South America
Peru, Chile & Bolivia

On The Trail of The Incas Motorcycle Tour

Adventure through Chile, Bolivia and Peru On The Trail of The Incas motorcycle tour! This ride takes in awesome desert landscapes of the Colca Canyon and Atacama Desert, visiting adobe villages along the way. It offers a wonderful kaleidoscope of experiences. To the world’s largest salt flats – Sala de Uyuni – add epic vistas as you cross the Andes. Wonder at world-renowned antiquities and enjoy the world’s highest navigable lake, Titicaca. Visit the Incan heartland of Cusco, a fabled city built up on Incan ruins. It’s also the stepping off point for the stunning sacred valley and the seventh Wonder of the World – Machu Picchu.

Highlights

— The world’s deepest canyon, Colca Canyon
— Witness the beautiful Atacama Desert
— Explore Bolivia’s famous salt plains 
— Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Titicaca
— Take the train to Machu Picchu

  • Day 1

    Santiago, Chile

    On arrival you’ll be transferred to your hotel ready for an early start in the morning. Meet with the crew and the rest of your group before this evening’s welcome dinner.

    Day 2

    Santiago – Iquique

    We fly north this morning to the Pacific seaside resort of Iquique. Enjoy the beaches and take a wander through the 19th century historic district.

    Day 3

    Iquique – San Pedro de Atacama

    A fantastic ride day as you travel into the Atacama Desert, known as the driest desert in the world. San Pedro de Atacama is recognised as the archaeological capital of Chile. It has many beautiful natural and cultural attractions.

    Day 4

    San Pedro de Atacama

    Enjoy your day exploring this wonderful adobe village where it hasn’t rained for over 400 years. Take a visit to the Valle de la Luna for a spectacular sunset over the Atacama.

    Day 5

    San Pedro de Atacama – Ollague

    Today offers spectacular views of the Atacama Desert. Enjoy a dramatic landscape incorporating desert, salt flats, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs. Mixed, of course, with an enjoyable mix of paved and dirt roads. Continue on paved roads then onto good gravel roads towards the high mountain town of Ollague. Pass the stunning Volcano Ollague along the way.

    Day 6

    Ollague – Uyuni, Bolivia

    Cross a remote border into Bolivia. Descend across the open, rugged landscape until you reach the edge of the Salar de Uyuni. Most of the ride today is on dirt, is remote and is absolutely stunning. This is a ride you won’t forget!

    Day 7

    Uyuni

    Visit some of the most remarkable scenery on earth. This is the landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands of the Salar de Uyuni. The drive across here can be hallucinogenic; everything is a reflection of everything else. It’s impossible to define where the horizon is. Take a 4×4 across the Salar to Fish Island where you view the giant cacti.

    Day 8

    Uyuni – Potosi

    The scenery today is similar to that of the American wild west. Immerse yourself  in the canyon lands, rocky outcrops and the ever-present mountains all around. It’s absolutely wonderful. An occasional oasis dots the landscape and brings with it poplar and willow trees. Today visit a small Bolivian school.

    Day 9

    Potosi

    Today is yours to wander this fascinating UNESCO listed city. Visit La Casa del la Moneda (the mint) museum or the cathedral. However, the highlight of today is a visit to a working Silver mine at Cerro Rico. It is an optional but unforgettable tour.

    Day 10

    Potosi – La Paz

    West from Potosi through the Cordilleras de Azanaques and de los Frailes mountains, the roads reach heights of 5,200 metres. There is not a lot of traffic on this road. You pass through a few small villages reminding you that people do actually live out here. After this high-altitude ride reach El Alto where you leave your bike. Here you transfer down into La Paz and you will soon see why you don’t ride into La Paz!

    Day 11

    La Paz

    A full day in La Paz allows you time to explore the city including a city tour visiting the witches market and Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley).For the more adventurous, or slightly mad, riders can experience the Death Road motorcycle trip (optional). This is an amazing ride down what is regarded as the world’s most dangerous road a short distance out of La Paz. Please note this is on rented bikes, not your normal bike.

