Panama to/from Columbia ALERT
Three items for travellers going to/from Panama-Columbia:
1. There are no longer two choices of company to fly your bike to/from Panama to Columbia. Only Girag now takes bikes. They dramatically raised their rates (at least for Panama-Bogota) from $650 to $900!!! I paid $650 in November 2009 for Panama to Bogota
2. Girag did not do the customs requirement, as promised, upon leaving Panama. Consequently, when I returned to Panama, they wanted to charge me big money because I/Girag had not done the proper paperwork when leaving Panama last year. Do the customs paperwork yourself when leaving Panama for Columbia.
3. If flying your bike back to Panama from Bogota, be aware that the police may do a VERY thorough inspection of your bags that are on the bike. My police inspection took over two hours and they looked at EVERY little item, even my dirty laundry. They even sniffed the nozzle on my aerosol can of WD-40 lubricant. Fortunately, they did not try to spray my fake can of Athlete's Foot Fungus that had my "stash" in it.
Hope this info helps.
motomon at pobox dot com
'06 Suzuki DR650
Want to do the Trans America Trail (TAT) & Continental Divide Trail (CDT).