Those who are already ready to buy GPS-Lighthouse (or still does not know what is) would be useful to know about a device called Alpha-Avtofon lighthouse.

When we are thinking about buying a motorcycle in South America, it would be interesting to do a map would display the location of the motorcycle in real (+-a few hours) of the time. Still like to show the current height and temperature.
Then we realized that we need a GPS beacon. The choice was among different models, but in the end we settled on the model of the Alpha-lighthouse from the company Avtofon, because:
the beacon the size of a matchbook,
-u Avtofona have the opportunity to obtain the necessary data to us via the API on the map
the lighthouse can work 3 years on one set of batteries
-body of water-and dustproof,
-It's a new model:)

If you want to buy any gps beacon of model range of the company Avtofon, you can do it at a discount! To do this, click on the link to the site Autofon-russia. There will be a yellow Strip with promo code and will give a discount of 300 rubles.

From the description of the lighthouse
"AvtoFon Alpha Beacon" can be used for the following purposes:
• Protection against theft and detection of stolen car.
• Monitoring of personal service and special vehicles.
• Determination of the location of the stolen motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, bicycles and other equipment.
• Tracking of people in need of guardianship (children, elderly and sick people) and their discovery.
• Monitoring the whereabouts of pets: dogs, cats and cattle.
• Monitoring the movement of valuable cargoes and searching them in case of loss.
• Creation of uniforms (mobile) panic button: protect or call police.

Delivery Kit

delivery Kit
1. The beacon itself Alpha-Avtofon lighthouse.
2. Leather case (useful to strengthen the shoulder collar, for example, animals).
3. Double-sided strong Velcro.
4. The user's Guide.
5. Data card for entrance to personal cabinet.

The first inclusion

Open Tracker

With 5 times the quick press the SOS button (only one button on the device) Lighthouse turns on and makes 3 things: trying to discover on cellular towers and GPS; get the GPRS command (if you specified in the personal area); send collected data to the server.

If you go to your personal cabinet according to the card, we will see our device, its data, map with the current location and the menu of commands. You can do different things, for example commands:
-set the frequency for communications and send the coordinates of every few minutes to days and weeks
-turn battle mode, where the Lighthouse is constantly Online,
-change your device settings, reflash it.

Personal cabinet

Personal cabinet

The manufacturer reports that for use in RF prepaid package SIM card is enough for 3 years. Overseas rates vary because of roaming.
We'll tell you later how Lighthouse will behave in different countries of South America, on how much you need to replenish your balance and other details. Stay tuned to this and other articles.

By the way, gps-Lighthouse-a great gift for the new year or birthday! Offline search engine will be pleased and car enthusiast, and those who have a dog. You can also give a beacon of their children or elderly relatives, to always know where they are and not lost.

Watch a video explaining the work of GPS beacons

A motorcycle journey through South America-from each word in this phrase is suffused with the spirit of romance. But at first glance it seems also unreachable, as buying a car in the United States and travel on it.

How to buy motorcycle in Peru

Odnopolosnye serpentines in Peru

However, the United States, we have already successfully passed, and since the beginning of the round-the-world trip was able to visit not only by car, but also: Learn how to manage your motor boat in the ocean, drive thousands of kilometers of hitchhiking, tired from all types of buses (where weirdly cold or hot, crowded, shakes, stinks, there are bugs, flying chicken or insanely loud playing local pop), fly planes, many walk, ride on huge marine ferries , cross the River on boats. In General, we have long dreamed of a motorcycle! And South America is perfectly suited to this type of transport: a large number of roads of varying degrees of bezdorožnosti result in amazing, beautiful and maloposeŝaemym tourists places.

Our background

We started to watch motorcycles for buying back in Colombia. But then stopped 2 things: lack of money and a large amount of evidence that Colombian bike tourists not to leave Colombia. This turned out to be a lie, because we met on the road tourists who purchased the motorcycle in Colombia and quietly went to Ecuador and traveled farther through South America. Also greeted reports of foreigners on the Internet.

