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Panama City to Bogota by air

Howdy!

A quick note: I am shipping my F650 via Girag Air Cargo from Panama City, Panama to Bogota and the all-in cost is $901.38 cash only.

You just roll up to their office at Tocumen airport (cargo section, not the passenger terminal) and leave your bike in the AM and you pick it up in Colombia the next day. Flights are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Girag does all the paperwork. Call 2384326, I spoke with Luz Edith Lopez. luz.lopez@girag.com

Cost is for bike only.

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Same for me - $800 plus tax made it $901.38. I was asked to remove the mirrors and screen, although I got away with just the mirrors (the top box is higher than the screen). Luz speaks good English, which I appreciate being a Spanish speaking novice. I mapped their location here.
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sounds good to me

at the end of the day, most often you get what you pay for, it sounds like this is simple clean and efficient, i'll be there in about a month or so, right now heading toward xela, guatemala.

thanks for the great contacts and map

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I'm now in Bogota. I got a taxi to the cargo terminal but the Girag office is actually across the road - 2 or so minutes walk. The Girag staff are very friendly and the customs office is at the entrance of the cargo terminal. About an hour or so later the fun begins when you gently roll your motorcycle out of the Girag office - I won't spoil the surprise. Again, I mapped their location here.
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Hi tenzin,

I am also in Bogota but my bike remained in Panama! There was a problem with the plane, but the Girag staff in Bogota were most helpful, calling a hotel and organizing transport for me. I hope to bug out tomorrow for Cajamarca.

Did you find insurance at the airport anywhere?

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Hi forward,

Oh no! Fingers crossed, you'll have it soon. You say Cajamarca - is that the town West of Ibague? If so, I'll be heading that way tomorrow too. It would be good to meet you.

D'oh! I didn't know insurance was required. I owe you one! I've just read some posts and it looks like there is an office in Bogota. I'll take a look tomorrow morning I guess.
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Tenzin,

Yeah, that's Cajamarca. Hope to be there this evening.

My hotel is shaking, is Bogota having an earthquake?
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Forward,

Not an earthquake mate. Just me and the girl I picked up last night. I only made it as far as Ibaque yesterday and today I didn't see a sign for Cajamarca. Anyway, I'm now in Cali. I'll keep my eyes open for you.
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giarg most helpful

spoke with both luz and marilyn at giarg, both most helpful, will be flying the bike out monday at 8am, spend a few days in bogata, and pick the bike up on weds. thanks agian for the maps,
2383675 for marilyn, she speaks perfect english.
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