Now that Latin America is its own place... (In the olden days, the world was divided in such a way that there was one section, "Outer Darkness." It included everything that wasn't in the United States. One day, after vigorous but largely ignored debate, Outer Darkness got split into sections. Latin America was created. Hence, Mods are Gods, separated only by letters H-L). 1: Know your Geography. For example, Panama is a country that lies East-West, not North-South; Costa Rica is West of Panama, Colombia is East. If you want to sail from Panama to Cartagena, you will take a route West by North West, because Cartagena is actually slightly to the North of Panama. Here's my nomination for the Best Short Ride Report: Please keep your comments to a minimum. Any bitching and moaning will be completely ignored, or else maybe it'll be directed elsewhere, or something, according to whatever Nata Harli, Lone Rider, and/or Albert the Turtles Head say. GS Diablo, either of the Seguin Bros, and Throttlemeister are equally to blame. Somewhere there's a huge list of rules about ride report threads- read them after you've read all these ride reports, and before you post a question on this thread. Feel free to send any of us a PM. There's an ADV journal at Panama Bikers, on Via Espana in Panama City, where you can leave comments. You can do all the complaining you want to Javier at Dakar Motos in Buenos Aires (but he won't listen). We're working on getting ADV books in Albert's bars (The Barking Spider in Medellin, The Turtles Head in Quito). Some day we'll do a geo-cache in Ushuaia. We're a friendly bunch. We've had a Rallye's. Planning for it: Second Annual Latin American Riders' Rally (SALARR) - Carbondale, CO. Getting there and back: Prostitution's legal, ain't it?. The 2009 rallye was north of Minneapolis. It was the best place in the world to hear SOB (south of the border) stories. Third Annual Latin American Riders' Rallye - ALARR III You absolutely have to read Seattle to Argentina on a KLR650, 5/7/2006, by OZYMANDIAS. His e-book is here: www.2arms1head.com; ... Charlotte to Canada to South America, by Funklab, is another must-read, but with a not-quite-as-sad-ending. The best trip prep info you can buy is a DVD by Dr. Benny. Get it here: http://www.motorcyclemexico.com/201...gn=Feed:+MotorcycleMexico+(Motorcycle+Mexico) On account of the total insanity of Cruthas, I'm putting his crossing of the Darien right after Ozy's. This is a MUST READ. The good stuff starts on page 7. The thread started out as a question, "Shipping bike from Panama to Colombia" CAUTION: DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU WORRY ABOUT STUFF. Cruthas lists his sailboat research here, and a few of us have chimed in with misc. info.: A list of sailboats and captians from Panama to Colombia Most of Latin America is pretty safe, but... Avoid the dirt road from Santiago Atilan to San Pedro in Guatemala, and Avoid this guy at the Honduras border. Chickens hogs and other road hazards, by Boyscout. This should be included in any MSF course on Latin America. Dr. Benny's new site, www.motorcyclemexico.com, is going to have a "how to ride Mexico" movie. This also should be included in any MSF course on Latin America. How far is it from the US/Mexico border to Ushuaia? There's a little discussion here. Hopefully it helps your planning, because 15,000ish miles is hard to wrap your head around. Just Butt-Time The Most Fun Way To Cross The Darien Gap: http://www.newfrontiersadventures.com/MC/CentralAm.html, by our very own C5! How to cross into Honduras, by Luciosiq- this is a link to the page: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=10002320&postcount=129. Read the whole ride report here: 2 UP FROM 5 TO 9- from New York to Brazil. Here's a video of them getting interviewed once they made it to Brazil. How to get into Bolivia is so damn confusing, and fascinating, that I'm adding this post from JediMaster. He has a blog: http://shortwayround.co.uk/. How to get out is even more confusing. Here's how Crashmaster did it: Bolivia: Uyuni - Laguna Verde, exit question. Don't read this if you get vertigo or are afraid of sand. An oxygen pack is suggested unless you're used to riding at 16,500 feet. "Chasing Summer," by Jean-Luc. Epic 2007-2008 trip from way up north to way down south. Machu Pichu, the alternate route, by Boyscout. Nobody is supposed to be able to ride to Machu Pichu (or Aguas Calientes), you're only supposed to be able to ride to Cuscu, and from there you're supposed to walk for 4 days, or take an expensive train. Nobody except Boyscout. (Brian and Marie also did it, and they were two-up! Mere mortals can't.) Most riders take the Lima/Nazca/Cuzco route to Machu Picchu. Crashmaster has a better way, outlined here: Peru Route Question South America Top 10 Rides, by Mickycito. Mickycito is the owner/operator of www.compassexpeditions.com. His "South America Top 10 Rides" is a must-read. Have a napkin ready because you're going to drool some more. Martincito very awesomely posted this: Uyuni, Laguna Colorada and Verde. Mini Report for those who don't know, this is in Bolivia, and it deals with the salt flats and lakes. This is an extremely remote area. You probably shouldn't even read this if you're not an expert, or else you're going to have serious anxiety attacks. Thornado has a good one going: Southern Exposure: Seattle to Argentina, a guy and a girl, each on a KLR of their own. I can barely add Hi-Jay's Patagonia-Bound, about two Michiganers (Go Wisconsin!) riding fancy brand-new matching shiny fully-kitted BMW R1200GS motorbikes from Michigan USA to Patagonia-where? Finding PANAMA, by Jeff Munn, from January 2006. Also in the Hall of Fame. Here's another good one from Gpothaven. "Americas - All the way up, all the way down... " - this quote is from 11/26/08. Read on, try not to drool over the photos. I think Nina is the best photographer on advrider.