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Discussion in 'Latin America' started by McMaster, Oct 18, 2007.
San Jose del Cabo (small town about 20 minutes from the Cabo strip) is worth checking out. Quaint small town away from the craziness (and the constant street vendors) with amazingly friendly folks... and party central is only a short hop away. Accommodation there is more scarce, but worth searching for... a wonderful, quiet and peaceful place to unwind.
I'll be in the Batopilas area from mid January to mid february. Look for the Tundra with pop up camper with Colorado plates, and a silver 640 adventure, right off the main street. stop in and say "hi". Maybe we ride...no?
Myself and Footdragger will be into Baja by Dec 2nd then to mainland and will be back home by Jan 6th. I would like to meet up with you like you were saying if possible. Hopefully we can figure out a place and time to meet.
Come on down its a relatively safe ride. Dont believe what you have heard from folks that have never been here.
Come with a smile and open mind, treat everyone like a friend (because they will be treating you that way) and youll have very few problems.
As for the gas guys, it is common practice to tip them here.
It is VERY common to short change gringos so make sure you can count.
Pick up insurance on-line before you leave, nice and easy.
I get mine from www.mexadventure.com
Contrary to popular belief you do not need a tourist visa for the entire Baja
Nor do you need to import your bike.
If you are just doing the Baja, skip the entire boarder stuff.
If you ride the Baja and decide to go to the mainland, we now have a local office that
can import the bike and get a tourist visa.
Im in LaPaz and happy to show anyone around to the local cool spots or any help if needed.
Friends are all around
Man, the time is near. I'm leavin' Dallas on the 9th of Nov.
I'll be in La Paz on the 12th or 13th and will be given you a call.
Not entirely true statement. Not only is it appropriate, but it's nearly expected. I've lived in Tijuana for 3.5 years now, haven't gone out of BCS, but everywhere i've been, a tip has been suggested by my wife (mexicana.) If i didn't tip them, and the bag peeps at gigante and the guy watching my car @ the restaurant, she'd give me a look. even though I absolutely depise the tip thing, it's very common.
I will hit you up! Leaving from Oregon in a week and need to be in Guadalajara the 15th of NOV. You sayin I need to do an import thing once i leave Baja on the ferry?
Hey McM, talked to you about 6months ago, headed down next week. too bad you're still workin, man, could've got you a deal on fly rods! Cheers!
Two (or rather three) completely different situations. A tip is expected for the bagger at the supermarket as it is for the guy who helps you park and "watches" your car. But not at gas stations, unless he/she cleaned your windshield or checked oil/coolant, etc.. Now that they almost all take credit cards, it removes any worries about change and/or whether you should let them keep the change (unless they did something extra to earn it).
Yes, unless, of course, you got it at the border. If you know you are going to the mainland (doesn't sound like there is any doubt), you might be better off taking care of the import permit (ITV) at the border, where few people stop (because if they are just going to Baja they don't need it ) and then all you have to do is show it (if they ask) when you board/leave the ferry.
where does one look for informacion on obtaining said permit?
Actually, this is true. I only tip if they clean the windshield.
Check here on ADV....search "import bikes in mexico".
You can do this just as you cross the boarder or here in LaPaz at the ferry building. I've done both and they both have their +/-.
Both places are easy depending on the line of people.
I would expect it to take an hour at the boarder and maybe 30min in La Paz.
Customs (only in Espanish ):
Banejercito (same, only in Espanish):
Banejercito online application (does have Inglish version):
I could swear they had translations for the static pages too, must have taken them down once they got the online application going, but how do they expect people to get to this page that is buried four layers down in their site is a mystery to me...
Hey you FFs,
Getting pumped up. 3 of us depart LA and TX Nov 14 for Baja. The plan is to do as much dirt as possible down to the tip. Back up to La Paz and cross on the ferry. Creel via La Reforma, Cieneguta and Cerocahui. May extend the loop to include Bato. Dirt as we find it to Big Bend and back to Austin. Expecting to be out approx 3 weeks. Look for some old farts on a XRL, XRR and a KLR. Would be glad to meet up for a beer or two.
I'm in TJ, I'll come hang out for that part if I can.... what's the sched more accurately for BCN?
I am planning a Baja dirt biking trip for February next year.
Haven't gone in a long time so would like to go with riders who know the trails and backroads.
I'll be trucking my KTM 525 from British Columbia. One of my riding buddies, who is also a surfer, is possibly going.
Anybody interested to eat dust and sweat instead of freeze and shovel snow?
Thanks Gustavo! I'll check it out. Babelfish-Altavista translator is a very handy tool for such things.
PD, I'll be in Guadalajara around the 15th for a week, then heading back norte solo. Looking to meet up w/ some dual-sporters for a bit o dirt. On a KLR. I'd love to meet up for a beer. Going to Mazatlan or TP on the ferry? Look me up.
I am waiting on a date for my rehire for next fire season looking like I will be doing Baja either late december or late January either one i plan on spending at least 3 to 4 weeks down Baja possibly ferry across to mainland