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Wedding breaks trip: Ideas for leaving country without bike ?

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My nephew is getting married bang in the middle of our trip in Central & South america.

Has anyone got any experience of leaving the bike in a country & returning for it later ? I've scanned the info & the posts, all good stuff, but not quite what I'm after. I could do with a couple of months out, as once I pay for my flight I want my money's worth !

Essentially I'll be attempting to leave the country with the bike stamped in my passport, so will need something to say it's ok. Then when I return to pick up the bike from "safe storage" - a whole new question ! I can ride off into the hills.

Any clues as to which South American countries might be more amenable to this ? I've not had much joy lookin on govt web sites yet. How about Peru or Bolivia ?

The only alternative I can think of is shipping the bike home for the wedding & then back again to continue the journey. (a weddin is a weddin in our family !)


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change the plans?

Tell the Inconsiderate little beggar that it is ruinin yer trip and to postpone the weddin till you get back!
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Hi

My nephew is getting married bang in the middle of our trip in Central & South america.

Has anyone got any experience of leaving the bike in a country & returning for it later ? I've scanned the info & the posts, all good stuff, but not quite what I'm after. I could do with a couple of months out, as once I pay for my flight I want my money's worth !

Essentially I'll be attempting to leave the country with the bike stamped in my passport, so will need something to say it's ok. Then when I return to pick up the bike from "safe storage" - a whole new question ! I can ride off into the hills.

Any clues as to which South American countries might be more amenable to this ? I've not had much joy lookin on govt web sites yet. How about Peru or Bolivia ?

The only alternative I can think of is shipping the bike home for the wedding & then back again to continue the journey. (a weddin is a weddin in our family !)


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Scouse,

I am sure that I have read quite a few posts about leaving a South American country without a bike; it must be just a matter of using the right keyword(s) in a search. For instance, do a search for "passport" - many people have talked about this in the context of the note in their passport about the bike.
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I left my bike in a catholic mission for a few weeks (Bamako, Mali). The nun/sister accepted the offer of some cash (embarrassingly small amount) to keep it in their garage until I returned.

There was no passport stamping business in Mali though.

I would just find a trust-worthy place (catholics...? ;-), and if you're still worried disable the bike in some mad inventor genius way.

I don't think you can generalise that one 'country' is safer than another for this type of thing. Just find the right person in whatever country you're in, no?

PS. if you end up facing the costs of shipping it back to the UK, pay for my return flight out there (where ever you are) and I'll baby sit your bike for you. Even without riding it, you keep the keys! That would be cheaper and less hassle :-)
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Expensive present

Send your nephew a nice South American "congratulations" card and tell him you'll visit them after the trip to see the wedding photos.
In my opinion, flying from South America back to the UK vice versa, just for a few days, is a much to expensive wedding present unless you are a millionaire !!!!
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I know you can leave your bike in either Ecuador or Colombia for the duration of your permit. They do not stamp the bike into your passport. I have left my bike in both countries without problems.
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Thanks gents, all the advice is really appreciated, especially the bit about tellin my nephew where to get off !

Mr Ron your comments are tops and help us no end, we owe you a or several when we run into you (although not literally for the latter !)

Thanks again (and ! wish I´d thought of the search instead of manually looking through all the posts ! )

btw 2 return flights to the UK are not what we expected, but you gotta do what you gotta do !

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