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“The Mission” is a short motorcycle tour in the lowlands of Bolivia (Chiquitania), which combines motorcycle riding with culture and nature. The tour is specially designed for people with an interest in photography. The difficulty level is classified easy, ideal for motorcyclists with little to no off-road experience looking for new challenges.
During this tour, you will stay in various hotels along the route as mentioned in the itinerary.
The Mission tour takes to the 300 year old and only remaining Jesuit missions of South America. The seven remaining of these spectacular mission churches have been classified as UNESCO World Heritage sites since 1991.
In addition to this cultural aspect of the tour, the Chiquitania region offers a wealth of unique natural attractions, all listed on day 6 of your itinerary.
You will be picked up at the airport of Santa Cruz, Bolivia from where you will drive to the small town of Samaipata (120 kilometers, three hours). There you will check into a comfortable hotel and spend the rest of the day to relax and discover.
If your flight arrives late, you need to spend the night in Santa Cruz. In that case the following day is considered as day 1.
Start with a briefing where you will learn more about safely riding, the route, the local traffic rules and get to know each other. To get used to the bikes, you will go for a ride to the archaeological site of El Fuerte, classified as a world heritage by UNESCO, which is an old Inca town built around the much older and largest stone sculpture in the Americas. Some people believe it to be an ancient alien landing field!
Early in the morning, you will start the tour on a winding asphalt road, towards Santa Cruz. After dealing with the traffic chaos, you will cross the Rio Grande over a huge modern bridge that runs parallel to the old railway / road bridge built in 1959 in Puerto Paila.
After two hours of relaxed driving, you will stop to admire the grandeur of the first mission church in San Javier.
After the village of Concepcion, the capital of the missions, where you will visit the great mission church, you will ride a special dirt track to a mysterious black rock into the jungle.
Next stop is the completely rebuilt mission church in San Ignacio. After a short visit there you will begin the off road part of this tour and if you are lucky you will see some Capivaras (big rodents) along the road.
Forty kilometers later you will arrive in the small village of San Miguel, where time flows at a more relaxed pace. You will visit a wood art workshop and then have plenty of time to shoot night pictures of the stunning mission church.
Early in the morning you will take a dusty road in the direction of the impressive mission church of San Rafael. This mission and its contents have been preserved for 300 years. After a chance to take photos, you will continue your journey to the hidden Santa Ana mission.
For lunch time, you will stop at a tavern in a Mennonite a religious community center. Then you continue on a strait jungle track for about to hours. Five wooden bridge crossings and then rubber touches the asphalt again.
Late afternoon, you will arrive at your destination - San José de Chiquitos. Photo shooting of the mission church is a must.
For day 6 and the morning of day 7 the group can decide which excursions they want to do or use it as a rest day. The following excursions are your options if you choose not to rest:
In the morning yo continue with the excursions the group has selected around, After lunch you will ride via the Brazil expressway and follow a good asphalt road to the small village of Chochis. No tour would be complete without seeing the giant 180-meter rock tooth which stands solitary and dominates the landscape.
After a short visit of the sanctuary, you will reach your hotel in San José de Chiquitos, the last mission church of the tour. This final church is architecturally different compared to the other mission churches, but no less spectacular to photograph.
With amazing memories and experiences from your adventures, you head back to Samaipata. You will continue over the recently asphalted Brazil expressway, crossing again Rio Grande, in direction of the metropolis of Santa Cruz.
Following a winding mountain road, you will reach Samaipata, where you started eight days ago. The hotel's pool awaits you.
Late in the morning, you will set off for Santa Cruz where you can relax, hang around the plaza, and do some souvenir shopping. In the evening you will have a farewell dinner.
On the last day, its time to say goodbye and the arranged taxi will take you all to the airport.
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Riders are participants that ride a Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures motorcycle (the standard). Passengers are participants that accompany the riders, either as a pillion, in the support vehicle or with their own bike. Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures will try to give you the bike you like, but if everybody chooses the same bike, they will have to decide who gets which bike. For this, they need to know your gender, experience with motorcycling, your height, and weight and age.
Note that you will only be provided with a motorcycle. You need to bring your own bike gear. A helmet is of course obligated, boots, pants, jacket, and gloves are requisite as well as a daypack for your daily needs. When booked, you will receive a list of recommendations for bike and urban gear and a lot of other infos.
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 camera, bike gear, snack, drinks, personal belongings, etc.
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!
All meals are included in your package. During breaks, Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures will provide you with snacks and coca tea. In some restaurants in bigger cities, the fish and the veggie food is available.
Viru Viru International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Viru Viru International Airport (VVI). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures will pick you up from the airport.
After you have a confirmation from Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures that you are in fact booked in the tour, you book a flight to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Your arrival date should be the same as the tour start date, not later than 6 p.m. If this is not possible, you should arrive a day earlier.
When you arrive, you will be picked up from the airport by someone who has a big sign with a logo that says: “Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures”.
Depending on the arrival time, you go directly to your base in Samaipata or spend one night in Santa Cruz. If you spend the night in Santa Cruz the following day will be day one. If you arrive earlier, Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures can make arrangements for you to be picked up or you can simply appear at the arranged hotel. Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures will let you know well in advance.
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