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Old 09-17-2008, 10:25 AM   #1
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The next South American adventure

Any of you ever ride in or around South America before? I'll be researching routes over the next few weeks and trying to read up some on it all.

I have a Bolivian friend who for the past few years has been loading up containers full of jeeps, motorcycles, etc. and shipping them into Bolivia to be sold at a profit. The latest idea keeps the same trend but adds some fun to it all.

He'll be buying 3 enduro's and shipping them into Chile. From there the plan is to meet the bikes in Chile and then ride them into Bolivia to sell them and fly back home. The ride is said to be 6 hours so I think we'll extend it some within Chile before getting further into the Andes and riding across the salt flat in Bolivia. Once selling the bikes we'll spend a day or two with his family and maybe mountain bike down what they call the worlds most dangerous road before flying back home.

I can't say I would have considered this before, but having a friend that knows the area well and speaks the language with family living there as well makes it more comforting. Then also meeting a bunch of Irish and Austrailians in Peru back in May and talking about their several months of travel around SA sparked a larger interest.



Thoughts, suggestions, or personal experiences?

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Old 09-17-2008, 10:36 AM   #2
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Sounds cool...!!!! Will be nice if you can document your trip on some kind of blog with loot of pictures..!!!

Like this guy riding from Sacramento, CA to Clute, TX.

http://pashnit.com/8days/8days1.htm

Lots of good reading.
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:41 AM   #3
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I rode from Houston to Big Bend down into Mexico going through Copper Canyon (freaking awesome on endure bikes!) to Durango and riding the Devil's Spine (3,000 curves in 100 miles up to 9,000 feet altitude) to Mazatlan. From there we took the ferry to Baja and up to LA and ended in Las Vegas. Freaking Awesome trip.

I'd love to do that kind of trip, just make sure you know where gas station are (shouldn't be a problem) and don't ride at night. I heard that road is crazy dangerous on mountain bikes.
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:53 AM   #4
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The group I met in May going to Machu Picchu had just finished up riding with this company. http://www.gravitybolivia.com/

They said the road is better now due to a cut thru that most of the traffic takes now. It isn't the only road for the farmers to get to the market, etc., anymore from what I understand.
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:55 AM   #5
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If you have room for another I might be down for something like this
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:04 AM   #6
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Sounds good. We'll be working out some more details in the next couple weeks and making sure it is something that's feasible.
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I have done this.
I work in the petroleum industry and have spent the last ten years running all over South America. I usually have buddies that live down there and they have enduros and dirt bikes.
In Bolivia, you can ride death road from Irrebegrasama to Interios. You can also go baja through the mountains along the road but it gets more dangerous. Lots of coca productions and the natives don't like seeing Gringos running around their fields. Let me know if you deside to go to Venezuela or Brazil. I know how some great trails around San Antonio, VZ and Vitoria, BR.

Take a good camera and lots of spare batteries and chargers. You can charge all the batteries at once and then change them through the day. You can always pick up multi-gig cards to put in.
Note that they have different electricity down there so you need a plug adaptor for your lap top. the power adaptor will still work but it won't fit in the wall.

And the toilets swirl in the other direction...
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:13 AM   #8
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I have been to Peru a few times because I'm from there, certain nice places around there but people drive like maniacs worse than Houston.
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I used to ride in Venezuela. Some awesome roads, but be careful with potholes. They are everywhere. You should try http://www.moto-loco.com/ for ecuador. They are very good people.

You should also try to head over to advrider.com You can find many write ups of S. American trips on there for ideas and tips tat you might need.

Pm me if you have any questions.
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