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In short about this travel
Incredible motorcycle trip through Bolivia's Wild West. Riding a motorcycle through remote and untouched Bolivia is often an incredible experience!

It is as if you are driving through the history of Bolivia when we start with La Ruta del Che, the area on the eastern side of the Andes where the Argentine guerrilla Che Guevara wanted to start a revolution. We drive through the mountains to Sucre with the beautiful white city center. It is the actual capital of Bolivia. Our caravan will also visit the local market in Tarabuco. Then it's on to Potosi, the highest city in the world and known for its silver mines.

Another highlight of the trip is Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt pan in the world and not to forget the nearby railway cemetery. After the white desert, we follow the hoof tracks of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, the Gringos Pistoleros who came to their end without fame in the small town of San Vincente. From Tupiza, a city on the border with Argentina, we drive to Tarija, a beautiful town with beautiful squares and wonderful wines.

* The itinerary of the October and November tour also includes a 2-day 4WD trip to the Altiplano, this tour is not possible in May.

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Zusammenfassung der Reise
Summary of the tour
  1. Arrival Santa Cruz → Samaipata
  2. Samaipata → day tour
  3. Samaipata → La Higuera (175 km)
  4. La Higuera → VillaSerrano (120 km)
  5. Villa Serrano →Sucre (190 km)
  6. Sucre → Potosi (155 km)
  7. Potosi → day tour
  8. Potosi → Uyuni (205 km)
  9. Uyuni → Salar de Uyuni Day Tour (195 km)
  10. Altiplano desert → with 4x4*
  11. Altiplano desert → by 4×4 *
  12. Uyuni → Tupiza (185 km)
  13. Tupiza → Tarija (230 km)
  14. Tarija → rest day
  15. Tarija →Villamontes (245 km)
  16. Villamontes → Abapo (321 km)
  17. Abapo → Samaipata (260 km)
  18. Samaipata → Santa Cruz
  19. Santa Cruz → Departure
This tour from day to day
Day 1 - Departure Germany

takeoff

Day 2 — Arrival Santa Cruz - Samaipata

We will pick you up from Viru Viru Airport in Santa Cruz and drive to the wonderful town of Samaipata, which is 1600 meters above sea level and has a wonderful climate. There we check into a comfortable hotel and spend the rest of the day there recovering from the long trip. If your flight is late, you will spend the night in Santa Cruz. Altitude 1650 meters.

Day 3 - Samaipata - Stay

We start the day in Samaipata with a briefing. There we will introduce ourselves and discuss things like how to drive safely, the route, local traffic regulations, etc. To get used to the motorcycles, we will drive to the remains of the ancient Inca city of El Fuerte, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 4 — Samaipata — La Higuera

At a quiet pace, we drive 175 kilometers to the mountain village of La Higuera, located at 1900 meters. Half of this route is off road. There is a lot to see on this day, so we will set off early in the morning, stopping first in Vallegrande to visit the laundry at Senor de Malta Hospital. There, the body of Ernesto Che Guevara was shown as a trophy to the world press. After the lunch break, we drive on to La Higuera, the place where Che was captured and later executed. With a bit of luck, we'll see condors, the biggest birds on Earth, high up in the air. At the end of this beautiful trip, we arrive in La Higuera in the late afternoon. Altitude 1900 meters — 50% off-road.

Day 5 - La Higuera — Villa Serrano

Today's trip takes us to Villa Serrano, a village at 2100 meters above sea level. We drive off road all day with the Rio Grande on our left. But first we'll visit the old school building where Che was executed and which now functions as a small museum. We will have a picnic in the middle of the bridge over the Rio Grande and if possible we can also swim there in the Rio Grande. In the afternoon, we arrive at Villa Serrano, where the largest Charango in the world is on display. The Charango is a small double guitar with 5 strings. It is very difficult to play on. Altitude 2100 meters — 100% off-road.

