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Exhilarating Motorcycle Tour Bolivia

This tour starts out around the city of Santa Cruz and then to the town Santiago de Chiquitos located just a couple of hours from the boarder with Brazil. Explore the town Santiago de Chiquitos, visit various places, ride different roads, and experience the beauty of Bolivia all on two wheels.

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (Kawasaki KLR650)
  • Mileage: 1470 kilometers / 910 miles
  • Daily rides: 70 - 263 kilometers / 43 - 163 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: helmet, gloves, boots (minimum)
  • Meals: all meals

Highlights

  • Start and ends in El Torno
  • Maneuver your way around the city of Santa Cruz
  • Hike up to one of the best vantage points in eastern Bolivia
  • Tour old Jesuit mission churches and the original site of the city of Santa Cruz
  • Visit old mission towns and see some woodcarvers at work
  • Explore the beautiful town of San Ignacio de Velasco
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


7 riding days
Airport transfer included: Viru Viru International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in various places along the route. Lodging is typically based on double occupancy. Participants that come alone will usually need to share a room with someone else. There is also an option for single occupancy for an additional cost.

Program

Day 1: Sunday - Welcome to Bolivia!

Bolivia Motorcycle Tours will personally pick everyone up at the airport and settle you into a hotel in El Torno. After dinner, you will have an informal orientation and prep session and a good night's sleep.

​Day 2: Monday - To the Garden of Eden (70 kilometers / 43 miles)

You will take the bikes on a 70-kilometer (43-mile) roundtrip practice run up to the Jardin de las Delicias, a waterfall on the edge of Amboró National Park. Hanging bridge, dirt roads, stream crossings, photo ops galore and a picnic lunch are just part of todays adventure.

Back in town we’ll head to our hotel where we can freshen up or take a dip in the pool before dinner, then it's time for a good night's sleep before a long ride tomorrow.

​Day 3: Tuesday - From green hills to red: El Torno to Santiago de Chiquitos (465km./289mi.)

Leaving El Torno, you will take the new highway straight east, passing through the old mission town of San José de Chiquitos, situated in the plains and then continue on to your days final destination, the quaint town of Santiago de Chiquitos in the red hills of the Sunsas range. You will sleep at a rustic hostel that used to serve as an indigenous school.

Day 4: Wednesday - Ridge with a view (80 kilometers / 50 miles)

A moderate hike up to the Cerro de Santiago reveals one of the best views in Eastern Bolivia, overlooking the still-virgen Tucavaca valley. Then you will go down to Aguas Calientes for a relaxing soak in the hot springs.

​Day 5: Thursday - Santiago to San Jose (155 kilometers / 96 miles)

The hi-way back to San Jose winds through the red hills down to San Jose, where you will visit Santa Cruz la Vieja (the remains of the first city of Santa Cruz) and the lovely 17th century church, the only one in Eastern Bolivia built of stone.

​Day 6: Friday - Making Tracks: San Jose de Chiquitos to San Ignacio de Velasco (200 kilometers / 125 miles)

Forget the pavement, you will head north to San Ignacio de Velasco on a beautiful dirt road through farm communities recently carved out of the forest. You will stop along the way to take a swim and then upon arrival you will head out to the reservoir to see the communities water source before taking a peak at the church on the corner of the plaza. You will stay at an upscale hotel just off the plaza.

Day 7: Saturday - Two majestic monuments: San Ignacio to San Javier (232 kilometers / 145 miles)

You will slip out of San Ignacio and follow the recently paved road through cattle country to Concepcion and San Javier, two sleepy mission towns boasting beautifully restored Jesuit churches from the 1600s, both on UNESCO's World Heritage list. You will visit the native Chiquitano woodcarvers at work and tour the churches.

Day 8: Sunday - The Last Hurrah: San Javier to El Torno (263 kilometers / 163 miles)

You will enjoy the last curves between San Javier and San Ramon before hitting the flats on your way across the broad flood plains of the Rio Grande, before skirting the urban sprawl of Santa Cruz to reach “home” once again back at our base in El Torno where your journey began.

