Best of Peru – Andes & Machu Picchu

Peru is famed for its charming colonial highland towns, soaring snow-capped mountains and, of course, Machu Picchu. But there is so much more to see!  So we start this Peru motorcycle tour in the far north, at the colonial city of Trujillo, with the mysterious mud city of Chan Chan, then climb into the heart of the Andes on the famous Canyon del Pato and the Cordillera Blanca.

There are many miles on remote mountain roads onto the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas, with a visit to Machu Picchu, and the Inca capital Cusco.  But we don’t end there!  There is more sky high riding across the altiplano to Lake Titicaca, followed by remote twisty mountain roads to Colca Canyon – probably the best place in the world to see giant Andean condors swooping on the warm thermals – before then descending to the White  City of Arequipa.

Peru motorcycle tours don’t get much better than this! This tour shows you the very best of Peru’s superb motorcycling roads, in the north and south of the country, with plenty of local colour and culture.  If you want to ride miles in South America, then check out our Northern Andes Tour.

At a glance


Duration (days)


Miles Covered


Riding difficulty


Unpaved Roads


Culture Shock

At a glance

Duration (days): 16
Miles Covered: 1760
Riding difficulty: Moderate
Unpaved Roads: 5%
Culture Shock: Medium

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.

Shared Room
Single SupplementPassenger
Shared Room
Bike Rental
Oct 21 – Nov 5, 2020£3,495£1,300£3,195BMW F 700 GS: £2,695
BMW F 800 GS: £2,895

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:Oct 21 – Nov 5, 2020
Rider Shared Room: £3,495
Single Supplement:£1,300
Passenger Shared Room:£3,195
Bike Rental:BMW F 700 GS: £2,695
BMW F 800 GS: £2,895
  • This motorcycle tour is a 16 day itinerary of the best of Peru and it starts in Trujillo, Peru and ends in Arequipa, Peru.

    • The ancient Chimu mud city of Chan Chan in the heart of the Sechura Desert
    • Visit the Ballestas Islands in the Paracas National Reserve for penguins, sea lions, sea birds (optional extra)
    • Canyon del Pato and it’s 35 one way tunnels, climbing high into the Andes
    • Ride the Sacred Valley of the Incas onto the famous market town of Pisac and the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo
    • Visit the iconic Machu Picchu, deep in the Andean Mountains (visit included)
    • The ancient Inca capital, Cusco and it’s Inca stonework, and a beer at the iconic motorcycle adventurers bar, The Norton Rats
    • Take a boat out on Lake Titicaca and see the floating reed Islands of Uros (visit included)
    • Colca Canyon and spot condors soaring on the early morning warm thermals
    • Enjoy a classic Peruvian “pisco sour” cocktail, watching the sunset over El Misti Volcano in the White City of Arequipa


  • This is a 16 day itinerary, covering around 1,760 miles / 2,835 kms in Peru. We start the tour in Trujillo, Peru and end it in Arequipa, Peru.

    21 October 2020.  Day 1 & 2:  Trujillo
    Book your flight into Trujillo, Peru (via the capital, Lima) and transfer to the group hotel.  Day to do familiarisation with motorcycle and short ride to visit the ancient Chimu city of Chan Chan.  Evening group meal to welcome everyone.

    23 October 2020.  Day 3: Huaraz (195 miles)
    Set off for Huaraz, high in the Andes and ride the famous Canyon del Pato, through its 35 one way tunnels, with superb views of the gorges.

    24 October 2020.  Day 4:  Barranca (165 miles)
    Continue through the Corderilla Blanca, then a superb twisty descent back to the coast – you can visit the Paramonga Fortress en route.

    25 October 2020.  Day 5: Paracas (222 miles)
    A coastal ride along the Pan American Highway to the town of Paracas, with the option to visit the Ballestras Islands early the next morning.

    26 October 2020.  Day 6: Ayacucho (162 miles)
    More superb riding in the Peruvian highlands to Ayacucho, formerly the stronghold of the rebel group Sendero Luminoso, now one of Peru’s most enticing Andean cities is experiencing a resurgence – its greatest allure is the authenticity which it pulls off its charms!

    27 October 2020. Day 7:  Abancay (234 miles)
    You can never have too much of twisting mountain roads!  We leave the smaller single track roads behead and join the main road to Cusco, with a stop over in Abancay. It’s rare to see other gringos in Abancay – this is a raw, down to earth Peruvian town nestled in the valley by the Pachachaca River, and it leaves us perfectly placed for tomorrow’s ride.