Then we arrived in Ecuador and steel monitor international forum HorizonsUnlimited riders to find motorcycle with u.s. numbers, buy another traveler, and then re-register documents remotely on yourself. Better if it would have been a motorcycle from California because California DMV we already dealt with, and had friends who'd helped do everything on site. But the appropriate options at the time came-very few people wanted to sell the motorcycle on the border of Ecuador, in the middle of the way from the United States to Patagonia. Usually sold in Peru, Colombia, Chile or Argentina. In Ecuador it is much rarer.

Once we even contacted the Germans, who traveled on a 2 x Suzuki DR650 and were willing to sell 1 motorcycle.

Here's how it looked (Suzuki DR650):


But problems emerged:
1. On the "net" was problematic reissue bike transit documents. Customs claimed that the bike will not release if the temporary import permit will be another owner. Then could trigger another scheme: German exports bike in the neutral zone between the borders, and we are getting to a new country (Peru). In a neutral zone in pinkslip (American ownership document for a vehicle) write the new owner.
New questions arise here: the temporal from the previous country-German name, pinkslipe all, Peruvians can zauprâmit′sâ. And yet in recent years, Peru has tightened rules on temporary importation. So one Russian traveler due to the delay of stay in Peru lost a van with all things-its just confiscated.
The Germans have said-pay a bribe, somehow decide "this same Latin America!". But we decided at that time not to drink champagne.
2. The second problem: bike was from Michigan, and we have no friends there.
3. The third problem was that sold it for $ 3000 USD (with bags and all modifications), and this is just what we had. That is, if we do not bike across the border were, it would be left with nothing: no money, no bike. This is a solid beater our nerves, especially once sat on the motorcycle safely, as will dissect the mountains-deserts-tracks …

The option of purchasing or new motorcycle did not involve us in Ecuador for one simple reason: in Ecuador, all expensive. And then we went to Peru.

In Peru star formed:-)
In this country simply buy a vehicle. Both new and used. Arriving in the town of Jaen in Northern Peru we amazed at! In personal vehicles is virtually non-existent grode! All the streets are filled with motorcycles and taxis. By happy coincidence, we decided to go a little further to the South and to stay in a small village in the District of Chachapoyas in the Amazonas. Later we found out-in this state any tax benefits, so lower prices on many things, including and new motorcycles. Read at the end of the article a few bonus tips.

Buying a motorcycle in South America (Peru)

Let us first describe the procedure of buying a motorcycle.
As we know from the words and from other reports describe in general terms.

Buying a motorcycle from a private trader in Peru

This version of the tool. Guided instruction, one foreigner can be bought and sold and then used a motorcycle in Peru.

Let me give you general advice:
1. Look for a suitable motorcycle through acquaintances, friends or on sites,, or other.
2. Meet with the owner, view motorcycle and decide will take or not.
3. You need to have a special stamp in their passport is issued, foreign migration offices (Aduana). A stamp called "permiso especial para firmar contratos. It operates just 1 month and need both for purchase and for sale. Registration stands 12.25 Peruvian Salts + $ 50 USD.
4. You have to have mandatory insurance for motorcycle, it is called SOAT. The most popular agency Positive and Mapfre. About our choices tell just below.
5. With the old owner of you go to the notary (them in Peru perform many roles: pereoformlâût owners of transport, property, marriage, etc.). Notary searches in the database of the Ministry of transport-is the bike theft, whether an accident, etc. either you yourself go to a State Agency and ask SUNARP help from them, and then back to the notary.
The notary shall prepare the sales contract, you pay with the previous owner and can already ride on your motorcycle. You will contract, insurance and old card holder rights on the motorcycle. The card has no name, and police officers scan the barcode for scanning.

One but cannot travel abroad. Will have to wait up to 2 weeks, until your documents come on motorcycle.

We decided to look for and buy a new motorcycle. And here's why:

  1. Selection of used motorcycles in the area where we lived did not suit us. Village were all killed, "Chinese", and decent Honda or jamahi cost only slightly cheaper new motorcycles.
  2. The notary also need to pay for paperwork and this amount about 200 soles.
  3. We didn't have near the town with the Immigration Office and the nearest need a long ride. And again, this is money.
  4. In chachapoyas, there are dealers of Honda, Yamaha, as well as have the opportunity to choose among different Chinese: Lifan, Wangxin, Qingqi, Cross, Samurai and others.
  5. We had time to make a choice:) Since we decided to stay in the village for 3 months.

