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Motorcycle Tour in Bolivia

Are you ready for a cultural trip through Bolivia by motorbikes? If yes, this tour is for you! Starting in Santa Cruz, you will visit various places such as the city of La Paz, the ruins of Tihuanaco, and Copacabana, a small town located along the shore of the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca, and other exciting locations.

Key information

  • Terrain: mix of asphalt and dirt road
  • Bike: rental bike (Kawasaki KLR650)
  • Mileage: 2,500 kilometers / 1,550 miles
  • Daily rides: 96 - 368 kilometers / 60 - 229 miles
  • Riding gear: not included, please bring your own gear
  • Meals: All meals included

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Santa Cruz
  • Visit ancient Inca ruins and burial grounds
  • Experience hanging bridge, dirt roads, stream crossings, etc.
  • Visit Tihuanaco, one of the oldest temple sites in the Americas
  • Plunge down the infamous “death road”
  • Stop by the vibrant city of La Paz
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Support truck

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


11 riding days
Group size: Minimum of 3 participants
Airport transfer included: Viru Viru International Airport
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Accommodation

As for lodging, each participant can choose between single or double / shared room occupancy. Occasionally, on certain tours, single room occupancy may not be available for a night or two on the tour for reasons of availability. Participants that come alone but choose double / shared room occupancy may have to share a room with another participant on the tour that they don't know.

Program

Day 1 (Sunday): Welcome to Santa Cruz!

The Bolivia Motorcycle Tours team will personally pick everyone up at the airport and settle you into a hotel in El Torno. After dinner, you 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 take the bikes on a 70 kilometer (43 miles) round-trip practice run-up to the “Jardin de las Delicias,” where you’ll encounter a series of breathtaking waterfalls on the edge of Amboró National Park. Hanging bridges, dirt roads, stream crossings, hiking, swimming, and a picnic lunch are just part of today's adventure. Back in town, you’ll cap off the riding portion of the day with a ride up some curvy new slab to the mountain village of Samaipata where you’ll spend the night. ​

Day 3 (Tuesday): Jumping off day: Samaipata to Cochabamba (360 kilometers / 225 miles)

You leave your quaint hotel in Samaipata and take the mountain route 360 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): To Lake Titicaca through the Gate of the Sun: La Paz to Copacabana (250 kilometers /155 miles)

You ride out to Tiahuanaco, one of the oldest temple sites in the Americas with the iconic Puerta del Sol, then across the straits of Tiquina by ferry to Copacabana on Lake Titicaca, highest navigable lake in the world.

Day 6 (Friday): Islands of the Sun and Moon

You cross the lake to the Isla del Sol and the Isla de la Luna with their ancient Inca ruins and burial grounds. Then, it’s back to your hotel at Copacabana for the evening.

Day 7 (Saturday): Lake to city, Copacabana to La Paz (145 kilometers / 90 miles)

You leave Copacabana to spend the afternoon exploring the city of La Paz, with its vibrant mix of Aymara, Quechua, and Spanish cultures. Amazing artisan shops, the witches’ market, and the Coca Leaf Museum are all on tap for today.

Day 8 (Sunday): 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 9 (Monday): Ride the ruts: Caranavi to San Ignacio de Moxos (338 kilometers / 210 miles)

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

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

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

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

You hit the pavement again! From the Beni flood plains to the red dirt of San Ramon in the department of Santa Cruz, it’s 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 the base in El Torno where your journey began.

Day 13 (Friday): City Streets of Santa Cruz

It's a decompress day before returning to life, as usual, so you relax the pace. You’ll 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’ll celebrate with a “farewell” dinner in the evening.​

Day 14 (Saturday): Departure day

The team 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!

Bikes available for this tour: 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

Legal requirements for participants

  • be at least 18 years old (except for passengers)
  • possess a passport that upon entering Bolivia has at least six months of validity
  • possess a motorcycle drivers license/endorsement from your country (except for passengers)
  • possess an international driving permit with a motorcycle endorsement to accompany your motorcycle drivers license / endorsement (except for passengers)

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

The tour takes place in Bolivia. You depart from El Torno 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 explore the ruins of Tihuanaco before you ferry the bikes over to Copacabana, a small town located along the shore of the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. You leave your bike for a day and hop in a boat to check out the Island of the Sun, where the Incas believed the sun was born.

After returning to La Paz, you’ll continue our climb until we 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’ll start your descent down towards the jungle below.

You then embark upon a road that leads us across the flood plains to the city of Trinidad, the capital city of the Beni Department, crossing a river via ferry along the way. You then cruise to home as you enjoy the scenery of the Santa Cruz countryside.

Food

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 USD per day), which covers the bike for up to 3,500 USD worth of accidental damage

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at iru Viru International Airport (VVI). Airport transfer is included in the price. When you arrive, Bolivia Motorcycle Tours will be waiting to pick you up at the airport with a clearly marked sign. If another participant will arrive soon after you, we’ll wait for them as well. Otherwise, you’ll head straight to your hotel near Bolivia Motorcycle Tours' base in El Torno, about an hour's drive from the airport.

The rest of the day is simply for resting and shaking off the jet lag before the adventure starts the following morning. The hotel is equipped with a nice pool or you could take a walk outside if you’d like, to help unwind after the long trip.

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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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 3 participants

Availability

Start: Sunday April 10, 2022
End: Saturday April 23, 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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