This is a perfect induction to riding in South America. From the dynamic heart of Buenos Aires to the remote high altitude salt flats in the Andes, from the white washed adobe churches to the mysterious Nasca Lines, this is quintessential South America, along with some of the best riding on the planet. You can climb the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, take a reed boat out on Lake Titicaca and visit Che Guavara’s home.
Watch out for llamas and vicuna on the twisty mountain roads of the Andes and spot pink flamingos in the salt lakes. And don’t forget to spend the evenings tasting incredible wines and eating the best steaks in the world!
Is it for me?
Riders must have competent road riding skills, with previous overseas riding experience. The route provides varying road conditions from the flatlands of the Pampas to the twists and turns of the Andes. Plenty of animals to be wary of. With only a small section of dirt road in Bolivia this trip is ideally suited to those who prefer tarmac under their tyres.
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Week 1 - Northern Argentina
The cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires. Cross the vast grasslands of the Pampas. Ascent into the Andes. Explore the colonial city of Salta. Ride through the World Heritage Listed Quebrada de Humahuaca. Watch out for guachos on their horses in Tilcara. It’s a hectic border crossing to Bolivia. Red rocks and canyons in Tupiza - this is the last destination of the famous outlaw, Butch Cassidy!
Week 2 - Bolivia
Potosi and a visit to the silver mines in Cerro Rico and the old mint of “La Moneda”. You’re now riding at altitudes of over 4,000m! La Paz, capital city of Bolivia and stroll through the witches market or barter for textiles. Cross Lake Titicaca on an old wooden barge. Puno, where you can visit the floating reed islands of Uros.
Week 3 - Peru
Cusco & the Sacred Valley, where you can go to the Pisac market or climb the walls of the fortress at Ollantaytambo. Don’t miss the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu! Descend to the Pacific Ocean. Take a flight over the mysterious Nasca Lines or go out into the desert and see the mummies. Ride in the shadow of El Misti Volcano to the white city of Arequipa. Enjoy the tranquillity of the Santa Catalina Convent.
Week 4 - Chile
Cross to Chile and the long desert roads of the Atacama, the driest desert in the world. Stop at the iconic Hand of the Desert. Delight in the twisty and dramatic Pacific coastal roads. The tiny village of San Pedro de Atacama, with an option to visit the Tatio Geysers. Ride out into the Valley of the Moon. The remote and high altitude crossing of Paso de Jama to Argentina.
Week 5 - Argentina
Ride your bike across crystal white salt flats. Wine tasting at the vineyards of Etchart. Explore the pre-Inca ruins of Quilmes (and try the beer of the same name!) Visit Che Guevara’s home in Alta Gracia. It’s our final push east back to Buenos Aires. Celebrate our finish in the most famous tango bar in town.
Dates & Prices
Check out the weather for the time of year you are travelling so you can pack correctly! At the time of year that this trip is run, we have the best chance of dry moutain weather. However, altitude will make it chilly in the evenings and in the early morning, so ensure you have the right warm weather gear. Out of the mountains, the weather is normally warm and pleasant.
UK citizens do not require any visas prior to travel. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.
Travel Health Information
Please refer to your local GP or travel clinic to ascertain the correct vaccinations to have and other travel health precautions to take, in good time prior to travel. As background information, you may find the follwing websites useful.
Foreign Exchange Information
The best base currency to have on this trip is the US dollar, which can be readily exchanged into the local currencies. The local currencies are:
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