    28 & 29 October 2020.  Day 8 & 9:  Ollantaytambo (134 miles)
    Today we ride in to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, along the Urubamba River and into the small village of Ollantaytambo, dominated by two massive Inca ruins.  It is the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century.  Day off to visit Machu Picchu (visit included)

    30 & 31 October 2020.  Day 10 & 11:  Cusco (115 miles)
    A morning ride to the Inca terraces and market town of Pisac and a visit to the fortress of Sacsayhauman, before reaching Cusco for a late lunch.  You have the afternoon and the next day to explore the ancient Inca capital and make sure you visit the Nortons Rats Bar, where all motorcycle adventurer’s gather.

    1 & 2 November 2020.  Day 12 & 13:  Puno (245 miles)
    Leaving Cusco, we ride across the altiplano and over the Abra La Raya Pass at 4,335m – stop to see the glacier and meet the locals in traditional dress.  We overnight on the banks of Lake Titicaca and have a day off to take a boat out onto the lake and see the floating reed islands of Uros.

    3 November 2020.  Day 14:  Chivay, Colca Canyon (160 miles)
    A glorious days riding in the mountains and over more high passes to reach the small town of Chivay on the edge of the Colca Canyon, famed as one of the world’s deepest canyons.  It’s also a habitat for the giant Andean condor.

    4 November 2020.  Day 15:  Arequipa (150 miles)
    Take an early morning ride out to the Cruz del Condor to spot condors swooping on the late afternoon thermals. We continue across the Andes to the “White City” of Arequipa at 2300 metres and in the shadow of the El Misti Volcano.  Try the traditional Peruvian cocktail, pisco sour, in one of the many balcony bars around the main plaza.

    5 November 2020.  Day 16:  Arequipa
    Transfer to Arequipa airport for your flight back home visa Lima. OR add an extra night with us to give you time to soak up the colonial atmosphere in Arequipa, visit the Santa Catalina Monastery or Juanita the Ice Maiden. (When booking just click to add the extra night before completing your booking.

    Flights:  We do not include your passenger flight in our prices.  Once we have confirmed a guaranteed departure for the tour, it is your responsibility to book your own flights.  For this tour you will need to have an international flight to and from Lima in Peru, with a domestic flight to Trujillo and from Arequipa.  Please book your flight to arrive after 3pm on 21 October 2020 and you can leave any time on or after 5 November 2020.

  • You are in for a treat on this tour, as we use different styles of accommodation, to suit the area we are in.  You will stay in a 16th century monastery converted to a hotel, a lakeside hotel overlooking Titicaca.  The standard of the accommodation is mainly 3* or 4* star, with one 5* hotel. In the more remote Andean, towns we aim to stay at the best accommodation in the area, which is often the equivalent to a 3* standard. In the main towns, we use high standard hotels such as:

    • Libertador, Arequipa.  Our excellent 5* hotel is set in its own grounds, with swimming pool, where you can eat breakfast, with spectacular views of the volcano, especially at sunset.
    • Hotel Costa del Sol, Cusco.  A magnificent colonial 4* hotel in a converted 17th century mansion, with all modern amenities and within 5 minutes’ walk of the main Plaza de Armas.
    • Private Collection Casa Andina, Puno.  A well equipped 4* hotel with balconies offering magnificent views overlooking Lake Titicaca.

    You should note that as we like to provide characterful hotels close to the colonial centre of towns, on occasion, parking is not available on site, so we need to park the bikes in a secure location within a few blocks of the hotel.  We think this is a small price to pay for some of the magnificent locations we are staying in.

  • You have the benefit of booking your motorcycle tour with a UK tour operator who has in place Financial Payment Protection Insurance with Towergate Stevens & Chapman, so that your money paid to us in advance is protected in accordance with The Package Travel Regulations 1992.

    Before you go

    • The assurance of booking with a UK tour operator and knowing that your money paid in advance is protected.
    • Access to GlobeBusters Team pre-departure to request individual face to face meeting or Skype session about preparing for the trip.
    • Motorcycle Tour Travel Pack, including Tour Specific Guidance Handbook, SD Card with mapping, downloadable GPS Route, Daily Route Notes with riding and safety tips, information about the hotels, the route and the sights.

