AT A GLANCE
|Dates||26 Sept to 11 Oct 2014|
|Distance||1,975 Miles / 3,200 Kms|
This is a true adventure through the northern reaches of Chile and into Peru, the ancient homeland of the lost civilisation of the Incas. It is an action packed two weeks.
Fly into Antofagasta, collect your bike and after our welcome dinner we set off the next morning into the expanse of the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. We ride through the aptly named Valley of the Moon leaving feeling like you have left the planet. Out stop for the next two nights is the adobe hamlet of San Pedro De Atacama. An early start the net morning to visit the Tatio Geysers – Bring your costume as you can swim in the hot pools!
Leaving the desert we head for the coast riding the dramatic Pacific Ocean road with magnificent sand dunes rising like sky scrapers on the right and the ocean on your left. We cross to Peru and climb again to Lake Titicaca at 3,800 metres the highest navigable lake in the world. We are staying in Puno for two nights so we can take a boat trip to the floating reed islands of Uros. To escape the conquistadors in the 1500’s the locals starting living on islands they built of reeds on the lake and 500 years later their ancestors still live there. Form Puno we head across the Altiplano taking care to avoid the Llama, Alpacas and Vicuñas as we head for Cusco the Capital of the Inca Kingdom in the Urabamba Valley. We have two nights here and a city tour will show you the highlights of this ancient UNESCO listed city. At the heart of the “Gringo Trail” there are many great restaurants and bars, and we have a few favourites we can recommend.
A short day through the terraced Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo for another two-night stop to explore the Temple Steps and on day two the all-important visit to Machu Picchu. Lost in the jungle for hundreds of years and discovered purportedly by Hiram Bingham in 1911 it is the highlight of any trip to Peru. All transport to Machu Picchu and an English-speaking guide are all included in our tour.
But this is not the end of our journey of discovery. Across the snaking Andes once more as we drop from the Altiplano to Chivay a remote hamlet where the following morning after a short ride along the valley we can watch Condors soar on the early morning thermals. On to Arequipa, The White City, with a free day to explore the Santa Catalina Convent, visit the Ice Maiden museum with the mummified remains of Juanita a young girl sacrificed at the top of Mount Ampato and preserved in the ice for over 500 years. We have also arranged an optional special Tour of Arequipa for you to see a side of Peru often missed by tourists.
Our last day is a great desert ride dropping to the coast once again and Arica and our farewell dinner, before we must head for home.
This tour is largely on tarmac with some sections of dirt / gravel roads: Valley of the Moon, Colca Canyon, San Pedro De Atacama.
| 2014 Prices
||F 700 GS Hire Bike||R 1200 GS Hire Bike|
|Solo Rider in a Shared Room||£5,295||£5,795|
|Solo Rider in a Single Room||£5,895||£6,395|
|Rider and Passenger in a Shared Room||£7,495||£7,995|
You can upgrade your motorcycle insurance cover for £16 per day if riding the F 700 GS and £22 per day for a R 1200 GS to comprehensive with an excess of US$2,000 and US$2,500 respectively.
Please Note: This tour starts and ends in different locations in Chile and so you will need to book your flights appropriately. TIP: It can be more cost effective to book a return flight to Santiago de Chile and then two local domestic flights separately.