Buying a new motorcycle

We visited the shops received questions sellers sat on different models and tried to understand our this "horse".
Eventually settled on Yamaha YB125 for several reasons:

  • He had a comfortable wide seat plate,
  • free IT 3 times (500 km, distance, 4)
  • I studied at YBR125 since traveled only on "malolitražkah" and scooters,
  • locals ride similar bikes, so we won't attract attention cumbersome powerful travel-bike,
  • consumption should be small (we were expecting 3 l per 100 km, but it was the first 5000 km, which is usually less consumption 2.5 l per 100 km),
  • motorcycle light and maneuverable,
  • $1400USD price is not much needs redecoration and still take good helmet and prepare a motorcycle to a path
  • He red))

Worried just a few things:

  • whether he will pull us with luggage (total weight of around 150 kg)?
  • How long will it take?
  • How to come up with mount?

After 5000 km on the snowy mountains above 4000 metres above sea level, sand roads along the coast, I can say with certainty-Yamaha YB125 (we called it "friend") pulls confidently two people with luggage! :) The truth is, sometimes you have to go very slowly. Sometimes when there is a steep serpentine road with boulders or with a thick layer of dust, in which wheels glide on smoothly, Nastya slazit and rises to a less steep plot afoot. But this does not happen very often.

the sands of the coast

On paved tracks direct type Panamerikany there is danger in the form of fur and large buses. Some of them are even free opposite prefer to zoom and pre-loading, while dumping off the road on the side of the road, which is not always smooth (of course, if it is bad-we do not leave). While we are not going on the middle of the Strip, and hold half a meter from the right edge. But the buses don't normally want to overtake. They require that all the lost them. Even if we go with a speed of 70-80 km/h. They forgot. Very often along the roads, especially in the mountains, you can meet monuments perished in the accident. Isolated monuments are extremely rare. Often this group dead at one point. It's buses, whose drivers had failed to control and destroy all passengers.

Another danger-riding in the evening, even though we tried to avoid movements during the hours of darkness. Peruvians prefer not to switch off the main beam. And if you grant them-off signal far, turn on the middle-third of the drivers will ignore a third off and when approaching again will feature far, blinding you. And only the remaining one third will switch off and include the main beam only once will.

The process of buying a new motorcycle in Peru

A bit distracted from the main part. So how do you buy and place your motorcycle? Tell on our example.

Once we have chosen the motorcycle, it took less than an hour to make a purchase.
1. Pay money. We bought a Yamaha YB125 for 4750 new Peruvian salt, it's about $1400USD.
2. Get 2 contract, sign them and one reserve itself.
3. Get a warranty book.
4. Pick up power ups store. We have it was a cheap helmet, which we immediately changed the compact pump.

Now you have to wait 1-2 weeks before coming document from SUNARP entitled "Tarjeta de identificacion velicular". We pick up in-store also Yamaha. This document certifies that you are the owner of the vehicle. This card does not have a name, but there is a bar code and number, which will be incorporated into the registration plate. License plate does not come immediately, it still need to wait 7-10 days.

While waiting for the license plate, you can already take a motorbike and drive. You only need to issue the mandatory third party liability insurance. We chose Office Mapfre: they have a price for 4 month coverage throughout Peru (one State and for all different prices Peru) was salt 101. Somehow the other rate went around 300-400.

Because the numbers we have not happened, we did sign "Placa en tramite" and hanged instead. And with him carried documents on purchases, insurance and card holder. Ride with such a sign can be 2 weeks as we were assured by the police.

We also bought:

-for 425 salts 2 good certified helmet LS2 (the only couple who was in the city of Chachapoyas),
-for 130 salts neighbouring fellow welder welded frames for our bags,
-for salts 33 chain lubricant
-for 18 salts spare camera
-over 40 Soleil protective gloves,
-for salts 20 bike lock helmet (he broke through 2 months, instead of the usual chain and bought a normal Castle)
-for 180 salts protect the knees and elbows,
-for 1 Sol watermelon.

