July 2nd to August 12th 2012 / CODE: SACC020712
July 2nd to August 12th 2013 / CODE: SACC020713
July 2nd to August 12th 2014 / CODE: SACC020714
Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia & Peru: an epic ride from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
This extraordinary ride takes us from the shores of the Atlantic to the high plateau of the Altiplano and across the deserts to the Pacific. From the “cidade maravilhosa” (marvelous city) of Rio, we will ride the emerald coast, one of the worlds most beautiful coastal rides, then the amazing roller coaster ride at Serra do Rio do Rastro through some wonderful jungle scenery. The world’s greatest waterfalls, isolated deserts, snow capped volcanoes, legendary Incan ruins and the hauntingly beautiful Altiplano, all await us as we traverse this dynamic continent. A highlight of this extraordinary ride is the incredibly stunning, otherworldly and remote Salar de Uyuni. A truly unique ride not offered by any other operator, join with us and experience this ride with a difference.
Tour Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tour End: Lima, Peru
Accommodation: 42 nights 3 to 4 star hotels & 1 bonus night.
Single Supplement: US$ 2490 (On 3 nights a single room may not be available)
Ride days: 25 to 32 (Some days are spent in the same location allowing clients to ride around and explore the area, if desired, this will increase the number of ride days depending on client preferences).
- Rio de Janeiro
- Yacht cruise off Paraty, Brazil
- Riding the amazing twisties of Serra do Rio do Rastro
- Iguazu Falls
- Oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama
- 4 x 4 trip out onto the extraordinary Salar de Uyuni
- The wonderful chaos of La Paz
- Floating islands on Lake Titicaca
- Ancient Incan capital of Cusco
- Sacred Valley ride
- Machu Picchu
- Colca Canyon
- Nazca Lines
GRADE 4: Please refer to FAQs for full details of our grading system.
70% of this ride is on pavement, some sections of pavement can be potholed and narrow. 30% of this ride will be on dirt. Most dirt is hard packed, although there are sections that have loose gravel and can be rutted. Additionally we may need to cross a small number of shallow creeks, depending on weather conditions.
Total distance: 7,700 km / 4,785 miles
No other city has such a vibe, such a setting and such instantly recognizable sights as Rio. We spend two nights here before transferring out to the colonial township of Penedo where our bikes await. Turning toward the Atlantic we soon descend from the mountains and hug the coastline to enjoy one of the most beautiful rides imaginable, the Costa Verde, bound for the colonial town of Paraty. Colourful stone buildings line the cobbled stone streets of this beautiful port town, we spend two nights here. We sail around the tropical islands that dot the bays or explore the surrounding countryside on bike; the choice is yours. We follow the coast road toward Bertoiga where we can enjoy an ice cold beer or a refrigerated coconut. Next port of call, literally, is the wonderful port town of Antonina we can explore the colonial centre and scenic beach of Baia de Paranagua. We ride into the Vale do Itajai and stop at the Germanic city of Blumenau.
From Blumenau we ascend into the Serra do Rio do Rastro toward Brazil's highest city of Sao Joaquim sitting at 1,355 m / 4,445 ft, but not before riding the amazing mountain road that stretches from Bom Jardim to Sao Joaquim through stunning Araucaria forests. Continuing east we ride across Brazil before arriving at one of the world’s greatest sights, Foz do Iguaçu. With 275 waterfalls plummeting over 80 m / 262 ft you will hear the roar long before you see the mighty Iguaçu falls. This is one of the world’s great sights, one that will leave you awestruck. We spend three nights visiting the falls from both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides.
Riding west we stop at the laid back village of Puerto Valle before continuing through the Chaco region. We ride en-route to the wonderful city of Salta in Northern Argentina where we spend two nights for the chance to stretch our legs in this beautiful city, after the long ride across the Chaco. Climbing into the Andes we enter Chile at the remote Paso Jama and ride onto the wonderful desert oasis of San Pedro de Atacama. We have two nights here for a chance to explore the great surrounding Atacama desert landscapes and enjoy the adobe style open air restaurants, we won't get wet, we promise, it hasn’t rained here in over 400 years. From San Pedro we enter an incredible world of expansive salt flats, coloured flamingo filled lagoons, geyser fields and still active volcanoes as we ride into Bolivia and across to the remote and wild Uyuni.
