Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina & Brazil: This extensive ride must rate as one of the world’s 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 ride also runs in reverse: Rio de Janeiro to Cusco
Dates & Prices
10th June 2018 to 5th July 2018
Tour Code: LA/110618
|Rider / F700 GS||US$8900||: 3 BIKES|
|Rider / F800 GS||US$9740||: FULL|
|Rider / Tiger Xc||US$9740||: FULL|
|Rider / R1200 GS||US$10220||: FULL|
|Pillion / Support Vehicle Passenger||US$6590||: FULL|
At a Glance
- High Andean scenery
- Riding the Sacred Valley
- Machu Picchu
- Floating Uros Islands
- Salar De Uyuni
- San Pedro de Atacama
- Valle de la Luna
- Foz do Iguaçu
- Airport Transfers
- Local Brazilian flight to / from Rio de Janeiro depending on travel direction
- Motorcycle rental as per your selection
- Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
- 25 breakfasts
- 13 lunches
- 10 dinners
- 24 nights accommodation in excellent small hotels
- 1 bonus night accommodation
- Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
- Pre-departure material and route maps
- Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
- Compass Expeditions polo shirt
- Train and entrance to Machu Picchu and guided tour
- Lake Titicaca Excursion
- La Paz city tour
- Uyuni salt flats excursion
- Valle de la Luna excursion
- International flights
- Visas (if required)
- Personal items
- Personal travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
If you require a lower bike option we have a lowered suspension or lowered seat BMW F700 GS available: Free of charge
All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: US$ 1,150.00
(Please note, on 3 nights a single room may not be available and/or you may be required to share a bathroom at least once).
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
CUSCO TO RIO DE JANEIRO (April departure)
Joining Day: Your Cusco 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: We will have a short ride out of Cusco so that you can familiarise yourself with the bike you will be riding. The rest of the day is free to explore Cusco.
Day 2: 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 3: 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.
Day 4: A free day in Cusco to relax or explore this amazing city.
Day 5: Today’s ride is spectacular with the towering snow capped peaks of the Andes all around. Puno is our overnight destination.
Day 6: 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 7: We will ride the shores of Lake Titikaka, with great views of the snow capped Andes in the distance, before crossing into Bolivia. We will overnight in La Paz.
Day 8: Enjoy an included city tour of La Paz or take the challenge of the optional "Death Road" Tour
Day 9: 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 Potosi.
Day 10: The day is yours to explore Potosi.
Day 11: As we ride towards Uyuni, you'll think you've been transported to the Wild West, as depicted in an old western movie. Enjoy the best pizza in Bolivia at the Tonito Hotel.
Day 12: 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 13: Today will see us ride the open, rugged spaces bordering the edge of the Salar de Uyuni. Our overnight stay is remote Ollague.
Day 14: Today we will ride through stunning desert and mountain landscapes. Tonight's destination is San Pedro de Atacama.
Day 15: A free day to explore San Pedro de Atacama.
Day 16: From San Pedro de Atacama we climb up to 4,700 m / 15,510 ft above sea level for a series of mountain passes before crossing the border into Argentina. We will overnight in Purmamarca.
Day 17: Today we will ride some beautiful, paved, back roads to the historic town of Salta.
Day 18: Spend the day exploring Salta.
Day 19: From Salta 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".
Day 20: We spend another ride day crossing the vast open "Chaco", the lovely Puerto Valle hotel awaits us.
Day 21: Today will see us cross the border into Brazil and onto the town of Foz where we will be based for the next couple of days while visiting the incredible Iguaçu Falls National Park.
Day 22 & 23: We have two days to enjoy both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the waterfalls.
Day 24: Your internal flight will take you to Rio de Janeiro and your final night of the tour.
Departure day: Spend some time in Rio or fly home, the choice is yours.
RIO DE JANEIRO TO CUSCO (June departure)
Joining Day: Your Rio airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel, ready for an early start tomorrow.
Day 1: Today you’ll take a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguaçu, where you’ll meet your crew for your tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Day 2 & 3: We have two days to enjoy both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the waterfalls.
Day 4: Today we cross the border into Argentina and overnight at Ituzaingó.
Day 5: 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 6: We spend another ride day crossing the vast open "Chaco", the beautiful colonial town of Salta awaits us.
Day 7: Spend the day exploring Salta.