Day 6 - Villa Serrano - Sucre

The caravan is heading towards Sucre, which is located at an altitude of 2700 meters. A third of the 190-kilometer day trip is off-road. We leave Villa Serrano early to be able to visit the Sunday market in Tarabuco in time. This is the only place in Bolivia where we can photograph the traditionally dressed indigenous people without them getting angry. After lunch, we drive to Sucre, the capital of Bolivia. The rest of the afternoon and evening we will take time to discover this wonderful colonial city. The white-painted city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Altitude 2700 meters — 300% off-road.

Day 7 - Sucre - Potosi

We drive 155 kilometers from Sucre to Potosi exclusively on asphalt roads, Potosi is 4100 meters above sea level. After lunch, we set off, we climb up to the Altiplano, the plateau. The mining town of Potosi is the highest city in the world and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Altitude 4090 meters — 0% off-road.

Day 8 - Potosi — visit mines

The silver mines of Potosi are the main attraction, but first we visit the mining market where we can even buy dynamite and light it there. We then drive down to the “Belly of Mother Earth” (Pacha Mama) to visit the 500-year-old and still working silver mines. Since the tunnels are very narrow, this trip is not suitable for people who do not feel comfortable in small spaces. After lunch, we will visit the Casa de la Moneda museum, the coins that were formerly used in the western world were designed in Potosi.

Day 9 - Potosi - Uyuni

The destination today is Uyuni, a city at an altitude of 3700 meters. We drive 205 kilometers on almost exclusively paved roads, which take us along canyons and picturesque villages while in the vast fields we can see Vicunas (type of camel), emus (type ostrich) and thousands of llamas. We take a break in the mining village of Pulacayo, where we take a look at the old train station and mine entrance. We also get on the wagon, which, according to tradition, was robbed by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The next destination is Uyuni where we will visit the railway cemetery. It is a surrealistic landscape with sand and old locomotives, the place to take beautiful pictures. Altitude 3700 meters — 5% off-road.

Day 10 - Uyuni - Stay

Salar de Uyuni, a journey of 195 kilometers and all you can see is salt, salt and more salt. Salar Uyuni is a dry salt sea and is 11,000 square kilometers in size. The view is particularly unreal when there is some water on the surface, then the sky is projected on the ground, which makes for a wonderful effect. On the way, we will visit the Inka Huasi cactus island, the salt market, the flag monument, the salt hotel and the Dakar monument. Altitude 2700 meters — 90% off-road.

“We drove the Bolivia Adventure Tour and experienced it as an “adventure.” The Suzukis 650 were ideally suited and maintained for use on gravel, sand and asphalt. Forest areas, gravel passes, sand passages, as well as very beautiful asphalt sections in serpentine style made driving fun. The different landscapes on the plateau (between 2500 and 4400 meters in altitude) between steppe, desert and grassland, as well as the canyons and salt lakes were unique impressions that we like to think back on. The tour was guided confidently, informatively and occasionally, whenever possible, flexibly. I can always recommend the tour and the organization for adventurous bikers. Thanks again to tour guides Roland and Josè!! Keep up the good work!”

Günter & Micky
Bolivia adventure - July 2019
Day 11 — and 12 — Altiplano

For two days, we swap bikes for four-wheel drives and head off into the desert. We choose the car because of the high altitude we are at and the difficult driving conditions. We stop at lagoons, home to hundreds and sometimes thousands of flamingos. We will also see llamas, alpacas and vicunas. The Laguna Colorada, Laguna Verde and El Arbol de Piedra, the stone tree, are memorable. What you'll never forget are the stars in the evening. Without the Earth's backlight, the sky is like a translucent black cloth with a bright lamp behind it. The overnight stay is simple but unique. On the second day, we drive back to Uyuni where we arrive at the end of the afternoon. October and November are the best time to visit the Altiplano, it's not possible in May. Altitude 3500 meters — 5010 meters.

