Motorcycle Tour
Bolivia: The Eastern Frontier Tour

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We start out by maneuvering our way around the city of Santa Cruz and then head straight east on a beautifully paved highway on the way to our days destination, the town Santiago de Chiquitos located just a couple of hours from the boarder with Brazil.

Pricing

per rider in a shared twin/double room, with own motorcycle $1,545.00
per rider in a shared twin/double room, incl. rental motorcycle $2,781.00
per pillion passenger in a shared twin/double room $1,545.00
single room (surcharge) $206.00

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: 1470 km / 910 miles
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.

In Santiago we hike up to one of the best vantage points in eastern Bolivia allowing us to look out over the valley as far as the eye can see, before relaxing in natural hot springs in the late afternoon. Next we begin our tour of the old Jesuit mission churches and the original site of the city of Santa Cruz. We leave the pavement and head off-road on a beautifully maintained dirt road to continue our explorations, spending the night at a beautiful hotel in San Ignacio de Velasco. Crossing through cattle country, we visit two more old mission towns and even drop in on some woodcarvers at work. The tour wraps up after crossing the flood plains of the Rio Grande River on our way back home.

Day To Day Guide

DAY 1 (SUNDAY) - WELCOME TO BOLIVIA!

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) - TO THE GARDEN OF EDEN (70KM./43MI.)

We take the bikes on a 70km. (43 mile) roundtrip practice run 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 head to our hotel where we can freshen up or take a dip in the pool before dinner, then it's time for a good night's sleep before a long ride tomorrow.

DAY 3 (TUESDAY) - FROM GREEN HILLS TO RED: EL TORNO TO SANTIAGO DE CHIQUITOS (465KM./289MI.)

Leaving El Torno we take the new highway straight east, passing through the old mission town of San José de Chiquitos, situated in the plains and then continue on to our days final destination, the quaint town of Santiago de Chiquitos in the red hills of the Sunsas range. We sleep at a rustic hostal that used to serve as an indigenous school.

DAY 4 (WEDNESDAY) - RIDGE WITH A VIEW (80KM./50MI.)

A moderate hike up to the Cerro de Santiago reveals one of the best views in Eastern Bolivia, overlooking the still-virgen Tucavaca valley. Then we go down to Aguas Calientes for a relaxing soak in the hot springs.

DAY 5 (THURSDAY) - SANTIAGO TO SAN JOSE (155KM./96MI.)

The hiway back to San Jose winds through the red hills down to San Jose, where we visit Santa Cruz la Vieja (the remains of the first city of Santa Cruz) and the lovely 17th century church, the only one in Eastern Bolivia built of stone.

DAY 6 (FRIDAY) - MAKING TRACKS: SAN JOSE DE CHIQUITOS TO SAN IGNACIO DE VELASCO (200KM./125MI.)

Forget the pavement, we head north to San Ignacio de Velasco on a beautiful dirt road through farm communities recently carved out of the forest. We stop along the way to take a swim and then upon arrival we’ll head out to the reservoir to see the communities water source before taking a peak at the church on the corner of the plaza. We stay at an upscale hotel just off the plaza.

DAY 7 (SATURDAY) - TWO MAJESTIC MONUMENTS: SAN IGNACIO TO SAN JAVIER (232KM./145MI.)

We slip out of San Ignacio and follow the recently paved road through cattle country to Concepcion and San Javier, two sleepy mission towns boasting beautifully restored Jesuit churches from the 1600s, both on UNESCO´s World Heritage list. We visit the native Chiquitano woodcarvers at work and tour the churches.

DAY 8 (SUNDAY) - THE LAST HURRAH: SAN JAVIER TO EL TORNO (263KM./163MI.)

We enjoy the last curves between San Javier and San Ramon before hitting the flats on our way accross the broad flood plains of the Rio Grande, before skirting the urban sprawl of Santa Cruz to reach “home” once again back at our base in El Torno where our journey began.

DAY 9 (MONDAY) - CITY STREETS OF SANTA CRUZ

It’s a decompress day before returning to life as usual, so we relax the pace, we’ll pack our bags and say goodbye to El Torno and head into the city for a day of sight-seeing —last minute souvenir shopping, open markets and good food are a few of the options. To cap off the day and the tour we’ll celebrate with a “farewell” dinner in the evening.

DAY 10 (TUESDAY) - DEPARTURE DAY

We’ll take you from the hotel to catch your flight home at the airport. 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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Patience & Flexibility:

As a developing country Bolivia still experiences many of the pains that go along with that status, which in turn gives it a rustic and adventurous feel. Sometimes things happen that are out of our control, like changes in weather that can deteriorate road conditions or the sudden discovery that our hotel reservations disappeared, etc. We might find it necessary to adjust our route or schedule slightly due to a number of unforeseen circumstances that in the end will just add to the adventure. For these reasons being patient and flexible are important.

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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