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Bolivia Motorcycle Tour

Conquer the diverse landscapes of the Bolivian Andes. Experience the ultimate freedom in the world's largest salt flat, ride through the infamous Death Road among jungle cliffs and waterfalls, and discover the unique culture of the indigenous people.

Key information

  • Terrain: mixed terrain
  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield Himalayan)
  • Mileage: kilometers / miles
  • Daily rides: 100 - 314 kilometers / 62 - 195 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: every rider must bring his own motorcycle protective gear and helmet
  • Meals: 3 meals per day for 12 days

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
  • Head to La Higuera, famous for being the place where Che Guevara
  • Travelling through landscapes on mountain paths with breathtaking views
  • Curve along spectacular roads as you cross the passes of the Andes
  • Visit Cerro Rico, the mountain where 60% of the world's silver was mined in the 16th century
  • You spend an unforgettable rest day in Salar de Uyuni
  • You continue your journey on the Altiplano towards La Paz
  • 11 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

10 days with instruction
Group size: 6-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Viru Viru International Airport
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Accommodation

7 nights in high standard 4-5 star hotels, 4 nights in special, authentic guest houses in the countryside, including a family farm and accommodation formed from the old telegraph house, where Che Guevara was surrendered from. You spend 2 nights in simple, small-town hotels.

Program

Through wild forests and rivers, over the massive passes of the Andes, you climb to an altitude of 4000 metres, where you reach Bolivia’s famous high mountain plateau, the Altiplano. The otherworldly landscape with mountain-studded horizon extends beyond the trees, while herds of happy llamas graze as you enjoy the thrill of freedom, riding through the world’s largest and most spectacular salt desert or experiencing the Mad Max atmosphere among the ruined steel giants of an abandoned train graveyard. In the evening you relax in a world-famous salt hotel.

You set off from the desolate world of the Altiplano towards La Paz to conquer the infamous Death Road, which fortunately has not claimed its once numerous victims since the mid-1990s, as a new motorway has been built on the other side of the valley. Therefore this single-lane road, where waterfalls cascade down from the 1000-meter-high cliffs, is now only travelled by adventurers like us who are specifically looking for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

As you ride between the 5-6000 meter high, snow-capped mountain peaks, many cultural experiences await us. You take a break in both capitals of Bolivia: in Sucré, famous for its intact colonial architecture, and La Paz, the world’s highest capital nestled among the Andes.

You visit a silver mine at the former site of the colonial Spanish silver mint, which used to be the richest city in the world in the 16th century. You spend a night in the town where Che Guevara was once captured. The accommodation is also the set of the old telegraph house where the operator informed the authorities of the guerrilla leader’s appearance.

Bolivia is a country of extremes: it is home to South America’s highest and most isolated region, and it has the highest percentage of indigenous residents. Unforgettable experiences are guaranteed on your two-week tour as you cover almost 1800 kilometers from Santa Cruz to La Paz, riding the iconic Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycles through diverse terrains and breathtaking landscapes.

Program

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Height: 400 m

Arrival in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. You will acclimatize, rest after the long journey and explore the city.

Day 2 - The beginning of the big journey

  • 120 km (75 miles), asphalt, altitude: 1050 m

Take over the Enfields in the morning, and then the adventure begins: you leave Santa Cruz behind as you pass through the surrounding settlements. You ascend to new heights in the jungle until you reach Samaipata, where you spend the night. This day is all about getting used to the bikes before hitting the more challenging terrain.

Day 3 - The first field trip, Che Guevara

  • 179 km (111 miles), mixed terrain, altitude: 2346 m

After a relaxing morning at the family farm, mixed terrain and exceptional roads are waiting for you as you head towards La Higuera, famous for being the place where Che Guevara was captured in 1967. You spend the night in the accommodation created from the old telegraph house, where the operator informed the authorities about Che Guevara's appearance.

Day 4 - Far from civilization

137 km (85 miles), terrain, altitude: 2080 m

You will be travelling through landscapes on mountain paths with breathtaking views and over a long winding river below us, until you reach the small town of Padilla, where you can catch a glimpse of the slow life of the Bolivian countryside, far from the usual tourist centers.

Day 5 - Sucre

175 km (109 miles), mixed terrain, altitude: 2810 m

Continue to curve along spectacular roads as you cross the passes of the Andes, and the landscape changes dramatically as you descend into the lower-lying jungle valleys, heading towards the picturesque hills of Sucre, with its unique atmosphere. Sucre, one of the two capitals of Bolivia, also known as the White City due to its well-preserved colonial architecture. We enjoy the vibrant culture, thriving arts and music scene, and of course, the local cuisine at this city with such a rich history.

Day 6 - New heights, silver mine

  • 155 km (96 miles), asphalt, altitude: 4067 m

After breakfast, you set off on your winding road over rocky mountains, valleys and rivers, taking us to altitudes over 4000 meters. You reach Cerro Rico, the mountain where 60% of the world's silver was mined in the 16th century. Depending on the group's interest, you may take a mine tour in Potosí, which was once the wealthiest city in the world.

