El Güero y su Morenita en Latino America!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by GSABest, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. GSABest

    GSABest El Adventurero

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    Our epic journey has begun!! Actually it began a few weeks ago and I am finally starting our ride report. I am Marc, and this my wife Nadia.

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    On October 29, 2013 we flew into Guatemala City to retrieve our motorcycle from storage and begin our adventure in Central and South America. We are currently in Leon, Nicaragua after spending a few weeks in Guatemala, a few days in El Salvador and a few hours in Honduras!

    Let me take you back to early October 2013 to set the stage. We live in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico. After 4 years living in Mexico I qualified for permanent residency. However, as a permanent resident I am supposedly not allowed to have a foreign vehicle in Mexico. In order to avoid problems with my Canadian plated 2008 R1200GS Adventure motorcycle, which I had in Mexico under a temporary import permit, a few weeks ago I rode it to Guatemala City where I stored it while I returned to Mexico to apply for and receive my Permanent Resident Visa. This served to stage the motorcycle for the beginning our adventura in Latin America, but was a hassle to have to fly back and forth to deal with my immigration status. Nonetheless, all the logistics of planning and preparing for an 8 month trip are done, the immigration paperwork is done, all possible bike maintenance completed, and our trip is underway.

    As we are 2 upping it on the motorcycle, we decided, after much deliberation, to not do any camping on the trip and only use hostels or inexpensive hotels. As much as possible, we are trying to stick to a daily budget of $100, which will be challenging for 2 people. We know the budget will have to expand for more expensive countries like Chile and Argentina and we are prepared for this.

    Over the coming days I will do my best to update this ride report with photos and comments about our aventura. I will throw in a little español for those of you who want to pick up a few words. We hope you will find it interesting and will come along for our ride! If you have any questions about the bike, the trip or whatever feel free to ask.

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    Trip begins with 57,338 kilometers on the odometer!

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    Garmin Zumo 350 LM GPS reset and loaded with Bicimapas 2013

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    The Mothership loaded for battle!

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    And it's Captain, ready to roll!

    I only have a few photos of the Manzanillo to San Cristobal de Las Casas portion of this journey as I was simply transiting the bike to get it out of the country. I will post a few photos of a couple of the highlights of that portion in the near future, but for now will start with my departure from Mexico...

    I entered Guatemala at La Mesilla, coming from San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas. The crossing was uneventful and straight forward. I cancelled the temporary import permit for my GSA on the Mexico side, then off to the building next door to Migracion to get my passport stamped out of Mexico. From there a short few meters ride into Guatemala.

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    The 2 story building under the canopy on the left is Mexican customs (Aduana) and beside it Mexican immigration (Migracion)

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    A reverse view as I ride up to park in front of the Migracion office. I took my helmet and tank bag in with me as I had no one to watch the moto. Nothing went missing. :clap


    From there a short few meters ride into Guatemala. Passing the main "gate" I promptly rode through the cones and had the fumigation dude chasing after me to spray my bike. I thought he was one of the many “helpers” that I expected would be swarming the bike. He was tapping on my Jesse panniers and I told him to leave the bike alone, lol. Once he explained who he was and what he wanted to do, I relented and moved the bike back into the spray down area. The helpers (tramitadores) never materialized, only money changers.

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    Fumigation Station!


    Guatemala Migracion and Aduana buildings are within a few meters of each other. I moved the bike from one to another to keep an eye on my gear while tramitando the paperwork. I speak fairly good spanish so didn’t need the help of the Tramitadores. I would have shooed them away had they shown up!!:deal

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    I took this picture at the Aduana window (ventanilla) while the kind oficial processed my Temporary Import Permit for the moto. The door on the left in the foto is where you pay the 160 quetzales for the permit.

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    Paperwork done!

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    Entrance to Guatemala awaits!

    Documents safely stowed away, I geared up, rode 3 meters up to the barrier seen in this foto and was promptly asked to produce all the paperwork I had just received. CRAP!! Helmet off, gloves off, in-ear monitors out, open the tank bag, open the Jesse case to pull out all the documentation for the official oficial to review ;).

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    On the other side of the barrier, chaos in the streets!!

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    Welcome to Guatemala!:clap

    ...more to come soon...
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  2. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    Looking forward to following your adventure Güero
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  3. GSABest

    GSABest El Adventurero

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    Nice to have you here trespalacios!
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  4. Flying Tivo

    Flying Tivo Been here awhile

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    And all this time I thought the Gringos were the only ones snatching all our produce!:rofl:rofl

    Darn Canadian are on the take now!:jose

    Need more Federales!!!!

    Felipe
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  5. GSABest

    GSABest El Adventurero

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    I figured no one would notice if one of the ~55,000,000 went missing...

    Welcome Felipe!
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  6. The Fonz

    The Fonz Adventurer

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    Can't wait.
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  7. GSABest

    GSABest El Adventurero

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    The Fonz is in the room!:clap Welcome!
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  8. Rabble

    Rabble mountain boy

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    Estamos esperando...
    Same bike, but stuck in BC for winter after knee operation.
    Looking forward to photos and stories!
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  9. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Buen Viaje y mas fotos de la Morenita. Saludos, JIm
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  10. Turk34

    Turk34 Been here awhile

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    have a good trip...I am in....
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  11. hwunger

    hwunger Been here awhile

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    ... muy bien, Señor !

    esperamos los detalles de su viaje :D
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  12. GSdiablo

    GSdiablo cubical farmer

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    Good to see you heading south. Very cool:evil
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  13. Jesse Luggage

    Jesse Luggage Out riding the world

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  14. GSAragazzi

    GSAragazzi Long timer

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    Buen viaje y buena fortuna!
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  15. GSABest

    GSABest El Adventurero

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    Hi Rabble. Hopefully you won't have to wait much longer. Thanks for hangin around here...
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  16. GSABest

    GSABest El Adventurero

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    Saludos Jim. There may be one or two more... ;)
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  17. GSABest

    GSABest El Adventurero

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    Thanks for participating Turk34... Hope you enjoy our ride.

    I am in the process of getting a few pics ready to upload. A few from before I arrived in Guatemala. Should be up tonight!

    Marc
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  18. GSABest

    GSABest El Adventurero

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    Hwunger

    Bienvenidos!
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  19. GSABest

    GSABest El Adventurero

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    Hola GSdiablo!! Long time no talk to!! Hope you are doing well! Yea. It took me a while to get a few things sorted out in my life. But the time has finally arrived! And the bonus is I have a wonderful person to share the experience with!

    Glad you are along for the ride!

    Marc

    Ps. Is Ken around anywhere?
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  20. GSABest

    GSABest El Adventurero

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    Welcome Jesse luggage!

    So far my cases are holding up well - despite a couple tip overs on a steep, rocky mountain road in Guatemala...

    Marc
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