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Trail Of The Incas

Duration

24 Days

Ride Grade

4

Ride / Rest day

15 / 9

Sealed / Dirt

90% / 10%

Distance

3,910 km / 2,437 mi


Chile, Bolivia & Peru: A truly exhilarating motorcycle road trip following the Incas across the Andes

This ride, starting on the Pacific coastline, takes in the wonderful desert landscapes of the Atacama Desert visiting adobe villages such as the oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama. The ride shall visit Bolivia the highest and most isolated country in Latin America. Bolivia is a kaleidoscope of landscapes and experiences as we visit the absolutely stunning Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats along with the epic vistas as we cross the Andes. We visit the world’s highest city of Potosi before descending to La Paz, Bolivia’s unofficial capital. We then cross into Peru a land of world-renowned antiquities and awesome landscapes. We will visit the world’s highest navigable lake, Titicaca, before arriving at the Incan heartland of Cusco, a fabled city built upon Incan ruins and the stepping off point for the stunning sacred valley and the 7th wonder of the world Machu Picchu among other Incan ruins. We have the opportunity to see the giant condors at the world’s deepest canyon of Colca before riding to the beautiful white city of Arequipa. We cross back into Chile for a return flight to Santiago. Join us for this experience packed 24-day motorbike adventure across the rooftop of South America.

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Dates and Pricing

16th Mar 2025 to 9th Apr 2025
Tour code: TI/160325
from US$14,110.00
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Tour Highlights


Itinerary



 

Day 1: Your Santiago 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 2: A flight takes us to northern Chile and the seaside resort town of Iquique on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
Day 3 & 4: A fantastic ride day as we travel into the hauntingly beautiful Atacama Desert, a landscape of lakes, geysers, volcanoes and moon like rock formations. We spend two nights here in this wonderful adobe village and can visit the nearby Valle de la Luna for a spectacular sunset over the Atacama (optional)
Day 5: Today we leave San Pedro to the desert to the town of Calama, before spending the night at the tiny Altiplano village of Ollague. The riding today offers us spectacular views of the Atacama Desert, a dramatic landscape that incorporates more epic views of desert, salt flats, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs.
Day 6 & 7:Today’s ride will see us cross a remote border into Bolivia and descend across the open, rugged landscape until we reach the edge of the Salar de Uyuni. Two nights are spent here allowing us to visit what must be some of the most remarkable scenery on earth, the 11,000 sq km / 4000 sq mi landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands of the Salar de Uyuni.
Day 8 & 9: We cross the Andes on our way to the wonderful Potosi. Enroute we will visit a small Bolivian school that we have sponsored for over 25 years, (pre Compass days). The following day we can wander this fascinating UNESCO listed city and the still operating tin mine. It was Potosi that bankrolled the Spanish Conquistadors as they plundered the South American continent.
Day 10, 11 & 12: Riding west from Potosi we reach El Alto where we leave our bikes and take a transfer "down" into La Paz, you will soon see why we don’t ride into La Paz. Two day in are spent in La Paz allowing us time to explore the city. Riders can also experience the Death Road motorcycle trip (optional) on local bikes. This is an amazing ride down to what is regarded as the world’s most dangerous roads a short distance out of La Paz.
Day 13: Leaving La Paz we take a short, rickety ferry across an inlet of the Lake where it is advisable for riders to literally hang onto their bikes to save them from going overboard. It will be a short ride to Copacabana, on the shore of Lake Titicaca where we will spend our last night in Bolivia.
Day 14: Crossing the border in to Peru early in the morning, we ride along the shores of Lake Titicaca arriving at the Peruvian city of Puno spectacularly. This afternoon we take a boat excursion to the amazing “Uros”, the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca.
Day 15 & 16: Traveling northwest we cross the mighty La Raya Pass, before descending to the UNESCO listed, ancient Incan capital of Cusco. We have a free day in Cusco where we have a guided walking tour and you will have some free time today explore the city this magnificent city built on Incan ruins.
Day 17: Leaving Cusco we 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. We overnight in the town of Aguas Calientes.
Day 18: Today we catch the early bus for a 20-minute ride to the global icon that is the Incan fortress of Machu Picchu. We have a guided tour of this world heritage site to explain the significance of this breathtaking place. After taking time to explore and soak in Machu Picchu we return to Aguas Calientes and have some lunch before taking an afternoon train to Ollantaytambo, where we collect the bikes and take a wonderful “shortcut” via a high plateau that offers superb views of the ever-present snow-capped peaks of the Andes, to Cusco.
Day 19: Leaving Cusco we are quickly off the "Gringo Trail" and in amongst more stunning mountain and altipalno scenery. We arrive at the bustling city of remote Espinar, or Yauri as it is otherwise known, by mid afternoon allowing us time to wander this chaotic city center. We wont see another tourist in the region of Peru.
Day 20: We ride toward the world’s deepest canyon of Colca Canyon staying at Chivay, home of the giant Condors. It is in these very mountains that the mighty Amazon River begins its journey. The hot springs of Chivay are a perfect way to relax and unwind after a hard day’s ride.
Day 21: An early start to the lookout ‘Cruz del Condor’ where we can get up close and personal with the amazing condors. We continue on to Arequipa where we will have some time to explore what is considered to be the finest “Plaza de Armas” in all of South America
Day 22: Departing Arequipa we ride south along the spine of the Andes as the road winds its way through seemingly endless valleys and small Peruvian villages to the southern Peruvian city of Tacna, formerly a part of Chile.
Day 23: We cross into Chile today and into a stark yet beautiful Atacama Desert landscape. We eventually descend from the desert into Iquique spectacularly set on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
Day 24: A flight takes us to Santiago and our final night of the tour where we can reminisce about what has been a ride for the ages.
Departure day: Spend some time in Santiago or fly home, the choice is yours.

