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Old 7 Jan 2003
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I realise that posting a topic about a vehicle with *four* wheels is probably anathema to you bikers, so I hope you'll forgive me. It's just that you lot know what you're talking about most of the time!

So, I was hoping that people on this forum might be able to advise me on the feasibility/practicalities of getting my 1980 Toyota Land Cruiser on a boat at Pucallpa, and emerging unscathed at Manaus some time later.

Is this trip possible from what you've seen?

I've read mentions of winches to get the bikes on and off the boats. Would they work for cars?

Also, at Tabatinga, there was mention of a small canoe to get from the Peruvian to the BRazilian side when you change boats. Is this avoidable?

I hope someone will be able to help!


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hi there. i put the original 'amazon boat' thread up. i went from yurimaguas, rather than pucalpa to iquitos and then tabtinga-manaus etc. the fordecks of most of the passenger boats are the wrong shape/size to take cars. i recon you're flogging a dead horse considering the car a on boat thing.

the only really big boats go belem (atlantic) to manaus and back. there are a few cars in tabatinga, so they must have gotten there somehow; must have been by boat from manaus.

from yurimaguas/pucalpa to the border hamlet of santa rosa 'small' peruvian boats go. people do their immigration exit formalities there. then it is a dugout canoe across the river to brazil(tabatinga) and colombia and brazil/colombia immigration. the only other mode of transport might be a seaplane! this is serious the back and beyond, so give up on the idea of cars and boats from peru to brazil.

not sure of your route... i presume you're heading south to north.... just drive through peru/ecuador/colombia to venezuela or peru/bolivia/brazil.

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Hi Chris,

Thanks for taking the time to reply, it was kind of you, especially to a four-wheeler like myself (got too many books for a bike!).

I'm disappointed to hear that you think I'm flogging a dead horse with this route. Not what I wanted to hear, but good to hear it from the dead horse's mouth in any case.

My only alternative in Peru now is the Cusco-Puerto Maldonado-Rio Branco route, which I'm trying to investigate. If anyone has any info on that, please do post it.

The reason I'm considering the Peru route is that I'm wary of driving back through Colombia, which I did in 2001. I'd rather not tempt fate twice, but might well have to...



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All I can say is that Puerto Moldanado is a great town. Lots of good scenery, jungle tours, etc. The road to the Brazilian border is in good shape, also. Have fun.
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