Avoid This Guy at El Slavador-Honduras Border!

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by Charles Seguin, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. Charles Seguin

    Charles Seguin Noob4Life

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    He is a con artist. He almost got my brother and I for an extra $75 a peice. He DID get Sgt Marty for that same $75. If you see him kick him in the nuts for us. In the background is his partner, give him a kick in the nuts as well.

    Hat Tip to Sgt Marty for the Photo.
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  2. John Ashman

    John Ashman Adventurer Wannabe

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    A simple way to avoid getting ripped off in general. Never trust or give money to anyone or any company that comes up to you or calls you or shows up in a parking lot, especially if it a) sounds too good to be true or b) it's a 'limited time offer' or c) they're very emphatic about you giving them money or d) get dodgy when asked simple questions and very especially e) if they react negatively to you not wanting to go along with it. That basic common sense would have saved me from any rip off I've had and certainly has saved me since I started putting that rule on myself.
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  3. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Pretty typical of the area.

    That boarder was difficult for me as well. A bunch of people came up to me saying that they worked for the Honduran Government. None of them were in uniform and all of them were happy to point out their ófficial´name tag. The guy that got my attention had a picture of some one else on it.:huh

    Just deal with CA until you get to Colombia. People will treat like a person there, not an opportunity.
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  4. JogiCR

    JogiCR n00b

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    funny and truth, we had he same experience, kick him for us too. Here is the picture. It is the guy on the left.
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  5. JogiCR

    JogiCR n00b

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    I think he called himself Jose

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    it was on the border from El Salvador to Honduras, the road close to the pacific beach side. Picture was made in April 2008. This poor guy aged a lot in a few months.
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  6. daveg

    daveg no longer homeless

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    What did he do?

    For me, the Salvador->Honduras border was sketchy, not from the money changers, but from the customs guy with curly hair INSIDE the customs building.

    He happily collected the money for me to "pay the bank" for ~$30, as it was sunday. He gave me receipts for everything and eventually stamped everything. I had no problems leaving Honduras.
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  7. j_seguin

    j_seguin Been here awhile

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    Long story short he makes you pay two different things you dont need to pay at places that make them look like parts of the official process. If you don´t ask questions and figure it out they will get you for an extra 70 dollars.
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  8. Martincito

    Martincito Adventurer

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    Hi guys,
    We just crossed the El Salvador-Honduras and Honduras-Nicaragua borders.
    They are the worst border crossing. A lot of people offering you help, beggars, corrupt people.
    I refused help for everybody and treated them quite bad. I did all the paper work by myself, took me 1 hour and a half and I paid around $40.
    Spanish is my first language and I grew up in Argentina so I'm used to deal with corrupt people and other kind of scumbags and the whole thing was very difficult for me.
    I can't imagine how hard it might be for American people.
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  9. JourneyRider.com

    JourneyRider.com Been here awhile

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    That is the key for dealing with border runners. It is unfortunate that it is necessary to act like an asshole when dealing with them but it is necessary. Remember that the one thing they see when you pull up is a dollar sign.
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  10. Teddy_VZLA

    Teddy_VZLA Trail Lover

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    Todavia me pregunto como diablos hacen los extranjeros que vienen a sur america para pasar por las fronteras, aqui en Venezuela tenemos el mismo problema de corrupcion y trabas para sacar un simple permiso o cualquier cosa.... admiro la valentia de esta gente!
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  11. Charles Seguin

    Charles Seguin Noob4Life

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    :lol3 I used to feel bad when I lost my patience with the ´helpers´ now I postively enjoy it. We paid about $40 as well after we got our stolen money back.
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  12. RockiesTwin

    RockiesTwin Dfrag y0ur BrAin

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    So in the new"er" LonelyPlanet guide they make mention of the CA - 4 permit that allows 90 days in: Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras. They say you basically only have to pay one time for all four countries but do say you may need to "remind" the Customs agents of such. Anyone have any experience regarding this???
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  13. Martincito

    Martincito Adventurer

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    That just apply to people. After El Salvador you don't have to do inmigration again till Costa Rica (Actually, you have to do it in Nicaragua and pay $7).
    But that agreement doesn't apply to customs, so yu have to import and export the bike in every country.
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  14. TengaiJohn

    TengaiJohn Long timer

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    Hola Martincito,

    I work in Manhattan and live in Rockland. I was born in Uruguay and spent some time playing rugby in Arg.

    Let me know when you're back in the NJ/NY area, I would like to see some pics of your travels.

    Suerte!!
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  15. Martincito

    Martincito Adventurer

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    I'll be back in March. we can get together for a beer.
    I'm doing a ride report in the bmw forum of pelican parts.
    That is the forum for BMW R1100s. I own one of those bike and I being hanging around fro a few yearrs in that forum that's why I'm doing my report over there.
    This is the link
    http://forums.pelicanparts.com/showthread.php?p=4289908&posted=1#post4289908
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  16. trailtrick

    trailtrick goat trail rider

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    yo soy the uruguay tambien pero vivo en los angeles ,que bueno que hay otors uruguayos aqui :clap
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  17. ChangoGS

    ChangoGS Banned

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    Thats Jose !!!![​IMG]
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  19. Charles Seguin

    Charles Seguin Noob4Life

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  20. Bajarider2000

    Bajarider2000 Been here awhile

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    I wanted to post this update earlier, but I've been up to my ears with my trip.

    I crossed through there in mid December. As I passed the gas station on the left before the border about 6 dudes came running and screaming at me and my riding partner. I knew they were helpers so gunned it past them. They jumped in a truck a chased us to the border.

    I pull up and the first guy on me was this Jose dude. I recognized him IMMEDIATELY! Thank you ADV Rider!

    I played it mellow and kept telling him "No necesito ayuda". He of course was unrelenting.

    I took our papers inside the copy place while my buddy watched the bikes and he was on my heels and followed me inside. I turned to him and repeated "No necesito ayuda". The guy was persistent and I was trying to not laugh.

    He finally waited outside and as soon as I came out it was more of the same.

    I mounted the bike and fired it up while he was still selling me.

    I didn't kick him in the nuts, but I did look at hm and say n Spanish. "You are very famous". He looked at me smiling and said "Que?"

    I said- "You are famous in the United States on the internet for taking motorcyclists money. You are Jose right?"

    He immediately put his arm across his body covering his badge. I wish I could have taken a photo of the look on his face. He shat his pant, and I rode away.

    :D
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