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Included


  • Airport Transfers
  • Santiago - Iquique return flights
  • Motorcycle rental as per your selection
  • Fuel
  • Tolls
  • Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
  • 24 nights accommodation in excellent small hotels
  • 24 Breakfasts
  • 15 Lunches
  • 8 Dinners
  • Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
  • Pre-departure material and route maps
  • Access to a satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Compass Expeditions tour shirt
  • Entrances to all national Parks mentioned in the itinerary
  • Train and entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Lake Titicaca excursion
  • La Paz city tour
  • Salar de Uyuni 4 x 4 tour

Not Included


  • International flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Personal items
  • Personal Health/Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
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Upgrades


All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: US$ 1,645.00
(Please note, you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip).

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

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Ride Details


Ride Profile

90% of this ride is on pavement, some sections of pavement can be potholed and narrow. There will be amazing mountainous rides.
10% of this ride is on dirt. There are days that are spent on hard packed dirt, sections of which have loose gravel and can be rutted. Some sections of sand may also be encountered.
 
It is important to note that this environment is ever changing and as such so are the ride conditions.
On this ride we will cross a 5,000 m / 16,400 ft pass and some time will be spent at an altitude over 3,000 m / 9,800 ft.
 
This ride is generally suitable for an off-road novice and two-up riding excepting 2 days on the Bolivian Altiplano where some more difficult riding conditions may be encountered.
 

Tour Start/End

Tour Start: Santiago, Chile
Tour End:  Santiago, Chile

Climate

At lower altitudes the weather is likely to be sunny and mild. In Bolivia and Peru we ride the Altiplano (high plains) and the Andes Mountains where we will experience cool weather, with mostly clear sunny days. It’s not the rainy season so we should not expect rain, however it is the mountains so keep in mind that rain is always possible and there can be very cool temperatures.
 
Temperature range
Highs:
Mid 20’s Celsius / Mid 70’s Fahrenheit
Lows: Early morning on the Altiplano can get close to freezing: 0 Celsius / 32 Fahrenheit
 

Important Information

  • 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.
 
Ride Grade
4

Ride Distance
3,910 km / 2,437 mi

Sealed / Dirt
90% / 10%

Accommodation


  • 24 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$ 1,645 (please note that you may be required to share a bathroom at least once on this trip)
 
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Dining


  • On every day of the tour we include breakfast: 24 Breakfasts
  • On mentioned ride days we provide a picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves from our mobile kitchen: 15 Lunches
  • We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants we have used many times before: 8 Dinners
 
 
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Bikes



 

 

BMW R1250GS
  • 1254cc Twin cylinder boxer engine
  • Seat height 85cm (33.5In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 187cm (73.5in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres


 

 

BMW F850GS
  • 853cc Parallel twin cylinder engine
  • Seat height 86cm (33.8In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 190cm (75in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres 

 
 
BMW F750GS
  • 853cc (de-tuned) Parallel twin cylinder engine
  • Seat height 81cm (32In) Approx.
  • Inner Leg Curve 183cm (72in) Approx
  • Heated Hand Grips
  • BMW style accessory power socket
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres
Low seat option available (79cm / 31 in)

 
Honda Africa Twin 1100
  • 1084cc parallel twin
  •  Seat height 850cm (33.5inch) approx
  • Heated hand grips
  • USB & 12v power ports
  • Top Box
  • Engine protection bars
  • Bash plate
  • Dual purpose tyres


Insurance


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 our tours, but it makes sense.

If choosing your own insurance – for motorcycle tours it is crucial the insurance policy you choose will offer a policy for riding a motorcycle OVER 250cc (including our bikes). This is a critical point to ensure when purchasing a policy.

Our experienced In-house travel team are happy to help with getting you the right insurance for your tour and for any other travel you might be doing before or after. Contact our in-house travel team.

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