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Los Andes Motorcycle Tour

Machu Picchu, Peru


Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina & Brazil: This extensive ride must rate as one of the worlds great journeys.

This is one of the most diverse and scenically stunning motorcycle tours we undertake. We begin at the former Incan capital of Cusco, taking in the incomparable Machu Picchu before crossing the Andes and stopping at the worlds highest navigable lake, Titikaka, visiting the nearby floating island of Uros. We ride amongst the snow capped peaks of the Andes as we enter La Paz set at nearly 4 km / 2.5 miles above sea level. We then embark on a stunning ride to Uyuni on the edge of the incredible 12,000 square km / 7,500 square mile Salar de Uyuni where we spend a day out on the Salar in 4×4’s. We cross into Chile then ride into the wonderful desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama, set on the fringe of the beautiful Atacama Desert. Turning east we ride across the vast Chaco region of northern Argentina before reaching the greatest waterfalls on earth the thundering Foz do Iguaçu, all 275 of them. It’s a fitting way to end this remarkable ride, and we are the only company in the world offering this tour on motorbikes.

  •  This tour also runs in reveres, Foz do Iguaçu to Cusco.


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Grade 4 Bike Tour

80% of this ride is on paved roads; some sections of pavement can be potholed and narrow.

20% of this ride is off road, some sections of dirt can have loose gravel and can be rutted and corrugated with some very small sections of sand.

On this ride we will cross a 4,500 m / 14,470 ft pass and some time will be spent at an altitude over 3,000 m / 9,800 ft

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Distance: approx 4,325 km / 2,703 mi


This tour features riding through
the regions shown in this video


Lakeside, Bolivia

seven sided stone

Riding the Salar

iguazu falls

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

Bolivian local

Los Andes

Los Andes

 Los Andes

Los Andes


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DATES: 21 April to 14 May TOUR CODE: LA/210417
(Cusco to Rio)
BMW F 700 GS A $11,280.00 US $8,800.00 FULL
BMW F 800 GS A $12,360.00 US $9,640.00 FULL
BMW R 1200 GS A $12,975.00 US $10,120.00 FULL
Co-rider A $8,190.00 US $6,390.00 FULL
DATES: 11 June to 4 July TOUR CODE: LA/110617
(Rio to Cusco)
BMW F 700 GS A $11,280.00 US $8,800.00 2 BIKES
BMW F 800 GS A $12,360.00 US $9,640.00 1 BIKE
BMW R 1200 GS A $12,975.00 US $10,120.00 FULL
Co-rider A $8,190.00 US $6,390.00 2 PLACES


  • High Andean scenery
  • Cusco
  • Riding the Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu
  • Floating Uros Islands
  • Salar De Uyuni
  • San Pedro de Atacama
  • Valle de Luna
  • Foz do Iguaçu


Tour start: Cusco, Peru or Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Tour end: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil or Cusco, Peru
Accommodation: 24 nights & 1 bonus night
Single Supplement: US$ 1,150.00 / A$ 1,475.00 (on 3 nights a single room may not be available)
Ride Days: 13 to 16 (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).


Week one

Our first ride will see us visit the Sacred Valley passing numerous Incan ruins en-route to the legendary Machu Picchu. Three nights are spent in Cusco and surrounds before we ride into the Andes and onto the beautiful Lake Titicaca. Here we get to visit the “have to be seen to be believed” floating Uros reed islands, before crossing into Bolivia and onto the unofficial capital of La Paz. Two nights are spent in this amazing city set at 3,660 m / 12,000 ft above sea level under the watchful gaze of the snow caped Mt Illumani.

Week two

From La Paz we ride out onto the stunning high Altiplano and onto the world’s highest city at Potosi. A UNESCO listed city, this old mining town sits at the foot of Cerro Rico, a mountain that has been continually mined for over 400 years. The next few days will provide you with some of the most memorable, wild and dramatic scenery you may have ever seen as we cross the Andes from Potosi to Uyuni and take a 4 x 4 out onto the otherworldly Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats. We will pass multicolored high altitude lagoons that may be ringed with flamingos and see herds of Vicuna and Alpaca. We are the only motorcycle tour company to offer this amazing route. The week is finished off in Chile as we enter the stunning Atacama Desert stopping at the wonderful desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama. Watching the sunset over Valle de la Luna and seeing the surrounding volcanoes turn a blazing red is a perfect way to end what will be one very special week.

Week Three

From the ancient Atacama Desert we turn east and enter Argentina at the remote border crossing at Paso Jama, the scenery is spectacular as we descend into the beautiful city of Salta. From here we cross the vast Chaco region of Northern Argentina staying overnight at the amazing hotel Puerto Valle en-route to the stunning Foz do Iguaçu. Our final destination of Foz do Iguaçu is incomparable; we shall spend two days visiting both sides of these remarkable waterfalls, both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides. We include entrance into the national park on both sides of the falls. At night you can enjoy an optional Churrascaria and show on the Brazilian side. A flight to Rio de Janeiro is included.


  • Airport Transfers
  • Local Brazilian flight to / from Rio de Janiero depending on travel direction
  • Motorcycle rental of BMW F700 GS and F800GS(2) & R1200GS(1) upgrades available
  • 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
  • Train and entrance to Machu Picchu and guided tour
  • Lake Titkaka Excursion
  • La Paz city tour
  • Uyuni salt flats excursion
  • Valle de la Luna excursion


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


  • 24 nights hotels & 1 bonus night
  • Accommodation ranges from extremely basic hotels ( 1 night), to small family run hotels and through to 4 star hotels,
  • A flexible attitude is needed as standards are not always what we are accustomed to.
  • Single supplement: US$ 1,150.00 / A$ 1,475.00 (on 3 nights a single room may not be available).


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: 24 / Lunches: 13 / Dinners: 10


  • Please note that you will need to be in Cusco or 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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