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Old 29 Nov 2001
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Carnet for South America


I've been scanning horizonunlimited.com for information about a carnet du passage for South America. Sometimes I hear i do need a carnet for South America, and the a reaction to JIMMYGO on http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/ubb...ML/000132.html seams he doesn't need one. I'm planning a trip around South America Starting in Januari 2002 in Venezuela( I'm shipping my bike into La guaira ). After Venezuela I want to travel through the Guyana's to Brazil. Down the coast of Brazil to Rio. From Rio across to Bolovia either through Paraguay or Argentina( depending on the rainy season ) From Bolivia to Peru and down the amazon back to Manaus( Brazil ) and back up to Venezuela. Fist off I planned on buying a bike in Caracas. After asking around shipping my own bike seemed to be a better option. A carnet in The Netherlands (my country) costs twice the value of my bike.

Can anyone give me some advice on this issue?

Cheers from Amsterdam

Mark van der Molen
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Old 30 Nov 2001
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Hai Mark,

The bond you have to post for the carnet will be returned to you (if you have all the stamps). Also it's possible to give a bank-garanty instead.
An other option is a carnet from the ADAC. The fie's (Lege's) are a bit higher, but the bond is mucho lower. See the posting of "a cheap carnet" in this section.

Good luck and CU on the road.
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Old 30 Nov 2001
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Maarten has the right info on the carnet to my knowledge, ADAC is very good for pricing, and the guarantee is the best / cheapest way to go.

For South America you don't NEED the carnet at all, except flying into Ecuador as previously noted., (Although this is not an absolute - it can be done without, but is tricky.)

However, a carnet DOES ease and can speed up passage, so if it's cheap enough why not. It WILL save you money in fees at border crossings.

$200US is a great price for shipping - please go to the shipping page at http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tri...shipping.shtml and let us know how you did it.

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My Exprience

Just took a trip with my 17 yr old son Peru-Brazil-Bolivia-Peru Around the Block 2007 | with rented bikes out of Peru. We traveled as Americans on our US passports only, with US and Inter-American moto licenses (which they NEVER asked to see!) The only paperwork they were interested in was our passports and the moto titles and rental agreements. Of course we traveled on back routes and spoke fluent Spanish.

Don't know if that helps any....

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