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Iconic South America Motorcycle Tour

Christ the redeemer, Rio

34 DAYS

Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia & Peru: an epic motorcycle tour incorporating all the icons from the Atlantic to the Andes.

This extraordinary ride takes us from the shores of the Atlantic to the high plateau of the Altiplano and to the Incan capital, Cusco. From the “cidade maravilhosa” (marvelous city) of Rio, we will ride the emerald coast, one of the world’s 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 motorbike ride is an excursion to 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.

 

 

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Grade 4 Bike Tour

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 that can be rutted and some sections of sand.

Additionally we may need to cross a small number of shallow creeks, depending on weather conditions.

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Distance: approx 5,440 km / 3,400 mi

Iconic South America

This tour features riding through
the regions shown in this video

Sailing off the Brazilain coast

The road between Colca and Cusco, Peru

 

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

Viewpoint over Argentina

Tupiza, Boliviacolonial village of paratyRiding PeruThe incredible SalarWashed out road, Peru

laguna coloradoIMGP0927Locals posing in Cusco, PeruSpice Market, PeruBrazil bridgeTwisties of Rio do RastroMachu Picchu

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DATES, PRICES & AVAILABILITY

2017

DATES: 1 June to 4 July TOUR CODE: IC/010617
BIKE OPTIONS
AUD PRICES
USD PRICES
AVAILABILITY
BMW F 700 GS A $16,565.00 US $12,920.00 3 BIKES
BMW F 800 GS A $18,090.00 US $14,110.00 FULL
BMW R 1200 GS A $18,960.00 US $14,790.00 FULL
Co-rider A $10,205.00 US $9,520.00 3 PLACES

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Yacht cruise off Paraty, Brazil
  • Riding the amazing twisties of Serra do Rio do Rastro
  • Iguaçu Falls
  • Oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama
  • 4×4 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

TOUR INFORMATION

Tour start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tour end: Cusco, Peru
Accommodation: 34 nights & 1 bonus night
Single Supplement: US$ 2,450.00 / A$ 2,615.00 (single accommodation may not be available on a couple of nights in remote locations)
Ride Days: 21 to 29 (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).

THE RIDE

Week one

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. Colorful stone buildings line the cobblestone 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.

Week two

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.

Week Three

Leaving Iguazu Falls we cross the Chaco region riding 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. 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.

Week Four

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.

Week Five

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. Our final night of this memorable tour is in 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.

WHATS INCLUDED

  • Airport Transfers
  • Motorcycle rental as per your selection
  • Fuel
  • Tolls
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • Breakfast’s everyday
  • Lunches and dinners as per tour option
  • Accommodation in excellent small hotels
  • 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
  • Rio City Tour
  • Yacht trip off the Brazilian Coast
  • 4×4 tour of the Salar de Uyuni
  • La Paz City Tour
  • Floating Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Cusco walking tour
  • Entrance, bus tickets and local guide to Machu Picchu

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Personal items
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities

ACCOMMODATION

  • 34 nights hotels & 1 bonus night
  • Accommodation ranges from small family run hotels through to 4 star hotels,
  • A flexible attitude is needed as standards are not always what we are accustomed to.
  • Single supplement: US$ 2,040.00 / A$ 2,615.00

INCLUDED MEALS

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

Breakfasts: 35 / Lunches: 22 / Dinners: 17

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Please note that you will need to be in Rio one day 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.

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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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