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Planning & Preparation Tools for a South American Motorcycle Adventure

This is a collection of links to sites I found helpful when planning before and during our bike trip in South America so I thought I'd share them in case not yet known. Some sites are clearly in Spanish, but since you're planning to bike around S.Am. you'll be learning that pretty quickly and using google translate to help in the interim
Will add more to the list if I find any.

General Biking Information:
Welcome! | Horizons Unlimited (The HUBB biker forum, with a wealth of information)
Adventure Rider Motorcycle Forum (Another major biker forum)
Motociclistas.cl (Chilean biker forum)
Portal de Motos - Ventas de Motos - Foro - Clubes - Actualidad y Noticias (Another Chilean biker forum)
FOROMOTOS.com - El mejor FORO de MOTOS de toda la red (Forum for all South America)

Route Planning and Road Conditions:
Argentina - Turismo aventura y viajes - Guia de Mapas, Rutas y Hoteles (Excellent route map calculator for South America including road conditions. Doesn’t cover all roads.)
Google Maps (Google route planner. Surely not news to you.)
Latin America Joint Operations Graphic - Perry-Casta�eda Map Collection - UT Library Online (The University of Austin Texas has published some old but useful maps)
Information on Roads in Bolivia, Driving in Bolivia, Death Road Bolivia. (Bolivia roads information)

Paper Maps / Map Books:
Colombia: Excellent, excellent road map / route guide available at toll booth offices for about 15000COP with altitude profiles, tourist attractions, all you can dream of!
Brazil: I'm told that the Guia Quatro Rodas map book is good and available at some service stations.
Venezuela: Found reasonable maps at reasonable prices at Pousada Monica, Santa Elena de Uairen.

Cost Budgeting Tools:
World prices, compare holiday prices, cost of living | MyTravelCost.com (World prices for fuel, food, alcohol and more)
2fortheroad Motorbike Trip Cost Planning Tool (I created an Excel cost planner for my trip and am user-friendly-ing this up so others may use it if they like. Uploading to our blog soon!)

Weather Conditions:
Direcci�n Meteorol�gica de Chile (Chile meteorological website)
WindGURU: Weather forecasts for windsurfing, kitesurfing and other wind related sports (Detailed weather conditions including wind, precipitation etc)
2fortheroad Climate Chart (will be included in the Motorbike Trip Cost Planning Tool)
http://climatempo.uol.com.br/ Brazilian Weather Forecasts

Border Passes:
Unidad de Pasos Fronterizos - Gono de Chile (Chile’s official border management page)
.::Gendarmeria Nacional Argentina::. (Argentina police border info page)
Highway border crossings between Chile and Argentina | GreenAsh (Independent info on various Chilean land borders)

Buying Spares and Kit:
http://imoto.cl/ (Major parts & accessories seller, most mechanics seem to buy from them so inquire/buy from them first hand)
http://mercadolibre.cl Chile's most popular parts trade site
http://www.mercadolibre.com.ar/ Argentina's most popular parts trade site
http://www.mercadolibre.com.co/ Colombia's most popular parts trade site
http://www.mercadolibre.com.ec/ Ecuador's most popular parts trade site

Finding Motorcycle Mechanics:
Mecanicos... (Chilean mechanic ratings, good & bad)

Traveller Safety:
Home - Fit For Travel (UK World Travel Health Advice Site)
Travel & living abroad (UK Foreign Office Travel Advice)
World Nomads Travel Safety - Keep travelling - Stay safe - WorldNomads.com (Worldnomads Travel Safetly Information)

Driving on the Santiago Autopistas (NOT FREE) Info Links:
Autopista Central: ::Autopista Central:: ¿Cómo Contactarnos?
Costanera Norte: Contacto - Autopista Costanera Norte
Vespucio Sur: Autopista Vespucio Sur - Todos los días un mejor día
Vespucio Norte: Contáctanos | Autopista Vespucio Norte

Chile Specific Sites:
Servicio Impuestos Internos website of Chile

Magallanes - sell SOAT insurance for Mercosur in Chile

Ecuador Specific:
Driving in Ecuador

http://translate.google.com Use this with your mechanic

Blog: INFO: Planning & Preparation Tools for a South American Motorcycle Adventure
Our Worldwide Motorbiking Experience Notes: India, Laos, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil

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2fortheroad..... Thank you for your world class research effort. This ain't my first rodeo and I find your research most informative.

I am sure many others will also benefit from your effort.

I look forward to your continued research and will check for your updates.

I am especially thankful for your border crossing information - and the fact that you have included web sites in Spanish.

Welcome to the HUBB please post often.....


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