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Is it difficult to leave Ecuador with an expired bike permit?
My bike is resting at a friend's house in Quito for six months while I work and save money in the USA. The original 90 day permit will expire in two and a half weeks. Is it possible that my friend in Quito could extend the permission with a written authorization from me, or would that only serve to invite unwanted attention? I think I know the answer to that, so...
What's the best way to sneak out of Ecuador? The map I have shows three crossings to Peru. Are there other, smaller crossings without customs?
Or, is it better to go through a big, crowded border, stamp out at immigration and skip customs? Would I have any problem checking into Peru?
Any information specific to Ecuador and its procedures would be great. Thanks.
I met a man who left his bike in Ecuador 2 years and got it out. He is now back in Canada and I have emailed him to ask how he did it. If he answers I will let you know.
Meanwhile, if anyone knows if it is possible to sneak a bike through an Argentine border (one that closes nights or weekends), return on foot, check myself out properly, pick up the bike, and legally enter myself and the bike into the next country PLEASE tell me.
The boarder name you are looking for is Barrancao (that is the name on the Brasilian side)! There it is easy, the city is grown together and on the point where Brasil (Parana, Santa Catherina) and Argentina have the boarder you just drive to the other side!
Than walk back and get yourself stamped out of the country!
This boarder is about 150km south of Iguazu!
I came into ecuador about 3 weeks ago through Macara, one of the borders with peru. Not a crowded one, but not one you'll probably be able to slip through. Be sure to check with someone who knows, as I think they're equipped with computers now....
...you can avoid customs on departure or at the fronitier there is only immigration, or not even that) at the following:
*el salvador to honduras coming from san francisco de gotera
*ecuador to peru south of vilcabamba
*bolivia from/to chile at laguna verde (the route from uyuni to san pedro de atacama)
*peru to bolivia and vice versa around north of lago titicaca.
*chile-argentina at one or 2 seriously wayout frontier points
each of these involves gravel, sand, dirt, mud, rivers etc, depending on the season. they are not easy on a bike, so if you are used to only riding pavement, these options are not possible.
ChrisB posted this in a thread called "storing bike in peru/ecuador?" in february of 2003, but i read something else (can't remember where) that made me suspect Zumba, which is south of Vilcabamba, may be more organized now.
does anyone know what the Zumba crossing is like these days?
how would the roads be in the beginning of january?
I personally wouldn´t want to guarantee it (what´s that worth anyway). I was more thinking of getting back into the country. But leaving they did check my exit date on the Ecuadorian side. I have no idea if that would´ve been a game over or merely a $20 ´service charge`
I left my bike in Formosa at a friends house, manager of the "Bastardos de Formosa" bike club. The custom officer only gave me 3 month (instead of 8 month) and I didnt check since it was getting late. I only found out back in Formosa.
My friend (he is a civil servant) tells me that it s no problem since "everything can be solved in South America". With a 50 pesos note, you should grant yourself an extension if you know the right person.
If you need help to get thru the border to Paraguay, pm me i ll give you his email.
maybe you got it wrong, the question is about Ecuador and there is no boarder with Paraguay! :-)
This is why the answer was adressed to Martin Alexanxder
""Meanwhile, if anyone knows if it is possible to sneak a bike through an Argentine border (one that closes nights or weekends), return on foot, check myself out properly, pick up the bike, and legally enter myself and the bike into the next country PLEASE tell me.""
I d add that your bike is registered in their computer with date of entry and date of leaving, Martin, so unless a customs clerk changes your datas in the network, you ll be spotted. They dont seem to have such a network in Paraguay tho (they just give you a small ticket, at least at the river crossing border that leads you directly into Asuncion).
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