Extending TVIP (bike visa) in Colombia
While riding the 80 K plus "trampoline of death" La Cocha near La Luguna to Mocoa, Colombia we braved thousand meter drop unguarded sheer cliffs, land slides, packs of wild dogs, water falls gushing across what was often a single track of the military built cerca 1930s , but the slippery mud while approaching a difficult detour was too much for Elisa and when she fell, she fractured several bones in her foot.
We bush camped that night at a rural school - and somehow rode on to Pitalito where Elisa received medical care. No walking without crutches for at least a month plus an immobilization boot.
We entered Colombia on a 30 day TVIP at Epiales, and now need to extend. I found the local DIAN office at the bus terminal and a helpful official rang up the closest aduana at Puerto Asis. Only border aduanas or the aduana in Bogota can grant TVIP extensions, and I could not get a definitive answer on the maximum length of time for an extension.
When I explained to the DIAN offical that Elisa could not ride her bike - the official suggested I ride my bike to the aduana at Puerto Asis and take an "impronta" of Elisa's bike's chassis I D. And "impronta" is a tracing of the vehicle ID by means of scotch tape and carbon paper - transferred to a blank piece of paper..... She suggested that "for a fee" the Dept of Transportation could arrange to have an "impronta" made of the I D on Elisa's bike.
And, I would need certified copies of the doctors medical reports, Elisa's passport, cedula, and of course the original TVIP plus a letter signed by Elisa that I have her permission to ride her bike - and her signature must be accompanied by a fingerprint.
OK, I found a "notaria segunda" willing to certify all - except the letter - since Elisa was not present.... So as soon as the Paro (coffee growers protest consisting of closing all major roads) that has already closed all the roads in and out of Pitalito is over I will ride to Puerto Asis and try my luck obtaining TVIP extensions for my bike and Elisa's bike.
Meanwhile we are at a delightful Swiss owned rural hostal "Finca el Cielo" 3 K out of San Augustin and about 30 K from Pitalito while Elisa continues to recover. Beautiful landscape and very quiet and peaceful.
PM if you are in the area and would like to visit. We are O K will be here for a couple weeks.
I will post to this thread any progress toward obtaining TVIP extensions or any additional helpful information .
My advice skip the UNPAVED trampoline of death and take the paved!
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