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Old 12-14-2012, 07:23 AM   #31
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To add another experience (because you mostly only hear about the bad stuff), I got through Peru with zero police troubles. The only brush with the law we had was when the two guys I was riding with passed a slow truck on the Pan Am on a double yellow on a blind rise and had a close one with an oncoming cop. He wrote them (and not me) a ticket which they then paid at the office in the town a couple miles down the road. Totally professional and by the book. They were even friendly about it and were giving my friends shit for being dumb enough to almost ram a cop car head-on in a double yellow.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:41 AM   #32
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Wow got stopped in Peru 4-5 times is a heck of bad impression. (no wonder if you treat and call them as 'asshole shit m..fkrs). I think it is all about respect toward others, well mannered and cordial. I 've been probably 10 times in Peru all over and never being stopped by police , actually they were polite and friendly. One time we got stuck in the sand with a car close to the asphalted road. No far away was a Police Toyota Land Cruiser . They left their where about came to us, hitched us and we left.
It was not a proper place to be stuck, because this was Paracas National park where almost every inch has archeological burials and be there is risky at least for the police eyes.
Always to me Peruvian police had been polite and friendly. I talk to many in Lima, those in motorcycles rode by women . They are nice and friendly. Actually I was looking to buy the boots that they use, because I loved.
My wife is Peruvian and she hates as me, bribery and corruption. Never ever a police or public server has ask for money. I consider Peruvians a hard work society, not corrupted in general when is compared to other countries .

I have worked and lived in Lima , working as a project architect for the American Embassy Lima, 5 month below those skies and I love Peru in many ways, a rich country with a lot of history and a very creative society. Art, culture and rich pass. Yes it was a huge civilization that left a bast amount of indigenous people . mainly in poverty because they move from being agrarian to the city life. However Peru is booming with a solid economic structure today and society is getting better standard of life.

I think all is about being nice and cordial with mainly with police everywhere in the world.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:29 PM   #33
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The only issue I really had was when a cop in Panama got me for 194 kph in a 80 zone. He wrote me a ticket. I told him I was crossing the border into Costa Rica so where do I go to pay it? Then he said, ah, dont worry about it, just leave, and slow down!

Didnt Lenny (Dirty Bones) give some Peruvian Cops that were trying to shake him down a few false 50 soles notes? That was a pretty gutsy move. Would have loved to have seen their faces when they tried to spend that money.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:21 PM   #34
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I had no problems in Peru, didn't get pulled over and I rode like my usual vagabond self. But I didn't spend a lot of time on the Pan Am either.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:14 PM   #35
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I'll join the chorus: no problems at all with police in Peru. Approaching the famous roadblock outside Trujillo I tucked in behind a larger vehicle and sailed on by. That aside, not a hint of trouble in three or four weeks of riding. Of course, my KLR does not habitually achieve 200 kph speeds, even on steep downhills.

It may or not be relevant that when cops start asking about my gear in that "How about a present for my wife?" tone, I just laugh, ask about their hometowns or families, and maybe offer to trade for their pants and boots or vehicles. It might also help that my spoken Spanish is almost nonexistent even when I'm trying hard, which I don't do when talking to cops. For all I know I've had the same conversation as Bananaman without even noticing.

I'll be looking forward to hearing from the OP about how things resolve.

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Old 12-20-2012, 07:47 AM   #36
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It's true that by the third or fourth set of cops trying to stop my, I ran.

Holy shit those old landrovers are fast. My laden pig tops out at about 100 mph and those fuckers caught me.

Here's the German who warned me:



Here's what angry Peruvians look like when they're about to arrest snotty speeding Americans:





Here's what Peruvians look like after they've been unwittingly outwitted by my charm:



.... which reminds me that I have a court date pending here in Wisconsin and hopefully I don't lose my license (again). State Troopers in Wisconsin just don't have much of a sense of humor when it comes to catching me passing in a double yellow or speeding up to about 90 to pass...
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:16 PM   #37
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Well those same guys from the photo above heped to get out of the sand with courtesy and friendship. I have to agree that guys doing 100 mph and eating double line, plus taken pictures of cops should be jailed for 2 weeks at least.

Being a tourist in other country , always remember that you were invited under conditions!, not being Macho attitude in a foreing country all because you come from North America. Mainly because you will be treated like an African from the 4th world and jailed in something similar to a Rwanda B&B hut.

Just take a picture from 2 feet out of a Police car with both guys in it, here in the U.S. . Just do it and you'll see the real outcome out of it. Be a tourist and do that! Hahahahaha!! What's the point in showing those photos above?.

II am telling you ...as a Chilean citizen and truly a South American man, it is a shame your attitude. Next time , take one picture of Carabineros in Chile, same type of shot and you'll be out of the country in no time with no return.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:36 PM   #38
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I don't think any of us are saying bribes are the only recourse. In fact, I quite clearly say this is a last resort. And I would bribe the Pope if it meant I could get my bike back. I was on the road in Latin America for almost 2 years and 45000 miles. I paid one bribe and it was at the fronterra in southern Bolivia/North Chile. I missed the turn off for the aduana (can anyone read that sign?) and didn't have enough fuel to make the trek back and return to the border so the official said he'd take care of my paperwork for $20US. That was an easy decision.
I never saw a sign! The same happened to me......the immigration officer offered for free......i have a feeling it may not have got there.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:29 PM   #39
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Just take a picture from 2 feet out of a Police car with both guys in it, here in the U.S. . Just do it and you'll see the real outcome out of it. Be a tourist and do that! Hahahahaha!! What's the point in showing those photos above?.
In the US, and in Panama, it's called "Freedom of the Press." If a cop stops you, you have every right to photograph them, ask for their identification, etc. It's not unusual for the cops to be running video from their own squad car.