From the wonderfully remote Uyuni we shall enjoy a 4 x 4 trip out onto the largest salt flats in the world, this is an incredible day with epic vistas, being out on the salt flats is a completely surreal experience. Returning to Uyuni we shall visit the home of Bolivia’s fleet of abandoned steam trains parked in the desert, before continuing on across the Andes through beautiful canyon lands to, the UNESCO listed, Potosi which also happens to be the highest city in the world at a breathless 4,016 m / 13,170 ft. An eye-opening underground mine tour is included. A full days ride back on paved roads will see the week out as we ride into the ramshackle La Paz, spectacularly set at the foot of the snow capped Mt Illimani. Three nights are spent here wandering the steep cobble stoned streets and visiting the amazing local markets.
Leaving the city of La Paz we cross the border into Peru, riding along the shores of the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titikaka until we arrive at the lakeside city of Puno. We spend two nights in Puno, enabling us to visit the amazing floating reed Islands of Uros and spend time out on the stunning lake that is bordered by the Snow capped Andes off in the distance. Travelling west the ride will once again take us into the Andes crossing the 4,319 m / 14,170 ft pass at La Raya, before reaching the wonderful city of Cusco. We ride the incredible Sacred Valley dotted with enormous Incan ruins before catching the train to the legendary Machu Picchu. Nothing can prepare you for this legendary Incan city where we spend a full day wandering the complex. Another day will be spent exploring the magical city of Cusco perhaps enjoying a beer and meal at the bikers bar, Norton’s Rats, which overlooks the wonderful Plaza de Armas.
We hit the dirt roads as we ride toward the world’s deepest canyon at Chivay, home to the giant Condors. The ride is magnificent as we get well off the Gringo Trail riding amongst volcanoes and mountains in
this spectacular desert landscape. It is in these very mountains that the mighty Amazon River begins its journey. The hot springs of Chivay are a perfect way to relax and unwind after a hard days ride. Descending out of the Andes we arrive at the “White City” of Arequipa with the snow capped volcano of El Misti looming above. We have the day to explore this beautiful city with arguably South America’s finest Plaza de Armas and visit the fabulous Santa Catalina Convent and the frozen Incan mummy known as “Juanita the Ice Princess” sacrificed over 500 years ago. The route from Arequipa leads us to the coast as we ride the stark, impossibly rugged coastline as the road clings to the mountainsides. We spend a night at Puerto Inca surrounded by the moon-like landscape as the Pacific pounds our beach-side resort. Nearing the end of this epic ride we move onto the famous town of Nazca via the macabre Chauchilla cemetery. We enjoy a flight over the mysterious Nazca lines, the only way to really appreciate them. A transfer is organised onto Lima, Peru's capital
- Airport transfers
- Motorcycle Rental BMW F 650 GS
- Border paperwork
- Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
- Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
- Breakfast everyday, 25 lunches and 19 dinners
- Accommodation in excellent small hotels
- Bonus night accommodation
- Pre-departure material and route maps
- Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
- Compass Expeditions dress shirt
- Entrances to all national parks mentioned in the itinerary
- Rio city tour
- Yacht trip off the Brazilian coast
- 4 X 4 trip on the Salar de Uyuni
- La Paz city tour
- Floating Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
- Cusco city tour
- Entrance and guide to Machu Picchu
- Flight over Nazca Lines
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- International Flights
- Visas (if required)
- Personal spending money
- Personal Health Insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- 40 nights in 3 to 4 star hotels, 2 nights basic accommodation on the Salar & 1 bonus night
- Accommodations are generally in 3 to 4 star hotels. For a list of our accommodation styles please refer to FAQs.
- A flexible attitude is needed as standards are not always what we are accustomed to.
- Single Supplement: US$ 2,490 (On 3 nights a single room may not be available)
On everyday of the tour we provide breakfast, on mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen, we provide mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants that we have used many times before.
- Breakfasts: 43
- Lunches: 25
- Dinners: 19
- Please note that you will need to be in Rio de Janeiro one day prior to start of expedition (accommodation included)
- For bookings of 60 days or less that have an 'included flight' a surcharge of US$200 is added
- It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition. Compass Expeditions has negotiated a 10% discount with various insurance providers, see our Book Here page on our website for insurance options.