It is going to happen! A tico riding to Chile!

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  1. Quikegeo

    Quikegeo Been here awhile

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    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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  2. Quikegeo

    Quikegeo Been here awhile

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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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  3. Kiko

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    Sounds like a great trip.
    Post up a ride report with lots of photos please.
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  4. Quikegeo

    Quikegeo Been here awhile

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    You bet I will!
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  5. GastonUSAChile

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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.

    That's my best tip to you
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  6. SR

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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.

    Saludos
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  7. Quikegeo

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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!

    Enrique
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  8. Quikegeo

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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 :norton ) 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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  9. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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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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  10. Quikegeo

    Quikegeo Been here awhile

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    That's even better!!

    Thanks for the hint!
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    Quikegeo Been here awhile

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    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=Ca...sv2spjjHwW4IzOuzP7Q&oq=Ipiales&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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  12. KingsXXX

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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 ! :clap
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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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  14. Quikegeo

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    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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    Thanks, I will!
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    Hi all,

    Well, that's it.. I am not really sure about the timing yet, but I am pretty sure it will be around first week of December. I was quite upset, trying not to think or plan too much until I have the exact dates of the trip , but then I realized it is going to happen, in early Dec or early Jan, so.. why wait? there's a loooot of preparation to do, lots of research and I think also the planning is a great part of the trip it self. :norton

    So, I am planning to design a detail route I will follow (or try to..:lol3) I am not one of those guys that need to have EVERYTHING prepared.. but I want to have at least an idea of the route and the places I MOST see.

    I'll be short of time, since I only have around 25 days to do the whole distance (around 8000km).

    Let's start from the begining..

    From San Jose, CR to Panamá, we'll will go via Rio Sereno. My ADV friend "Chiriqui Charlie", have been telling me this is a great route, and we'll be able to save few hours making line in Paso Canoas Border. We'll make this in two days, first day probably will make it to David, and the next day to Panama City. For this "stage" of the trip, my brother Xavi (Quimexa) and my friends Max and Franco will come with me. I really appreciate it!

    This is the route on google earth.

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  17. Quikegeo

    Quikegeo Been here awhile

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    Hi all,

    Well.. after several threats of failure, the trip is set up already! :clap:clap

    I am leaving Costa Rica on December 14th, to be in Panamá city on December 15th. GIRAG will ship my bike to Bogotá the next day (Dec 16th).

    The plan is to ride from Bogotá on Dec 17th and go towards south till Dec 24th when I will meet my girlfriend on christmas eve at Lima, Peru. :evil We'll drive for a week or so to Cusco and then Arequipa, where I will store my bike for two months. Then I will continue to the south in late febrary untill get to Santiago. I will have two weeks to make the second part of the trip so I am planning to visit some places in the altiplano.

    Looking to meet some riders along the trip! :1drink

    My bike is almost ready, since I am not in CR ( I moved to Chile a couple of months ago) I will have two days before I departure in Dec to work on it. I will buy a rear tyre (Metzeler tourance?), brake pads, and some repairs.

    There is something you guys recomend me to carry or do to my byke before I leave CR??:deal

    PURA VIDA!
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  18. Parcero

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    You picked a great date to start your trip out of Bogotá--December 17th is my birthday!

    I plan to be in Santiago for the Dakar finish on January 20-21, and then will be riding south from there. Let's keep in touch and maybe I'll meet you on my way back north!

    ¡Cuidate amigo!

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  19. Quikegeo

    Quikegeo Been here awhile

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    Haha, thanks Michael!

    Hopefully we'll meet in Chile!

    I CAN'T WAIT TO PICK UP MY BIKE AND BEGIN THE TRIP! :clap
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  20. Quikegeo

    Quikegeo Been here awhile

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    Hi all,

    Only three weeks left!!

    I have pretty much everything ready, plane tickets, hotel reservations and the bike is almost ready. Just to buy a rear tire and that's it.

    I have divided the trip in 4 stages..

    1. COSTA RICA-PANAMA ( 2 DAYS-834Km)
    Maybe this is the most important part of the trip, cause I need to be in Panama City by Dec 15th... The bike need to be in Girag one day before GIRAG send it to Bogota on 16th. My brother (QUIMEXA) and my friend Max and Franco will come with me this part of the trip.
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    2.BOGOTA-PERU (7 DAYS- 3175Km)
    I will do this solo. My first contact with SA riding my bike! The timing is pretty tight, but I think is doable, I only have one spare day. I will meet my girlfriend in Lima, where the stage 3 begins... :)
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    3.LIMA-AREQUIPA ( 9 DAYS-1555Km)
    The relax stage.. We'll go to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Arequipa.. ride and take easy. Pretty much vacation time!
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    4.AREQUIPA-SANTIAGO (8 DAYS- 3085Km)
    The final stage. Atacama desert! I will go to San Pedro de Atacama and ride to the Altiplano Lakes.
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    So what do you think?? I cant wait to start the trip!!!! :norton:norton:norton
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