Bolivia will amaze you. From the southern deserts and Tarija’s wine country, to the Jesuit Mission circuit and the Ruta del Che, over to the lush jungles and wildlife of the Amazon basin, and up to the Altiplano and the Salt Flats – nowhere else on earth competes with the diversity of Bolivia.
|per rider in a shared twin/double room||$3,200.00|
|per pillion passenger in a shared twin/double room||$1,600.00|
|Single room (surcharge) - Please note: Single rooms cannot be guaranteed throughout and may not be available at individual stops on the tour. However, this happens only in a few exceptional cases.||$300.00|
|Motorcycle Rental (Royal Enfield 2021 Himalayan BS6s)|
|Full support truck with mechanic|
|3 meals per day|
|English and Spanish speaking tour guide|
|Internal flight from La Paz to Santa Cruz|
|Alcohol (unless your guide is feeling generous)|
|Optional extras (eg. mine tour of Potosí, etc.)|
|Food is not included on days 1 & 14|
|Refundable security deposit for motorcycles ($750 per motorcycle)|
|Maximum number of riders: 7|
|Minimum number of riders: 3. The tour can also take place for 2 people. Please note, the price will increase. For a quote, please enquire.|
|If you wish to continue your South American adventures from La Paz, and not return to Santa Cruz, please let us know and we will adjust the price accordingly, and do our best to help you beyond the end of the trip.|
|The trip includes 14 days, 13 nights of accommodation, & 11 days of riding. If something occurs that causes us to end up behind schedule, we will adjust our itinerary accordingly to ensure everyone can make it back to Santa Cruz in time for flights.|
|Food is not included on days 1 & 14, other than what is provided by the hotel. The logistics are simply too difficult to coordinate with people arriving and leaving at different times.|
|In winter months (June-Sept) please bring warmer gear, especially when visiting the highlands.|
|Offroad experience is helpful but not required.|
|Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. Please enquire for language options.|
|Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.|
MOTOURISMO supports this tour run by a social enterprise created to generate funds for a local drug & alcohol residential rehabilitation centre, run by Novō Communities, a registered charity in the UK, US, and Bolivia. 100% of their profits go to the rehab, and their managerial team works as volunteers and do not draw salaries from the business. Their goal is to help people have the best experience of Bolivia they can while ensuring their money is going toward changing lives.
The expert-guided motorcycle tour will set you free to explore Bolivia’s outstanding natural beauty, cultural diversity and incredible roads.
The tour blend together dirt roads, back-country trails, intense city streets, salt pans, and first-world asphalt roads with stunning curves and zero traffic. We stay in quality hotels and eat at a great variety of restaurants.
- Riding in both jungle mountains and altiplano, on- and off-road
- optional mine tour in Potosi
- visiting the Train Graveyar
- lunch on the Salar de Uyuni
- the world’s largest salt flats
- staying in a salt hotel
- riding through a cloud forest
- optional zip lining in Coroico
- taking the Death Road to La Paz
Day 1: Arrival - No Riding
Everyone arrives at Viru Viru Airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. We organise transportation to the hotel as each person arrives. If customers would like to change money into Bolivianos we arrange to change that for them to be ready for the next day.
Day 2: Santa Cruz - Samaipata
After breakfast, you are picked up from your hotel and brought to the beautiful Quinta Totaices, where we have our Novo Adventures shop as well as our rehabilitation centre for our sister charity. We inspect and assign bikes, exchange damage deposit, and get ready to head out. Our first bit of riding will be getting out of the city, with a lunch along the way, finally opening up into beautiful mountain roads. We finish the day in the small town of Samaipata, where we have supper.
Total Riding: 3 hours - 120km - tarmac
Day 3: Samaipata - Aiquile
Following a relaxed breakfast, we have the option to explore Samaipata a bit more or head out immediately to get to Aiquile. The views continue to astound as the landscape shifts and changes, with llamas and small towns interspersing the rugged terrain. We finish our day’s riding in the city of Aiquile.