In Peru it is not against the law to photograph ordinary cops.

In Peru, and in every other country I've ever visited (Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Great Britain, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Greece, Serbia, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Tortola, Iceland it is against the law for cops to demand bribes, and it is perfectly legal to photograph ordinary cops doing their jobs.

In the situation where the Peru cops chased me, and then demanded over and over for a couple of hundred miles a bribe of US$200, I was 100% in-the-right.

Obviously.

Otherwise, if you, Gaston, were right, I'd still be in a Peru jail.

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Old 03-15-2013, 04:28 PM   #40
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all's well that ends well!

hello there, just thought i'd share the outcome of this original post, that being that my bike was taken by customs in Peru.

as mentioned earlier, i eventually found my bike, not in the possession of customs thankfully. but with it came the letter from customs "resolution de intendencia" (or something like that), which informed me that my bike was to be delivered to customs without further delay, where it would become the property of the state, and if i was caught riding it, a fine to the value of the bike would be payable, along with loss of the bike. no appeal possible, and a standing warrant for the bike was lodged with poilce...

the moral of the story?

dont over stay your import permit.

the other moral of the story - never give up... the altiplano of bolivia has never looked so amazing as it did aboard my old orange friend a couple of weeks ago

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Old 03-16-2013, 05:56 PM   #41
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hello there, just thought i'd share the outcome of this original post, that being that my bike was taken by customs in Peru.

as mentioned earlier, i eventually found my bike, not in the possession of customs thankfully. but with it came the letter from customs "resolution de intendencia" (or something like that), which informed me that my bike was to be delivered to customs without further delay, where it would become the property of the state, and if i was caught riding it, a fine to the value of the bike would be payable, along with loss of the bike. no appeal possible, and a standing warrant for the bike was lodged with poilce...

the moral of the story?

dont over stay your import permit.

the other moral of the story - never give up... the altiplano of bolivia has never looked so amazing as it did aboard my old orange friend a couple of weeks ago

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Old 03-23-2013, 09:23 AM   #42
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Heres the scoop on your bikes impoundment at SUNAT

I did some internet research and found easily information about your problem. You bike has been impounded by SUNAT (the National Aduana) . They have a formal system of dealing with vehicles that have overstayed temporary importation. They also have a generous policy for vehicles that have overstayed because of injury or crash.

Here is the original SUNAT web page(machine translated) that explains the process:
http://www.microsofttranslator.com/b...r%2Findex.html

They also have this page in English but with a bit less detail:
http://www.sunat.gob.pe/customsinfor...car/index.html

Thee key line is this:
"If an accident happens, in which your vehicle is involved, the exit of your vehicle from the country shall be not enforced. The exit of your vehicle from the country shall be allowed upon opinion of customs authority without prejudice of the Treasury or your vehicle´s destruction at your expenses."

If you'd like to read the complete law and policy regarding what happened to your bike it is here (machine translated):
http://www.microsofttranslator.com/b...inta-pg.16.htm

What to do? I am pretty sure someone gave you a receipt for the impoundment of the bike. That should explain where the bike went. There are two offices of SUNAT in Lima. Probably only one of them has a warehouse. That is where your bike should be. I think you could solve this problem fairly easily if you brought a spanish speaking or bilingual person with you. You should not delay, they have the authority to destroy the bike if they think it has been abandoned. There should be no reason to offer a bribe to anyone and these officials may take great insult if you offer. Play it straight, stay cool and friendly and ride away. You may need to get an extension on your temporary importation from the Peru auto club. Good Luck and Good riding.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:39 AM   #43
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I did some internet research and found easily information about your problem. You bike has been impounded by SUNAT (the National Aduana) . They have a formal system of dealing with vehicles that have overstayed temporary importation. They also have a generous policy for vehicles that have overstayed because of injury or crash.

Here is the original SUNAT web page(machine translated) that explains the process:
http://www.microsofttranslator.com/b...r%2Findex.html

They also have this page in English but with a bit less detail:
http://www.sunat.gob.pe/customsinfor...car/index.html

Thee key line is this:
"If an accident happens, in which your vehicle is involved, the exit of your vehicle from the country shall be not enforced. The exit of your vehicle from the country shall be allowed upon opinion of customs authority without prejudice of the Treasury or your vehicle´s destruction at your expenses."

If you'd like to read the complete law and policy regarding what happened to your bike it is here (machine translated):
http://www.microsofttranslator.com/b...inta-pg.16.htm

What to do? I am pretty sure someone gave you a receipt for the impoundment of the bike. That should explain where the bike went. There are two offices of SUNAT in Lima. Probably only one of them has a warehouse. That is where your bike should be. I think you could solve this problem fairly easily if you brought a spanish speaking or bilingual person with you. You should not delay, they have the authority to destroy the bike if they think it has been abandoned. There should be no reason to offer a bribe to anyone and these officials may take great insult if you offer. Play it straight, stay cool and friendly and ride away. You may need to get an extension on your temporary importation from the Peru auto club. Good Luck and Good riding.
Outstanding post, thank you for that information as Dean74's situation could easily happen to any of us and it is nice to know although there will be a bit of drama it is not fatal for the bike and your pocket.
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Old 04-02-2013, 04:22 PM   #44
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not so simple

"the opinion of the customs authority" was that my bike was not to be released.

Just because it's on the website, doesn't mean it really applies in a country as corrupt as Peru. Someone decides they want your bike... so they decide to keep it. Simple as that.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:47 AM   #45
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"the opinion of the customs authority" was that my bike was not to be released.

Just because it's on the website, doesn't mean it really applies in a country as corrupt as Peru. Someone decides they want your bike... so they decide to keep it. Simple as that.
So in the end did you get your bike back or did I miss that bit?
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