Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and 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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At a Glance
- 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
- Airport Transfers
- Motorcycle rental as per your selection
- Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
- 35 breakfasts
- 22 lunches
- 17 dinners
- 34 nights 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 polo shirt
- Entrances to all national Parks mentioned in the itinerary
- 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
- International flights
- Visas (if required)
- Personal items
- Personal travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
If you require a lower bike option we have a lowered suspension or lowered seat BMW F700 GS available: Free of charge
All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: US$ 2,450.00
(Please note, you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip).
Our motorcycles are insured and have a damage excess of US$ 4000, you can reduce the excess by taking advantage of our Excess Reduction Policy: US$ 25 per day
Joining Day: Your Rio airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel, ready for an early start tomorrow. Today you will meet your crew for your tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Day 1: Today we will explore the marvellous city of Rio de Janeiro; from Ipanema to Copacabana, Pao de Azucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) to Corcovado (statue of Christ); we see them all in this full day of exploration.
Day 2: A a transfer from Rio to the town of Penedo (175 km / 110 miles, approx. 3 hours from Rio) where our bikes are located. Penedo is a beautiful mountainous area.
Day 3: We spend a day in and around Penedo visiting the nearby Itatiaia National Park with its spectacular alpine scenery and steaming saunas.
Day 4: Today we will have a great mix of mountain and coastal riding. Our overnight stop is Paraty.
Day 5: A relaxing boat cruise out to the nearby islands off Paraty to enjoy some swimming and snorkelling.
Day 6: A scenic coastal ride to our beachfront hotel in Bertioga.
Day 7: Our next port of call, literally, is the wonderful port town of Antonina where we can explore the colonial centre and Baia (Bay) de Paranagua.
Day 8: Today we ride south into the Vale (Valley) do Itajai and stop at the Germanic city of Blumenau.
Day 9: We will ride some beautiful back roads today, including some gravel, to our overnight stop of Orleans.
Day 10: Today we will ride the Serra do Rio Rastro one of the best rides of your life. The twisting mountain roads and scenery will leave you awestruck. Chapeco is tonight's destination.
Day 11: Our destination today is the spectacular Iguaçu Falls, again we will ride some great back roads, but expect the traffic to increase as we reach our destination.
Day 12 & 13: We have two days to enjoy both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the waterfalls.
Day 14: Today we cross the border into Argentina and overnight at Ituzaingó.
Day 15: From Ituzaingó we ride the sparsely populated, hot and semi-arid lowland region of the Rio de la Plata basin, between eastern Bolivia, Paraguay and northern Argentina, known as the "Chaco". Our destination is Las Curiosas.
Day 16: We spend another ride day crossing the vast open "Chaco", the beautiful colonial town of Salta awaits us.
Day 17: Spend the day exploring Salta.
Day 18: From Salta we will ride some beautiful, paved, back roads to our overnight stay at Purmamarca.
Day 19: We climb high into the Andes, up to 4,700 m / 15,510 ft above sea level for a series of mountain passes. Our overnight stay is the Chilean town of San Pedro de Atacama.
Day 20: A free day to explore San Pedro de Atacama.
Day 21: Today we will ride through stunning desert and mountain landscapes. Our overnight stay is remote Ollague.
Day 22: Today will see us ride the open, rugged spaces bordering the edge of the Salar de Uyuni. Enjoy the best pizza in Bolivia at the Tonito Hotel, Uyuni.
Day 23: We take a 4 x 4 across the Salar de Uyuni to Fish Island where we view the giant cacti and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Day 24: As we ride towards Potosi, you'll think you've been transported to the Wild West, as depicted in an old western movie.
Day 25: The day is yours to explore Potosi.
Day 26: Today we'll ride through the mountains of the Cordilleras de Azanaques and de los Frailes, the roads reach heights of 5,200 m / 17,160 ft. Our destination is La Paz.
Day 27 & 28: Two free days to explore La Paz. Enjoy an included city tour of La Paz or take the challenge of the optional "Death Road" Tour
Day 29: Crossing into Peru, we will ride the shores of Lake Titikaka, with great views of the snow capped Andes in the distance. We will overnight in Puno.