Gasoline in Peru

The most common fuel gasoline with octane number 90. Sometimes you see a 95, but not often. Prices range from 10 to 90 13-15 salt per gallon (60-70 rubles per liter). It is best to use reputable companies (we prefer Primax and PetroPeru) because the gas stations of small companies can sell low-quality petrol. Or cheat with the price. For example, one day we klûnuli on the price on the scoreboard when charging the 1 gallon 10.50 salts, and after refueling it turned out that the sign does not change they already 3 months and gallon is already 12 salts.

Our friend's consumption is 2.3-2.8 liters per 100 km depending on the terrain.

By the way, you now have a unique opportunity to fill up our gas tank online:-) link map of our movement, the current location with information about altitude and temperature, as well as recent history of travel. You can move the trip icon and choose the number of liters of gasoline, which are ready to recharge, it is considered automatically. A big thanks to all the help and support!

Police in Peru

We stopped several times on stationary, checked the documents, asked where we're going and where, how long are in Peru. Nothing unusual happened.
And! Once police had stopped before the post payment (Marbella) and said that the US complained one bus driver that we type vilâli on the road. We already remove from outrage! Firstly, we do not vilâli before him, and went quietly on the right side of the strips at the curb. Secondly, the driver tried to shove us to the sidelines and actively enjoyed a hoot. Thirdly, free Strip overtaking-he preferred to go back and honk instead of safely overtake. In General-loony. Police listened to us and confirmed that drivers in Peru may be nervous and it is better to give them a free pass through to the sidelines. And wished us a good way. It was necessary to record company-carrier and bus number. Then you would complain to him, he would have anything figured out and other motorcyclists were calmer when meeting with this driver.


If the road is paved in Peru it is most often of good quality. If you are in the mountains and with streamers, with smooth turns and extensions on the road. If single sideband in steep mountains, with pockets and warning signs about the need to honk before dangerous curves and tunnels.
If the road without asphalt, then you can wait for anything: and a thick layer of fine dust, slippery boulders, Brody, ruts, steep cliffs, sudden snow at an altitude of 4500. in General, the ride interesting! :)

How to sell a motorcycle in Peru

This section will be filled up, when it's the right time

Crossing borders on a motorcycle in South America

This section will be filled up, when it's the right time

Our trip to Peru on a motorcycle is still ongoing and we don't know what will be crossing the borders with other countries, we do not know what is there insurance and traffic conditions, is there any road whether gasoline, are there people:-) The article will be updated as you learn new details.
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A little video


1. In Peru the ATMs give maximum 700 salts or 200 dollars at a time. And like you can't withdraw more than 2000 salts per day. So bring cash in advance or or remove cards gradually. We found a pleasant thing that if you shoot in the BCP Bank Mastercard, the Commission for the withdrawal is not.
2. We noticed that cheaper-in the North of Peru. In particular-in the State of Amazonas. In this State, there are some tax incentives, so much lower prices, including and new motorcycles. For example, the same oil Yamaluble in Amazonas stands 18 salts per liter, in Uaraze (Ancash)-salts, and 25 in the city of Ica (near Nazca) 35.
3. Unlike Ecuador, on toll roads in Peru motorcyclists pay nothing, and pass at a special narrow strip to the right of all platil′nikov (Marbella).
4. Inexpensive accommodation can search and book in advance online at AirBnb (keep bonus 1300 rubles) If you wish to cosier and with the ability to pay by Visa or Mastercard or even (ask me and I will answer as). Either search on area institutions under signs Hostal Hospedaje, Accommodation. There are cheaper than in Hotel'âh. Meets a hot shower and sometimes even Wi-fi.
5. To eat cheap, lots of delicious see signs at restaurants and cafes with the title MENU is something like an integrated lunch. In the first big plate of soup or Ceviche, the second fish/meat/chicken and garnish with salatikom. And Compote. Worth 4-7 (1.5-2 $USD)
6. Unlike Chile, Peru does not yet have a law requiring motorcycle be abroad a maximum of 6 months. In Chile if after half a year is not returned, then you pay a fine. In Peru there is no such thing yet.
7. We purchased a Gps beacon Alpha-Lighthouse-thanks to him and are determined by the coordinates, altitude and temperature on our map in near real time. Advise and you get a similar device.

