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
The Rider Price shown is based on the rider using their own motorcycle. For tours less than four weeks, you will need motorcycle rental if you do not have your own motorcycle available at the start destination of the tour.
|Apr 9 – May 15, 2019||£9,995||£2,700||£5,995||Triumph Tiger 800: £3,847|
Dates & Prices
|The Rider Price shown is based on the rider using their own motorcycle. For tours less than four weeks, you will need motorcycle rental if you do not have your own motorcycle available at the start destination of the tour.|
|Date:||Apr 9 – May 15, 2019|
|Rider Shared Room:||£9,995|
|Passenger Shared Room:||£5,995|
|Bike Rental:||Triumph Tiger 800: £3,847|
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:
Before you go
*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.