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10 Day The Mission Guided Motorcycle Tour in the Lowlands of Bolivia

Samaipata, Florida Province, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia

Short Motorcycle Tour Bolivia

“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.

Key information

  • Terrain: mostly asphalt with 15% off-road
  • Bike: rental bike (Suzuki DR650SE)
  • Mileage: 1520 kilometers / 944 miles
  • Daily rides: 150 - 390 kilometers / 93 - 242 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: helmet, boots, pants, jacket, and gloves
  • Meals: all meals

Meet the guides

Roland
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Santa Cruz
  • See the the giant 180-meter rock tooth
  • Ride to the archeological site of El Fuerte
  • Admire the grandeur of the first mission church in San Javier
  • Ride to the newly rebuilt mission church in San Ignacio
  • Visit a wood art workshop in San Miguel
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • All meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


6 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Viru Viru International Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will stay in various hotels along the route as mentioned in the itinerary.

Program

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.

Itinerary

Day 1: Airport pickup at Viru-Viru, Santa Cruz

  • Altitude: 400 meter

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.

Day 2: Samaipata

  • Altitude: 1650 meters

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!

Day 3: To San Javier (380 kilometers / 236 miles)

  • Altitude: 540 meters
  • Terrain: 100% asphalt

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.

Day 4: To San Miguel (270 kilometers / 168 miles)

  • Altitude: 485 meters
  • Terrain: 20% off-road

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.

Day 5: To Santiago de Chiquitos (330 kilometers / 205 miles)

  • Altitude: 620 meters
  • Terrain: 60% off-road

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.

Day 6: Santiago de Chiquitos - Excursions day

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:

  • Aguas Calientes consists of a hot water river that is fed by multiple sources of 35 to 40 degrees Celsius and that are said to have healing powers
  • Further exquisite swimming possibilities
  • 10-meter waterfall with a sandy beach
  • Dark, mysterious crater, with luck you can observe turtles during the descent
  • Two impressive waterfalls (one with sandy beach) after a secured descent and five water crossing with safety lines
  • By dirt track a drive down into the Amazon basin where you can try your luck at piranha fishing on a small river in Tucavaca region. Swimming only for the brave and crazy
  • View point of Cumbre de Santiago. Here you can see the passage to the Amazon basin razor-sharp, surrounded by mysterious phallic stone formation, this panorama is an absolute tourist highlight
  • Stone arch and stone tunnel. With patience and silence you can observe howler monkey clans on the way
  • The Chiquitania region is rich in very detailed and epic rock art paintings. Anthropomorphic “Kokopelli-style” hunting and war scenes, geometric motifs or zoomorphone representations. Various sites are available
  • Travel back in time to the steam locomotive cemetery of Roboré

Day 7: San José de Chiquitos (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

  • Altitude: 300 meters
  • Terrain: 100% asphalt

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.

Day 8: Samaipata (390 kilometers / 242 miles)

  • Terrain: 100% asphalt

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.

Day 9: To Santa Cruz

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.

Day 10: To the airport

On the last day, its time to say goodbye and the arranged taxi will take you all to the airport.

Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures' bikes

Kawasaki KLR 650/685

  • A reliable “thumper”
  • One cylinder 650/685cc, no surprises travel bike
  • The large fuel tank gives it a comfortable range and the seating position is relaxed
  • Suitable for a passenger

Honda XR 650 L

The “little” sister of the XRR. Not as fast, not as light, but with an electric starter and more comfortable suspension and seat.

Honda XR 650 R

This monster would do great in the Dakar rally. With more than 60 HP and less than 140 kilograms, it is like sitting on top of a crate of dynamite (only kickstarter).

Suzuki DR 650 SE

  • The bike for shorter people or woman
  • Easy to handle
  • Steers like a razorblade

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.

Riding gear

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.

4x4 assistance vehicle

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.

Skill level

Beginner:

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Guides

Roland

Location

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Entrance fees
  • Good choices of touristic restaurants
  • Motorcycle rental (Suzuki DR650SE) with gasoil
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals
  • 4 x 4 assistance vehicle with a motorcycle trailer
  • Basic survival and first aid kit
  • Snacks and coca tea during breaks
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Two-hour essential briefing on the particularities of Bolivia and safe driving

What's not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal items
  • Riding gear

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

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.

Airport: Viru Viru International Airport Airport transfer included: Viru Viru International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.
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Availability

Start: Monday April 12, 2021
End: Wednesday April 21, 2021

Availability

This tour is available all year round, with arrival on Wednesday.

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