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Chile-Peru-Bolivia-Argentina-Chile Oct'12 to Feb'13

Hi everyone,
Just shipped my bike to Valparaiso where it'll arrive early October. My intent is to do a clockwise loop : I'll try to get to MachuPicchu before the rains, then South to Titicaca to enter Bolivia. Madidi reserve if weather is ok then South again : Coroico, LaPaz, Cochabamba, Sucre, Potosi, Uyuni.. then Chile again through the Atacama before crossing into Argentina : Salta, Tucuman, Catamarca, LaRioja.. Then South-East towards the Valdez Peninsula and on to Ushuaia. Then North again, meandering along the Pacific coast (glaciers and volcanoes national parks, Chiloe...) and back to Valparaiso. All up 3 to 4 months.
A concern is the weather in November in Pery / Bolivia. Any info please ?
Anyone interested in catching up ?
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Hello Im from montevideo uruguay If you want to visit there is no problem my and my father we travelled all across southamerica many times and we can help you with hints and tips for your trip. Also we have a workshop and you can leave your bike stored here uruguayan customs give you one year to leave the bike. any thing just contact at lemes54@hotmail.com
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Han,

November is still good in the Peruvian Andes. December less so.

I am leading a group from Cuzco late Dec down to Lima to follow the Dakar south along the coast, then back to Cuzco (I still have room for 2 more riders to join!). 3 weeks of riding and seeing the Dakar.

Might I run into you? Is the Dakar any part of your plans since you'll be in the area at the right time??
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Hi Kevin, thank you for your offer. At this stage I have not planned to go to Uruguay but nothing definite so who knows ?

Hi Charapashanperu, thanks for the tip. I would have liked to see some of the Dakar but I'll be riding South in December to be in Tierra del F over January... Again, who knows, I know where I want to go but the 'when' factor remains flexible.. Please keep me posted, we might catch up in Cuzco late Oct/early Nov ?
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No, I won't be in Cuzco 'til Dec27th

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Toby, let's keep in touch and see.
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Following in your footsteps.

Hi Han!

Just read your post. I am currently in the process of organising my bike to be shipped to Lima for it to arrive mid-April. It will be going from Brisbane. Would be very interested in your shipping experience to Valparaiso; who you used etc.. My route will be Peru, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and back to Peru. I have used my freight agent before when I took the bike to Egypt but Peru seems to be getting harder by the minute. Care to share your experiences???
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Hi Han!

Just read your post. I am currently in the process of organising my bike to be shipped to Lima for it to arrive mid-April. It will be going from Brisbane. Would be very interested in your shipping experience to Valparaiso; who you used etc.. My route will be Peru, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and back to Peru. I have used my freight agent before when I took the bike to Egypt but Peru seems to be getting harder by the minute. Care to share your experiences???
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HI Sam,I am just back in Melbourne, having landed on Tuesday afternoon.I started my trip in Valparaiso and went on a northern loop to north Chile, then Peru, then Bolivia, then Argentina all the way back down to Mendoza and back to Valparaiso to drop and pick up stuff before doing my southern loop all the way down to Ushuaia, crossing the border between Chile and Argentina many times. Then back to Valparaiso to crate and ship my bike back to Melbourne. All up 3.5 months and 20,000km.Based on my experience and that of other travellers, I personally would not ship to Lima, but to Valparaiso, the reason being that Chile is a corruption free country, clear and documented procedures are in place, all in above board. Just a couple of weeks ago a couple of Swiss friends who shipped out of Lima were on the verge of having to fly back there to prove the bikes were theirs because the Peruvian stopped the consignment from going..That being said, I am glad I did not attempt to do all the import and export procedures myself, even in Chile, because you need to know what to do, where to go etc.. and that is not easy. For example in Valparaiso the harbour is about 30 km from the container depots, which are in the hills... so you need to be able to get there..To ship my bike out to Valparaiso I used Bikes Abroad Pty.Ltd, based in Melbourne (where I live). They are very serious and thorough, and riders themselves, and all went very well (bike was well crated, all spick and span).To do all the import procedures as well the re-export procedures from Valparaiso, I hired the services of Villa Kunterbunt in Valparaiso. Their fee for each procedure was 200 pesos, to which of course you have to add custom fees, container depot fees, taxi costs to get to the container depot etc etc... Martina and Enzo, the couple who operate this service, work from their home in Valparaiso and also provide cheap accommodation (to motorcyclists only) right in the heart of Valparaiso, so this is also very handy and you get to meet other riders at their place too. Their stored my crate, which I re-used to re-export my bike (both ways, the crate goes into a container). All up I would highly recommend the services of Bikes Abroad here in Australia and Villa Kunterbunt in Valparaiso, both professional outfits who specialize in bikes, know the process, the formalities etc..Call me on 0417 896 639 if yu wish to discuss further.Cheers,
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