Shipping bike from Panama to Colombia

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by cruthas, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    YOU can do anything, Vinnie. Although it is rainy in June. The coldest I have ever been, in my entire life, was on the Chagres River in June.

    Here's more of the road from Cuango to Cocuye.

    They grow some low-land coffee.

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    The people who live there travel by horse.

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    You will fall in love with the women very carefully. The women are very different from the ones in Yavisa.

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    It is far from Cuango to Porto Bello. You can not drive faster than 50 kph, and the speedo on the defender broke several years ago (not unlike the speedo on my GS), so you might as well hydrate and try to cool off before you hit the road.

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    I leave you with some Ypeti Kuna. These women live near Torti, way over on the Pacific side, on the Panamericana. Is it just me, or is the girl on the left absofuckinglutely gorgeous? You can't see it in the photo, but she has a small piece of gold in her nose.

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  2. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Great shots amigo! If I do that route, just one question: how much does it cost to ship a waterlogged, flooded moto from Panama to L.A. ? :lol3

    But, I'll put my money on Throttlemeister.
  3. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    I was close to that area the other day after taking a crazy assed fast laucha ride from isla Elefante to Miramar, the sea was bad but it was supposed to be much worse three days ago. I heard they lost a boat and some indians died in heavy seas after capsizing:cry

    Miramar is the first place that was said to have a road out with some type of regular service to Panama cities.

    The sailboats are now going to have to take people from Miramar, Puerto Lindo, or Portobello since the road to Carti is still out of order for everyone except the Kuna. It was such a pain in the ass when we arrived from Providencia that I had to leave my bike stuck on the boat and hoof it to the city to keep from going crazy on the island after spending three nights.

    On our ride into Panama City from Miramar I saw a rider in full Rev it gear looking a little lost like he was trying to find a boat to Colombia.

    Going down to the Darien first thing in the morning on a six hour bus ride and should be down their for a few days before flying out to El Povnier on 14th Feb to hook back up with the SteelRat once again.
  4. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    I'd have tried it but my bike is stuck on a boat, have to save it for the ride back home I guess:deal
  5. Cal

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  6. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    Shit... just bought a bottle of Deep Woods Off with as much DEET as I can find and I'm sure as hell not up to date on Malaria drugs:huh

    We leave out tomorrow morning into the great unknown on the 6 hour chicken bus from hell, or maybe it is somewhat known.

    I just hope all the little biting bastards die from alcohol poisioning before they drop off a loveload in me:lol3

    In sha la:1drink
  7. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Mosquitoes I can deal with, but all chitres, jejenes, whatever they are called must die. :gun2

    Yes, they drink DEET for happy hour. If I could wipe them off the face of the planet, I would do it without hesitation. :lol3
  8. Brasileiro

    Brasileiro n00b

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    My name is Neil Malik and I rode my KLR 650 from Rhode Island to Brazil passing through the countries of Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and finally Brazil. I will be ending my trip in Fortaleza, Brazil in March 2011.

    I have detailed a lot of onformation about my experiences from Panam to Colombia by Kuna Cargo boat. If anyone needs more info, visit my website:

    www.klr650.homestead.com/

    I also am selling my bike complete with the rack system, the luggage and spares (see "About My Bike"). The bike continues to be flawless after 10,000 miles.

    The bike is offered at $US5,800 and is in excellent condition. Reasonable
    offers will be entertained. My bike is currently located in Manaus, Brazil (3/8/11)which makes it an excellent place to start an enduro bike adventure.
  9. GastonUSAChile

    GastonUSAChile Been here awhile

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    For all of you to know, I got commercial relationship in Barranquilla and Cartagena with an agent for crossing bikes to the U.S. out of Colombia. (Tuesdays and Saturdays)

    From Barranquilla, flying out to Miami is costing around the same cost of crossing Panama to Colombia.
    This is competitive as maritime costs.

    Those riders interested please contact me. I'll be assisting you in Miami.

    Gaston
  10. Adv

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    Craziest place!!!:eek1
  11. Throttlemeister

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    The hottest girl solider I ever saw was down in Yaviza:eek1
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    We got a military escort all over town before they told us we really ought to leave, so we went back up the road to Meteti for the night.
  12. bananaman

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    I smell spam.