Day 13 - Uyuni - Tupiza

In the morning we leave Uyuni on a new paved road and at a calm pace we bridge 185 kilometers to Tupiza, which is at an altitude of almost 3000 meters. We'll be surprised to find a huge espresso machine at the “Alamo” café in the small mining village of Atocha, where we're having lunch. Before we drive in Tupiza, we visit the Bolivian Valley of Monuments. This area was the hunting ground of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, with a little imagination you can see the Gringos galloping through the rugged landscape. Altitude 2950 meters — 20% off-road.

Day 14 - Tupiza - Tarija

We set course for Tarija at an altitude of 1860 meters, a trip of 205 kilometers of which 40% off road. The landscape quickly changes into picturesque country trails with deep gorges. The trip to Tarija, the wine capital of Bolivia, is very varied; soon after the last mountain, a fantastic panorama of the Tarija Valley opens up before us. Diner is served at the El Marques restaurant, a gastronomic highlight. Altitude 1860 meters — 90% off-road.

Day 15 - Tarija's stay

In order to recover from all the pressure, a rest day is planned in Tarija today. Tarija is a beautiful city with lovely squares. Plaza Pricipal is a gem. Options for those who don't want to rest: visit Casa Dorada and Castillo Azul, wine tour with local tour operator, visit to the paleontological museum.

Day 16 - Tarija - Villamontes

We descend up to 390 meters above sea level, and the town we visit is called Villamontes. 20% of the 245-kilometer journey consists of sandy roads. We leave the slightly hilly countryside of Tarija and drive to the dry Chaco area. The last part of this trail is seen as one of Bolivia's most dangerous bus trips. However, this is easy to drive on a motorcycle. You can also take great pictures here and we will take time for that. Altitude 390 meters — 20% off-road.

Day 17 - Villamontes - Abapo

Today it's off to Abapo, a 321 kilometers long journey. After all the off-road stages, it is pleasant to feel asphalt under your wheels again. The trail takes us through Bolivia's gas fields. We visit a monastery and cross an abandoned very narrow railroad bridge. An exciting ride but not suitable for people with a fear of heights. Altitude 445 meters — 10% off-road.

Day 18 — Abapo — Samaipata

We drive 206 kilometers back to Samaipata, the trail leads along the Pirai riverbank, over sandy roads and asphalt roads. We say goodbye to motorbikes and dive into the hotel swimming pool. Altitude 1650 meters — 0-20% off-road.

Day 19 - Samaipata - Santa Cruz

Early in the morning, we'll bring you back to Santa Cruz where you can arrange the day yourself. The farewell dinner is then in the evening.

Day 20 — Santa Cruz departure

To the airport, too bad the trip of a lifetime is over!

Local circumstances could require adjustment of the route on site.
General Information.
Difficulty level:
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Motorcycle

During this trip, we ride Suzuki DR 650 cc motorcycles.

Tour character

We drive 2300 kilometers, 40% of which is off-road. The Bolivia Adventure Tour is a challenging motorcycle adventure for those who aren't afraid to leave the asphalt. Although the off-road part is challenging, it is never too long and easy for any experienced motorcyclist to ride. During the trip through Bolivia, we travel on very varied routes. Sometimes it's over good tarred roads, across sand, through hot lowlands, over stones, or mountains over 4000 meters above sea level. The day trips are easy to do and there is usually enough time and opportunity to stop along the way, take pictures or visit villages. These routes are sometimes difficult to drive without off-road experience. Off-road experience is therefore important. Basic off-road training is very useful as preparation. This is because you learn how to best handle the motorcycle off-road. It will certainly increase your driving pleasure. The bikes are handy enduros, perfect for unpaved roads. This tour is not suitable for beginners. But we start the tour slowly and on paved roads. The first day is a day of learning and adaptation.

