Quebec - Patagonia 2017-2019

(North and Central America)
unknown length - solo travel - Suzuki DR650 moto

Information on the Journey

This new trip is done by motorbike.

The first part of my trip by motorbike started by crossing USA from east to west using the Trans-America Trail. It's a very nice route that can be somewhat difficult, especially in the West. However, the scenery is spectacular. This first part of the big trip will be done with my friend Thierry who came from France for 40 days.

Next, after this introduction to motorbiking, I continue my trip in solo. The ultimate goal is to reach Ushuaia, the southernmost city of South America. I am taking as long as it takes to get there. I wish to have a great motorbiking experience, but also, I would like to visit all the numerous countries that spans between Quebec and Patagonia where Ushuaia is located.


Some data

Travelling solo

Regions visited:USA, Mexico, Central America
When? From August 2017 (with a break in Quebec from April to October 2018)


The best

USAScenery and roads in the Appalachian Mountains - scenery in Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and Oregon (especially around Moab and toward the Grand Canyon) - night in Memphis - meeting some Mennonites.
MexicoCopper Canyon (scenery and Batopilas), Paricutín Volcano, Guanajuato, Real de Catorce, Teotihuacán, turtles at La Escobilla, Cantona, Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca, Chiapa de Corzo festival, Chiapas region, Calakmul.
BelizeLamanai, Belize Zoo, Caracol, Mountain Pine Ridge.
GuatemalaTikal, San Miguel (Flores), Semuc Champey, Todos Santos Cuchumatán during the fiesta of November 1st... to be continued.

The worst

USAThe country's centre (at the heart of the Bible Belt) - the food.
MexiqueNothing, except Mexico City traffic.
BelizeHigh prices, expensive fuel.
Guatemala...

(Note: in the USA, my trip was limited to the Trans America Trail and a few parks in the west. In other countries. I generally didn't visit any islands.)


Technical Data

Travellers with a Canadian passport. TIP = Temporary Import Permit. Petrol = 87 octane.

USA (August 2017)

VISANone.
VEHICULENo import document needed.
CURRENCYUS Dollar - $US 1 = 1.25 CAD
INSURANCEIncluded with my Quebec insurance.
PETROL$US 0.55 - 1.05 / litre

Mexico (Octobre 2017)

VISA6 months, at the border, about $US 50 + $US 30 exiting.
VEHICULETIP at the border, $US 400 temporary bond.
CURRENCYMexican Peso - $US 1 = 18.5 MXN - $CAD 1 = 15 MXN
INSURANCEBought online before entering the country, 6 months $US 190.
PETROL$US 0.90 / litre

Belize (February 2018)

VISA1 month, at the border, free.
VEHICULETIP at the border, $CAD 3 fumigation, $CAD 10 road tax, $US 20 exiting.
CURRENCYBelizean Dollar - $US 1 = 2.02 BZD - $CAD 1 = 1.57 BZD
INSURANCEAt the border, 1 month $CAD 40.
PETROL$CAD 2 / litre

Guatemala (March 2018)

VISA1 month, at the border, gratuit.
VEHICULETIP at the border, $CAD 5.30 fumigation, $CAD 30 moto, $CAD 1.80 bridge.
CURRENCYGuatemalan Quetzal - $US 1 = 7.22 GTQ - $CAD 1 = 5.66 GTQ
INSURANCENot necessary.
PETROL$CAD 1.30 / litre

Guatemala (October 2018)

CURRENCYGuatemalan Quetzal - $US 1 = 7.70 GTQ - $CAD 1 = 5.87 GTQ
PETROL$CAD 1.12 - 1.35 / litre