Beware: Perquin, El Salvador/Marcala, Honduras border crossing
Just to let everyone know, the border crossing at Perquin, El Salvador/Marcala, Honduras should be avoided.
I had been told by locals in El Salvador that the border was open and in business. When I crossed there (Aug. 22nd) it was just as I'd been told: no problems and very easy. The El Salvadoreans only glanced at my passport and there was never any mention of my aduana paperwork for the moto.
Entering Honduras was just as easy. A quick look at my passport, wrote something down in a ratty notebook, and sent me on my way. I never asked them about stamping my passport nor did I inquire about paperwork for my moto.
Less than a week later, in regards to another post I had made, I was warned by 'martinef' (motonomadas) that they had done the same thing I had done before me. They had the sense to ask for paperwork, but were assured by the "officials" there that all they needed was their title and drivers license. When they went to leave Honduras, aduana tried charging them a $200 fine.
After asking a few ex-pats in Honduras, I realized that I wasn't in the best situation and that besides the threat of a heavy fine when leaving the country, it was another excuse for the police to extract bribes if I ever got stopped.
Luckily, I never got stopped. As for leaving the country, I exited today into Nicaragua at Los Manos. When I was flagged down to pull over at the border (I was hoping that I wouldn't be noticed and I could just ride straight out of Honduras), I pulled over and joined the small mob gathered at the immigration window. I stood there for about 7 or 8 minutes, then turned around, got back on my moto, and rode into Nicaragua.
Of course, I consider myself VERY lucky. I mainly wanted to relate this story not to brag, but to let people know that if you are even allowed to cross at Perquin/Marcala, there are risks involved. Until El Salvador and Honduras gets aduana posts on both sides, this border should be completely avoided.
By the way, if thinking about crossing in the other direction, I have no idea what the Hondurans would do, but when I left El Salvador, again, no one asked for my moto paperwork. So if you entered El Salvador hoping for aduana, I doubt there would be any, as with the Honduran side.