8 Days Guided Motorcycle Tour Peru

  • Hotel Cusco Plaza II, Calle Saphy 486, Centro Historico, Cusco, Cusco Region, Peru

Adventure Peru Motorcycle Tour

This tour will take the most challenging and exciting roads of Peru. You will see amazing heights, steep cliffs, eye stretching valleys, and go from high Andes mountaintops to a semi-tropical jungle and Cloud Forest wilderness. For those looking to pack in the best 8-day riding has to offer, this will be the perfect motorcycle tour for you.

Highlights

  • 758-miles mileage
  • A visit to Machu Picchu
  • Exploring Sacred Valley region
  • Motorcycle rental for the whole tour
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Airport transfers
  • 6 riding days
  • Spanish, English
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During this tour, your 7 nights will be spent at 2 and 3-star accommodation based on double occupancy. However, a single room during tour is available at additional costs.

  • Day 1: You will stay at a 3-star Hotel Cusco Plaza II.
  • Day 2: You will stay at a 3-star Hotel Sol Ollantaytambo.
  • Day 3: You will stay at a 3-star Hotel Intiwinaywayna.
  • Day 4: You will stay at a 2-star Hostal Yakumama.
  • Day 5: You will stay at a 3-star Hotel Royal Inka Pisac.
  • Day 6: You will stay at a 3-star Manu Paradise Lodge.
  • Day 7: You will stay at a 3-star Hotel Cusco Plaza II.

Overview

  • Terrain: 50% asphalt and 50% dirt road
  • Bike: Rental bike (Honda XR250, NX400, Suzuki DR650, or Kawasaki KLR650)
  • Mileage: 1220 kilometers / 758 miles
  • Daily rides: 203 kilometers / 126 miles
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners

Day 1: Cusco arrival (100 kilometers / 62 miles / 3-4 hours)

After the tour briefing at 14:00, you can get familiar with your motorcycle and take a scenic route through the Historical Center of Cusco. You can also visit the 4 Inca ruins close to Cusco including Sacsahuayman, Q'inqu, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay. This route is an easy exit from Cusco and you will quickly get a sense of the surrounding hills, traffic, and how Peruvian drivers are.

Day 2: From Cusco to Sacred Valley (200 kilometers / 124 miles / 6-8 hours)

Today is your first full day of riding. You will quickly appreciate the changes in scenery as soon as you leave Cusco and find the reason why the Sacred Valley is on everyone’s list to experience. The curvy roads will take you towards Písac pass through many small villages and even an animal refuge. Once you arrive in Písac, you will discuss options over some delicious traditional empanadas of which Písac is famous for, in addition to the Inca ruins and the expansive artisanal market here.

You will follow the Vilcanota River towards Urubamba and take a turn towards Moray (Inca agricultural terraces or concentric circles) and Salineras (outdoor artisanal salt mine). You can take the shortcut via Puente Pachar to Ollantaytambo, one of the most important and impressive Inca ruins outside Machu Picchu. Ollantaytambo is also a quaint little town with its canals running through the streets and an amazing view to remind you of the Incas at every turn.

Day 3: From Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (200 kilometers / 124 miles / 4-5 hours)

After breakfast at your hotel, you will set off for a day of amazing views. From Ollantaytambo, you will start climbing to 4500 meters above sea level (Abra Malaga). From the high point of the day, you will start descending through a lush valley passing plantations of mangoes, bananas, oranges, and tangerines. You may cross paths with bicyclists taking advantage of the long, winding descent towards Santa María del Mar.

The last 40 kilometers (24 miles) is dirt roads with a few water crossings and you have to share the road with impatient combis. Once you arrive in Santa Teresa, you will leave the bikes and repack for an overnight at Aguas Calientes with comfortable clothes to visit Machu Picchu. With a short transfer to hidroelectric train station and 40-minute train ride, you will arrive at Aguas Calientes. You will enjoy the evening exploring the streets and rest well for an early start to Machu Picchu.

Day 4: Machu Picchu

You will get up as early as the group wants for visiting Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new 7 wonders of the world. Shuttle bus, entrance fee, and cultural guided tour are included. You will meet up for lunch at Aguas Calientes before catching the afternoon train back to hidroelectrica or Santa Teresa. You will enjoy the rest of the day at the hot springs of Cocalmayo.

