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nanagosa4 13 Apr 2012 02:50

Winter in South America 2012-2013
I am leaving New York towards the middle of October for a 6 month tour of South America, via Central America. That would put me at the Mexico/Texas border at best, around the 21st of October..
My rough goal is to spend time around Rio and end up down around Tierra del Fuego around the first of the year, eventually heading back up the west side of the continent in spring..
If anyone is interested in hooking up for any parts. I am pretty flexible on the schedule but would definitely like to see some sights going down, like pyramids, hike a volcano and find some good places to take some extended breaks, maybe renting a place for a month here or there once I got into South America (Rio, Patagonia and Cusco come to mind). I am also interested in camping if it is worth it and safe. I would also being interested in exchanging work for a place to stay at times if it would help with expenses. I want to see as much as I can and do it as cheaply as possible...
Sharing lodging expenses would be a big plus to travelling with someone. I have experience riding in Central America but not South America. My Spanish is quite limited, but is useable.


MikeyMoto 13 Apr 2012 03:34

Hello Nanagosa4,

Barring any major setbacks I shall be heading to South America from Vancouver at the beginning of October. My time limit is one month shy of yours (my wife is being very generous and understanding!) and I would like to meet as many locals and MC travellers along the way as chance allows. If schedules (mine is flexible) permit it would be great to meet up. How are you crossing the Darien Gap? Under the Central America forum there is talk of a ferry service starting up May 10th. That would help the budget out considerably. Hope to see you on the road,

Regards, Mike.

nanagosa4 13 Apr 2012 06:28

The gap
I as of yet have not researched it enough. I will have to check out the Costa Rica one, that would save some time going through Pananama for sure. How much is it? Does it go to Cartegana?
I have been in touch with Francisco in Venezuela and he recommends taking the ferry out of Manuas on the Amazon (a four day trip) en route to Rio and Sao Paulo.. Lots of research to be done yet for sure. Already I can see time and money constraints starting to raise their heads. So much distance and possible expenses.
Perhaps we can continue to stay in touch and see where we are at in fall, perhaps we could hook up at least for Central America, which might help with expenses.
What a nice wife you have...

MikeyMoto 13 Apr 2012 21:46

Hello Nanagosa,

Research, research, research! I hear you. Just when you think you have it all figured out something else pops up. I really enjoy discovering all this information though, lots of it here on the HUBB. Here is the link for the article concerning the new ferry service between Panama and Columbia:
New Ferry Service Between Colon and Cartagena to Begin on 10 May 2012 - Panama Guide
This will answer your questions. Keeping in touch sounds like a plan, as fall is a few months off yet. Private message me and I will pass along my e-mail address.

Regards, Mike

jimhazelwood 13 Apr 2012 23:53

Wow. If that Ferry service comes to be and continues - that will be a huge help for motorcyclists, - and a cost savings as well

Roameo 15 Apr 2012 18:04

Similar trip and timing
Hi Nanagosa4 and Mikeymoto,

seems we are all on approximately the same schedule for hitting the Americas. I am living Winnipeg, Canada in June and will be touring the USA working my way towards Mexico and then downwards. I am planning to hit the border in Oct as well!. I am flexible so if I get to excited and bored of the states I may hit Mexico earlier, but who knows. Would be fun to hook up somewhere along the way if possible.

And thanks for the ferry info as I have book marked it. Your ptior choice was to fly or small boat from Panama to Columbia. This will be a much needed service for adventure travellers.

MikeyMoto 15 Apr 2012 20:42

Hello Roameo,

Greetings! Your departure date isn't far off, lucky you. Hope to see you along the way, keep in touch. Here is some food for thought. I discovered a few days ago that there is a Horizons Unlimited meeting in Cambria, California from the 18th to the 21st of October. Since, for me anyway, it is on the way to the Mexican border I registered for it. I have been to the one in Nakusp, B.C. and I can say it is a fantastic place to gather information, to meet people who are going, or have been, on MC trips and to listen to the many presentations. There is more info on the HU home page. Happy travels,

Regards, Mike.

Roameo 15 Apr 2012 23:04

Hey Mike,

Yes I am aware of it and it is on my list as an option. It will all depend if the urge to hit Mexico comes sooner rather than later since I am starting my trip in June. I hear they are good and would be a wealth of info. Will keep in touch.

Mombassa 16 Apr 2012 05:29

YVR South
Me and a buddy are leaving here (Vancouver, BC) end of April for South America. We have all the time in the world, so we'll be in the US for a good chunk and weaving our way down to South America. May see some of you on the road.

Roameo 16 Apr 2012 16:14

Curious who everyone from Canada is using for Health insurance. Have not booked mine yet but looks like World Nomads?

MikeyMoto 17 Apr 2012 00:44

Hello Roameo,

I received a quote from Travel Underwriters, which was recommended by a local insurance saleperson as one of the "better" companies, for $370 for 160 days. I made sure that this included riding motorcycles and not just tourist scooters. Another recommendation was BCAA (British Columbia Automobile Association). I am sure each province has its own affiliation. Hope that helps.

Regards, Mike.

Growler 17 Apr 2012 03:08


Originally Posted by Roameo (Post 375577)
Curious who everyone from Canada is using for Health insurance. Have not booked mine yet but looks like World Nomads?

You must be younger, I'm 64 and World Nomads won't cover me, the cheapest and best coverage for the bucks for an older Canadian is Travelguardian out of Edmonton. If you can prove me wrong please let me know. I would have no problem with it.:D

Cheers Growler

Edited: I forgot to add, I am insured for 273 days for the $1400.00CDN.

Roameo 17 Apr 2012 23:27

Hey Mike and Growler,

World Nomads is not to bad it seems my cost would be $405 for 6 months (180 days). So comparable to yours Mike, and sorry Growler looks like you pay double for being old and wise lol. I am 46 so under the nomads threshold.

GorditoCanadian 13 May 2012 07:48

Add another to the list of bikers hitting the Mexico border late October! Due to limited time to bike south, I intend to fly to San Diego, buy a bike there and ride south for about a month... Hope to catch up with at least a few of you all!

MikeyMoto 14 May 2012 02:24

Hello Gordito,

Hope to meet you on the way down. From your other posts I gather you are an expert on Peru! If I have any questions I shall direct them to you. I leave for the Mexican border after the October HU meeting in California. A few more posts and you will be able to PM. Keep in touch.

Regards, Mike.

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