Tour itinerary

The itinerary of the October and November tour also includes a 2-day 4WD trip to the Altiplano; this tour is not possible in May.

climate

The climate in Bolivia varies from region to region and has different climate zones. The temperatures and amount of precipitation vary depending on the location and altitude of the respective region. The weather in Bolivia can be pretty unpredictable. We tour in the dry season from April to November. November is the best month for tours in the high plateau desert (Altiplano 4,200 - 5,800 m altitude).


outfits

A helmet is mandatory, as is protective clothing with protectors, good gloves and boots, or sturdy footwear. It can get very warm in the low regions. At the same time, it is significantly colder in the high mountains. A motorcycle jacket with removable lining is very suitable here. In colder parts of the mountains, you can also wear extra clothes under your jacket. Good sunglasses and a helmet with a visor or an open enduro helmet with goggles are also useful as protection against dust. It is advisable to have waterproof clothing with you.

Travel documents/visa

For this trip, you need a valid international driving license and a passport, which is generally valid for 6 months after the trip. German citizens do not need a visa for a purely tourist stay in Bolivia. In principle, all travelers may be required to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival.

insurance

The motorcycle has basic liability insurance called SOAT. This only covers medical costs and not material costs. In the event of damage to the vehicle caused by personal fault, the material costs must be borne by the person responsible. Foreign health and accident insurance, including return transport, is mandatory.

Mehr Details über die Reise und darüber was du mitnehmen sollst, steht im Handbuch, das du ca. 1 Monat vor der Abreise erhältst.
Pricing & Details

Motorcyclist prices from: €3690, -
Passenger price from:
€2150, -

Single room supplement: €490, - (not available everywhere)
Pocket money*: €450, -

Minimum number of participants:
4
Maximum number of participants: 8
Maximum number of passengers: 2
Visa (exclusive):
up to 90 days visa-free

* Pocket money: This amount is an indication of how much cash you may need to take with you on this trip. It covers food, drink, souvenirs, optional excursions and fuel.
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Included in price:
  • Transfers to Santa Cruz airport - hotel and back
  • ‍ All hotel stays easy on the Altiplano trip
  • 4x4 Altiplano Volpension trip* Oct. & Nov. only
  • ‍ Rent a motorcycle
  • ‍ Gasoline
  • ‍ Multilingual tour guide on motorbike
  • ‍ Support vehicle and luggage transport
  • ‍ mechanic
  • ‍ Travel insurance certificate
  • ‍ Travel Guide
Not included in price:
  • Linienflug Deutschland - Santa Cruz und zurück, wir können behilflich sein
  • ‍Eintrittsgelder
  • ‍Optionale Ausflüge
  • ‍Essen und Trinken
  • ‍Auslandskranken- und Unfallversicherung inkl. Rücktransport
  • ‍Reiserücktrittsversicherung

“We drove the Bolivia Adventure Tour and experienced it as an “adventure.” The Suzukis 650 were ideally suited and maintained for use on gravel, sand and asphalt. Forest areas, gravel passes, sand passages, as well as very beautiful asphalt sections in serpentine style made driving fun. The different landscapes on the plateau (between 2500 and 4400 meters in altitude) between steppe, desert and grassland, as well as the canyons and salt lakes were unique impressions that we like to think back on. The tour was guided confidently, informatively and occasionally, whenever possible, flexibly. I can always recommend the tour and the organization for adventurous bikers. Thanks again to tour guides Roland and Josè!! Keep up the good work!”

Günter & Micky
Bolivia adventure - July 2019

Bolivia adventure motorcycletour

This tour is available on these dates:

Bolivia adventure motorcycletour
Category 1
Category 2
Category 3
Category 4
Category 5
Status:
Fully booked
Bookable
Secured
Arrival:
24
.
April
2024
Days:
17
Price:
€3590,-
Pillion:
€2290,-
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Bolivia adventure motorcycletour
Category 1
Category 2
Category 3
Category 4
Category 5
Status:
Fully booked
Bookable
Secured
Arrival:
28
.
August
2024
Days:
19
Price:
€4150,-
Pillion:
€2490,-
Book nowJetzt BuchenAnfrageInquire