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Santa Cruz Loop Motorcycle Tour Bolivia

Your dream tour is waiting for you! Join Bolivia Motorcycle Tours on this motorcycle tour which will take you off the beaten path, so you can experience some of the very best that this land of geographical extremes and cultural diversity has to offer. Your journey will be filled with amazing sights and challenging rides mixed with smooth sailing roads.

Key information

  • Terrain: 20 - 30% off-road
  • Bike: rental bike (Kawasaki KLR650)
  • Mileage: 2,300 kilometers / 1,400 miles
  • Daily rides: 96 - 460 kilometers / 60 - 286 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: helmet, gloves, boots (minimum)
  • Meals: all (except snacks and alcoholic drinks)

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in El Torno, Santa Cruz
  • Discover Cochabamba, central Bolivia’s green farming valley
  • Explore the jungle and tropical plains near Santa Rosa for two days
  • See Jardin de las Delicias, a waterfall on the edge of Amboró National Park
  • Wind your way through the Andean valleys up to the Altiplano
  • Plunge down the infamous “death road”
  • 13 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


9 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Minimum of 3 participants
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): El Torno, Santa Cruz

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

Day 2 (Monday): El Torno, Santa Cruz to the Garden of Eden to El Torno, Santa Cruz

You take the bikes on a 70 kilometers (40 miles) round trip practice run up to the Jardin de las Delicias, a waterfall on the edge of Amboró National Park. There will be dirt roads, stream crossings, and maybe rapelling down the falls (depending on weather and group size). Back in town, you’ll head up into the hills to your cabins where you’ll spend the night.

Day 3 (Tuesday): Jumping off day - El Torno to Cochabamba (460 kilometers / 286 miles)

You leave your country cabins on the hilltop and take the mountain route 450 kilometers up to Cochabamba, central Bolivia’s green farming valley. You’ll maneuver your way up a picturesque older highway with a mix of dirt and pavement riding.

Day 4 (Wednesday): Cochabamba to La Paz (380 kilometers / 236 miles)

A mountain highway will wind you through the Andean valleys up to the Altiplano (high plains), then down into the surprising urban canyon of La Paz, one of Bolivia’s capital cities.

Day 5 (Thursday): Death road and beyond - La Paz to Caranavi (162 kilometers / 100 miles)

You climb to the summit pass at an elevation of nearly three miles (4,700 meters / 15,500 feet) and then plunge down the infamous “death road” to sub-tropical Caranavi (975 meters / 3,200 feet) to enjoy a great meal and an evening of relaxation at a comfortable hotel. Along the way, you’ll try your hand at zip-lining high above the valley floors.

Day 6 (Friday): Caranavi to Rurrenabaque (255 kilometers / 158 miles)

You drop more elevation today, all the way down to the Amazon jungle at the foot of the Andes.

Day 7 (Saturday): Exploring the pampas

You get off the bikes for two days of exploring the jungle and tropical plains near Santa Rosa. Some of your activities will include: canoeing, wildlife sightings, and lodging at an eco-lodge.

Day 8 (Sunday): Day 2 in the jungle

You will explore more of the pampas and river wildlife before packing up and heading back to the Rurrenabaque in the afternoon.

Day 9 (Monday): Ride the ruts - Rurrenabaque to San Ignacio de Moxos (295 kilometers / 183 miles)

You ride again; this time through the cattle-rich flood plains of the Beni. It will be a challenging ride as you attempt to cover a lot of distance following the ruts across the plains, it may even make you wish you were back on “Death Road” again.

Day 10 (Tuesday): San Ignacio to Trinidad (96 kilometers / 60 miles)

It is a much shorter ride today in terms of distance. One of the highlights will be a ferry crossing and it’s definitely an adventure-rider kind of day!

Day 11 (Wednesday): Trinidad to San Ramon (368 kilometers / 229 miles)

You the hit pavement again from the Beni flood plains to the red dirt of San Ramon in the department of Santa Cruz. It’s going to be a relaxing day on two wheels.

Day 12 (Thursday): Last day on the road - San Ramon to El Torno (220 kilometers / 137 miles)

You follow the highway across the fertile plains of Santa Cruz, bypass the city center and reach “home” once again back at your hilltop cabins where your journey began.

Day 13 (Friday): City Streets of Santa Cruz

You relax the pace today, pack your bags, and say goodbye to your hilltop refuge and head into the city for a day of sight-seeing: last minute souvenir shopping, open markets, swimming, and good food are a few of the options. It’s a decompress day before returning to life as usual.

Day 14 (Saturday): El Torno - 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 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

Skill Level:

Intermediate

  • can ride for three to four hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

You start by taking the “old road” to Cochabamba, the culinary capital of Bolivia. From there, it’s all up hill as you climb up to the “Altiplano” before dropping down into the valley, home to the city of La Paz, where you’ll spend the night at the former residence of an ex-president of Bolivia, just a few blocks from the current Presidential Palace.

You then climb up out of the city until you reach “La Cumbre” which sits at an elevation of 4,700 meters / 15,500 feet, before turning off on to ‘The Death Road” where you start your decent down towards the jungle below. You then spend a few days exploring the pampas at an eco-resort near Rurrenabaque.

From there, you head across the flood plains towards the city of Trinidad, the capital city of the Beni department, and along the way, you ferry the bikes across a river. To cap it off, you slow it down a bit as you make your way back home, skirting around the city of Santa Cruz as you go.

Food

All meals are included except snacks and alcoholic drinks.

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

  • 13 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 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. 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 23% 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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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 3 participants

Availability

Start: Sunday October 9, 2022
End: Saturday October 22, 2022

Tour information
  • 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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