    Day 12

    La Paz – Puno, Peru

    An early morning transfer before riding out toward the Bolivia/Peru border. Take a rickety ferry across an inlet of Lake Titicaca. It is advisable for riders to literally hang onto their bikes to save them going overboard. Riding along the shores of Lake Titicaca, you will have great views of the distant snow-capped Andes. Arrive at the Peruvian city of Puno, spectacularly set on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

    Day 13

    Puno

    Take a boat excursion to the amazing “Uros” – floating reed islands on Lake Titicaca. They have to be seen to be believed. They actually float, support entire communities and one island even has a school. Just don’t stand in the one spot for too long as you will eventually begin to sink!! The views across the lake are astounding, ringed by snow-capped peaks and Bolivia in the distance.

    Day 14

    Puno – Cusco

    Traveling northwest the ride will take you through the town of Juliaca and high into the Andes. Crossing the 4,319 meters pass at La Raya, you’ll then reach the wonderful city and Incan capital, Cusco. Today’s ride is spectacular with the towering Andes snow-capped peaks all around and dotted with centuries old Andean villages. Arrive at what the Incan’s call the “Naval of the universe”, Cusco.

    Day 15

    Cusco

    Spend a full day in Cusco exploring this amazing city built on the still visible ruins of Incan fortresses. Cusco is home to narrow cobblestoned streets, ornate cathedrals, and colourfully dressed indigenous Quechan peoples. They walk their llamas to market past high-end restaurants or McDonalds!! Visit Norton’s Rats a legendary biker’s bar overlooking the Plaza.

    Day 16

    Cusco – Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

    Leaving Cusco, you ride the world-renowned Sacred Valley. This is dissected by the silt laden Urubamba River and dotted with enormous Incan ruins dating back millennia. Park the bikes in Ollantaytambo in the shadows of an enormous Incan fortress. It’s the end of the road, literally, forcing us to catch a train to Aguas Calientes. This is the base for the legendary Machu Picchu.

    Day 17

    Aguas Calientes (Machu  Picchu) – Cusco

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Incan fortress of Machu Picchu which explains the significance behind this breath-taking place. After exploring Machu Picchu return to Aguas Calientes before taking an afternoon train to Ollantaytambo. Here you collect your bike. Take a wonderful “short cut” to Cusco via a high plateau offering superb views of the Andes snow-capped peaks.

    Day 18

    Cusco – Chivay

    Day 19

    Chivay – Arequipa

    It’s an early start to ride 35 km of gravel road to the lookout ‘Cruz del Condor’. Here you can get up close and personal with the amazing condors. In Arequipa explore what is considered to be the finest “Plaza de Armas” in the whole of South America.

    Day 20

    Arequipa – Tacna, Peru

    Departing Arequipa, ride south along the spine of the Andes. The road wends its way through seemingly endless valleys and small villages to the southern Peruvian city of Tacna. This was formerly part of Chile.

    Day 21

    Tacna – Iquique, Chile

    Cross back into Chile today and into a stark yet beautiful Atacama Desert landscape. Eventually descend from the desert into Iquique spectacularly set on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Iquique is known for its superb beaches, casino and laid-back life style.

    Day 22

    Iquique – Santiago

    This morning we take a flight back to Santiago and spend our final night of the tour in Chile’s snow-capped capital.

    Day 23

    Depart Santiago

    Sadly it’s time to fly home. Happily you’ll have lots of amazing memories of your On The Trail of The Incas motorcycle tour to reflect on whilst you travel!

    Total Distance c. 3910 km.Approx. 90% sealed roads and 10% dirt roads.

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  • What's Included & What's Not
    Price Includes Price Excludes
    18 days all-inclusive motorcycle hire
    20 nights standard
    Fuel & tolls
    19 breakfasts, 10 lunches & 6 dinners
    Train and entrance to Machu Picchu
    Lake Titcaca Excursion
    La Paz City Tour
    Uyuni salt flats 4x4 excursion
    airport transfers
    Entrance fees
    4WD support
    English speaking guide and local support team
    Optional activities
    Personal Items
    Other meals
    Riding gear
    Travel Insurance
    Flights, stopovers and additional accommodation can be arranged through H-C Travel
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