Patzcuaro, Mexico?

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  1. Pax

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    The family and friends are considering a trip to Mexico in summer of 2008. There are 20 folks headed down there (with 3 of us riding). We are considering trailering the bikes to Patzcuaro and spending several days running excursions around the region.

    Will we be able to send the bikes accross the border without all the riders present? Will we have trouble with insuring them w/o the riders all there? What other issues am I missing?

    I'm looking for the collective input at this point so what can you tell me about the area, accomodations (for 20!), etc? What pointers do you have or would you do something entirely different? We like the idea of a colonial area. We are bringing our kids which means we need generally decent accomodations for them and the wives.

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    Google is your bestest buddy.
    There are cabins on the lake that might your needs for a large group and kids.
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    Thanks Lone Rider,

    We've certainly conducted a lot of reserach on the area and have talked with several accomodations. I'm really looking for input that would come from the adventure community who has ridden in the area. Any input you could give on rides, trails, things to do in the area, etc would be great help to me.

    Thanks!
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    Anyone? Should I try another forum?
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    edit: please don't move me to travels...I posted over there and din't get a great response about the borders...I know some of you guys have ridden there and need your help!

    I'm considering a trip to Patzcuaro, Mexico in summer of 2008. There are 20 folks headed down there (with 3+ of us riding). We are considering trailering the bikes to Patzcuaro and spending several days running excursions around the region.

    Questions:
    1. Will we be able to send the bikes accross the border without all the riders present?
    2. How do we handle insurance? Comprehensive coverage? What is available and how?
    3. Can we get insurance without all the riders there?
    I'm looking for collective help at this point so what can you tell me about the area, accomodations (for 20!), etc? What pointers do you have or would you do something entirely different? We like the idea of a colonial area. We are bringing our kids which means we need generally decent accomodations for them and the wives.

    Thanks,
    -Pax
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    1. Yes, so long as you have vehicle importation permits for each bike and each vehicle. Those can be purchased at the border, or in advance at the consulate, but the owner will either need to be present or send someone with a notarized power of attorney (or so I have heard);
    2. Insurance can be purchased online. Get comprehensive coverage with roadside assistance if you can afford it. You need the VIN, as well as a valid U.S. policy in order for hte insurance to be in effect. I have used these guys before: http://www.mexadventure.com/MexicanInsurance/Motorcycle_Insurance_for_Mexico.cfm
    They are pretty good, and you can print your policy and take it with you. It can get pricey, though, so shop around. I now just purchase annual coverage because of the cost of temporary coverage.
    3. Yes. Just do it online.

    As far as hotels, etc., can't help you there. My Mexican travels are limited to Baja, Sonora, Sinaloa, Mexico City, and the Yucatan. But, here is a link that you might find useful: www.patzcuaromexico.com.
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  7. Pax

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    I'll check it out. We are trying to send one guy down with the bikes while I accopmany the women to our destination. We considered riding down, but it would be a little lengthy trying to do it with the family meeting us there.

    Thanks for your time!

    -Pax
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    No worries. Let me know if you need any help with the permits, etc. I live very close to the border, and I have frequent business at the Mexican consulate, so if you need any info, I can check it out for you. One problem is that, while you might be told everything is fine, you also might get to the border and be told something completely different. I have discovered that pictures of Andrew Jackson printed on green stock go a long way towards resolving such conflicts.:lol3
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    It is likely I will call upon you. In planning the trip I believe we are prepared for delays and additional "costs" at the borders. Never having done this before our major concern is that I get on a plane and we can't get the bikes down there which is a major part of the trip. Thanks again for the offer!

    -Pax

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    The temporary importation vehicle rules are simple.

    1 - only one vehicle per person

    2 - person that will be operating the vehicle must be present at the border when importing the vehicle as a tourist

    3 - only that person can operate the vehicle

    So ... to be on the safe side.

