Central and South America Trip
Planning a trip to Central and South America starting soon. Any recent news on visa requirements, carnets, Darien Gap crossing, shipping and general recommendations will be very welcome.
Rough plan is to ship the bike to the US (anywhere else cheaper on route may be preferable) spend 2-3 months getting down to Colombia and then 6 months in South America.
What is the current view on Colombia? (A good friend - a Bogotana no less thinks I am mad) but when I went last year without the bike I felt pretty safe compared to Joburg, Kabul, Nairobi etc.
Also, what is this going to cost me? 9 months away with some fairly frugal living. Plan to spend 2-3 weeks in 4 or 5 locations where I can take a language course. Again, any information or recommendations would be great - there are hundreds of these language schools!