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"Carta Poder" USA trying to buy a bike in Colombia

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I am a US citizen currently living in Ecuador on a work visa. I have resigned from my job and my visa will expire in January. I am looking to buy a bike ASAP to take a trip south starting in February. I am currently talking with a guy from Belgium who is selling his bike in Colombia (Belgium papers). We are looking for a way to make a smooth transfer of ownership.

From reading through threads, it seems like the only option is to obtain a "Carta Poder" from a Colombian Notary and hope that border officials accept the document as the previous owner's name will still be on the title (there doesn't seem to be any official way to transfer the Belgian title ownership outside the country). If all goes well I would go to Colombia and return to Ecuador with the bike, obtaining a Tourist visa at the border and a temp in my name for the bike.

What are my chances with the "Carta Poder"? Are there any other options out there? Does anybody have experience with this?

Any and all help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

-Kyle
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Exclamation Sure about the Tourist Visa?

Are you sure you will be able to get back in on a tourist visa? From the hassle I had getting a volunteer visa after my tourist visa expired, it just doesn't sound that simple. That said if you have problems at the border I was told by the immigration office I could always get some type of 60 day special consulate visa at the Ecuadorean consulate in Colombia.

Good luck with the buying a bike and let me know how it goes. I might be doing the samething soon.
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Hi,

I just went to Peru on Monday... came back into Ecuador the same day on a T-3 90 day "tourist" visa. No problems.

Still haven't found a bike though... I check the ads twice or thrice a day !

I'm still hopeful.
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