The Andes draw motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world. A moto tour into those majestic mountains is a dream come true for bikers. Before booking your trip from your home in Victoria to the great mountain range of South America, make sure that you are going to be granted visas for all of your travels.
The Andes mountain range extends through 7 South American countries. Some with their own rules and regulations about who may enter and how. Since you will be riding down to South America, unless you plan on renting a bike, you are going to be traveling through all of the Northern and Central Americas before reaching the northern reach of the mountain range in Columbia.
With all of this International travel through several countries, it is best that you first discuss your plans with a Vancouver immigration attorney. Even though an immigration attorney in Canada (even Surrey) is responsible for helping people immigrate into the country, they also will have a wealth of information about traveling outside of it. For example, an immigration attorney in Victoria will tell you that despite what you may have read, a Canadian should never leave the country without a valid passport. In fact, some countries will not allow entry if there is less than six months left on your Canadian passport.
What Countries Will You Be Passing Through?
Leaving from Vancouver, you will first be entering the United States on the Western Coast. To save yourself some time and miles, do not head straight south towards Tijuana. Instead, head South East and plan on entering Mexico through an eastern Texas border town. Mexican officials at the border will check your passport and charge you a fee for passing through the country. The visa they issue you will reflect the amount of time that you are allowed to be in the country, so make sure that you are crossing its southern border within that time limit.
Since you are entering on the east end of Mexico, you will head due south to Chiapas, and the border between Mexico and Guatemala. Guatemala will give you a 90 day Visa for the equivalent of 10 dollars US. The nice thing is that this visa is good for the next country to pass through, El Salvador, and even beyond into Honduras. As you can see, this is not a simple adventure to make on your motorcycle, but the Andes moto tour will make it worth the while.
Once out of Honduras there is a series of other small countries to pass through, Nicaragua, Belize and Panama, before hitting Columbia and the start of the Andes mountain range. At all of these borders your passport will be scrutinized and visas checked. Make sure that you have your moto tour details handy to show the intent of your travel.
Even once in South America, if you plan on traveling with an Andes moto tour to the Southern end, plan on passing through another 7 countries. All of which will ask for your passport and charge you a fee for a temporary visa. None of this will matter anymore as you are riding the open road in one of the most majestic landscapes in the world.