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Reserve, New Mexico
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road travel

I am planning to drive from the US to costa rica pulling a 3-horse trailer. Are the roads death-defying or are they just like any roads?

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1. Re: road travel

Whoa! Do you know what you are in for? You will cross five borders and at all of them, you will be required to show papers about your vehicle and your horses.

Mostly, the roads are not dangerous - but - the people can be, before you get into Costa Rica.

If you are determined to do this, make sure all your paperwork is in order and you have a talented and trained security guard with you. Not just your cousin who happens to have served 2 years in the Marine Corps 12 years ago, but a security specialist who is knowledgeable about issues in Central America.

By the way - you have 90 days to register your vehicle in Costa Rica and pay a tax that amounts to around 50% of the value of the vehicle, as determined by the Costa Rican government.

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If you are transporting any livestock you'll need health papers for them as well. Good luck.

Reserve, New Mexico
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I'm actually heading for Peru, but want to stop and relax in Costa Rica for a few weeks and ride, of course.

Reserve, New Mexico
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Of course. That's a given. Thanks

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Uh. What?

Am I correct in assuming that you are just starting your research on this?

I've met a few people who have done the drive. None of them told me that it was a breeze. All of them had stories to tell that ranged from getting everything stolen (including tires and gas out of the gas tank) to being held hostage until relatives in the US were able to pay a ransom.

Lots of excitement to be had...

Brooklyn, New York
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How do you plan to get your trailer to Peru?

Reserve, New Mexico
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Yes, I am just starting research. I have friends that have actually ridden their horses to Costa Rica and beyond and haven't had any disheartening or dangerous stories to tell about their trips. I choose not to ride, but to drive for the health of my horses.

Thanks for the fear element. It balances my enthusiasm.

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Still - how do you plan to get your vehicle and horses to Peru? Google the "Darien Gap."

The trip to Costa Rica is one thing -- and if you have lots of money and a good security guard and all the necessary paperwork, it will work.

But - where do you plan on stopping with your horses? Camping is too dangerous, all things given, and most hotels are not equipped to stable or pasture horses.

Edited: 15 May 2014, 22:47
Brooklyn, New York
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9. Re: road travel

Maybe they plan to donate the horses to FARC?

Reserve, New Mexico
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10. Re: road travel

By asking the same questions regarding Peru that I'm asking here regarding Costa Rica. Gotta start someplace.