South America
Peru, Chile & Bolivia

On The Trail of The Incas

This ride takes in the wonderful desert landscapes of the Colca Canyon and Atacama Desert, visiting adobe villages along the way. The wonderful kaleidoscope of landscapes and experiences that is Bolivia, the stunning Salar de Uyuni; the world’s largest salt flats, the epic vistas as you cross the Andes, world-renowned antiquities and the world’s highest navigable lake, Titicaca, all feature on this ride. Finishing at the Incan heartland of Cusco, a fabled city built up on Incan ruins and the stepping off pint for the stunning sacred valley and the 7th 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

    Arequipa

    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

    Arequipa – Chivay

    Ride toward the world’s deepest canyon, Colca Canyon, keeping your eyes peeled for the giant Andean condors that call this area home. The ride is magnificent as you get off the Gringo Trail, riding amongst volcanoes and mountains in this spectacular desert landscape. The hot springs of Chivay are a perfect way to relax and unwind after a hard days ride.

    Day 3

    Chivay – Arequipa

    An early start to ride 35 km of gravel road to the lookout ‘Cruz del Condor’ where you can get up close and personal with the amazing condors. Returning to Arequipa you will have some time to explore, what is considered as, the finest “Plaza de Armas” in the whole of South America.

    Day 4

    Arequipa – Tacna

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

    Day 5

    Tacna – Iquique

    Cross 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 6

    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 as it has many beautiful natural and cultural attractions.

    Day 7

    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 8

    San Pedro de Atacama – Ollague

    Today offers spectacular views of the Atacama Desert, a dramatic landscape that incorporates desert, salt flats, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs 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, passing the stunning Volcano Ollague along the way.

    Day 9

    Ollague – Uyuni

    Cross a remote border into Bolivia and 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 10

    Uyuni

    Visit some of the most remarkable scenery on earth, 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 11

    Uyuni – Potosi

    The scenery today is similar to that of the wild west with 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 12

    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 mine at Cerro Rico, a tour you will never forget (optional). You get the chance to witness the incredibly harsh conditions the miners still work under, where else can you offer dynamite and 95% proof alcohol to miners as gifts?

    Day 13

    Potosi – La Paz

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

    Day 14

    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 15

    La Paz – Puno

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

    Day 16

    Puno

    Take a boat excursion to the amazing “Uros”, the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, which have to be seen to be believed; They actually float and support entire communities, 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 17

    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, before reaching the wonderful city and Incan capital, Cusco. Today’s ride is spectacular with the towering snow-capped peaks of the Andes all around dotted with centuries old Andean villages. Arrive at what the Incans call the “Naval of the universe” Cusco.

    Day 18

    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 walking their llamas to market past high-end restaurants or McDonalds!! Visit Norton’s Rats a legendary biker’s bar overlooking the Plaza.

    Day 19

    Cusco – Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

    Leaving Cusco, you ride the world-renowned Sacred Valley, dissected by the silt laden Urubamba River and dotted with enormous Incan ruins dating back millennia before parking 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, which is the base for the legendary Machu Picchu.

    Day 20

    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, where you collect your bike and take a wonderful “short cut” via a high plateau that offers superb views of the ever present snow-capped peaks of the Andes, to Cusco.

    Day 21

    Cusco

    After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward travel arrangements.

    Total Distance c. 3550 km.Approx. 90% sealed roads and 10% dirt roads.

  • On the Trail of the Incas
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    19 Mar 19 - 8 Apr 19 £6,850 £7,350 £7,645 £5,275 £750
    04 Aug - 24 Aug 19 £6,850 £7,350 £7,645 £5,275 £750
  • 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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