High Andes

IMG_3664 (Medium)The High Andes motorcycle tour is a perfect introduction 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!

At a glance

35

Duration (days)

5 5 0 0

Miles Covered

Moderate

Riding difficulty

1%

Unpaved Roads

Medium

Culture Shock

At a glance

Duration (days): 35
Miles Covered: 5500
Riding difficulty: Moderate
Unpaved Roads: 1%
Culture Shock: Medium

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are based on a rider using their own motorcycle. If you need to rent a motorcycle, there is an additional charge shown.

Date Rider
Shared Room
Single Supplement Passenger
Shared Room
Bike Rental
Apr 4 – May 10, 2017 £8,995 £2,000 £5,495

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are based on a rider using their own motorcycle. If you need to rent a motorcycle, there is an additional charge shown.
Date: Apr 4 – May 10, 2017
Rider Shared Room: £8,995
Single Supplement: £2,000
Passenger Shared Room: £5,495
Bike Rental:
    • The cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires – we’ll dine of the best steaks in the world and head out to one of the best tango bars in the capital.
    • Ride through the World Heritage Listed Quebrada de Humahuaca. Watch out for guachos on their horses in Tilcara.
    • Red rocks and canyons in Tupiza – this is the last destination of the famous outlaw, Butch Cassidy!
    • 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.
    • 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 at Chauchilla Cemetry.
    • Ride in the shadow of El Misti Volcano to the white city of Arequipa. Enjoy the tranquillity of the Santa Catalina Convent.
    • Cross to Chile and the long desert roads of the Atacama, the driest desert in the world and stop at the iconic Hand of the Desert.
    • The tiny village of San Pedro de Atacama, with an option to visit the Tatio Geysers and then ride out to Valley of the Moon for sunset.
    • Ride your bike across crystal white salt flats of the Salinas Grandes.
    • Wine tasting at the vineyards of Etchart (Cafayate) and then explore the pre-Inca ruins of Quilmes (and try the beer of the same name!)
    • Visit Che Guevara’s home in Alta Gracia.

    ROUTE MAP

  • Week 1 – Northern Argentina
    Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina.  The Pampas grasslands.  Rio Hondo.  Tilcara.  A hectic border crossing to Bolivia.

     Week 2 – Bolivia
    Potosi.  La Paz, de facto capital of Bolivia.  Optional “Road of Death” ride. Lake Titicaca.  Copacabana.

    Week 3 – Peru
    Puno.  Cusco, ancient Inca capital.  Scared Valley & market town of Pisac.  Fortress of Ollantaytambo.  Nasca.  The White City of Arequipa.

    Week 4 – Chile
    Arica & the Atacama Desert. Dramatic Pacific coastal roads. Iquique. San Pedro de Atacama. Tatio Geysers & Valley of the Moon. Paso de Jama crossing to Argentina.

     Week 5 – Argentina
    Salinas Grandes salt flats. Cafayate.  Catamarca.  Che Guevara’s home in Alta Gracia. Rosario.  Buenos Aires.

  • We use good standard 4* hotels and some 3 * hotels for this trip.  We do not camp or use hostels.

    You need to be aware that the hotels standards in Bolivia (the poorest country in South America) may not be what you would normally expect of an equivalent described standard in Europe and North America.

    All accommodation has en suite bathrooms and, for most locations, satellite TV in the rooms.  Many hotels have free wifi, but it can be slow or sometimes not working inthe more remote locations.

    We start and end the tour at the 4* hotel, La Scala Hotel, Buenos Aires. Some of our favourites hotels on this tour are:

    • Private Collection Casa Andina, Puno, Peru
    • Hotel Rosario, La Paz & Copacabana, Bolivia
    • Hotel La Comarca, Purmamarca, Argentina
    • Hotel Boutique Villa Vicuna, Cafayate, Argentina

     

     

  • Before you go

    • Pre-departure meeting and GlobeBusters Expedition Guidance Handbook with all pre-trip information.
    • Assistance with the procurement of visas for each country and provision of Letters of Invitation, if required.
    • Detailed daily road book, with GPS information, loan SD Card, with GPS mapping for the region compatible with Garmin Zumo

    En Route

    • En suite accommodation in majority 4* hotels, most with satellite TV channels & free Wi-fi
    • All breakfasts
    • At least one group dinner per week, including one alcoholic drink
    • All hotel parking charges for your motorcycle

    Motorcycle Freight

    • Sea freight & Customs Clearance of your motorcycle from UK to Buenos Aires (UK/EU Price Only)*
    • Sea freight & Customs Clearance of your motorcycle from Buenos Aires to UK (UK/EU Price Only)*
    • In-transit insurance for your motorcycle during freight out and back, subject to a £500 excess

    Support Crew

    • GlobeBusters Motorcycle Expedition Leader
    • Second Motorcycle Guide, if group is over 12 riders
    • Support Driver & Vehicle, equipped with spare fuel, tools, medical kit, satellite phone

    Please note that international passenger flights are not included in your price.  We advise you of the inward and outward dates and potential flight options for your Tour.  You will need to book your own airline tickets.