Total Riding: 4-¾ hours - 223km - tarmac
Day 4: Aiquile - Sucre
We say goodbye to Aiquile after a breakfast to get to Sucre by lunchtime. More spectacular views await, and we arrive in the beautiful city of Sucre for lunch and have the afternoon to explore. Known as ‘the white city’, Sucre is well worth taking the time to see. For supper, we have several options including steaks and a microbrewery.
Total Riding: 3 hours - 138km - tarmac
Day 5: Sucre - Potosi
Get ready for some spectacular roads and sights on the way between Sucre and Potosi. Breathtaking canyons and mountains dot the landscape as we make our way to Potosi, the mining town at above 4000 metres. In the afternoon, we have the chance to visit the Cerro Rico, a honeycombed mountain known for its silver.
Total Riding: 2-¾ hours -155km - tarmac
Day 6: Potosi - Uyuni
Another incredible day awaits, with some of the most beautiful switchbacks a motorcyclist could dream of. After a lunch in Uyuni, we will go to visit the train graveyard, an excellent site for photos. In the evening, we have supper at the legendary Minuteman Pizza, likely the best pizza joint in all Bolivia.
Total Riding: 3=¼ hours - 204km - tarmac
Day 7: Uyuni - Salt Flats - Tahua
Today might be the most spectacular day of the entire trip - after breakfast, we spend the entire day riding around on the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats. Lunch is at Isla Incahuasi, an ancient island covered in thousand-year-old cacti. After lunch we head to the Tayka de Sal, a hotel made from salt sitting in the shadow of a dormant volcano.
Total Riding: all day on salt flats
Day 8: Tahua - Oruro
Here we get our first small experience of offroading with the Himalayans. The track from Tahua takes us through rural Altiplano villages to the small city of Huari, where we have the chance to explore a Bolivian brewery. Our destination is the mining city of Oruro.
Total Riding: 4-¾ hours - 305km - mixed tarmac and dirt
Day 9: Oruro - Quime
We bid farewell to the altiplano as we take the dizzyingly high pass across the Andes down into the Yungas. The terrain morphs from stark beauty to lush green cloud forest on the eastern slopes of the mountains. We stay the night in Quime, a lovely mountain hamlet with few amenities.
Total Riding: 2-¾ hours - 164km - tarmac
Day 10: Quime - Chulumani
Today is one of the most challenging and rewarding days of the entire trip. We spend the day - nearly 8 hours - following dirt switchbacks up and down the winding mountain paths of Las Yungas. You’ll ride through clouds at the tops of passes and over beautiful waterfalls at the bottoms, and in the towns you can always see the locals spreading out their coca leaf harvests to dry.
Total Riding: 7-¼ hours - 188km - dirt
Day 11: Chulumani - Coroico
Take a breather in the morning as we prepare for a more relaxed day, heading to the lovely Coroico, a quirky town located a few hours away from La Paz. Mountain paths, beautiful jungle scenery, waterfalls and dizzying heights await.
Total Riding: 3-¼ hours - 80km - dirt
Day 12: Coroico - Death Road - La Paz
The final day of riding offers nothing short of the infamous Death Road. After breakfast we head to the beginning of the Death Road, where we have the option to zipline through the valley. Then it’s up the legendary road itself, peppered with mist and waterfalls that will take your breath away. We have a quick lunch at the top, then take the pass into La Paz, the mountainside city, an unmissable experience in Bolivia.
Total Riding: 2-½ hours - 103km - mixed tarmac and dirt
Day 13: La Paz - Santa Cruz - No Riding
Take the morning to explore the city of La Paz, the witches market and cathedrals, and enjoy the teleferico, the cable cars that connect the mountainsides of La Paz to its higher neighbor, El Alto. In the afternoon we taxi to the airport where we fly back to Santa Cruz for our final supper together.
Day 14: Leaving - No Riding
We arrange to have you taken to the airport as needed to fly home.