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Old 22 Feb 2003
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Storing Bike in Peru/Ecuador?

I am looking for a place in Peru or Ecuador to store my bike for 6 months. I am starting to run out of money and need to head back home to make some money.

Garage, warehouse, back yard, whatever, as long as it is relatively secure.

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La Paz Bolivia is the best place to store it. No hassles with paperwork. Search the site for Walter Nosiglia, he has a shop and regularly stores travellers bikes safely.

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Hi Grant,

as I always wondered about this info, I went to Walter some weeks ago to ask him, what he does when traveller leave their bikes there. Answer: Nothing!
The custom problems, which you will have parking your bike longer than 6 month are your problem.
I have seen some Argentinians with a camper having problems because of being three days over time! I think they paid a bit to the customs, but that might not always work.
In addition you are not always automatically getting 6 month - ask for it. And even then, they like to reduce to the end of a month, so that you have 5 month and some days.

Saludos de La Paz

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Hi Robb,

in Quito Ecuador look for Ricardo Rocco. He is a great guy and might help you.
If you like to bring your bike to LP, you may leave it with ours in our backyard. If you are unsure of being back within 6 month, write me a mail.

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Dear All
As with anywhere, if you or your bike overstay their welcome, it is your problem. In Latin America it can be easy to solve the problem... Either by pulling a stunt with paperwork (see other posts on this site) or just not saying 'goodbye' when you leave:

I have myself left without my bike officially leaving, or entered where I could have avoided declaring my bike (ie. 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.
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Hola,

I am currently storing a bike at Walter’s shop in La Paz. Walter is willing to store bikes at his place for people who basically walk up with a smile and a prayer (I was in a bind!). That he is willing to do this favor is what makes him a great guy and the community a better place. That my bike can just sit there…wonderful! Paperwork will be a problem, but I am very hopeful that for me and anyone who has been on any sort of an extended trip (and understands these “things,”) this type of problem won’t be overly-difficult to resolve.

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