Machu Picchu Motorcycle Tour -
Time Warp to Inka Times
Argentina – Chile – Bolivia – Peru
20 days / 19 nights
4 – 10 Riders
Machu Picchu Here We Come!
This 3 week Machu Picchu Motorcycle Tour in South America takes you to Machu Picchu across the picturesque Andes of Northern Argentina and Chile, Southern Peru and Western Bolivia.
Explore places of interest: ride your motorcycle across seemingly infinite white and glistening salt flats, admire the majestic volcanoes and the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, discover pre-Inca ruins, isolated towns and much more.
A chance to visit the cities of Cuzco, La Paz and Lake Titicaca, as well as 12 UNESCO world heritage places.
The best Motorcycle choice
The trip is suitable for any experienced motor-biker with some basic off-road experience. People having lung, heart or blood circulation problems should consult their doctor for the altitude.
820 mm seat hight
19” front wheel
Low seat hight, good handling on road, suitable for gravel.
880 mm seat hight
21” front wheel
Best for gravel, good handling, not heavy, high seat.
850 mm seat hight
19” front wheel
Good handling, recommended for riding with passenger.
PILLION / PASSENGER
SINGLE ROOM SURCHARGE
This Machu Picchu Motorcycle Tour starts at the airport in Salta where you will be picked up and brought in the Hotel from where your motorcycle adventure tour starts next day.
A winding road across a woody landscape will take us to the city of Jujuy and the picturesque valley of Quebrada de Humahuaca.
We’ll start riding our motorbikes up the Andes, climbing La Cuesta de Lipán, a pass which will take us to 4180m above sea level we’ll get to the salt flats of Salinas Grandes. After crossing the Puna of Argentina which is more than 4000m above sea level, we’ll arrive in Chile and the town of San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis in the driest desert on earth: the Atacama desert. We’ll watch the sunset in the Valle de la Luna.
Riding our motorcycles through the Atacama Desert we’ll reach the Pacific Ocean in Chile. On a winding motorway, we will border the coast to the beach town of Iquique. We’ll continue our motorbike ride through the Atacama Desert, crossing 3 deep valleys and we’ll get to the border with Peru and the beautiful city of Arequipa, also known as the White City.
Early in the morning we’ll go to the deepest part of the Colca Canyon to watch the Condor families from close up. It’s a stunning experience to watch these huge birds sail along.
On the way to Cuzco the centre of the ancient Inca Kingdom, there are various temples and ruins to visit.
We’ll visit the centre of Cuzco and the surrounding area, with its Spanish churches and Inca temples.
Today is the awaited visit to Machu Picchu, the spiritual centre of the ancient Inca reign. We will start the trip by train, zigzagging upwards to gain height and then continuing the journey through the ruins of Ollantaytambo and alongside the River Urubamba until reaching the town of Aguas Calientes. From there we will take a bus up to the impressive ruins of Machu Picchu, elegantly situated on a hill and in between majestic mountains. After visiting the ruins, we’ll return to Cuzco by train.
We’ll leave behind the furthest point of our trip and our motorcycle ride takes us south to the city of Puno. Near by live the Uru in their floating islands.
Skirting Lake Titicaca, we’ll leave Peru and travel towards the border with Bolivia. We’ll visit the town of Copacabana on the shores of lake Titicaca before we’ll undertake an adventurous ferry crossing over lake Titicaca. Then we’ll head towards La Paz and descend from El Alto into the centre of the highest capital city in the world.
The adventurous ones can ride the “Death Road” with the motorbikes (200km tar and gravel), others have time to visit the city of La Paz in the afternoon.
We’ll ride our motorcycles to the salt flats of Uyuni through the stunning Bolivian mountains. The rest of the day is the big salt-lake experience, as we’ll ride our motorcycles across the seemingly endless Uyuni salt lake “Salar de Uyuni” – enjoy the easy ride on the almost endless plains of this white sea of salt! We’ll stay in a stunningly beautiful hotel built entirely of salt.
Over the plains and through colourful mountains our ride will take us on a twisting tarmac road to Potosí, a mining town famous throughout Spanish colonial times for its legendary mountain Cerro Rico “The Rich Mountain”.
