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Old 12-03-2012, 01:04 AM   #526
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Enjoying the RR! Thanks for taking us along. Small world you running into Johnny. Nice guy and runs my favorite shop in Chicago.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:16 AM   #527
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There is a book of good hotels in Mexico / central america available via ADV.

With an ADV username of "Sjoerd Bakker" there is some info on his book link is here. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...9&postcount=93

It is also located as a sticky Hotels in Mexico and Central America under Trips Planning Americas http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=57

It sounds like a small operation and may be a little late for you, but if you hear of anyone with it on your travels, it comes well recommended.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:14 AM   #528
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Bienvenidos a México- Welcome to Mexico

Enjoy the warm weather, the warm people and some hot spices. Enjoy Bahia de Los Angeles before the develoers get their condos going.

We will be interested in your take on La Paz. Keep the reports and photos coming.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:59 AM   #529
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If you guys want to test your dirt skills a little go down to San Francisquito. Its not too hard and is a very nice place to spend the night. There may not be any fuel/food/water down there but probably the fishing camp and cabanas will be open.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:02 PM   #530
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I'd suggest Cabo Pulmo and go snorkling.
It's the northern most coral reef for this part of the world and an awesome place to spend a few day.

https://www.google.com/search?q=cabo...w=1280&bih=656

...best of luck getting your TVIP (vehicle import) in La Paz at the ferry. Plan on standing around alot and waiting. Bring a good book to read and hopefully the process will go faster for you than it does for most.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:09 PM   #531
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Wow! What a great report. I just "found" your report this morning and read it all. Thanks for all of your efforts doing this report as I know it's not easy. By the way, I envy your photo skills!

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Old 12-03-2012, 12:18 PM   #532
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Enjoying your excellent RR. While the photography has added a great deal to this thread...you might want to use discretion when taking photos of people in Mexico.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:56 PM   #533
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TVIP info

...Ben here from Gros Morne. Been following the trip, seems like you guys are having an amazing time! I'm currently in Nicaragua on the Pacific coast in a little slice of paradise called Bahia Madjuagal. Just rented a Yumbo 200 dirt bike and Ill be heading across the country to the Caribbean on a new dirt road that was supposed to have been built earlier this year (RR to follow...)

Im actually writing because I noticed you didn't get a tourist card or TVIP yet. I did this in late 2010 and rode down the Sea of Cortez side, avoiding the various checkpoints and figuring i would take care of it in La Paz. Come to find out they had changed some things and I paid a hefty fine (seems to be more the further south you go into Baja). I cant remember if it was more related to the tourist card or the TVIP, but here is a link to the thread I posted about it which includes a lot of advice, comments, and the eventual outcome ( about $100 more than I would have paid at the US border). I guess I would recommend taking care of the paperwork as soon as you can...

Also, a link to the blog I kept with pictures of the trip if you care to take a look.

Ride safe, I'll be following you guys. Hope we can meet up somewhere in South America. :-)

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=641918

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Old 12-03-2012, 01:39 PM   #534
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Enjoying your excellent RR. While the photography has added a great deal to this thread...you might want to use discretion when taking photos of people in Mexico.
Charleston is correct. Always ask - just hold up the camera and say "Fotos OK?" Most people love to have their picture taken. If people are in a parade, it is usually a different case and OK to shoot away.

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Old 12-03-2012, 04:22 PM   #535
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a report from Ben (nov 27th) about that same issue/problem/resolution
http://www.houseofmotorrad.blogspot.com/
...they we're about to fly back to Tijuana (to get paperwork) and got lucky.

i have friends from Sayulita who weren't so lucky and were told ride back to the border (from La Paz) and get your paperwork & they did because they had no other choice. there are no set rules on anything south of the border and you are at the whim of the last person you talk to.

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...Ben here from Gros Morne. Been following the trip, seems like you guys are having an amazing time! I'm currently in Nicaragua on the Pacific coast in a little slice of paradise called Bahia Madjuagal. Just rented a Yumbo 200 dirt bike and Ill be heading across the country to the Caribbean on a new dirt road that was supposed to have been built earlier this year (RR to follow...)