Day 30: The morning’s activities consist of an included half-day boat excursion to the amazing Uros, the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca. The afternoon is free to explore Puno.
Day 31: Today’s ride is spectacular with the towering snow capped peaks of the Andes all around. Cusco, the Incan capital is tonight's destination.
Day 32: A free day in Cusco to explore this amazing city built on Incan ruins.
Day 33: We ride the incredible Sacred Valley with its enormous Incan ruins, before parking the bikes in Ollantaytambo and catching an afternoon train to Aguas Calientes, which is the base for the legendary Machu Picchu.
Day 34: Today we catch the early bus (20 minute ride) to the Incan fortress of Machu Picchu and have a guided tour of this world heritage site. We ride back to Cusco in the afternoon for the final night of the tour.
Departure day: Spend some time in Cusco or fly home, the choice is yours.
Tour End: Cusco, Peru
- 35 nights of accommodation.
- Our accommodations range 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.
- All accommodation is on a twin share basis. If you are traveling alone we will pair you up with another solo traveler. However, if you prefer single accommodation a single supplement is available: US$ 2,450.00 (please note that you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip)
- On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 35 Breakfasts
- On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 22 Lunches
- We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 17 Dinners
- You will need to be in Rio de Janeiro one day prior to start of expedition, for your joining day (a bonus nights accommodation is included)
- All riders must have a valid motorcycle license and at least two years riding experience.
- It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition.
Triumph Tiger 800XC
TRIP EXTENSIONS – SOUTH AMERICA
It may be hard for a rider to believe, but there are wonderful places to see and experience around South America that we are not able to visit by motorcycle.
Have no fear with our many years of touring experience we are able to offer great destinations and tours to extend your stay either before your Compass Expeditions tour or after.
Simply let us know if you are interested in extending your trip when you book. Then give us an idea of the time you have and type of destination you prefer and we can suggest an itinerary, book tours with our trusted partners and organise additional transfers and accommodation for your entire South American experience.
Perhaps you would like to spend a few days before or after your tour getting to know the city, acclimatise to altitude or get over your jetlag? We are able to book accommodation for you in our tour hotels, where you will be staying for the joining and departing nights, avoiding the inconvenience of changing hotel
Our Patagonia Explorer Motorcycle tour takes you right to the Southern most tip of South America, any further south and you are in Antarctica. Antarctic cruises run from November to March and often take in South Georgia and the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). There are many itineraries and ships to choose from including expedition style and luxury options.
|Galapagos and Easter Island Cruises
Remote and wonderfully intriguing for different reasons, both of these destinations have plenty to offer the curious and adventurous traveller. It is the amazing diversity of the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands that captivated Charles Darwin and inspired his “Origin Of The Species”. With world class diving and island excursions you will see the likes of the Galapagos tortoise, sea lions, amphibious iguanas and many bird species that are unique to this chain of islands.
|Easter Island is fascinating for other reasons. It is the massive stone figures and puzzling human history of this remote place that are an irresistible attraction for traveler.|
|Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail
High in the Peruvian Andes lies the lost city of the Incas. Machu Picchu is referred to as the 7th wonder of the world and with good reason. There is much speculation over the origins and demise of this impressive abandoned citadel, but the mysteries will have to wait as you witness the sunrise over this hauntingly beautiful and spectacular scene. Machu Picchu can only be visited on an organised tour either by train from nearby Aguas Callentes or by hiking the equally spectacular and strenuous Inca Trail over four days.
|Amazon Jungle Excursion
Iquitos, deep in the Peruvian jungle is the starting point for exploring the rainforest of the Amazon River.
Soak up the atmosphere of river life; it’s people and the wildlife. Biologically speaking. You are in one of the most rich and diverse regions on the planet. A multitude of birdlife aquatic and jungle animals still abound in this remote area and our local guides will have pleasure showing you all there is to see and introducing you to the local people and their customs.
|Rio De Janeiro
The vibrant and lively city of Rio de Janeiro has a lot to offer and we can help you experience it all. Our Rio City Tour showcases all of the highlights and unique sites of the city from the beaches to Christ The Redeemer high on the peak overlooking the city.
