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ALTITUDE ADVENTURE

Duration

17 Days – 17 Nights

Departures

Year – round

Distance

4,100km / 2,547mi
(70% asphalt, 30% dirt-road)

Max. altitude

4,800masl/15,800ft

The biggest bang for the buck – 3 countries and all the major sites!
TOUR STARTS AND ENDS AT

Peru Moto Tours office. Calle Saphi 578, Cusco

ACCOMMODATION

Included 17 nights: 3-star, breakfast included. (Double occupancy)

CUSCO AIRPORT PICKUP/DROPOFF

Included

INCLUDED

Motorcycle(choose from Honda XR150L, CRF250L, XRE300, KTM 390 Adventure, Suzuki DR650)
Adventure Guide (english/spanish)
Basic insurance (“SOAT” for personal injury related to a traffic accident) valid only in Peru and Chile
Photos
Welcome or Farewell Dinner
17 nights accommodation based on double occupancy. 3-star with breakfast included, based on double-occupancy
Transfer Cusco ↔ Ollantaytambo, Train Ollantaytambo ↔ Aguas Calientes, Shuttle bus Aguas Calientes ↔  Machu Picchu, Entrance fee Machu Picchu, Cultural Guide Machu Picchu
Half-day Lake Titicaca guided boat tour
Border-crossing documents
Dinner at Private Country House, Andahuaylillas (third night)
Airport pickup and dropoff
Support vehicle (includes driver and his room+board). Each rider can put up to 15kgs of luggage on the support vehicle. Does not include gasoline, tolls, or parking (if necessary).
Basic equipment (helmet, gloves, and jacket) if necessary

NOT INCLUDED

Gasoline (for riders, guide, and support vehicle). The guide and support vehicle gasoline cost is split amongst the riders (approx. 550USD each)
Entrance fees for any of the sites/optional activities

OPTIONAL

Motorcycle Damage Insurance +200USD
Triumph Tiger 800XC or Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L +1105USD

PRICE

4+ Riders = 5427USD each
Non-riders = 3436USD each

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Day1: Cusco Historical Center, 4 Ruins (Sacsayhuayman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, Tambomachay)

Description: After the briefing about the Tour at 14h, everyone can get familiar with their motorcycle and take a scenic route through the Historical Center of Cusco and visit the four Inca ruins close to Cusco (Sacsayhuayman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay). This route is an easy exit from Cusco and you will quickly get a sense of the surrounding hills, traffic, and how Peruvian drivers are!

Distance: 100km / 62mi
Time: 3h – 4h (approx)
Arrival to Cusco: airport pickup
Lunch: not included
Dinner: the group can choose between a Welcome Dinner or a Farewell Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Mamasara (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 2: Machu Picchu (by train)

Description: We visit one of the New Wonders of the World, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most beloved sites in the world. An early pickup at your hotel to the train station where you will enjoy the 1h40m train journey to the town of Aguas Calientes. In Aguas Calientes, a shuttle bus will whisk you to the entrance of Machu Picchu. A cultural guide will explain and lead you around the Machu Picchu Pueblo. Free time around Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes after. An evening train returns us to Cusco.

Distance: 0km / 0mi
Time: Full-day
Lunch: Aguas Calientes (not included)
Dinner: Aguas Calientes/Cusco – depending on train time (not included)
Accommodation: Hotel Mamasara (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 3: Sacred Valley (Cusco – Moray/Salineras – Ollantaytambo – Pisac – Andahuaylillas)

Description: Our first full day of riding! You will quickly appreciate the changes in scenery as soon as you leave Cusco and why the Sacred Valley is so high on everyone’s list to experience. The curvy roads towards Chinchero and our first stop at Salineras (outdoor artisanal salt mine) are dirt roads but in great condition and with buses/cars that travel on them. After a look at Moray (Inca agricultural terraces), we can take the shortcut via Puente Pachar to Ollantaytambo – one of the most important and impressive Inca ruins outside of Machu Picchu. Ollantaytambo is also a quaint little town with its canals running through the streets and an amazing view to remind you of the Incas at every turn. We travel to Pisac, passing through many small villages along the Rio Vilcanota. Once we arrive in Pisac, we take a break over some delicious traditional empanadas of which Pisac is famous for (in addition to the Inca ruins and expansive artisanal market here). We arrive at a beautiful private country house in Andahuaylillas where we rest.

