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Old 22 Mar 2013
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Has anyone got info that could help with ideas for my trip

Hey Guys
I'm thinking about buying a motorcycle in the USA and plan to ride down to Mexico and then into South America so I'm wandering what's required to do this like do I need carnets are any border crossing issues that you may have faced? Cheers Camo_Traveler
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Its acctually very easy, you buy the motorcycle, get the paperwork in order, bring your licence and off you go. Just remember to pay your insurance for US. The insurance for Mexico you pay at the border, but do it!. If you dont buy, you could get in a lot of trouble if you are involved in a crash, even if its not your fault. In Mexico you are guilty until proven otherwise.

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Hello Camo_Traveller,

That's the beauty of riding down through CA and SA, no carnets needed! Some of the border crossings can be tricky and occasionally confusing. I travelled on and off with a British couple who did a wonderful job of documenting the border crossing procedures for the countries they rode through. Here is the link to their HUBB posting: http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...al-south-67649 Enjoy planning your trip. It is an amazing journey.

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Have you read other peoples trip reports?


On the blue bar across the top of this page "GET INSPIRED" then travelers blogs

direct link Travel Stories/Blogs | Horizons Unlimited

You need to page down a fair way to get to "The Americas" ... there are a few there .. and you can follow it with those bits for "Around the World" ones...

... You'll find a lot more info in that blue bar thingy too .. lots of reading and good info there. Enjoy.
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Hey Guys
Thats awesome not having Carnets makes things alot easier do you have to apply for visas still? or can you get them at border crossings?
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OP, what the responses above are suggesting (rather politely, I'd say) is that you do some reading on your own before asking questions here. They're even telling you where to find the answers you seek, along with many more you're not yet aware of.

There are lots of reasons why that's a good idea, including the fact that your questions are frequently answered here and elsewhere; that no one knows where you're from, therefore what passport you're carrying, therefore whether and where you might need visas; that you're going to have hundreds of questions--maybe thousands--before you leave on such a trip, and no one's got the energy to answer all of them without some sign of seriousness from you.

On the other hand, others have previously proven themselves more patient than I.

Hope that's helpful.

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Mind the gap. By water or air you need get around that. Other than that it is most easy shot down. As for visa and import permit for the bike (like a visa for the bike) I look it up before I go and get that sorted. Better than finding out you need to fly home to get it. Do look out for your visa time and your import times you may get 30 days and your bike only 2 weeks

I think you are from the UK so I will post the info for them on Mexico. Mexico travel advice
And here is the Mexican embassy in London Mexican Embassy in London

Armed with that you can find or call them and ask what paperwork you need fill it out and have it all ready at the border.
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Camo_Traveler,

Visas? What’s your nationality? If you are an American citizen you will not have to worry until Bolivia, then you will get dinged. Payable at the border if I am not mistaken. Entering Argentina? If you are an American, Canadian or Australian citizen then you will have to pay an Argentinean reciprocity fee. This has to be paid online before entering Argentina. More info at South America Travel News: South America Travel News: Update to the Argentina Reciprocity Fee | South America Travel News Blog That’s what I can offer, others will chime in with their own experiences. Best to be from the U.K. Crossing the Darien Gap by sea? Use the Stahlratte. Fantastic!

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OP. You don't say where you're coming from.

My 2 cents is that if you want to see Central and South America I would buy another travellers bike as far south in those countries as possible and ride North ONE WAY, but that's just me, tired and having to ride another 9,000 kms just to get to Bogota where I hope to fly my bike to North America.
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Some good advice. This site has literally hundreds (if not thousands) of posts on this topic. As folks have suggested, do some searching and try to narrow down exactly what it is you need to know.
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