Day 7 - Train cemetery

  • 205 km (127 miles), asphalt, altitude: 3700 m

Continue your journey on long winding mountain roads of exceptional quality until you finally reach the huge Altiplano. You spend the afternoon among the ruined steel giants of the train cemetery on the highlands, and along the way you can dip into natural hot springs. You stay for two nights next to the Salar de Uyuni, in the world's first and most famous salt hotel.

Day 8 - Salt desert

Spend an unforgettable rest day in Salar de Uyuni, a 4085 km2 salt flat that stretches over the ancient, dried-up Minchin Lake. You enjoy motorcycling in the endless whiteness and have lunch in the middle of the desert next to a cactus-lined former volcanic island.

Day 9 - Horizon

500 km (310 miles), asphalt, altitude: 3700 m

Head north and dive further into the unusual beauty of the Bolivian highlands. Quinoa plantations, vicuñas, herds of llamas and snow-capped mountain peaks accompany us as you continue the journey towards La Paz, the highest capital in the world, which is located in a bowl-shaped valley among the snowy peaks of the Andes. Thanks to its eclectic architecture, bustling markets and street vendors, we get to know the rich culture of the indigenous people up close before delving into the vibrant nightlife.

Day 10 - A rest day

  • 105 km (65 miles), asphalt, altitude: 1680 m

After a lazy morning you reach Coroico with a short ride, a small town with a cheerful atmosphere surrounded by green mountains. You enjoy the special view, the local culture and relax before heading to the infamous Death Road the next day.

Day 11 - Death road

  • 100 km (62 miles), mixed terrain, altitude: 3700 m

Death Road took its victims until the mid-1990s, when a new road was built on the other side of the valley. Therefore this single-lane road, where waterfalls cascade down from the 1000-meter-high cliffs, is now only travelled by adventurers like us who are specifically looking for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After conquering it, you descend back to La Paz, where you spend your last night.

Day 12 - Santa Cruz and farewell

You take domestic flights back to Santa Cruz, where you say goodbye and return home with eternal memories.

The program is subject to change at any times. The final itinerary depends on current weather conditions and the endurance of the group.

Skill level

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Motorcycle package

13-day motorcycle rental of the legendary Royal Enfield Himalayans. Professional local motorcycle guides with mechanic and backup van. Daily fuel and maintenance are included in the price. GoBeyond motorcycle tour guide with years of experience.

Road conditions

There will be parts with straight, smooth concrete roads, but this is not typical. You need to be prepared for bumpy dirt roads, river crossings, mud, sand, gravel and lots of curves. Worry not though, the local team and GoBeyond guides will help you in any situation.

Motorcycling experience

Advanced motorcycle skills: can ride for six hours safely in any terrain and weather

Motorcycle gear

Every rider must bring his own motorcycle protective gear and helmet. You do not recommend wearing leather motorbike suits as you do not go fast on the bikes. Long-stemmed motorcycle boots, a helmet and a protective top are strongly recommended. It’s a good idea to have a mesh layer of gear (to wear in the hotter locations) with the ability to throw on a windbreaker/waterproof layer. Two pairs of gloves are useful as well, which can be changed if necessary. It’s also a good idea to pack thermal underwear, just in case. Although you probably won’t need it at this time of year.

Activities and sights

Exploring diverse natural landscapes, untouched habitats of wild animals, the unique lifestyle, culture, cuisine, and the legacy of the Spanish colonial era, you ride motorcycles on mixed terrain, including paved roads and off-road sections, to discover the extreme beauty of the Andes. You wander through the world’s largest salt desert and conquer the notorious Death Road. You visit both capitals of Bolivia and get to know the town where Che Guevara was captured. If you feel like it, you can visit a mine and even bathe in a natural hot spring.

Photo and video

All the photos and videos you see are from the previous camps. They produce high-quality content of all the camps, which you will receive after returning home to remember all the amazing memories.

Location

During this tour, you will visit various places in Bolivia including Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Padilla, Sucre, Cerro Rico, and more.

Food

The package includes 3 meals per day, except on the day of arrival and departure. The Andes are the original homeland of potatoes, more than 200 different varieties of potatoes are grown in Bolivia, and so the cuisine of the Altiplano is also dominated by potatoes. In addition, quinoa, rice, beans and corn also make it onto the plates alongside the intensely spiced meat, so we have plenty of nutrients to use during the tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 11 nights accommodation in high quality and unique hotels, guesthouses
  • 3 meals per day for 10 days (except the day of arrival and departure)
  • 10-day motorcycle rental – Royal Enfield Himalayan
  • Fuel
  • Return of the motorcycles to the starting point at the end of the tour
  • A visit to the silver mines of Potosí
  • Domestic flight ticket from La Paz to Santa Cruz
  • Airport transfer
  • Experienced local motorcycle guide
  • Escort vehicle for luggage and non-riders
  • Support car with mechanic
  • GoBeyond tour guide

What's not included

  • International flight tickets to Santa Cruz (VVI) and back
  • Insurance valid in Bolivia, covering motorcycling
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks and meals on arrival and departure day

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Viru Viru International Airport Airport transfer included: Viru Viru International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
12 days / 11 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Availability

Arrival: Tuesday October 22, 2024
Departure: Saturday November 2, 2024

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