Highlights of Peru
Ride the Incan heartland on this highlight packed motorcycle tour
This is the Peru that you have always heard about. The stunning lost city of Machu Picchu, the archaeological treasure trove that is Cusco and the mysterious "riddle in the desert" of the Nazca Lines. We will ride along the world's highest navigable lake of Titcaca and literally walk on water when we visit the floating reed islands of Uros, eyeball the massive Condors as they raise on the thermals within the deepest canyon on earth, the Colca Canyon. Stare in awe as we ride amongst dormant snow capped volcanoes and ride into the Andes proper crossing a 5000mt/16400ft pass as we go, but wait there's more, ride with us and see what all the fuss is about.
Leaving the city of La Paz, elevation of 3,660 m / 12,000 ft, we ride the beautiful Altiplano before crossing into Peru. Riding along the shoreline of Lake Titicaca we shall arrive at the lakeside city of Puno where we shall spend two nights, enabling us to visit the amazing floating Uros Islands. Travelling west the ride will take us into the Andes crossing the 4,319 m / 14,170 ft pass of La Raya before reaching the wonderful Incan city of Cusco. Built on still visible Incan foundations this city was referred to as the "Naval of the universe" by the Incas. We shall ride the incredible Sacred Valley, dotted with enormous Incan ruins before catching the train to the legendary Machu Picchu. Nothing can prepare us for the splendour of this iconic sight. A full day will be spent exploring this magical antiquity before spending another day in Cusco perhaps enjoying a beer at the famous Nortons Rats biker bar that overlooks the beautiful Plaza de Armas.
We hit the dirt roads as we ride towards the world's deepest canyon at Chivay, Colca Canyon will provide us with the best opportunity to see the giant Condors. This ride is magnificent as we get well off the "Gringo Trail" riding amongst volcanoes and mountains in this spectacular desert landscape. It is within these very mountains that the mighty Amazon River begins its journey to the Atlantic. Descending out of the Andes we arrive at the "White City" of Arequipa with the snow capped volcano of El Misti looming above. We have a day to explore this beautiful city with arguably South America's finest Plaza de Armas and visit the Santa Catalina Convent. The route from Arequipa leads us to the coast where we ride the stark, impossibly rugged, coastal road that clings to the mountainsides. We spend a night a Puerto Inca surrounded by a moon-like landscape as the Pacific pounds the small bay. Our final ride day brings us to the town of Nazca via the macabre Chauchilla cemetery. In Nazca we shall enjoy a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines, the only way to really appreciate them, before transferring to Lima.
* Airport transfers
* Motorcycle rental BMW F650 GS
* Border paperwork
* Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
* Breakfast everyday, 8 lunches and 7 dinners
* Accommodation in excellent small hotels
* Bonus nights accommodation
* Services of rider leader & support vehicle driver
* Pre-departure material and route maps
* Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
* Compass Expeditions dress shirt
* Visit to Santa Catalina Convent
* Colca Canyon hot springs / park entrance
* Cusco city tour
* Train, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu
* Flight over Nazca Lines
* Floating Uros Islands excursion
* Entrance to Chauchilla Cemetery
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
* International Flights
* Visas (if required)
* Personal spending money
* Personal health/travel insurance
* Tips and gratuities
Essential InformationRIDE PROFILE
The majority of riding is on paved roads, in varying conditions of repair, however there are two days that are spent on hard packed dirt, these dirt sections are mountainous and can have loose gravel and be rutted.
Total distance: 2260 km /1400 miles
Please note that you will need to be in La Paz one day prior to start of expedition (accommodation included).
It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition.