Adv riders in Colombia

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by theturtleshead, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. El Explorador

    El Explorador Radical Explorer

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    Was on the Colombian immigration site today and it claims you must purchase health insurance if you don't already have it.

    Anyone experienced this?
  2. kaiserkyhl

    kaiserkyhl Send more money!

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    You do not have to purchase any insurance, but it is recommended as the clinics here do not start work without a deposit if you are not affiliated.

    If you are on a bike its mandatory to buy the SOAT insurance, which will cover you medically for any injury occuring on the bike, if your passenger get hurt or if you hurt some 3rd person.

    If you do not have the insurance the police can rightfully impound your bike on the spot and its a pain in the ass to sort out the fine and paperwork to get it released.

    For foreign registered bikes you can buy the minimum of 1 month insurance, while most places only handle insurance to Colombian registered vehicles who are obligated to buy a full year at a time.

    We now sell SOAT insurance for one month in Cali if you need it.:deal

  3. El Explorador

    El Explorador Radical Explorer

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    Cool, how much is the insurance? I'm coming in from Turbo so will probably buy there unless there's a deal to be had :evil
  4. kaiserkyhl

    kaiserkyhl Send more money!

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    The price is 370.000 pesos per year. Its a government set price so there are no deal to be made. I believe the price for less is just devide the price with the amount of momnth you need.

  5. steelhorsenyc

    steelhorsenyc Been here awhile

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    Greetings friends!

    My dream is finally being fulfilled on monday when I land in Colombia!!
    I'm so excited, but also out of money!
    I'm really looking forward to meeting, and riding with, you guys!!
    I also wanted to ask if anyone knows of any work I could do for 2-3 months in Colombia. I need to make enough to complete South America (and maybe meet my Colombian dream girl). I have a degree in psychology and a masters degree in English education.

    I can't wait to meet you, and thank you in advance for your help!!

    Alexander

    www.alexandertolchinsky.com - my website
  6. Wastedavid

    Wastedavid Adventurer

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    Hi my friends! I'm in Bogota (not all the time, most of the time is spent on field, but some days I'm in Bogota), if you ever need something or want to ride nearby just tell me!!!
  7. eddie98

    eddie98 Been here awhile

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    Im in Colombia right now. What r some good local places to eat. Im near airport.
  8. Decepticon

    Decepticon Been here awhile

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    Hey If you are near the airport you can go to CENTRO COMERCIAL GRAN ESTACION. There is (or was, I don´t know) a Mall with a place called LA BONGA EXPRESS.

    One of the best meals is LA BONGA DE LA FINCA. 250 g of tasty meat with french fries and soda.
  9. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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  10. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Greetings from a Canadian traveling in Colombia!

    I am currently in Neiva and will be riding to San Augustin tomorrow to see the statues.

    For the day after, I'm wondering what kind of surface the road is from Mocoa to San Fransisco. I figure it is dirt but just want to confirm this.

    Thanks!

    D
  11. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    I hate people that are always telling me where I shouldn't be going... that said: From San Agustín, go back to Isnos and make a left turn towards Popayán. Anything south of San Agustín is still very dangerous. Don't go to Mocoa unless you are travelling with an army infantry.
  12. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    anyone been to cucuta lately ?
    any issues ?
  13. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Wow, I didn't even consider this area being a security risk. Locals are saying its safe there but of course that's a local opinion.
    I have to rethink this a bit.
    Thanks for the advice.

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  14. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    Should be fine.
  15. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    No problem. A month ago a rally was cut short in that area by the FARC. They injured one competitor and took a lot of money to the rest to let them go on... the rally was cancelled immediately. This happened a few hours south of Neiva.

    In that area of the country you should stick to the main roads.
  16. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    The area Salvi is talking about was the only other area we were strongly advised against to the militars and locals so we heeded the advice. :clap

    Also the road from Policarpa the FARC were having a session there and we were turned back on good advice, the rest of Colombia is your back yard to go and enjoy, the situation at Policarpa may have changed now so just ask.

    Cheers lads

    Andi
  17. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    my planned route goes south through Neiva.
    then i turn right at La Argentina then continue into Popayon.

    should i re-route ? the roads through this area sure look nice.

    i appreciate all the local knowledge you guys are sharing. im sure that you guys have saved a number of travelers asses over the years! :lol3

    i hope i can offer you some advice when you visit my area of the world.
  18. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Hey Swamp nice to see you are getting back South

    I know things are very fluid in Colombia and change often. If I'd listened to everyone's opinion about where I should not go then I'd barely gone anywhere in Colombia.

    I would always talk to the bus drivers and truckers from the areas to find out the most up to date information along with the military at the checkpoints. I'd make a point of starting out early in the morning in these areas I'd been warned about and off the roads at night, in my experience most of the bad guys sleep in:lol3

    There is or at least was a great little hostel in Mocoa called Casa del Rio run by a young European Expat, he's got loads of good infor on the state of Putumayo. Mocoa is the gateway for the other crossing into Ecuador or the Trampoline of Death road back West through the Sibundoy Valley to Pasto. Moccoa is also a great getting off point for the Colombian Amazon region and home to some great waterfalls.

    I'd just go and ask along as I went, there are always going to be people saying it is too dangerous when asking about Colombia, that's just the way it always is.

    Besides a foreign plated big bike is an oddity, got me out of trouble more than once I believe, much better than one of those little yellow plates:deal
  19. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    I agree with Throttlemeister's advice. Talk to the truckers, especially the ones coming from where you're going. This is why I hate the "don't go there" advice. I normally travel through the country a lot, most of all on my 4x4. But one of the few places I'd be worried would be South of Neiva.

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  20. DRRambler

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    We rode from San Augustine to Popayan today and it was wonderful. No regrets about missing the death road. I'd rather err on the safety side.
    Thanks for all the advice.

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