Motorcycle Tour
Bolivia: 5 Wonders of Santa Cruz Tour

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Staying true to its name, on this tour we set out to see 5 of the best sites that this region of Santa Cruz has to offer.

Pricing

per rider in a shared twin/double room, with own motorcycle $1,117.55
per rider in a shared twin/double room, incl. rental motorcycle $2,163.00
per pillion passenger in a shared twin/double room $1,117.55
single room (surcharge) $180.25

Features

Motorcycle rental (depending on booking): Kawasaki KLR650 (low-milage, meticulously maintained, with a medium-sized, waterproof case on the rear rack)
Lodging
English and Spanisch speaking tourguide
Meals
Fuel
Fees for activities during the tour
Tolls
Ferry crossings
Airport transfers
Support-truck with parts
First aid kit
Auxiliary bike
Not included features
International flights
Visas
Drinks of the alcoholic variety
Snacks
Riding gear
Vaccinations
Traffic citations
Souvenirs

More details

Distance: 700 km/435miles
Minimum number of participants: 3 riders. The tour can take place with less riders and without the support vehicle. Please enquire.
Maxumum number of participants: 9 riders. If you are a group with more riders, please enquire.
Luggage can be stored for safe-keeping until you return
All of our bikes are insured according to the requirements of Bolivian law. This means that the rider (and passenger) and third parties are covered for medical costs up to $3,500 per person. That being said, we also require proof of insurance from each participant that covers the participant in the event of an accident or emergency while traveling abroad, specifically riding a 650cc motorcycle.
In the event that a motorcycle is damaged while on tour as a result of a participant, we offer our participants a direct insurance agreement, which can be purchased before the start of the tour at an additional cost of $15 per riding day, which provides coverage up to $3,500 of accidental damage. Damage to a motorcycle not caused by a participant is our responsibility.
For the most up-to-date information regarding vaccinations for traveling in Bolivia, contact your local health clinic for recommendations. Additionally, some people could experience symptoms of altitude sickness in the higher elevations of some of our tours. Symptoms can take on a variety of forms, some of the most common being headache and nausea. Due to the nature of our location in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, altitude sickness is not a concern upon arrival. Likewise on our tours that include spending some time up in higher elevations, we will work our way up gradually, allowing our bodies to become acclimated as we travel, which will help in minimizing the symptoms For participants that experience an uncomfortable level of altitude sickness, drinking lots of fluids, including coca tea often times proves helpful in combatting the symptoms, which typically last no longer than 24 hours. For slightly more severe cases, most all pharmacies carry an over-the-counter pain reliever, used especially for cases of altitude sickness.
Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. We will gladly provide binding information upon request.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

We’ll spend the first couple of days riding dirt roads and crossing numerous streams and rivers near our base in the town of El Torno, not to mention exploring some breathtaking waterfalls. From there we venture out even further as we ascend into the mountains via the old highway, as we go we’ll stop to check out an old (read inactive) volcano as well some impressive indigenous ruins. In Santa Cruz’s backcountry we’ll reach elevations of more than 2,400 meters (8,000 feet). We then pick up the trail of famous rebel, Ernesto “El Che” Guevara and visit the school house where he breathed his last breath. Then we’ll loop back around towards our staring point via some of nicest (read curviest) roads that Bolivia has to offer.

Itinerary:

DAY 1 (SUNDAY) - WELCOME TO SANTA CRUZ!

We’ll personally pick everyone up at the airport and settle you into a hotel in El Torno. After dinner we have an informal orientation & prep session and a good night´s sleep.

DAY 2 (MONDAY) - ESPEJILLOS NATURE RESERVE (50KM./30MI.)

To start our tour off with a bang, we’ll take the bikes on a 50 km. (30 mile) roundtrip journey to one of the most unique attractions in this region of Santa Cruz, a place known to locals as “Espellijos.” After fording the Pirai River, it’s all off-road as we weave our way through the countryside to our destination. The main attraction is a beautiful waterfall followed by numerous natural pools that are perfect for swimming or just relaxing as we shake off what’s left of the jet lag.

DAY 3 (TUESDAY) - TO THE GARDEN OF EDEN (165KM./103MI.)

Back on the bikes again, we set off on a 70km. (43 mile) roundtrip adventure up to the Jardin de las Delicias, a waterfall on the edge of Amboró National Park. Hanging bridge, dirt roads,, stream crossings, photo ops galore and a picnic lunch are just part of todays adventure. Back in town we’ll cap off the riding portion of the day with a ride up some curvy new slab to mountain village of Samaipata where we’ll spend the night. Along the way we’ll take a side trip to see one of the most amazing views of the entire tour.​

DAY 4 (WEDNESDAY) - LANDSCAPES GALORE - SAMAIPATA TO VALLEGRANDE (120KM./75MI.)

Departing Samaipata the adventure continues as soon as the kickstands are up. We’ll start with a leisurely ride up to “El Fuerte,” the site of Bolivia’s 2nd most important ruins. After touring the ruins we’re back on the bikes this time fixing our sights on the town of Vallegrande. After an early lunch we’ll take the backroads to the town of Vallegrande, passing through a few quaint villages tucked away in the valleys along with an incredible waterfall. We’ll arrive in Vallegrande in the late afternoon, in time to freshen up and take a walk around the town before dinner.

DAY 5 (THURSDAY) - LA RUTA DEL CHE – VALLEGRANDE TO LA HIGUERA (60KM./38MI.)

After only a couple of kilometers of riding on the pavement today, we’ll transition to off-road riding as we make the trek to La Higuera, the lonely village where the Cuban revolutionary war hero Che Guevara was executed in 1967. The road to La Higuera is a pilgrimage of sorts for the more adventuresome historians. Before setting out, we’ll spend a couple hours in the morning on a guided tour of Vallegrande, getting to know the historical sites made famous by El Che’s time in Bolivia. Reaching La Higuera in the late afternoon we stay at the rustic Casa del Telegrafista, once home to the telegraph operator that informed the authorities of el Che’s presence in the area. The village of La Higuera only consists of a few houses and a small school, however the peace and tranquility that this place offers is second to none, not to mention the incredible dinner that the inn’s owner will prepare us.

DAY 6 (FRIDAY) - THE TWISTIES: LA HIGUERA TO EL TORNO (205KM./128MI.)

After a wonderful breakfast we visit the memorial room in the schoolhouse where el Che was executed. The days route takes us through the mountains of Vallegrande and down the old highway. By late afternoon we’ll arrive once again back to our base in El Torno where our journey began. After a short trip to our hotel in Santa Cruz we’ll cap off the day and the tour with a “farewell” dinner in the evening.

DAY 7 (SATURDAY) - CITY STREETS OF SANTA CRUZ & DEPARTURE DAY

Today’s a decompress day before returning to life as usual, so we’ll relax the pace as we do some site seeing around the city —last minute souvenir shopping, open markets and good food are a few of the options. We’ll treat you to a lip-smacking lunch before taking you to the airport to catch your flight back home. You’ll want to stretch out your sore backside before you board your flight and flip through your pics as you grin (and groan) thinking of all the fun that was had. From here it’s time to start planning your next adventure!

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Here’s a good starter list of important things to bring:

- adventure motorcycle riding gear – preferably Hi-Viz (minimum: helmet, gloves, boots)

- back pack style hydration pack

- rain gear

- sun glasses

- sun block/screen

- bathing suit

- warm/hot weather clothes is a must, likewise cool whether clothing is also a good idea in the case of our higher elevation tours where it can get chilly at night

- pain reliever and anti-diarrhea meds

- for liability purposes, tank bags are not permitted