Mexico and Central America Ride Planning and Road Wisdom

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Jeff Munn, May 30, 2006.

  1. REALGRAVEROBBER

    REALGRAVEROBBER LEAVING GRAVES EMPTY

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    From my ride through Mexico, I learned:

    Expensive hotels are almost 100% staffed with people bilingual in Spanish and English. This is a great place to ask directions, etc. To find these, search out the 'el centro' which is usually marked all over larger cities ... or you can see skyscraper tall hotels. Go there and ask the directions you want (food, routes, service, etc.).

    Do not ride at night (yes, this means get off of the roads, get indoors, and putter with your luggage, food, clean your clothes/self, etc.).

    Know Spanish phrases you will use as well as you can.

    Speaking sort-of under your breath to people pay minimize your accent.

    Ride a bike that blends in, and do not look rich.

    Grow out your beard, hair, and get a tan beforehand.

    Keep your wallet, passport, and Swiss Army knife in your front-top pants pocket at all times.

    Take anti-diarrhea medicine, anti-inflammatory medicine, and 2 more water containers than you'd usually take.

    Bring cheap/small $1 flip flops for around the hotels, etc.

    Try to keep your bike narrow so you can drive it inside cheap hotels -- nice to not have to unpack, etc.

    Keep watch for an empty one-gallon jug. Carry this somewhere to cut the top off the top and do your oil changes inside your hotel room. The cut-off top is now a funnel!

    Bring camp cooking kit with you, so you can cook your own food in your hotel room if you want. It's nice to rest and not ahve to go out searching for food. Ramen and a can of tunafish is cheap, durable, and high in protein, salts (you lose a lot sweating), carbohydrates, is cheap and durable. Yea, I ride a KLR ... did you notice?

    Hostels rock. You'll have the best rest there.

    Hope this helps.
  2. coaxial

    coaxial Been here awhile

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    My friends and I have had very good success taking a probiotic supplement while traveling to sketchy areas. Got stomach issues a couple times even when being careful, now I take probiotics daily while travelling and I can even get away with drinking local water with no issues so far!

    The kind I use are a jameson brand we have in canada, I've also noticed a "travel" multivitamin that is multivitamin+probiotics.
  3. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    that is VERY good info.
    im calling my doctor on monday for the hook up.
    Grassyass!
  4. tjrockit

    tjrockit One day closer...

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    Thanks for the info. What I ended up getting was Ciprofloxacin (also known as Cipro) which is an antibiotic for any type of stomach bacteria. 500 mg tablets. You can get it over the counter in a Mexican pharmacy for about $15.00. You'll need a prescription in the states.

    My riding buddy got violently ill from lettuce that had been washed in tap water. After about 3 hours of emptying out his system where he could kind of hold something in, he took the Cipro and made it about 20 mins before he lost it again but it was just long enough for it to start taking action. He took another 1/2 of a pill about 4 hours later and 2 hours after that he was ready to ride again. He called it a miracle drug. :lol3
  5. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    :roflDamn, I have been doing it wrong the whole time.:rofl

    :rofl Let us know how that works out with a KLR.:rofl

    That does wonders for you blending in, especially the hair and beard, because everyone knows that all Mexicans have long hair and beards. :rofl

    :clapGreat idea, no thief would ever look there for your important stuff. :rofl

    This is some great stuff amigo. :thumb :lol3
  6. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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  7. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    This was :rofl :

    Thanks! I'll try a fake Italian accent next time!

    This was :rofl :rofl :rofl :

    Thanks! I need to blend in better. Based upon your advice I will be giving up my usual shtick when I ride down there:

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  8. DaveCR

    DaveCR Been here awhile

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    Just wanted to clarify... the motorcycles that get stolen most of the times are small bikes, the ones used to make deliveries, etc...

    I have never, ever, heard of a BMW, KTM, Vstrom, Cruiser, high CC that was stolen..

    We think they dont steel this type of bikes because as funny as it may seem to you, we pretty much know anyone with a bike of this type.. we are all somehow connected, a friend of a friend you know... and, we don't buy parts from places or people that don't have good reputation...

    Now, some tips if you travel in Costa Rica, don't leave your bike un attended, thiefs love FARKLE and bags .. try to ride during the day.. best if you go 2 up or with another bike.. if you are going to Customs, be patient.. very patient...

    It only takes one day to fo from teh Nicaragua border to the one in Panama.. but, what's the rush.. we have plenty of beautiful places, beaches, volcanos...

    Feel free to contact me if you are planning to come over here, I can clear doubts, give directions, or even join in some parts of the ride hehe, we are always up for it !

    Pura vida !
  9. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    muy amable :bow
  10. EmilianoXR650L

    EmilianoXR650L Been here awhile

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    hello, here we dont have this kind of situations !!!!! you can go relax !!!!!
  11. W7AMF

    W7AMF Yeah Raft'n!

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    epic! thanks!
  12. MtexpeditionCR

    MtexpeditionCR Adventurer

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    If you ever come to Costa Rica, you will see what a peacefull country we are
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  13. PlasticSun

    PlasticSun Long Live The Supertanker

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    We're in Mexico and we want to leave

    Well not really, but we're down near San Christobal de las Casas right now but next month my grandmother turns 90. Being a good grandchild and tempted by the allure of christmas presents we're thinking about catching a flight from Mexico city to LAX spend a couple of weeks there and then head back.

    Here's the hitch, are we going to run into any trouble because our bike is here in the country when we return back to the states? We'd only be gone for a couple of weeks and we'd still be well inside both our toursit visa (still 2.5 months left) and our vehicle permit/insurance (the same amount of time left).

    Also do we have to re-pay to get a tourist visa again or can we exit and reenter with our current one? I know it's not expensive but it'd be nice to avoid the fee since we haven't used up our current visa yet.
  14. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    i could be totaly wrong,
    but i think only a fm3 allows multiple exit & reentry.
    a fmt requires turning in/canceling and getting a new one when back for the time left on your 180 days.
    if you went into say guat. and back on land you could fake it, but the flying is much more controlled.
  15. PirateJohn

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    You don't have to surrender the tourist "green card" nor your vehicle permits. I kept mine for 6 months some time ago as I drove back and forth across the border repeatedly.
  16. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    ^ I normally would agree with all that except there might be more fussyness with the FMT and an airport exit. With a land exit, you can literally cross the bridge with just a toll and face U.S. customs, with your TVIP and tourist card tucked away. At a Mexican airport for international travel, it may be the process to examine, and possibly stamp, the passport as you turn in your tourist card. Wouldn't be surprised if surrending the tourist card is part of the deal exiting Mexico via airplane. Could be wrong...
  17. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

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    Flown out of Mexico many times and have had to always surrender the tourist card as they check you in.
  18. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    That's what I thought. A Negra Modelo for Rex, please.
  19. RexBuck

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    Good call . . . my favorite. :slurp
  20. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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