Skipping Columbia...by boat or plane and with who?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by NeverQuit, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. NeverQuit

    NeverQuit RoutineDefiant Adventurer

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    Starting a ride down through Mexico and Central America, and we'd like to get around Columbia. Anybody used any reputable carriers/providers to fly or boat the bikes? Probably go through to Ecuador.
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  2. Aussie_Gringo

    Aussie_Gringo The anti-septic

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    It's Colombia. Why do you want to avoid the country? Check out Outer Darkness as there are many threads there with transport options across the Darien Gap.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=33

    Good luck!
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  3. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    +1, except Aussie Gringo, as awesome as he is, must be getting very old, because Outer Darkness was long-ago divided into sub-regions, including "Latin America."

    Colombia is awesome. Don't go around it. Don't be frightened by old stories of war and trouble. The actual risks of anything happening in Colombia are no greater than every other risk you take every time you hop on your motorcycle. Colombia is beautiful. It is the most beautiful country in all of Latin America.

    I'm not going to do any more work for you. Go to the Latin America forum and do some reading!
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  4. theturtleshead

    theturtleshead Tits on a fish

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    Maybe change you,re name to "Quit sometimes"!! Oh well at least I won,t have to get the beers in here in Medellin.All the more hot chics for me.
    But really,I,ve already met up with 5 travellers here in the last month,well two weeks actually.
    Al theturtleshead
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  5. SnailsPace

    SnailsPace n00b

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    Rode through Colombia beginning of the year. Up until then Bolivia was my choice of country in S.A. Now i can not say enough about Colombia. The scenery, the people. Beautiful. Having said that if you are not comfortable, go round. It is your trip.
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  6. kaiserkyhl

    kaiserkyhl Send more money!

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    After visiting Colombia in January I returned in may, got married, started a hostel and are expecting a baby soon.

    Have had more that 25 bikers visit my hostel since 1st of August, all with nothing but praises for this country and riding ;-)
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  7. NeverQuit

    NeverQuit RoutineDefiant Adventurer

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    To celebrate 4 years since I first wrote the inquiry above, I'm just writing to say....I'm here, I'm alive, and I friggin' LOVE Colombia!

    My travels ended up re-routing me just by chance anyway, but eventually I spent quite a bit of time in Colombia, riding, dining, exploring, and getting to know a couple of the guys who wrote above. Now a large part of my work is arranging travel plans for other riders who want to ride in Colombia.

    Whereas I once thought those were some pretty wise-ass responses (um, turtleshead...how are ya, buddy) they were in fact right: Unless you're seriously looking for trouble, you're unlikely to find it in Colombia. Bunch of sweet-hearted people the Colombians are, and they're totally proud of their country and what they've done to rid themselves of a troubled past.

    Not in my time down there, or from any of the customers who we've sent on adventure trips to Colombia have I heard any horror stories. (Not even a case of the shits!) Walk into the wrong movie theater or grocery store in the U.S. though, and bam! One customer even commented recently how he thought Colombia was safer than the U.S.

    Anyway, I'm off the soapbox. Get yourself to Colombia, and see what I've seen. You'll love it.

    E

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  8. WilderRider

    WilderRider Long timer

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    :clap
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  9. zaigua

    zaigua n00b

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    Hi
    We have room for one motorbike in our container (40ft). We are shipphing it from Colon to Cartagena the last week of November.
    zaiguat@gmail.com
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  10. GastonUSAChile

    GastonUSAChile Been here awhile

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    Simple , take a RoRo vessel from Manzanillo ,Panama to Guayaquil, Ecuador or Callao, Peru.
    In Panama you;ll need an agent or authorized help to do Customs and Police inspection by order of government. Used to be by the vehicle owner but not anymore.
    Be careful how Customs fill the form when you enter Panama. Agents in Panama had told me there is a lot of problems in this regard
    If you need the schedule let me know. That is the cheapest and most practical way to ship your bike to another country in South America.