We’ll leave Bolivia and arrive at the border with Argentina. We’ll leave behind the plains of the Atacama and after travelling through la Quebrada de Humahuaca we’ll ride through the winding cornice route that finally brings us back to Salta “La Linda”, where we’ll end the journey with a well deserved “asado” on courtesy of Horizonte Tours.
*Note: The tour operator reserves himself to make changes or adjustments to the itinerary at any time.
Do you have any question?
Our Tours are suitable for any experienced motorbike rider. You should have a riding experience of at least 10.000 km altogether and some 2.000 km over the last year. Off-Road experience is only necessary for as “difficult” marked tours, although some off-road riding experience of course is advisable.
Usually from all over the world you first have to fly to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. From there you go on a local flight to your starting destination. Depending on the tour you chose this would be Salta, San Carlos de Bariloche, Ushuaia or Mendoza.
There are two airports in Buenos Aires: The international airport Ezeiza (EZE) and the city airport Aeroparque (AEP). Usually you will arrive in Ezeiza, go through immigration, get your bags, go through customs. Then you probably have to change to the local airport Aeroparque to go on your local flight. You need to have 3-4 hours minimum between the arrival and take off if you change Airports in Buenos Aires
The tour begins with your arrival at the starting location. E.g. if the tour is dated 1.1.2025 – 10.1.2025, we meet in the evening of the 1st of January for briefing, handover of the motorbikes, welcome dinner, and you can catch a flight back on the 10th of January to fly back home.
You can take your flight back home on the date indicated as ending date. That is the day after the last riding day
It is recommended to get to the starting location one day earlier, we happily make a reservation for the room extension for you.
All the hotel nights with breakfast on the tour are included. Starting with the night of the meeting, handover of motorbikes and welcome dinner, ending with the hotel night of the last riding day.
You will need a decent riding gear, clothing for all kinds of weather and moderate temperatures, sun protection, personal items.
- Paperwork: It is necessary that you have a passport valid for at least another 6 months, a valid drivers license for big motorcycles, vaccination documents, credit card with min. 4.000US$ credit for the guarantee deposit.
- Money: Cash US$ Dollars is the best to have. You can change US$ cash dollars in most towns, but they will not be taken as payment. Everything you want to purchase during your stay will have to be paid in local currency.
ATMs are found in bigger towns and cities, but you will be restricted to extract a small amount of cash each transaction, but you will be charged high bank fees.
Credit cards are useless outside big hotels and restaurants, most shops don’t accept credit or debit cards.
Apart from the big cities, South America is safer than expected. It is very safe to travel in the countries we go to. In the mayor cities you have to take care of pick pocketers and scams as everywhere, but no violent crimes are to be expected.
The official language in all South America is Spanish, except for Brazil. English is understood and rudimentary spoken in Hotels, Restaurants and other touristic locations. Anywhere else you would need to speak and understand Spanish to communicate.
You need an international health insurance that does not exclude motorcycling. It has to cover any possible hospitalisation, surgery, medicine and/or repatriation costs. It also has to cover explicitly COVID 19.
- Vaccination: For Chile and Argentina there are no obligations for vaccinations expect Covid 19.
Bolivia has an obligation for yellow fever vaccination but it is not controlled in the mountain areas where we are entering the country.
COVID 19: Travel rules due to the Covid 19 Pandemic are different from country to country and are changing frequently. With an internationally accepted vaccination proof it is possible to travel in most countries lately.
Due to the ongoing SarsCov2 Pandemic we are frequently adjusting to the changing rules worldwide and in Argentina. It is very important that you check the travel rules of your home country but also the ones you are traveling to.
If travel rules of the affected countries by your travel will make it impossible to participate on a tour with us, we will refund any payments you have made to us.
24.09.2022 – 13.10.2022
22.10.2022 – 10.11.2022
23.09.2023 – 12.10.2023
21.10.2023 – 09.11.2023
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Not only the gorgeous South American landscapes, but also the history, culture and way of life of the people, is what we want our clients to experience. Perfect tours for small
groups: this enables us to design tours individually, and to adjust them to the
needs and skills of the participants.