta del Este-in prime beach season)
*Buenos Aires (couple of weeks hanging out in the city)
*Ushuaia (although I've heard it's a pretty boring ride?? and not really worth the long trip?? unless you just HAVE to do the Ushuaia thing??)
*Argentina (route 40, 68, 9, Patagonia near Bariloche, Valle de la Luna)
*Chile (Paso los Libertadores, Atacama desert, Paso de San Francisco?, Antofagasta)
*Peru (Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, Nasca, Huacachina Desert Oasis)
*Bolivia (La Paz, Salar Uyuni)
*Panamerican Highway (which parts are good, which parts are not so good?)
*Ecuador (Good beaches, National parque cajas)
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:11 PM   #2
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It would be huge mistake to leave Colombia off the list, pure heaven on a bike and the people are wonderful
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:11 AM   #3
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Columbia

Can you suggest any points of interest in Columbia? From Ecuador, what would be your path North, what cities would you stop in, and where would you airfreight the bike out of back to the US?
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Old 07-18-2012, 11:17 AM   #4
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All cities in Colombia are wonderful for me, most people just take the Pan American HW and pass through but they are missing a ton of excellent riding.

Without a doubt Bogota to Miami is the best air freight option out of Colombia.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:46 PM   #5
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Don't leave out the Austral hwy in southern Chile. As well as Punta Arenas a Chilean Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine. And El Califate and Chalten in AR.
Ushuaia is kinda boring but the side trip down road J was rewarding. As was the back way into Chile from Rio Grande.
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:32 AM   #6
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Check out our web site for some route suggestions in Ecuador and some great places to stay. We provide a lot of detail in our tour descriptions including links on the hotels we use and trust.
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:00 PM   #7
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Hey porkandcorn

Will be watching this thread with interest - am planning a Central & South America trip this winter and this sort of info is of great interest. Although it looks like we will be going different directions, will have to keep an eye out for each other and maybe have a beer or ten.

As you probably know, there are tons of ride reports with specific opinions and trying to absorb all of them is a huge undertaking, albeit a very enjoyable undertaking. To answer a couple of your questions, this guy's blog has some info on South American GPS maps and SA Climate (in addition to some great trips) http://www.moto-treks.com/
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:16 PM   #8
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thanks everybody for chiming in.

rexbuck: i just met up with a fellow oregonian who's an inmate here on ADV. "radioman" is his handle. he's riding from ecuador south starting in about a month, so you should follow his blog at "radiomanridestheworld.com". i know i will be and looking for info that i can use.
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I second that. I can't tell you how great that country is, and I have been to a lot of countries It's a paradise, and especially for motos. Plan on spending some time there, and if you don't, it will probably suck you in anyway.

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Old 08-09-2012, 08:11 AM   #10
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Columbia is in!

I also found Mike at Motolumbia Tours in Cali, Columbia, who can help me ship my bike back home out of Columbia (bogata). So I'm definitely going.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:28 AM   #11
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Are you riding down or flying? I'll be heading south in January too and wouldn't mind some company through northern Mex.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:34 AM   #12
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strave19 -

i'm actually doing the trip backwards from what most people seem to do - i'm flying into buenos aires, the riding north and flying back out of columbia.
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Kinda crazy not going to Venezuela while your at it, cheapest gas in the World and some nice riding in the Andes and beautiful scenery in the Gran Sabana and really good side trips hiking and the beaches. Did I mention the free gas
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:07 AM   #14
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So you found no issues being and American in Venezuela? Realistically, what are the risks?
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:15 AM   #15
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Yeah, Mike from Motolombia is the best. A few months back he moved his headquarters from Cali to Medellín, although he still has the Casa Blanca hostel in Cali, along with new bike rental outlets in Cartagena and Bogotá. He always has time to offer advice, even to non-customers. The guy knows every good road in Colombia.

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