    You can count up to 5 days to deliver the vehicle at the port before departure date.
    At Colon , (80 kms) the bike should be inspected at the DIJ same city. It takes 1 day.
    Then with the agent you'll do Customs .
    Once you enter Panama from Costa Rica, you must get insurance (mandatory).

    Be careful , how Panama Customs release the form (Temp. Admission). Be sure to give them the VIN# and Engine # (remember you are at banana's country) and it is correctly written in the form. If not, then you must again to Customs in Colon (a pain in the ass!).

    For more details on the process please send me an Email. I can give you RoRo schedules and a good contact agent .

    Don't get afraid of the bureaucracy , Panama and Colombia are the worst in terms of paperwork. You esily will spend 2-3 days coming and going to several offices. Colombia is a little bit more organized.
    After that , all the other countries are a piece of cake and much better organized with controls.
    Somebody said in this room that Colombia is the gorgeous among all...mmmmm.., I don't think so, everyone is unique and impressive. To me Peru and Bolivia have the best mountains, Chile the nicest, decent beaches on the West and Brazil on the East. Argentina the most cultured people, Chile the most organized one. Uruguay the nicest and charming society among all. My personal opinion after being more than 40 years extensively traveling in S.A.

    G/SAMX
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  11. jordan325ic

    jordan325ic Been here awhile

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    I like that you came back four years later to amend your previous attitude about Colombia. We've all heard the stories. The truth is much more pleasant. Colombia was my favourite country out of all of Latin America, I felt as safe as I have anywhere.
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  12. bananaman

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    SPAM.

    The original post was an awful long time ago. Here's Gaston asking for an email so that an agent can be introduced by him so he can get a commission.
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  13. GastonUSAChile

    GastonUSAChile Been here awhile

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    Please, do not believe the story of the this guy (Banana) , whenever he find a tip of me , a suggestion or whatever, he for sure is going to call it SPAM, business, advantage , etc..... He is really falling low in doing comments out of topic and nonsense.


    Panama ports require now to use an agent or 'embarcador' for Customs, inspection etc.. This is what shipping line had informed.
    There is a lot of problems with data on the temporary admission permits given at the border and misinformation on procedures, etc, etc.. in Panama.
    Banana, can tell your a thousand stories and SPAM stories. He is not in the cargo area, he think he is but nope! At the shipping section (Latin America) he offer free service to everybody , only because he did a ride along the Americas. Well , that is a ride and not a forwarder knowledge. Good luck with him, you will lose time and money.

    We don't make money and have no interest with those services at all. We only look for good and the best sources and good service to adventurer riders and drivers to fulfill the task.

    The are 2 ways to get of S.America right? the Panamanian side is quite disorganized and grey. The other side , Colombia more organized but complicated. Holidays make it worst. Colombia (Cartagena) just had this week Monday, today and Friday and possible next Monday , holiday..............................!! If you are running crazy from office to office , place to place asking for results on a shipping process, it is madness!, add holidays and your pocket will empty paying hotels.
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  14. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    Way cool dude, sound like your living a dream.
    Look forward to riding through again this Winter.
    Where the hell is Albert ( Turtleshead ) these days ?

    Max
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  15. Throttlemeister

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    Albert hangs out at his newish bar in the nice area of Medellin, Colombia in El Pablado area(sp?) called the Shamrock.

    And he who skips Colombia has made a grave mistake, its one of the greatest motorcycle countries in the world:deal
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  16. Parcero

    Parcero Mundial

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    +1 on what Throttlemeister said.

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  17. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Havent heard from Al in a while. I keep threatening to return, set up shop at his place again, and drink all his beer. :lol3
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  18. Misery Goat

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    Al's alive and well in Medellin. :freaky
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  19. NeverQuit

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  20. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Loved Colombia (ride reports...tuckers to tdf) wouldn't have missed it for the World. The dreaded Meddellin was really quite nice for a big city with a LOT of traffic. Cartagena was awesome. The ride through Colombia was epic!
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