Central America & South America Updates Wanted

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by El Stigo, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. bmwarabia

    bmwarabia Harvey in Antigua

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    Just let us know. We are happy to accommodate.

    Harvey
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  2. El Stigo

    El Stigo Hey Ese its EL STIGO

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    Thanks to everyone.

    Lots of great local tips.

    We are now at Tapachula and I am going to go ahead and ride to Panama with him.

    I may leave my GSA in Panama as I cannot do the entire journey. I would fly back to Mexico City and then return once he is in Panama again to do the ride back with him or may just come back on my own and ride down again.

    Anything extra we need to know about riding in Guatemala or elsewhere?

    Are HI-VIZ vests required or anywhere else in CA?

    Thanks

    Stigo (Lance)
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  3. klebs01

    klebs01 Been here awhile

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    A heads up about border crossings into Panama. I crossed at Rio Sereno today and it's the best crossing Ive had to date. It was quick, there was no traffic, no fixers, all the government employees were nice, helpful and had smiles. I've only heard complaints from the other crossings. As an added bonus the roads on both sides are great. Via Volcán on the Panama side is incredible. A must ride if you are in the area.
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  4. JRWooden

    JRWooden Homeless motorcycle vagabond ... and ... loving it

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    Just a note ....
    when I went thru Nicaragua last year it was important to fill out a visa application (which could be done on line) AT LEAST 7 DAYS IN ADVANCE.
    My buddy and I did it and had no issues.
    We ran into some other riders that had NOT done it and slept on the floor of the station for 2 nights while the crap got ironed out.
    I don't know if it is still a requirement or not

    See: https://advrider.com/f/threads/change-in-the-nicaragua-border.1298854/
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  5. klebs01

    klebs01 Been here awhile

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    It is still a requirement, but I got through recently without it and so have other riders I've met. Just takes longer at the border and they request extra copies of your passport. Worth doing if you can before the border.
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  6. JimsBeemer

    JimsBeemer 2017 R1200GSA

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    Same here. I tried to fill it out and sent it in a few days in advance, but never got a response. Had a great fixer at Nica border, and as we were waiting I asked him if it would have been faster if we had that, and he shrugged and said yes, but not so much. Met another riders (couple) who were fluent in Spanish, they filled out the form in Spanish and got confirmation within two days.
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  7. bykergrrl

    bykergrrl Been here awhile

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    3rd that sentiment - went thru a few weeks ago - we'd filled out the form, never got an answer. Didn't have a fixer, didn't have any extra issues.
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  8. El Stigo

    El Stigo Hey Ese its EL STIGO

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    Thanks to all.

    We arrived to Panamá without many issues.

    Time lost at border entries and exits is a shame as it adds time to a trip that could be spent in each country.

    - Worst border entry: Guatemala @ Tecun Uman & Talisman
    - Best border entry: Costa Rica @ Peñas Blancas

    Also found some great stays.


    Happy to provide tips or info to anyone interested.
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  9. stormdog

    stormdog Long timer

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    What other crossings did you use and how would you rate each?
    I’m heading to Costa Rica in January and trying to nail down crossing options
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  10. klebs01

    klebs01 Been here awhile

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    Seems like things are getting interesting in South America. Border between Colombia and Ecuador at Ipiales has been mostly closed for two weeks. Tons of protests and roadblocks in Ecuador over gas subsidies being removed. And a power struggle in Peru.

    I'm going to keep moving south, planning to cross at Ipiales in about two weeks. Hope things calm down, but updates would be nice.
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  11. Dan Diego

    Dan Diego Long timer

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  12. TeeVee

    TeeVee His mudda was a mudda!

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    nah, just the norm for this part of the world. there is always a civil war, civil unrest, power struggle, blockades, strikes etc etc etc. if it weren't so, it wouldn't be latin america.
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  13. CourtRand

    CourtRand Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    The protests are over and the citizens are smiling, pushing brooms and cleaning up today. Protests and strikes happen in many countries, like in France with the Yellow Vest protests. Ecuadorians are very active and vocal in their government and will not hesitate to take to the streets to make sure the government listens to them.
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  14. JimsBeemer

    JimsBeemer 2017 R1200GSA

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    Hope this is true! I have friends stuck in Peru needing parts for a DR that they can source in Quito but have been unable to find a way to get them out of the country.
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  15. El Stigo

    El Stigo Hey Ese its EL STIGO

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    Send me a PM with your info and I can share anything you require in greater detail.

    Just be prepared to wait to get through and allow an average of 2-3 hours going in and going out of each country. This is the biggest downtime that most don't consider when traveling. Once you get to Costa Rica things get better.

    Best
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