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Old 09-04-2013, 05:53 PM   #1
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California to Ushuaia- Departing Sep 15 looking for routes and advice

A buddy and I will be leaving California Sep 15 and heading south. the first leg and my first goal is to plan a route through Mexico that is somewhat efficient and more sight seeing and surfing once into the rest of the Central American countries.

Entry point and route through Mexico, sights or towns worth seeing? (might see copper canyon for instance) Safe camping areas? hostels, couchsurfing, hotels, etc?




[any advice appreciated as I am sure to be looking for routes and boarding crossing tips too through the Americas]
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:59 AM   #2
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Old 09-06-2013, 01:14 PM   #3
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awesome looks like tons of info, I will check it out thank you
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:46 AM   #4
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How goes the trip?

I saw you wrote "may go to copper canyon".

I have seen a lot of the world, not as much as some of the people on this fine forum but far more than most, and the copper canyon is in my mind one of the worlds most magnificent places. The riding, the vistas, and the people make it unmissable, in my humble opinion.

The ride down to Urique must be one of the best dual sport rides available. Not hardcore, just beautiful. Watch for escaped cows.
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:34 AM   #5
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Plan to spend lots of time in Colombia. It's a beautiful country to get lost in on a moto. The roads, the people, the diverse geography and scenery are all spectacular. If you're short on time, don't miss the many little villages in the coffee zone (Montenegro, Filandia, Salento, Quimbaya to name a few), Medellin and the surrounding areas, and the Tatacoa desert and the many mountainous roads in Huila on your way out to the south.
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:02 PM   #6
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By the time you get to Patagonia you will need a break from riding. After going to Tierra del Fuego and Torres del Paine, take the Navimag ferry north from Puerto Natalis to Puerto Mont, Chile. It is inexpensive and a fantastic break from riding for 4 days. Get's you out of the wind and Ozone hole too. Do a search and you will find their web page. Dave
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:04 PM   #7
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Hasn't the Navimag stopped running?
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:03 PM   #8
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Looking for a partner to ride between bogota-usuahia-rio-manaos-bogota

Hey man, where are you now? How is your ride?

I am now looking for 1 or 2 partners to departs from Bogota, COL at the end of december and ride around South america For 2 or 3 months.

Anyone interested please contact me!!

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Old 10-03-2013, 11:57 AM   #9
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Finally

Finally departed. 2 weeks behind what I originally had in mind. I will start a new post in ride reports soon when I get a chance. And will have to change the title, since I originally only had 3 months for my trip I will have to re-title it South For The Off Season, I definitely underestimated the preparation and travel time. I ll have to See how far I get hopefully at least to Colombia...
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:15 PM   #10
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Finally departed. 2 weeks behind what I originally had in mind. I will start a new post in ride reports soon when I get a chance. And will have to change the title, since I originally only had 3 months for my trip I will have to re-title it South For The Off Season, I definitely underestimated the preparation and travel time. I ll have to See how far I get hopefully at least to Colombia...
You can spend 3 months in Mexico alone and not get it covered, best for your trip, see what you see and see it well.

If that means going back to CA another time .... it will still be there, be very careful tho .. you won't want to leave
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:22 AM   #11
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Have a great trip! Our 12 weeks in Mexico were not enough! It's safe, especially if you stay away from "tourist" towns. Check out our map of our route on RR. You can camp for free in any town at the police station and in an emergency at any PMEX station. Hotels are very cheap though. In CA really only Guatemala and El Salvador are the only places you will want to make time for riding greatness. I'd rush from there to ride Colombia!!!

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Old 10-04-2013, 06:05 PM   #12
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A few thoughts:

Here's mix of tourist and off the beaten path suggestions. I enjoyed a good mix of both on my trip.
  • Espinanzo del Diablo from Mazatlan to Durango [Mexico]
  • San Cristobal de Las Casas [Mexico]
  • Antigua [Guatemala]
  • Casa Blanca Hostel in Cali [Colombia]
  • El Peñol [Colombia]
  • Los Baños [Ecuador]
  • Cañon del Pato takes you from sea level to high in the mountains in one day on a dirt road with lots of tunnels [Peru]
  • Anywere in the country [Bolivia]
  • Carretera Austral [Southern Chile]
  • The infamous Ruta 40… which is slowly being paved [Argentina]
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:07 AM   #13
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Thanks

Thanks everyone for the info and replies they are all much appreciated and needed. If I don't respond quickly or quote a reply I apologize in advance. Still getting used to the forum here. In Catavina Mexico now wifi not that great so I'll update when I have more time.

Headed for the ferry In La Paz. Anyone kmow the Schedule? And is Banjercito open on a Sunday to do my temporary vehicle permit?

Thanks in advance
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Old 10-07-2013, 11:35 AM   #14
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Here are a few ideas of things to do/see in Nicaragua.

http://nicamotoadv.com/nicaragua-mot...-10-days-html/

If you need a place to crash near Managua send me a PM with dates and if you need more guidance then let me know.

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Old 10-07-2013, 08:18 PM   #15
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