Day 8: From Salta we will ride some beautiful, paved, back roads to our overnight stay at Purmamarca.
Day 9: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 10: A free day to explore San Pedro de Atacama.
Day 11: Today we will ride through stunning desert and mountain landscapes. Our overnight stay is remote Ollague.
Day 12: 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 13: 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 14: As we ride towards Potosi, you'll think you've been transported to the Wild West, as depicted in an old western movie.
Day 15: The day is yours to explore Potosi.
Day 16: 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 17 & 18: 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 19: 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 20: 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 21: 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 22: A free day in Cusco to explore this amazing city built on Incan ruins.
Day 23: 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 24: 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: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil or Cusco, Peru
- 25 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$ 1,150.00 (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: 25 Breakfasts
- On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 13 Lunches
- We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 10 Dinners
- You will need to be in Cusco or Rio de Janeiro, depending on direction of travel, 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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Also, the trip itself was nothing short of amazing! Such an incredible route! I was in awe each day and found my self riding along almost in a state of overwhelmed-ness in the surroundings and the opportunity to do the excursions. Loved every minute of it!
I’ve been sharing photos on the Facebook site which I thought worked very well! In addition to extraordinary people as staff and an incredible route, the co-riders on the trip jelled very well and got along with fun and support. As a women rider traveling on my own, I really felt comfortable and supported!
Definitely one of the best adventures of my life!
I have never been on anything like this before. I had high expectations and every day exceeded my expectations. It was fantastic. Your tour has probably ruined every normal holiday I will have in the future.
Our tour of South America was a very enjoyable experience.
This was in part due to the excellent itinerary put together by Compass but mostly by the two guides Hugo and Dennis.
These guys were exceptional and and really looked after us in every way.
A classic example was when my wife fell while getting off the bike and broke her wrist. This was day 5 on our way to Puno.
When we reached our hotel the boys had called ahead, arranged X-rays, doctor and while at the doctor with Hugo to translate Dennis phoned with menu for dinner so we ordered and although a bit late had our dinner with the rest of the group.
Karen had two days in the truck then completed the tour with me back on the bike with assistance to get on and off.
Altogether a great experience.
Tim and Karen, Australia
Just back a few days ago from our Los Andes tour with Dennis & Hugo.
Peter & I had an amazing time on the tour, and the scenery was incredible!
We signed up for an expedition & that is what we got - challenging road conditions, (potholes big enough to swallow our bike), rocks, corrugations, sand, river crossings, dogs wanting to take a chunk from our legs, crazy drivers, windy mountainous roads, freezing Altiplano crosswinds, snow, ice, rain, sunny blue skies, horses, pigs & llamas!!!
It was not always easy, but Dennis & Hugo worked hard to ensure things ran as smoothly as possible.
Our border crossings were a challenge for us all, especially Dennis & Hugo (think 2 attempts at crossing into Argentina…). It was a stressful time for everybody, especially the guys, but they did a fantastic job in finally getting us through (5 hours each time!).
We could all laugh about it afterwards.
We loved the challenge the trip presented and experienced a lot of different emotions throughout the trip.
Our riding skills have improved immensely as a result of our trip - Melbourne traffic will now seem a breeze!
The group were a great mix of diverse people with one common bond - a love for riding the open road.
Now we settle back into "normal" life, but with the memories of a great trip through a great continent, with a great new bunch of friends.
Thanks for such a wonderful trip & many thanks to Dennis & Hugo,
I just wanted to say a quick thank you to Compass and staff for a truly great experience on the Los Andes tour. When I booked the trip, I was at the end of my tether with an incredibly high pressure/high responsibility job. So there were moments when I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew when we started the off road part of the Los Andes tour and questioned why I hadn’t chosen a trip away to the Bahamas. Most riders had ridden all their lives and had excellent off road experience. However, the Atacama and Bolivian desert was the best thing I could have wished for. All other parts of the tour were amazing and I love South America. All guides, hotel staff, Anna Marie and family, the 4×4 special tour guide and cook were lovely. Leo’s mature and caring attitude to all situations thrown at him is highly impressive – (of course nothing runs smoothly but that was all apart of the experience). He is a great asset to Compass. Mauricio ensured Leo was supported; that guests were well fed and he never seemed to be bothered by anyone’s demands…. that is a rare quality. A big thank you again as I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.