Thank you all!

Sometimes we are asked how to bind to Facebook via instagram, since our Instagram account done automatically Crossposting publications in public Facebook (vkontakte group, a group of classmates, Twitter and tumblr 😊).

Answer:) We use service-through this service we stopped wasting precious time to download photos and copying the stories in each social network, also don't spend extra megabytes, which is useful for travelling with a mobile Internet.

How to link Facebook with the group via instagram. Instruction

1. First you need to go through a simple registration.
Email confirmation link will come to your mailbox and create a new account. This link needs to go.


2. Associate accounts Instagram and Facebook (Vkontakte, odnoklassniki, Twitter) on the accounts tab.
At this point, do not require passwords. You just need to authorize an application service, issuing him the appropriate rights to manage the group.


3. Go to the "channels" tab and add a new feed to Facebook.


Channel preferences, it will be possible to place your signature using templates% caption% and% link% responsible for signature under publication and direct link to instagram-publication. Alternatively, you can insert your own text, which will be the same under each entry in Facebook group as you like.
Also, you can set a filter on the heštègu-this is where you want to end up not all publications from Instagrama, and only selected. You can also specify settings that a particular picture or heštègu will be published, or vice versa will not.
You can still:
-set the album where the photos will be copied
-delete all heštègi when reposte,
-not to publish still images and video (about the video I say at the end of the article).

4. Publish something new in my Instagram and after 5-7 minutes publication will appear where you have configured avtorepost.


After you create a channel, you must issue a free 3 day.
Yes, after 3 days of payment will be required. But it's worth it (from 170 USD per month). We found that a month on hand publications we have left in the sum from 5 up to 10:00-just on mechanical action reposta. It's almost a light day! And you can spend much more interesting.

The Onemorepost has a tool reposta old publications. We don't use them as missing regular anchor and automatic reposta new photos from Instagrama. But if, for example, you just created a group and you need to move the block publications that this tool will be a good helper.

Pros and cons of service OneMorePost

+ time saving due to fully automatic,
+ repost of not only new, but old publications (optional)
+ tweaking reposte writes,
+ ease of customization
+ price (inexpensive relative to other SMM services),
+ Affiliate program.

-not free (but for good need to get used to paying:)),
-No reposta video (hopefully that is coming soon)
-Another repost Google +, Snapčat and Pinterest


If you already had an idea-don't let the flow of publications from Instagram group Facebook (or OpenID, or classmates, or other social networks) and thereby expand its audience, then you need to think about automating the routine process. And here to help and will come 😊

On Earth, feel long before the arrival of the Incas, with a difference of twenty-three years, almost five hundred years ago, the Spaniards founded two cities. The first of them-Riobamba, became in principle-the first Spanish city in present-day Ecuador and is now one of the most important trading hubs. Second Cuenca became the third largest and now the unofficial title of cultural capital.


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These colonial city based with a small temporary differences, in addition to strategic advantages, today give Ecuador a distinct look. They knocked out of the total number of cities, but at the same time complement the image of the country, balancing architectural brilliance of Quito.

Small (by today's standards) Riobamba-gift towards a stranger. Moderate rhythm, beautiful architecture, good luck residents, the availability of delicious food and fertile valley surrounded by beautiful products nature and national parks, of which the town grandly look snow-covered peaks (all three can be seen from the observation deck near the Riobamba Cathedral). Actually the Wayfarer before entering remains only make a sunny, clear weather. Sun definitely decorates this place and is a promise of plenty to admire the main of three peaks-the volcano Chimborazo.


For anyone who travels by bus, it is here that you can see how the railway of Ecuador and the most Gringo-tourism. The train station is located in the heart of the town, pass when walking it is difficult. Stands in the distance seem composition, roads overlap forward short trains motoèskort appears. The composition of the guards on motorcycles duplicate traffic lights and barriers at intersections, two more motovsadnikov follow directly next to the train. Moto-guard accompanies the train all four hours from Quito to Riobamba, there are no exceptions, even if the whole train just one tourist.


