Planing a Solo South American Trip!

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

  1. gpothoven

    gpothoven whatever

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    I remember being asked for insurance at the Villa La Angostura/Bariloche crossing, but it was available for sale there at the border at something like $15 or so as it was only liability. This was 5 years ago.
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  2. damasovi

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    AMIGO,

    if you have time learn some spanish. NOt mandatory nor a trip killer, but maybe it could come in handy, and not too much so you can use your gringo charm with the senoritas!!!

    ANy way, Latin AMerica is not about 100% prepare for everything,. be patience and let it flow! all will happend .... one day, today tomorrow or latter.

    If you come this way, let me know and we can have some cervezas and go for a ride!

    For Mexico you can use the Guia Roji, paper maps that are top notch and can be bought in many 7-11 like stores.

    Damasovi
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  3. MikeMike

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    Do not plan any kind of a ride other than a direct highway route with the Guia Roji. It contains an inordinate amount of errors. I have used many maps here in Mexico and the Roji are among the worst. Interestingly enough, the best maps I ever found for Mexico where in a Russian app for my smartphone. Very, very accurate, like the geological ones (thanks SR), the Soviet maps had even the oldest and most out of the way dirt roads, especially in the mountain areas.
    Roji is fine for state to state travel, don't bank on it for any exploring.
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  4. Acampao

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    This stupid attitude is what has earned the "gringos" such a bad reputation all accross South America.
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  5. damasovi

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    MIkeMIke

    Sorry if I forgot this part, I have only have done on road travels using the Guia Roji, and all of it in Baja. Do you have a link to better maps?

    To the other dude, no idea what you mean, what I rode I think has no bad stuff in it, just the advice to have fun and relax, there are no time frames DOWN here, I am Mexican so I know how things can take time somethimes, and time conscious people can have a big problem with that! (I know because I have it all the time)

    Damasovi
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  6. Acampao

    Acampao WInd Jammer

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    RIght, you were a Mexican. Not everything south of the Rio Bravo is the same. You would be surprised...
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  7. MikeMike

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    Dami, check your PM (private message) for more info
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  8. damasovi

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    Gracias MIke!! all good and yes you are right!

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  9. MikeMike

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  10. snohobo

    snohobo Supermoto hippy

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    GPS: Mine failed somewhere in southern Peru, and I managed fine with paper maps and speaking to the locals. I actually enjoyed the trip more without a GPS.

    In Chile, buy the Copec map that they sell at most Copec gas stations, its incredibly detailed and can send you into the middle of nowhere - highly recommended.

    Colombia was also the last place I purchased motorbike insurance though entering Los Antiguos in Argentina, I was asked to show insurance and my buddy wasnt.

    I carry a policy good for all of South America, valid for four years, it cant exactly be purchased, though it did come in handy in Peru as well.
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  11. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    :lol3 :lol3 :lol3 That must be the same policy I had. :freaky
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  12. raspano

    raspano Robert Spano

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    I'm also planning that ride, from N. California to Ushuaia, returning only as far asParaguay to drop the bike with a friend there. I'm tentatively set to leave October 5.I just started the detailed route planning today. I'll be going down the Mexican pacific coast, and continue hugging the coat and probably cut over into Argentina and ride down on Ruta 40 (Argentina's version of route 66). I'm now in the process of finding cheap biker friendly places to stay. Many with whom I have consulted have suggested taking certain spare parts,as they are not available en route and shipping can take forever, if it succeeds at all. I've been told to take a clutch cable, shift levers, a new chain, and enough oil pan bolts and washers for as many changes as I anticipate, along with assorted nuts and bolts, and spare tubes and tires. I've been to may of the places over the years, some several times, but not on a bike--- usually on the "chicken buses" (the ancient school buses that haul locals, but not really chickens). I'm trying to get to Peru quickly and bank some days because it is a great place to spend some time and the food is the best in all of the continent. Good luck on your ride!!
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  13. El Explorador

    El Explorador Radical Explorer

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    I'm sure you have already done the requisite research and know this, but in October you'll be running into the tail-end of the rainy season. It's not necessarily all that bad, I'm planning on being there at the end of September and am excited to see all the life that comes out of the earth with the rain.

    There's a climate heat-map floating around the internet if you need help planning it out, I have it somewhere on my computer at home and can dig it up if you haven't come across it yet.
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  14. MikeMike

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    And rainy seasons are buggy seasons, too. Populations soar.
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    Here are a couple of things I found useful. www.minihostels.com and www.pacarama.com are sites for hostels, and hotels and hostels. You can book and put the address in the GPS and go. You can get insurance good for most of the trip at www.motorcycleexpress.com To me having insurance is a part of being a responsible human being. Also there are a couple of countries where if you have an accident the cops will throw you in jail till you either show insurance or post a cash bond to cover any injuries you might have caused. YMMV. Dave
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