Distance: 250km / 155mi
Time: 6h – 8h (approx)
Lunch: Urubamba (not included)
Dinner: Andahuaylillas (included)
Accommodation: Private Country House, Andahuaylillas, breakfast included

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Day 4: Andahuaylillas – Sicuani – Yauri – Chivay/Colca Canyon

Description: After a good breakfast to prepare us for the day, we set off for 150kms more of asphalt, passing Lake Langui and then to the town of Yauri where there is a lot of mining activity. From Yauri, the dirt roads that are approximately 280kms take us through Tintaya and Chucuraña and then we arrive to the town of Chivay – gateway to Colca Canyon. Colca Canyon is considered the world’s deepest canyon and is home to many Andean Condors.

Distance: 430km / 267mi
Time: 6h – 8h (approx)
Lunch: Yauri (not included)
Dinner: Chivay/Yanque (not included)
Accommodation: Hotel Eco Inn Colca Canyon (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 5: Chivay – Patahuasi – Aguada Blanca National Reserve – Arequipa

Description: We get up early to see the first flight of the day of the Andean Condors that call Colca Canyon home. We cruise along the border of the Aguada Blanca National Reserve – amazing landscapes and we can already start to see Misti mountain in the distance. We should arrive to Arequipa in the afternoon and you may still enjoy a bit of sightseeing to the Santa Catalina Monastery or the Museum of the Mummy Juanita.

Distance: 290km / 180mi
Time: 4 hours
Lunch: Patahuasi (not included)
Dinner: Arequipa (not included)
Accommodation: Casa Andina Classic Jerusalen, Arequipa (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 6: Arequipa – Moquegua – Tacna

Description: From Arequipa, we say goodbye to the Andes and Misti and head towards the coastal desert via the Panamericana Sur. We don’t quite see the ocean but we can feel the heat and dryness. We arrive in Tacna and get to sample some local specialties (rocoto relleno, olives, and local wine).

Distance: 366km / 227mi
Time: 6h – 7h (approx)
Lunch: Moquegua (not included)
Dinner: Tacna (not included)
Accommodation: Hotel Dorado Tacna (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 7: Tacna – Iquique

Description: We start early to get through Peruvian and Chilean border-crossings. We enter the world of Chile – where motorists stop for pedestrians, things are more expensive (relative to Peru), and everything feels a lot more European! We continue along the Panamericana, to the city of Iquique. Once a prosperous saltpeter mining town, now more famous for its beaches, seafront casinos, and holiday destination for Chilenos.

Distance: 355km / 221mi
Time: 6h – 7h (approx)
Lunch: Cuya (not included)
Dinner: Iquique (included)
Accommodation: Hotel Spark Express (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 8: Iquique – Calama

Description: We take a interior road through the Pampa de Tamarugal – the beginning of the Atacama Desert. There is Humberstone world heritage site and the Santa Laura Saltpeter Works. We continue along to the town of Calama – famous for mining as in many areas of Chile and known as one of the driest cities in the world!

Distance: 410km / 255mi
Time: 8 hours
Lunch: En route (not included)
Dinner: Calama (not included)
Accommodation: Hotel Mirador (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 9: Calama – San Pedro de Atacama

Description: After breakfast, we go head to the world’s largest open pit copper mine (Chuquicamata). Then we traverse through the Valley of Death (Pampa del Indio Muerto) and to the town of San Pedro de Atacama. The magic of San Pedro de Atacama is that desert, salt flats, volcanoes, geysers, and hot springs make up the inspiring landscape of the region. We arrive early so that we can visit the Valley of the Moon and the Salt Flats of Atacama.

Distance: 103km / 64mi
Time: 3 hours
Lunch: San Pedro de Atacama (not included)
Dinner: San Pedro de Atacama (included)
Accommodation: Hotel Takhatakha (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 10: San Pedro de Atacama – Laguna Verde – Apacheta/Hito Cajones – Ojo de Perdiz

Description: We start the day early to prepare our journey to Bolivia. The last 30 kilometers in Chile are asphalt and when we enter Bolivia – dirt roads! Bolivia shares a lot of the same indigenous cultures, history, and is considered more rugged and less developed than its neighbors. We enter Bolivia and encounter the amazing Laguna Verde at 4800masl and the Salt Flats of Chalviri. When we arrive at Apacheta, this is where a little patience is required as we proceed through Bolivia customs and immigration (approx. 2 hours). After, we can visit Laguna Colorado (4278masl) we will arrive at our destination for the night – Ojo de Perdiz.