Im actually writing because I noticed you didn't get a tourist card or TVIP yet. I did this in late 2010 and rode down the Sea of Cortez side, avoiding the various checkpoints and figuring i would take care of it in La Paz. Come to find out they had changed some things and I paid a hefty fine (seems to be more the further south you go into Baja). I cant remember if it was more related to the tourist card or the TVIP, but here is a link to the thread I posted about it which includes a lot of advice, comments, and the eventual outcome ( about $100 more than I would have paid at the US border). I guess I would recommend taking care of the paperwork as soon as you can...

Also, a link to the blog I kept with pictures of the trip if you care to take a look.

Ride safe, I'll be following you guys. Hope we can meet up somewhere in South America. :-)

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=641918

http://ridingbacktocentralamerica.bl...-and-real.html
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:50 PM   #536
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a report from Ben (nov 27th) about that same issue/problem/resolution
http://www.houseofmotorrad.blogspot.com/
...they we're about to fly back to Tijuana (to get paperwork) and got lucky.

i have friends from Sayulita who weren't so lucky and were told ride back to the border (from La Paz) and get your paperwork & they did because they had no other choice. there are no set rules on anything south of the border and you are at the whim of the last person you talk to.
Hey guys - yeah Eakins, looks like your friends caught a break at the airport. I tried the airport as well, but no dice. I exhausted all my options with a local friend helping me out in both Cabo and La Paz, but I pretty much had to swallow the fines in order to take the ferry. I think it was just the tourist visa that was the problem - needed it past the 20 mile free-zone. I'm pretty sure the TVIP was the regular price, which I needed for the mainland. Another thing that sucked was that they pre-dated the permits for the day I crossed the border. I had been trying to stretch out my time in Mexico for as long as I could which is why I skipped the permits at the border in the first place (and there was nobody there at Tecate.) So I should have just taken care of it at the US border, since the outcome was the same, except I paid an extra $100 and change...
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:15 PM   #537
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If you read the post by Gene, it sounds like Gene and Neda got their passports stamped and got their visas in TJ, So no problems in La Paz getting a TVIP
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:40 PM   #538
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My bad - feeling stupid - carry on......
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:51 PM   #539
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If you read the post by Gene, it sounds like Gene and Neda got their passports stamped and got their visas in TJ, So no problems in La Paz getting a TVIP
thanks just noticed that.

my friends from Sayulita had problems with their TVIP in La Paz however and were told to go back to the border and get it.

on the other hand I had a friend come visit from Colorado and he rode baja and needed a TVIP too (but not FMM). he said the ordeal to get a TVIP at the ferry was a major pain in the ass and 1 day had to sit next to his bike for 4 hrs waiting for something to happen. took him 3 days to finalize the paperwork plus a fine (bride?) on top of the normal price.

read stories of others having the same issues/problems w/ TVIP at the baja ferry. not sure why my friend made it through but by other friends did not...luck of the person you talk to i guess. in retrospect they said they should have come back the next shift and see if they could get a different answer from a different person, but they were new to Mexico and did not understand rules are not cut and dry like they are in the US.

when i was living in Sayulita for the winter and meet almost every through rider stopping in town (as everyone stops in Sayulita as that is THE place to be & ADV bikes stand out like a sore thumb in the land of 125cc bikes) i'd always ask, which route? most did baja > mazatlan and i'd say about 1/2 said they needed to get a TVIP in La Paz. i'd ask how was that experience and most all said 2-3 days of run-around hell.

hopefully this will be easy for these 2!
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:00 PM   #540
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Just when I thought the RR couldnt get any better... now you guys are in Mexico
Those last few pics of all the cacti look very surreal, like its a movie set almost.

Just for the record, if you didnt know already, its starting to snow back here in Toronto.
I wish you luck on your continued adventure into Mexico Gene and Neda.
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