Day 5: From Santa Teresa to Pisac (250 kilometers / 155 miles / 5-6 hours)

You will start the day returning along the 40 kilometers of dirt road towards Santa Maria and climbing to Abra Malaga (it’s different the other way around). There will be a new perspective, feeling of knowing what some of the curves ahead hide, and a little bit more comfort to enjoy the view. You will return to the Vilcanota River towards Písac. Your hotel has a Jacuzzi or steam room.

Day 6: From Písac to San Pedro (220 kilometers / 137 miles / 5-6 hours)

The Incas will salute you as you pass the ruins of Písac and take the dirt roads towards Paucartambo, home to the famous Festival de Virgen de Carmen. From there, the roads will get more challenging as you enter the Cloud Forest, the mystical transition area between Andes and Amazon. This area is largely untouched and very remote. It will be the perfect setting for a lodge and good sleep.

Day 7: From San Pedro to Cusco (250 kilometers / 155 miles / 5 hours)

After a relaxing breakfast at the lodge, you will return towards Paucartambo and Písac. You will return to Cusco along the scenic route via Corao and the easiest way back into Cusco city.

Notes:

  • It is very important to have good motorcycle riding experience before renting or joining the tour. There are many external factors in Peru to consider such as impatient and aggressive drivers, animals, climate or altitude, and road conditions.

Other motorcylce options

  • Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L rental (450 USD)
  • Motorcycle damage insurance (105 USD)
  • Triumph Tiger 800XC rental (390 USD)
  • Yamaha Tenere XT660Z or Honda Transalp XL700V rental (300 USD)

Besides riding, a visit to Machu Picchu which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new 7 wonders of the world will be also included.

This motorcycle tour will include a journey which starts and ends in Cusco. You will explore Machu Picchu, 4 Inca ruins including Sacsahuayman, Q'inqu, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay as well as Sacred Valley region including Písac, Moray or Salineras, and Ollantaytamb. Furthermore, you will also ride on your bike to Aguas Calientes, Abra Malaga, Santa María del Mar, and Santa Teresa. Returning to Cusco, you will ride to Santa Maria, Abra Malaga, Písac, Paucartambo, and Cloud Forest.

During this tour, you will have 7 breakfasts and 2 dinners provided by Peru Moto Tours. Additionally, you can choose between a welcome dinner or farewell dinner on the first and last day, while the other dinner will be in San Pedro. Lunch is not included in the price.

  • 1 dinner in San Pedro
  • 1 welcome or farewell dinner
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Basic insurance (SOAT for personal injury related to a traffic accident)
  • Cultural guide at Machu Picchu
  • English and Spanish-speaking adventure guide
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
  • Honda XR250, NX400, Suzuki DR650, or Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle rental
  • Photos
  • Shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Transfer from Santa Teresa to Hidroelectrica
  • Entrance fees for any of the sites or optional activities
  • Gasoline for riders or guide (the guide’s gasoline cost is split amongst the riders)
  • Other equipment, clothing, and accessories upon availability

Arrival by plane

Please book your flight to arrive at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cusco. Peru Moto Tours will pick you up from the airport. Transfer from and to the airport is included.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler from Massachusetts
    10 out of 10

    "Our guide Juan was great, he paid attention to detail from snacks, to rain gear as well as clean up...very thoughtful with every thing and put us first at all times."

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  • Review by Rebecca D. from Great Britain
    10 out of 10

    "I thought when we booked the half day tour to experience the ATVs, that we wouldn't see much of the sites around Cusco. In fact, I was blown away by the beautful countryside and views over the city. This was an absolutely amazing day and a real highlight of the trip. The team are really lovely and helpful and take lots of photos for you to remember the day. I can't recommend this enough."

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  • Review by a traveler from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "I met Ada and Alejandro in my search for a good mechanic in Cusco. As I am traveling with my own motorbike, what means not many business for them, they were a exelent help for me. The first time they connected me with their exelent mechanic Ritchy. The second time they arranged to order, and arrainged the courier to bring over the part that I needed from Lima to Cusco. As I told before: not much business for them, but they were a exelent help to get me back on the road again. Ada and Alex: thank you so much for all your energy and effort! Let me know when you visit Amsterdam, I owe you a few beers! Thank you and take care!"

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