    Since there is a number of people in your group, and "loaning" vehicles are not permited, you can "rent" the vehicle to one of the members ... but that person must be driving the vehicle at all times (the risk of not doing so, I would not take). So in order to trailer bikes, you must have a designated driver - operator - importer of the towing vehicle and the bike riders must be present at the border at the time of importation. Trailer and truck (for example) must be under one person's name ... and that person has his/her quota of imported vehicles filled. The motorcycle riders will fill their quota of imported vehicles (1 per person) as for they want to ride.

    So ... even if it is your truck, and your bike, you cannot import both. In all likelyness you will have to do a "rental" contract and a notarized letter of authorization for that person to import (easy) for importing that vehicle and using it in mexico, but the catch is that you SHOULD not be driving it (emergencies have to be real emergencies ... capisce?)

    So ... If you want to cross the border trailering 4 bikes, you actually need 5 people ... one for importing the truck and 4 for importing their corresponding bikes.

    Is that clear now?

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    Border costs

    It is about 50 bucks for your tourist visa and you temporary importation permit.

    In most cases it is for 6 months, but I remind you that you cannot forget to cancel the importation permit or your visa while exiting mexico; they keep really good records of that. Mexico is the most efficient and sofisticated border south of Rio Grande till Panama.
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    Don, I've not done it myself but have read about people putting both a truck and bike (2 vehicles, same owner) on one Temp Permit.
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    I know of a person that have crossed 4 vehicles in one shot doing it online, but that was one time occurrance.

    Custom Van - Trailer - Ural - 650gs

    I've seen it in person, but i would not gamble that can be done twice.
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  14. Pax

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    Our goal is to send one guy with 2 bikes on a trailer hauled by a truck. The truck's owner will be there. One of the bikes will be owned by the second guy. My bike will be owned by the third.

    We've been told that we can give a notarized document to the guy taking the bikes through so he can take my bike, pickup the insurance and bring them down. Have you taken your bikes accross the border and have you ever done this type of thing?

    -Pax

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    The mexican regulations state that no vehicles can be loaned, but they must be rented. Rental are ok, but no borrowing or loaning.

    I cross rental vehicles into Mexico several times a year; the vehicle must be "rented" ... cannot be "loaned" or just "authorized" for use.

    It is not hard to do ... make a "contract" on a nice form specifying the lenght of time of the contract, daily rate, overall rate, all the vehicle and the person information, etc etc etc.

    In the last 8 weeks I did paperwork for my own truck , a friends truck, 24 motorcycles including rented and privatelly owned motorcycles for crossing from Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and finally Mexico.

    26 vehicles in one day ... and again ... some privatelly owned and some rented.

    In the last year I have crossed with at least 6 rented vehicles and helped with the paperwork of at least a 12 rented and own bikes.

    In one opportunity one of my coworkers had to "sell" the truck to a customer. He forgot to check out his bike out of the border 11 years ago, and yes ... it was still on record.

    Lonerider is right about multiple vehicle crossing, but I personally would not bet on it.

    Just my .02 cents
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  16. Pax

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    ok, so can I "rent" my bike to the guy driving them down and then ride with him when he arrives? Is that what you are suggesting?

    Also, how do you go about getting insurance for the "rented" bike?

    Much thanks.

    -Pax

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  17. Uncle Pollo

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    This is the catch.

    Insurance for the vehicles are not mandatory in Mexico, nevertheless; insurance can be bought at most border crossing or border towns.

    Hey Bob ... is that Sanborn's insurance the ones you can find on the American side?

    I cannot remember right now ...
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    Yep, Sanborn's, but they're more $'s than the online sources.
    One thing Sanborn's does offer is insurance for Central America, although I've enever purchased it from them.
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    Ok, it sounds like we can "rent" the bikes to the guy taking them accross and that we can purchase insurance for everything before he goes, including the "rented" bike.

    Is this correct guys?

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    Yup

    Once your "customer" has imported the bike, if he chooses to do so, may purchase the insurance.
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