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This is Bolivia Motorcycle Advantures' smallest tour and dedicated to the famous revolutionary Ernesto Ché Guevara, who died in 1967 while trying to start a revolution in Bolivia. Mostly, you will follow the “La Ruta del Ché” and enjoy the fantastic roads and scenery of Bolivia. Some of the roads are the same that Ché took to escape. Possible options: Vado del Yeso, where passing Rio Grande, almost the entire Tania and comandante Joaquin group was massacred, as well as an encounter with members from the “Fondation Ernesto Ché Guevara” in Vallegrande.
Various hotels will be your home during your stay in Bolivia.
The staff will pick you up at the airport of Santa Cruz, Bolivia from where they will drive to the small town of Samaipata (120 kilometers, three hours). There, you check into a comfortable hotel and spend the rest of the day to relax and discover.
During this training, you will be given the theory, then you will ride, have some correction, ride more, and another correction. There will be a theoretical part for 2 hours and then you start some easy off-road tracks and easy sand tracks, etc. and you will pass the same stage twice.
For the improvement objectives and skill achievements after training completion, you will feel more comfortable on off-road tracks, base to progress during the tour days the off-road skills faster, with guides recommendations, safely riding in Bolivia. In joining the training, you should be an experienced asphalt rider, off-road beginner, or looking for new challenges. Please note that an international driving license is required. Overnight in a hotel.
You start with the briefing where you learn more about safety riding, the route, the local traffic rules, and about each other. To get used to the bike, you go for a ride to the archaeological site of El Fuerte. Classified World Heritage by UNESCO, it is an old Inca town build around the, much older, largest stone sculpture in the Americas. For some people, it is an ancient alien landing field!
Leaving early in the morning, you stop in Vallegrande to visit the hospital´s laundry, where revolutionary hero Ernesto Ché Guevara´s lifeless body was presented to the world. Also on the program, his thumb transformed today in a mausoleum, the thumb of Tania Tamara Bunke (Tania la guerillera) and the commandante Joaquín grave.
After lunch, you continue your ride towards the tiny mountain village of La Higuera, the place where Ché was captured and executed. On the road, you stop at Ché monuments and observe condors, the world's biggest bird.
After your first special drive, you arrive at the end of the afternoon in La Higuera. In the evening at the campfire in the courtyard of the hotel, you listen to Don Juan’s comments from the time of the guerrilla war.
After visiting the ancient school building where Ché Guevara was executed on 9.10.1967, and the related sites, you leave towards Villa Serrano. On the suspension bridge over the Rio Grande you have a picnic lunch and if the conditions are good (mostly the water level) you can go for a swim.
You arrive in Villa Serrano in the afternoon, Bolivia’s capital of the Charango. It´s a kind of a small, double 5 strings guitar, very difficult to play.
Following dusty gravel roads across wild scenery, you continue to Monteagudo. No infrastructure for far, lunch picnic on the road. Only basic comfort is available.
You continue your route to Muyupampa and Lagunillas, where you visit the place where the guerilla camp was located. Your way leads you through the gas production zone of Bolivia. In Camiri, you visit a hotel room where Ché spend a night in 1967.
In the morning you leave Camiri. The road to Samaipata takes you alternately over sandy tracks, the road is more or less the route Ché escaped or asphalt roads along the Piraí River, the Eastern cordillera up to Samaipata, your starting point. You leave your bikes behind and hurry to jump into the hotel's pool.
Late in the morning, you set off for Santa Cruz where you can relax, hanging around the plaza and do some souvenir shopping. In the evening, you have a farewell dinner.
Always a sad moment when you say goodbye. But who knows? You won´t be the first to come back for more!
This level is for: beginners with less confidence / Competent riders new to enduro/off-road riding / Motorcycle refresher needed.
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Safe drive at all time and minimizing potential dangers are Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures' principal concerns. Their tours consist of a maximum of 6 people, 8 people for groups. This tour is available on demand.
Each tour is accompanied by a 4x4 assistance vehicle with a motorcycle trailer and for some tours also with a spare bike: Luggage, medical material, technical assistance but also offers riders the opportunity to rest during the tour. Riders drive only with a small daypack, containing a camera, bike gear, snack, drinks, personal belongings, etc.
Main guide speaks 5 languages, assistance vehicle driver and local guides speak English. The main guide is medically trained and holder of pre-hospital emergency certificates: Recommendations, venous access, arterial pressure, pulse oximeter, basic and emergency drugs, procedures and emergency equipment (spinal board, a stiff neck). Medication against altitude sickness, snake bite serums.
There will be three communication methods, cellular phone, radio, and satellite. The main guide is equipped with a basic survival kit and an advanced First Aid kit. The main guide includes a PLB system (personal location bacon) registered at the International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC).
Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures respects the age, physical conditions and special interests (such as photographers) of their guests, with regard to breaks and driving rhythm. Their main object is to have fun while traveling, visiting sites and inside the group.
The daily stages are never too long and calculated that even with several flat tires, the daily destination can be reached in any case before darkness. During some breaks, they offer snacks, coca tea and they give specific information about Bolivia. The team is specialized in nature, culture, history, ex-urban art, archaeology, prehistory, and rock art.
Rest days will be in pleasant climatic zones with many options for those who do not want to rest. Laundry service is available for 24 hours. You will stay in some choice of good touristic hotels and restaurants (heating, buffet, A/C).
Your family members and friends can follow your adventure via GPS live tracker, at the BMA website and via BMA Facebook where they will post each evening (if possible) a picture from the day stage with a comment.
During the second day, the team offers a two-hour essential briefing on the particularities of Bolivia and safe driving. Before each tour (not before Mission Impossible tour), the Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures team offers "off-road and safe driving" training at the rental price of the bike. Please send inquiry for more information.
Their tours are adventure tours. The team recommends a few days of altitude acclimatization at Samaipata (1.650 meters) before starting the tour. Ask them for more details.
Ronald is a motorcycle enthusiast, BMA's owner, and the lead guide. He rides motorcycles in his whole life and since his first motorcycle, he always traveled further. He worked before with humanitarian non-governmental organizations and in the petrol industry and arrived 1997 in Bolivia for a medical development cooperation project. He is medically trained and speak five languages. Today, he lives with his family in Samaipata, Bolivia and share his motorcycle passion with bikers from all over the world. Bolivia is an awesome biker country!
This tour will bring you to some places which are related to Ernesto Ché Guevara. Some of them are La Higuera, a mountain village where he was captured and executed, as well as Ché monument.
Viru Viru International Airport
Viru-Viru airport (VVI) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia is your arrival airport. Direct flights with BOA and Air Europa from Madrid and with American Airlines and BOA from Miami. All offer luggage formula: Piece concept 2 x 23 kg. Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures offers transfer service to / from Samaipata.
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