Distance: 190km / 118mi
Time: 5 hours
Lunch: En route (not included)
Dinner: Ojo de Perdiz (not included)
Accommodation: Hotel Tayka Del Desierto (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 11: Ojo de Perdiz – Uyuni

Description: The surrounding nature and rustic environment creates a excellent narrative for the journey today towards Uyuni. Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat – the remnants of a prehistoric lake. The bright-white salt contrasts dramatically against the indigo blue sky.

Distance: 300km / 186mi
Time: 7 hours
Lunch: En route (not included)
Dinner: Uyuni (not included)
Accommodation: Hotel Rusticos Jardines (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 12: Uyuni

Description: The Salt Flats of Uyuni is one of the biggest highlights of Bolivia and encompasses an area of 11,000 square kilometers. We start the morning from the hotel towards the Isla Pescado – a rocky stretch of land in the middle of Salar de Uyuni. With its cactuses and other vegetation, it seems incredibly out of place and maybe we will spot some pink flamingoes.

Distance: 150km / 93mi
Lunch: En route/box lunch (not included)
Dinner: Uyuni (not included)
Accommodation: Hotel Rusticos Jardines (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 13: Uyuni – Oruro – La Paz

Description: We leave the peace and tranquility of Salar de Uyuni for Oruro (famous for its celebration at the time of Carnaval) and continue to La Paz – Bolivia’s largest city. Burgeoning food scene and launch point for various activites in the Amazon part of Bolivia, Yungay/Death Road (not so deadly anymore since only motorcycles and bicycles are allowed on it now, and watched over by Mount Illimani.

Distance: 240km / 150mi
Time: 6 hours
Lunch: Oruro (not included)
Dinner: La Paz (not included)
Accommodation: Hotel Gloria (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 14: La Paz – Desaguadero – Puno

Description: We say goodbye to the busy city of La Paz and cross back into Peru via Desaguadero (again, patience!). Once we enter the land of Peru against the backdrop of Lake Titicaca, we head for the town of Puno.

Distance: 270km / 168mi
Time: 6 hours
Lunch: Desagaudero (not included)
Dinner: Puno (not included)
Accommodation: Hotel Eco Inn Puno (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 15: Lake Titicaca

Description: We offer you a half-day guided tour of Lake Titicaca. Learn about the history, the communities that live on the Lake. Other activities are taking a ride on a reed boat, visiting the SS Ollanta (a steamship sent by pieces from England that has remained in great condition due to the freshwater).

Distance: 0km/0mi
Lunch: Desagaudero (not included)
Dinner: Puno (not included)
Accommodation: Hotel Eco Inn Puno (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 16: Puno – Calca

Description: We say goodbye to Lake Titicaca and take the route back to Cusco via Juliaca, La Raya, and Sicuani. There are a few archaeological sites along the way (Raqchi) and a beautiful old church in Huaro. The last stretch towards Calca will bring us through Pisac again.

Distance: 395km / 245mi
Time: 6 hours
Lunch: Sicuani (not included)
Dinner: Calca (not included)
Accommodation: Hotel Plaza de Armas Calca (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 17: Calca – Lares – Cusco

Description: We take the high road! The road from Calca towards Lares is one of our favorites in the region and we couldn’t let you leave Peru without seeing it. We reach Abra Lares which is 4500masl and take a well-deserved soak in the hot springs of Lares – the hottest in the region! The sulphur hot springs are therapeutic for our weary bodies as we congratulate ourselves and the amazing adventure we have had.

Distance: 250km / 155mi
Time: 6h – 7h
Lunch: Lares (not included)
Dinner: Cusco (depends if Welcome or Farewell Dinner is chosen)
Accommodation: Hotel Mamasara (3-star), breakfast included

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Day 18: Cusco

Description: Do your last minute souvenir shopping around town, copy the pictures (we send them electronically to you but if you have a USB drive or SD card, we can copy them for you in an instant), and stop by the Peru Moto Tours office to allow us to say thanks for joining us!

Distance: 0km/0mi
Departure from Cusco: airport dropoff