The Favela tour will show you the colourful and notorious hillside suburbs of Rio, but don’t worry you are with a local.
We also offer an amazing Rio Carnival package that will have you partying Brazilian style.
Rio De Janeiro Favela Tour The vibrant and lively city of Rio de Janeiro has a lot to offer and we can help you experience it all.
Our Favela tour will show you the colourful and notorious hillside suburbs of Rio, but don’t worry you are with a local.
|Ride The Death Road
The Death Road in Bolivia is one of our most popular tour options. What biker could resist riding a Suzuki DR650 or Honda XR400 from La Paz at over 4,000 meters above sea level down to the jungle town of Coroico at 1,700 meters.
The views from The Death Road are spectacular and this is a ride that you will never forget.
|Rio De Janeiro Favela Tour
The vibrant and lively city of Rio de Janeiro has a lot to offer and we can help you experience it all.
Our Favela tour will show you the colourful and notorious hillside suburbs of Rio, but don’t worry you are with a local.
|La Sebastiana Apartment Hotel is located in the heart of the exclusive district El Golf, San Sebastian 2727. This famous area invites you to discover and enjoy the city, surrounded by excellent restaurants, beautiful parks and squares, aromatic coffees, design stores just two blocks from the main Chile’s shopping center Costanera Center, nearby Tobalaba Subway Station.
In La Sebastiana Suites we want to combine a quality service with a warmth and trendy design. Regardless the reason for you trip, business or tourism, La Sebastiana Suites offers you a privileged location, a great infrastructure made it to your satisfaction, and a special attention to make of your stay an unforgettable experience.
La Sebastiana Apartment Hotel is our joining or final night hotel for all of our tours that start or conclude in Santiago Chile.
|Welcome to El Conquistador Hotel, we offer to our guests, a resting space, located in Retiro, Buenos Aires downtown, excellent service quality, very convenient for pleasure and business travel.
The Conquistador is our tour hotel for all of our tours that begin, conclude or pass through Buenos Aires.
TOUR AND EXPEDITION TRAVEL INSURANCE
|At Compass Expeditions we work hard to make sure that your motorcycle tour runs smoothly and safely. Your welfare is of primary concern to us and we know that we cannot control every situation on the road or while you are traveling.
Accidents happen, luggage is lost and tour or flight cancellations can occur, so it is our policy that all participants of Compass Expeditions tours have an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover the unforeseen. This is not only compulsory when joining a Compass Expeditions motorcycle tour, but it makes sense.
|We have sourced a number of companies that will provide you coverage in the event of an accident and/or other losses, depending on the policy selected and better still will give all Compass Expeditions customers a 10% discount off the advertised rates when purchasing through the our website, (this offer is not available over the phone). Compass Expeditions does not endorse, recommend or guarantee payment in the event of a claim from any of the insurers mentioned. We do know that they will offer a policy for clients riding a motorcycle OVER 250cc (including our bikes). This is a critical point to ensure when purchasing a policy. Compass Expeditions are offering this information as a service only to ensure all our clients are properly protected.|
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Thanks again for providing a great tour.
John, New Zealand
This was the greatest motorcycle trip I have ever been on. The trip was carefully planned but un-regimented. Each day was unique in scenery and in riding conditions. The bikes were always examined each evening and kept in the best of shape. The accommodations and food was always top notch. In short, I loved the trip and plan to return and ride with you again.
Compass Expeditions provided me with the adventure of a lifetime. The staff went out of their way to ensure we all had a great time. I am hoping to do another ride soon.
A great experience with a new motorbike tour company who are eager to please. The bikes were the best we have experienced on many overseas trips. Compass Expedition’s enthusiasm will undoubtedly lead to an outstanding motorcycle tour company, certainly within South America, if not the world.