  13. snohobo

    snohobo Supermoto hippy

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    Actually he's got some decent information in there. The page about his homemade rack is pretty darn funny.

    When you back in Panama Banana?
  14. tedder

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  15. klous-1

    klous-1 Man on a bike

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    The Victoria Lives !!!

    I am just currently repeating Crutha's route, more or less anyway, and will write a full report soon if people are interested? Have reached Colombia in Bahia Solano, have a couple of hours before the final leg to Buenaventura.

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    Until later,
    Nick
  16. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    Way to go Nick:clap:clap:clap This is going to be the new poorboys route for sure. I was just about to go out to Buenaventura before leaving Cali and check with the cargo boat captains about trying to make arrangments headed North. Was wondering if you took out of PC or down the PanAm at LaPalma? You would at least cut off some sea time going out of La Palma. Glad to hear your making progress to BV. Look forward to the rest of the report on the trip.
  17. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    Yes, tell us more!
  18. klous-1

    klous-1 Man on a bike

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    Went from Panama in the end, as Cruthas from Casco Viejo. Looked at every avilable option, including La Palma...well, not really La Palma, the police stopped us from going there, said we needed an authorization paper from Panama City, so they wouldn't even let us go to Yaviza. Also, the only boats - to my knowledge now at least - from La Palma are lanchas, these cost a lot as they use a lot of fuel and are operated by the little scallywags who also operate in Jaque and Puerto Piña.

    I think the cheapest option is to take the cargo boat from Panama, the quickest - if you are lucky enough to find a lancha from La Palma - would be that way, but you'd only save a day. Most of the time is in waiting in Jaque for a lancha and then, for me and my friend, watching wood be loaded onto the cargo boat to Buenaventura - spent 5 days on that one.

    You can take lanchas all the way, LA Palma, Jaque, then Bahia Solano, then Buenaventura, this would be quick, but expensive and a lot of hardwork loading and unloading!

    Still the price for shipping in total, was $420, I think in hindsight we could get this a bit lower, maybe 400, MAYBE 380. Inc all our food it was $450, we camped on beaches, in Jaque and Jurado and the journey whole took 10 days, as said 5 days on the last leg from Jurado to Buena.

    It was great, and I wholly recommend it!

    I write a full report for my blog fairly soon, I've written it, just need to type it!
  19. Throttlemeister

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    I will be in Cali next Sunday or working my way up there over the next days as I'm coming back up from Ecuador. I'll buy the first round:freaky Glad to hear of your success:clap Let me know where you are. My Colombian mobile number is: 573 16 8637632 when I cross the border again.

    There is a whole lot more that can be done of this route after making some more contacts:deal Just takes time...
  20. bananaman

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    But, wait- the police wouldn't let you go to La Palma or Yavisa? That's news to me. I was just talking to my Panama family a few days ago, and they said nothing of any new problems. But, if you told the police you were planning to go PAST La Palma, or PAST Yavisa, then yes, they will not let you, and just to be sure, they won't even let you go that far, because it is too easy to smuggle yourself from those places.

    If you did not tell the police that you were going to Colombia, they would have let you go to Yavisa or La Palma, right?

    For everyone else: this confirms that you need authorization in Panama, at the Police Headquarters, and also Immigration Headquarters, and finally, at Customs Headquarters, in order to actually go past La Palma and/or Yavisa. Don't be surprised if they require you to pay for a police escort, and especially don't be surprised if they require you to coordinate the Panama police escort with Colombia police- as in, the Panama Police will hand you off to Colombia Police. This isn't always going to happen- very likely, if you ask for permission, they will say, NO. And then, once they've said NO, and if you try, they will put you in jail. Or, if they say YES, they might put restrictions, or they might just say, "Ok. Have fun."

    From what I understand, the Panama Police patrols have been putting all kinds of sensors all along the border area, so if you try to go, they can just look at your image on remote cameras. I really don't understand how they can miss smugglers. Or maybe they don't. But they do know an awful lot about who is where and doing what. Mostly, the regular traffic is Indian and Local Campesino, but if it's FARC or Paramilitary or Smuggler, then they'll know, and they won't let you anywhere near.