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South America 360 Motorcycle tour

Potato peeling, Bolivia

128 DAYS

Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia: This is a one of a kind motorcycle journey that will circumnavigate the entire South America continent, from riding through the steamy jungles of the Amazon to the frozen wonderland of the far south of Patagonia; no other motorcycle tour can claim such an immense diversity of cultures and landscapes.

Possibly the World’s Longest Motorcycle Adventure and definitely the Best Motorcycle Tour of South America! This is one of the most exciting destinations on earth where cities of gold, mountains of silver & vibrant legendary cites are a stark contrast to the impossibly wild regions of the Amazon Rainforest, Atacama Desert and Patagonia. South America is also one of the best regions of the world to explore by motorbike and this motorcycle adventure takes you to all the highlights that South America has to offer. World renown “wonders of the world” call this continent home as does epic natural landscapes of mountains, deserts, waterfalls & wildlife. This complete circumnavigation of the entire South American continent is one of the most extraordinary motorcycle rides available on earth and covers an impossible diversity in cultures, landscapes and experiences, it is the longest most comprehensive motorcycle expedition in South America. Join Compass Expeditions on this incredible ride as we, like no one else, KNOW South America.

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Grade 4 Bike Tour

Every imaginable road condition is to be expected on this expedition, while the vast majority of the ride is on paved roads some off road riding must be expected. Generally the dirt is in the far south of the continent; Patagonia. This dirt can consist of long gravel sections that can be loose and heaped in the middle of the track. Riders can expect some small sand & corrugated sections in Bolivia and some loose rutted dirt tracks in Peru; a number of shallow creek crossings must also be expected.

Paved roads are generally in poor condition with Northern Brazil being very bad with huge potholes. Some roads though the Andean countries of Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia are narrow and can have heavy truck traffic while riding in Colombia twisties are the norm not the exception. Riders must expect the unexpected in South America as other road users do not share the same road sense as what might be expected in the west.

This expedition is perfectly suited to 2-up riding and is completely achievable by the novice off -road rider.

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 Distance: approx 33,000 km / 20,600 mi




Riding into El Chalten


Llama crossing, Bolivia

Moreno Glacier

Machu Picchu

One of Dozens of Loco's and wagos driven into the Bolivian desert and left to rust


Fitzroy Range, Argentina

The Peruvian coastal ride

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2017 Dates Tour Code Price (BYO Bike) Availability
21st Feb to 28th Jun 2017 SA/210217 Rider: US $34,990.00 AVAILABLE
Co-Rider: US $25,990.00 4 PLACES

Compass Bike Rental
BMW F700 GS: US $120.00 per day
BMW F800 GS: US $130.00 per day
BMW R1200 GS: US $145.00 per day


A South America motorcycle adventure offers one of the most stimulating, diverse and exciting experiences on earth. The world’s longest mountain range, mightiest river, largest rainforest, highest waterfall and most incredible ruins all await us on this epic 360 degree tour that covers the entire South American continent. The superlatives of this motorbike ride are unmatched by any other tour we offer, the stats are unbelievable, the continent is home to a rainforest that has over 5 million species of living things, the mighty Amazon river meanders over 6200ks / 1878ml on its way to the Atlantic, the Andes, the longest mountain chain on earth, is home to some of the most remote and visually stunning mountains in the world, the otherworldly Salar de Uyuni is a salt flat that covers a staggering 12,000 square kilometer / 3636 square miles. Some of the worlds most iconic cites call this continent home, in direct contrast is the empty wilderness that is home to hanging glaciers, fjords and rare forests of Patagonia, on and on it goes.

The Compass Expeditions 360 degree tour starts and ends in Santiago de Chile and will visit the stunning region known as Patagonia, one of the most popular motorcycle destinations in the world, that encompasses the southern regions of both Chile and Argentina. We shall visit and get to know the world’s fifth largest country of Brazil before sailing the incredible Amazon River for 5 of the most relaxed days and nights of our lives, its true adventure. Venezuela, home to Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The lost World” is a spectacular surprise with it epic scenery and the worlds tallest waterfall, at nearly a kilometer high Angel Falls is a staggering sight. Forget an hour of twisties, try an entire country of twisties; riding Colombia is a motorcycle paradise and having a lot of our ride leaders living in this stunning country will ensure us a hassle free and really “get to know the country ride”. Crossing the equator in Ecuador we shall visit rumbling volcano’s, traditional villages and more superb riding in the Andes. This epic once in a lifetime ride will continue on into the Incan heartland of Peru and a visit to the iconic Machu Picchu is included. Onto the vast, silent and lofty Bolivian Altiplano we shall visit the hallucinogenic Salar de Uyuni. This incredible ride finishes off with a stunning ride through the badlands and canyons of Southern Bolivia and Northern Argentina as we enter one of the worlds driest deserts of the Atacama, where it hasn’t rained in 400 hundred years.

If you want to really see all that South America has to offer then this extraordinary ride is one for the bucket list.


  • Airport Transfers
  • All Shipping of motorbikes included to and from South America
  • Incomparable list of sights and inclusions
  • Ford F150 Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • Breakfast’s everyday
  • Lunches on all ride days & 1 dinner per week
  • 128 nights accommodation
  • 1 bonus night accommodation
  • Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
  • 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 the itinerary
  • Many excursions to numerous to mention here, see “Client info kit”


  • International flights
  • Fuel & Tolls
  • Visas (if required)
  • Personal spending money
  • Personal health insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary


  •  120 nights in 3-4 star hotels and resorts, 5 nights camping on Amazon River Ferry & 3 nights Jungle Lodges
  • A flexible attitude is needed as services in these remote regions of South America may be not what you are accustomed to.


On every day of the tour we include breakfast. On ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen as well as from restaurants. We include 1 dinner per week in reliable restaurants we have used many times before.

Breakfasts: 128 / Lunches: 80 / Dinner: 20


  • Please note that you will need to be in Santiago 2 days prior to start of expedition.

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 Travel Insurance for details.

Please contact us for further information

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Understanding The Tour Grade System

This ride grade system is a guide only and it should not be assumed that if a grade 4 ride, for example, is booked and a rider has had limited experience on dirt that it will be beyond them.

Likewise it should not be assumed that if a grade one ride is booked a rider is assured that no dirt will be ever encountered, governments love road works.

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