Day 9: Monday - City streets of Santa Cruz

It’s a decompress day before returning to life as usual, so you will relax the pace, you will pack your bags, and say goodbye to El Torno and head into the city for a day of sight-seeing - last minute souvenir shopping, open markets, and good food are a few of the options. To cap off the day and the tour you will celebrate with a “farewell” dinner in the evening.

Day 10: Tuesday - Departure day

​Bolivia Motorcycle Tours will take you from the hotel to catch your flight home at the airport. You’ll want to stretch out your sore backside before you board your flight and flip through your pics as you grin (and groan) thinking of all the fun that was had. From here it’s time to start planning your next adventure!

Bike rental information

  • Bike model: Kawasaki KLR650
  • Engine: Four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve single
  • Displacement: 651cc
  • Cooling: Liquid
  • Carburetion: Keihin CVK40
  • Ignition: Electronic CDI
  • Transmission: Five-speed
  • Final drive: Chain
  • Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
  • Rake / trail: 28 degrees / 11 cm
  • Front suspension / wheel travel: 38 mm leading axle, air-adjustable preload / 23 cm
  • Rear suspension / wheel travel: UNI-TRAK single-shock system with 5-way preload and 4-way rebound damping / 23 cm
  • Front tire: 90 / 90 x 21
  • Rear tire: 130 / 80 x 17
  • Front brake / rear brake: Hydraulic disc
  • Overall length: 220 cm
  • Overall width: 94 cm
  • Overall height: 134.5 cm
  • Ground clearance: 23.5 cm
  • Seat height: 88 cm (approximately)
  • Dry weight: 153 kg
  • Fuel capacity: 29 liters with aftermarket oversized fuel tank (approximately)
  • Wheelbase: 149.6 cm
  • Equipped with crashbars, aluminum skid plate, aluminum-reinforced handguards, oversized rear rack with storage box

Bike rental deposit

Bolivia Motorcycle Tours don’t require a security deposit for the motorcycles. Bolivia Motorcycle Tours do however offer an optional “insurance agreement” at a cost of 15 USD per riding day, which covers the bike for up to 3,500 USD worth of accidental damage.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

You will start out by maneuvering your way around the city of Santa Cruz and then head straight east on a beautifully paved highway on the way to your days destination, the town Santiago de Chiquitos located just a couple of hours from the boarder with Brazil.

In Santiago, you will hike up to one of the best vantage points in eastern Bolivia allowing you to look out over the valley as far as the eye can see, before relaxing in natural hot springs in the late afternoon.

Next you will begin the tour of the old Jesuit mission churches and the original site of the city of Santa Cruz. You will leave the pavement and head off-road on a beautifully maintained dirt road to continue your explorations, spending the night at a beautiful hotel in San Ignacio de Velasco.

Crossing through cattle country, you will visit two more old mission towns and even drop in on some woodcarvers at work. The tour wraps up after crossing the flood plains of the Rio Grande River on your way back home.

Food

All meals are included in your package. Please also let Bolivia Motorcycle Tours know about your particular diet in advance and most likely they will be able to meet your needs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • 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

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle rental
  • Fuel
  • Entrance fees for activities during the tour
  • Tolls
  • Ferry crossings
  • Bi-lingual guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Support-truck with parts
  • First aid kit and an auxiliary bike

What's not included

  • Visas (for participants that would need one)
  • Round-trip tickets to and from Bolivia
  • Drinks of the alcoholic variety
  • Snacks (both food and drink)
  • Riding gear
  • Vaccinations
  • Traffic citations
  • Souvenirs and the like
  • Bike insurance (15 USD per day)

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 in the price. Bolivia Motorcycle Tours will pick you up from the airport.

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 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Tour information
  • This tour requires a minimum of three participants in order to be accompanied by a second guide driving a support truck with an auxiliary bike. Tours with less than three participants will be accompanied by the lead guide on a bike only.
  • Alternate tour dates and custom tours can be arranged by sending an inquiry.
  • Ask the tour operator what discounts they can offer for large groups (the term "group" is defined as a number of people consisting of friends, family and/or acquaintances that jointly decide to participate together in any given tour).
  • Solo travelers can be accommodated with another group, so let Bolivia Motorcycle Tours know and they will try to find one for you.

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