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Old 08-01-2013, 06:04 PM   #1
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Fly to Ride - El Salvador

Sadly, I am scared to ride a motorcycle south thru Mexico lately.

So I've been pondering the idea of a non-US home-base in Latin America to fly down to and then take "adventure" tours from. I just finalized the purchase of a small chunk of land and am contracting a small 1000 sq ft beach house in a small town on the Pacific Coast, Costa de Pimiental, EL Salvador. 1000 ft walk to the pacific, non-tourist area. This is not far away, in Costa Del Sol:

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My plan is to buy two small 150cc Honda single cylinder bikes with small panniers for motorcycle trips to El Salvador, Guatamala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize, etc... and make a couple trips a year.

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Has anyone else from Houston done anything like this? Any El Savadoreneos know anything about the area?

I know there is a moto tour operator in the neighborhood, with trips up and down the volcano on the menu.

http://www.mototourelsalvador.com/

This is sure to be a fun adventure....
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Awesome......


Plan to do similar once kids are grown.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:34 PM   #5
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:58 PM   #6
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Bwaaahahahaha... you are scared of Mexico, so you decide to go to El Salvador? I have bad news for you, Peter.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:37 PM   #7
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El Salvador isn't quite as bad as Mexico - but there are areas that the gangs control - make sure that isn't the case where you are thinking of buying. I have ridden a bunch all over Central America - get a bigger bike to be able to get out of situations. Honduras and Guatemala are very dangerous and the police and judicial systems don't do anything
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I've never been but looked into going last year and was surprised to find out that the murder rate is over 3x that of Mexico but all of it is from gangbangers killing each other.
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Great movie from the 70s about riding down south. Cycles South. I'd check out on Hulu the Long Way Down series where they ride from England to Cape Town. Some good info on check point and security forces/rebels situations.
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I know El Salvador is very very rough in the capital city. murder rate of 70 per 100,000 mainly gang on gang. Everyone from the states that I've talked to who travelled thru or in the countryside has only great things to say about the people. Just not in San Salvador.

I want to keep things small on the cc side to blend in. I could easily just ride down a couple of dual sports, but then I'd stick out like a sore gringo thumb.

I'll have to check out "Cycle South".
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Always. And most my friends, I think, would agree...I'm not stingy with my fun toys. You wanna ride a bike I own, cool, go ride it, track it, have fun. Just don't be an asshat and not fix what you break. Anyone who ever wants a lift to or from a CMRA weekend, the bus always has open seats.

Wanna stay for a week in el salvador at Casita Shaddock when I'm done, go for it
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Sweet. You need any help down there let me know. Im due for a vacation. Boards havnt seen quality surf in a while either.
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I'm heading down with my wife in a couple of months to meet the "contractor" to spec out the house. Construction should take 4-5 months. I hope to have it ready for the spring season. GABRIEL and I are for sure taking a surf vacation there next summer (but he doesn't know it yet, lol). There will be room for 8 in beds.

I am lucky that the town is small, not touristy, and sits between the two major beach towns. My good friend is from there and his mother and siblings live very close by. I bought the land from her. Her cousin builds homes in the beach towns and has recently built 2 nice houses for my friend and his mother and both have come in on time and at budget. He charges $15 per day, his helper, $10 per day, plus I'm sure there is a "tax" on materials, lol. Total budget for the project including house and land, before furniture, is a whopping $10k.
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I'm heading down with my wife in a couple of months to meet the "contractor" to spec out the house. Construction should take 4-5 months. I hope to have it ready for the spring season. GABRIEL and I are for sure taking a surf vacation there next summer (but he doesn't know it yet, lol). There will be room for 8 in beds.

I am lucky that the town is small, not touristy, and sits between the two major beach towns. My good friend is from there and his mother and siblings live very close by. I bought the land from her. Her cousin builds homes in the beach towns and has recently built 2 nice houses for my friend and his mother and both have come in on time and at budget. He charges $15 per day, his helper, $10 per day, plus I'm sure there is a "tax" on materials, lol. Total budget for the project including house and land, before furniture, is a whopping $10k.
Peter that is super cool.
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I'm heading down with my wife in a couple of months to meet the "contractor" to spec out the house. Construction should take 4-5 months. I hope to have it ready for the spring season. GABRIEL and I are for sure taking a surf vacation there next summer (but he doesn't know it yet, lol). There will be room for 8 in beds.

I am lucky that the town is small, not touristy, and sits between the two major beach towns. My good friend is from there and his mother and siblings live very close by. I bought the land from her. Her cousin builds homes in the beach towns and has recently built 2 nice houses for my friend and his mother and both have come in on time and at budget. He charges $15 per day, his helper, $10 per day, plus I'm sure there is a "tax" on materials, lol. Total budget for the project including house and land, before furniture, is a whopping $10k.
Wow thats good. We were looking to do the same in Costa Rica a few years back, but I have no permanent contacts down there. Not to mention land prices have exploded. I should have bought 9 years ago when I first went down there. Good luck to ya.
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No one respects motorcycles on the road in those countries so be prepared for that. The country side is not as safe as you think and there's a lot of drug activity hidden away in the country side so again be careful where you venture off to.
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I'm heading down with my wife in a couple of months to meet the "contractor" to spec out the house. Construction should take 4-5 months. I hope to have it ready for the spring season. GABRIEL and I are for sure taking a surf vacation there next summer (but he doesn't know it yet, lol). There will be room for 8 in beds.

I am lucky that the town is small, not touristy, and sits between the two major beach towns. My good friend is from there and his mother and siblings live very close by. I bought the land from her. Her cousin builds homes in the beach towns and has recently built 2 nice houses for my friend and his mother and both have come in on time and at budget. He charges $15 per day, his helper, $10 per day, plus I'm sure there is a "tax" on materials, lol. Total budget for the project including house and land, before furniture, is a whopping $10k.
are you kidding me, that is insane. Keep us posted on the adventure, I am interested for sure!
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Be careful when you're out there. Don't ever think you're safe. I lived in Esquipulas for a few years, it's about 3 hours from Costa del Sol. Just ride safe and watch out for the morons who don't care over there.
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Daaaaaamn! Sounds nice, but stay safe. Where were you today??
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