Planing a Solo South American Trip!

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by kindberg, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. kindberg

    kindberg MANA

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    :nortonThe Plan is to leave to South America September or October 2012 SOLO !
    Anybody's advise wisdom and help would be greatly appreciated !
    I just had my 50th. Birthday not to long ago and realized that life is to short to put it off any longer.
    I will be riding a 09 KLR fully prepared already for the trip.
    One of the things I am still missing is what kind of Gps maps and other maps are the best ones to buy.
    I have the zumo 660 which I hope will be OK.
    As soon as I figure out how to post some pictures of the bike I will,I am confused about the URL it is asking
    to post the picture,if anyone has input that would be great.
    Thanks everyone.
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  2. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Get something like garmin world map or the smelly biker world map for sort of a general not particularly accurate map, but then download all of the free open source maps for south america that are out there. There are really good ones for mexico, colombia, argentina, chile, brazil and venezuela. I haven't seen much for central, but then again I haven't looked in a while. The open source maps for argentina and chile are every bit as good as the garmin street maps for the US. Routable, every street with names, banks, hotels, gas stations, restaurants, etc. Really good quality and FREE.
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  3. kindberg

    kindberg MANA

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    Thanks Bud, first response to my post I will look that up!
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  4. garrydymond

    garrydymond Been here awhile

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    If you want to come to Mexico City. We will be happy to put you up and show you around.
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  5. kindberg

    kindberg MANA

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    Thanks, I am making notes as I get responses.
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  6. moto-treks

    moto-treks Back Home

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    Here is a link to a comparison I did on south American maps before my trip to SA

    http://www.moto-treks.com/gps-maps

    I also had the free garmin world routeable map loaded as my base map.
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  7. Acampao

    Acampao WInd Jammer

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    For Chile and Argentina, download the free Proyectomapear map. It´s far better than the one the Garmin' Chile rep will sell you. I believe it also has Perú and Uruguay info.
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  8. Dusty_Bottoms

    Dusty_Bottoms Adventurer Ordinaire

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    look on klr650.net
    he did this trip and has a huge write up
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  9. Manolito

    Manolito Patagonia guide

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    You can download the maps for the gps (Chile,Paraguay and Argentina) at : proyectomapear.com.ar
    If there is something you need to know about Argentina, here I am.
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  10. mightymatt43

    mightymatt43 URALiNEED

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    Hopefully this can be of some help to Kindberg, but I'm in Chile at the moment and am having trouble figuring out how to get insurance for my bike. Any advice on how to get something temporary when coming to Argentina?
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  11. Manolito

    Manolito Patagonia guide

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    To ride through Chile, Brasil, Argentina,etc you will need that the insurance company covers you in the Mercosur (Argentina, Paraguay,Chile, Brasil, Uruguay and Bolivia).
    All the argentinian companies I know uses 6 month periods, may be for foreigns it's differente. If you want I can PM you the phone numbers of insurance companies here in Argentina.
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  12. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    If you are coming through Veracruz, let me know, I have some spare KLR parts from a few other riders who have come through.
    Take for instance the rear brake bracket thing...
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  13. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    I rode Chile and Argentina with no insurance. Argentina is hit or miss on whether they ask for proof of insurance at the border. I wouldn't let not having insurance slow you down.
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  14. Acampao

    Acampao WInd Jammer

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    You cannot cross the border from Chile to Argentina without showing proof of insurance. That and the vehicle registration papers. Also a POA if it's not registered under your name.
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  15. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    I crossed from Chile to Argentina numerous times without being asked for proof of insurance. Like I said, it is hit or miss. The right attitude at the border goes a long way.
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  16. Catours

    Catours Guatemala Tourer

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    If you make it to Antigua, Guatemala (nice place to relax a few days), be sure to come by Moto Cafe and share some stories with fellow motorcyclists, join us for a ride, or just have a beer!

    Moto Cafe
    6a Calle Oriente #14
    Antigua, Guatemala
    14°33'19.50"N
    90°43'52.43"W

    Good for you to take off and do it!
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  17. Acampao

    Acampao WInd Jammer

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    No way. When did you last do it?
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  18. kindberg

    kindberg MANA

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    Great Help thanks a mill.
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  19. kindberg

    kindberg MANA

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    Thats very kind of you,Thanks and as said I am new to this forum but I already feel at home as people are always trying to help.
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  20. kindberg

    kindberg MANA

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    Thanks Manolito I will look it up !
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