    *For non-UK riders, please contact us for your own bespoke freight arrangements.  We can facilitate freight from major freight hubs in USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and elsewhere.  For EU riders we ask you to bring your motorcycle to London for freight and if necessary, we can organise a bike collection and drop off with your nearest dealer.  Some extra fees may be chargeable for different freight arrangements.

  • What type of bike do I need?
    We recommend that you use a medium to large capacity dual purpose / adventure style bike.  We support any make and model.  Our Support Crew ride the Triumph Tiger 800XCx or Triumph Explorer XC.  We also have lots of experience with the BMW GS range.  What is important is that you have a reliable and robust bike that you are comfortable riding and it has been fully serviced prior to the start and has new tyres.

    What riding experience do I need?
    This is primarily all paved road route. (Note that the “Road of Death” is an optional ride only.)  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. There are plenty of animals to be wary of – llama, alpaca, vicuna. Traffic conditions in El Alto, La Paz and Arequipa are very busy and chaotic and you need to be alert and assertive, with good slow control to ease yourself through the traffic.

    You will enjoy the experience more if your riding is of an advanced standard and by that we mean you have a good command of slow control (ieg you don’t dangle your feet or paddle at slow speeds and can U-turn your bike), you are assertive on the road and have good forward planning and hazard perception, you are able to perform safe and precise overtakes and are able ride to the legal speed limits.

    You also need to have some experience of riding your motorcycle on unpaved surfaces such as gravel, and dirt as if there are any roadworks on our route (or sometimes protests which force us on a diversion), normally diversions will be on temporary dirt roads.

    How does motorcycle freight work?
    We organise the freight of your motorcycle with our appointed freight agent.  You must bring your motorcycle to our freight depot.  We crate your motorcycle and do all the necessary documents.  Your bike is sea freighted to Buenos Aires, where we do the Customs Clearance of your motorcycle, but you must be physically present at Customs to do this, with your original documents.  At the end of the trip, we all ride the motorcycles to our appointed warehouse in Buenos Aires for sea freight back to the UK.

    What about servicing & tyres?
    Your motorcycle must be fully serviced immediately prior to the start of the expedition and be fitted with new tyres.  This is primarily a paved road route so road tyres (such as Conti Trail Attack 2) or dual purpose tyres (such as Conti TKC70) are recommended and will make the whole route, provided that you ride smoothly.

    Is it difficult to get fuel?
    We have never had any issue with finding fuel.  In certain regions, once en route, we will warn you in advance of any possible fuel shortages or if there is a route with a key fuel stop, where everyone must fill up with fuel to get to the next destination.  It is not necessary to fit any after-market large fuel tank or carry fuel bottles, although some riders chose to do so.  Our support vehicle also carries spare fuel for emergencies.

    What is the average group size?
    Our groups are normally between 8 – 12 riders (some have passengers).  Our groups are often very international and whilst the majority of riders come from the UK, we also get riders from USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and so on.  Tin the past, there has been a higher proportion of women on this tour, either travelling as a solo rider or as a passenger.

    Is this ride suitable for a passenger?
    It is a suitable route for couples riding two-up; every High Andes expedition we have operated has had two-up couples as part of the team.

    Is there a support vehicle?
    All our expeditions have a dedicated GlobeBusters Support Vehicle, driven by a GlobeBusters Support Driver.  It is capable of carrying two motorcycle and two passengers.  Our support vehicles carry a satellite phone, mobile phone, medical bag and spinal board, spare fuel, water, tools, some spare parts, some spare tyres.  Our support vehicle provides temporary assistance to you if you have a mechanical problem or an accident and are injured.  This is not a luggage vehicle – you must carry your own luggage on your motorcycle.  For more information, please see our Support Vehicle section.

    Do I have to ride in a group?
    No!  We do not make you ride in convoy.  We offer you the freedom to decide how you would like to ride.  We give you a road book, GPS co-ordinates and hotel information.  You can use this to self-navigate.  If you prefer to ride with our Expedition Leader, then you can do this.  Occasionally we will ask you to ride in a group when we are crossing a border or if there is a security issue.

    What documents do I need?
    You will need your original documents as follows:  Passport, Motorcycle Registration Document or Title, Driving Licence, International Driving Permit.  In addition you must have travel/medical insurance and 3rd party motorcycle insurance (where available).  As visa requirements are dependent on your nationality and a complex with constantly changing requirements, we would direct you to our appointed visa agency for advice www.thevisamachine.com.  However, we know that UK and most EU citizens do not require any visas in advance of travel.  USA and Canadian citizens need to pay Reciprocity Fees for Argentina and have a visa for Bolivia.