Cuenca at times more of Riobamba. For centuries at the time of the preinkskoj culture of Cañari here was large and rich. Place empty during the colonial wars, but winning the Spaniards, was rebuilt over the ruins of the magnificent city. Nowadays, almost the entire history of Cuenca is open, at a glance for anyone interested-most museums are free to visit, and the historic center-instead of parks-adorn the ancient ruins, which, like 500 years ago, walks every day Rainbow. Just Cuenca is not only in the broad Valley, but also at a height at the same time, it generates a special climate-rainfall rarely stretched the whole day, always shows the Sun and, with it, a rainbow appear over the city.


Cuenca is a city of students, city theatres, city of Spanish heritage, art exhibitions and art city antiques, and concerts-all combine attracts many people. Here is incredibly a lot of expats from North America, and seems no less stray artists from the South. Some fill restaurants and concert halls, some junctions and streets with their stunts and guest rooms. Everything is seasoned with an abundance of tourists who come not for long. Sami kuènken′os (residents), are quite happy with the situation, they are friendly and helpful, and even drivers on the roads, politely let pedestrians.


Description of the city the "city of spring"-quite common in Latin America for many cities. But as ever, this description fits Cuenca. Here really dominates spring most of the year. And she is beautiful. It makes walking the cobbled streets until complete exhaustion. It does not sit in one place and calls to explore this amazing and beautiful town, with its churches and Basilicas of pink stone, spacious squares and shady small squares, observation platforms and bakeries. And the surrounding mountains give the possibility to admire the sunset on a gold scattering of lights.

The story of this national park you can dedicate to all those who love the water. Water is everywhere here.


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In the South of Ecuador, close to the wonderful city of Cuenca, in the Andean Highlands National Park is Fir Cajas. There are no snow-capped peaks. They were once and have sunk into oblivion, leaving behind tons of water in the form of incredible many high mountain lakes of glacial formation and rivulets. Yes and it seems in the very air of El Cajas, contains more water than in all its combined Lakes. Because it is here that the collision of the Pacific and Amazon air masses. Clash it shows up abundant daily rains and wet fog. Due to all these features, feeds the drinking water National Park great Cuenca and adjacent territory.


Almost the entire area of the Park occupies a unique ecosystem Páramo (high-altitude wet grasslands). Paramo of Ecuador strongly differs from similar ecosystems other countries its endemic (one of which is a tree rose), but there are similarities-as well as in other parts of the Andes, the Ecuadorian Paramo collects water not only from already endured rain, but clouds and fogs. This fact makes the trail hlûpaûŝimi and very raw, and with them the shoes, who dared to walk on them.


El Cajas all dotted with trails. Many of them are marked on the maps GPS. The northern part is the most adapted for hiking one day and nenaprâžnyh walks. The southern part is the most wild. In the southern part of the Park do not find wooden walkways, handrails and venues for photography. I must say honestly, sometimes it's difficult to find there the very trail. But … For a long time (we tested in practice three days) is not a living soul. In addition to wild deer and several species of unique birds (which is not so easy to see in the wild Wednesday in Latin America). Especially happy may be lucky to see the Andean Condor. In Ecuador, each Condor-literally-on the recount (i.e. really counted), and that's about three of them live in the mountains in the Park.


Especial pleasure hike through the National Park may be for lovers of fishing and fresh trout. Eighty years ago this noble fish brought in this region of Canada. Trout not only survive, but also spread across systems in lakes and rivers. Everyone within the Park can be in possession of a fishing rod and tackle. Trout fishing is limited to skill and snorovkoj wants.


But before we recommend to visit this wonderful water world, feels like a little bit of caution. If you are thinking in El Cajas with overnight (or several nights) should thoroughly prepare for dampness and cold (at night the temperature can fall to minus four). But, perhaps, already after the hike, otmyvšis′ and got warmed, hanging to dry things, you think it was worth it!