    En Route

    • Hotel bed and breakfast accommodation on a shared basis (unless Single Room booked) for 15 nights.
    • Standard of accommodation is 1 night in 5* hotel, 8 nights in 4* hotels, 6 nights in 3* hotels.
    • Two evening meals; your Welcome & Farewell Meal.
    • Local overnight hotel parking charges.
    • Day visit to Machu Picchu, on Vistadome Train with English speaking guide and entrance to Machu Picchu included.
    • Half day visit by boat to the floating reed islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca.
    • Airport Transfers at the start and the end of the Tour, provided you arrive on the official start date and leave on the official end date.

    Support Crew

    • GlobeBusters Motorcycle Tour Leader on a motorcycle to accompany the group
    • Local Support Driver and Vehicle, equipped with satellite phone, spare fuel, water, tools, selected spare parts and emergency first aid kit, acting as a sweeper vehicle

    Motorcycle Hire

    Where you have chosen to rent a motorcycle, this is organised us with the local motorcycle rental provider.   Your rental fee includes:

    • 14 days hire of the model of motorcycle as chosen by you (or equivalent model)
    • Side cases / panniers.
    • International third party motorcycle insurance in Peru

    We act as agent for the local rental agency and on arrival you will be required to sign the local motorcycle rental contract and provide your credit card details as a guarantee against damages.

    If you require any other motorcycle accessories (tank bag, top box, GPS mount, GPS unit etc), please request these on booking and an additional charge may be applicable.

    Not Included

    • Return passenger airline flights or any other travel costs to get to the start and from the finish point for the tour.
    • Personal travel, accident and medical insurance
    • Motorcycle insurance or motorcycle breakdown recovery insurance
    • Entrance fees to sights and parks, optional excursions or activities, (except where stated)
    • Lunches, snacks or evening meals (except where stated). Any meals whilst on board ferries.
    • Personal spending money, tips, souvenirs or other extras.
    • Personal documentation (eg visas, passport), vaccinations, personal taxes, border crossing fees.
    • Fuel, oil & other motorcycle consumables, toll road fees, traffic fines.
    • Cost of parts, labour or other indirect costs relating to the repair of any damage to your motorcycle or a rental motorcycle
    • We do not supply riding gear; you must bring your own helmet, jacket, trousers and gloves.
    • Any other item not specifically stated as included in the price.


    For clarity, we do not include your passenger flights.  It is your responsibility to organise your own flights to and from the destination.  Once we have confirmed a guaranteed departure, you need to book an outward flight to our start point, Trujillo to arrive no later than around 3pm on 21 October 2020.  The earliest leave date is any time on 5 November 2020 from Arequipa.

    Should you wish to arrive before the official date date or stay after the official end date, please simply request extra nights at the time of booking and we can make the reservation at our group hotel.

    Please also refer to our terms and conditions.
  • When you book a tour with us, we provide you with Tour Specific Guidance Notes that give you detailed information about what you need to know to prepare and plan your tour, and what to expect when on tour. Here are some of the questions that we often get asked before a rider makes a booking:

    What riding experience do I need?
    This route is primarily a paved road route, with some dirt / gravel roads in the Andes, including Canyon del Pato, but mainly twisting mountain roads and across the high altitude Altiplano.  Generally road conditions are good and once out of town, roads are traffic free.  You do need to watch out for slow moving trucks in blind bends and skittish wildlife.  The larger cities of Trujillo, Cusco and Arequipa are busy and a little chaotic. You will be riding at altitude, including some passes over 4,500m high and some nights are at altitudes of 3,300 – 3,800m.  This tour is suitable for a good road rider, preferably with previous experience of touring.  It is also suitable for experienced two-up couples.

    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, a highlighted map and hotel information.  You can use this to self-navigate.  If you prefer to ride with our Motorcycle Tour Leader, then you can do this.

    What is the average group size?
    Our groups are normally between 10 – 16 riders (some riders will have passengers).

    Is this ride suitable for a passenger?
    We have had other riders successfully complete this ride with a pillion passenger.  Your passenger needs to also be an experienced tourer.

    Is there a support vehicle?
    Yes, this tour operates with a local support vehicle and driver.  The support vehicle will carry a maximum of one piece of luggage per person, up to a maximum of 60 litres each.  Your luggage should be dustproof and waterproof and we recommend soft bags such as Ortlieb.  Hard suitcases or baggage with wheels are not recommended.

    Tell me about motorcycle rental
    Where you have chosen to rent a motorcycle, this is organised by us with the local motorcycle rental provider in Lima, Peru.   Your rental fee includes:

    • 14 days of motorcycle rental of the model as chosen by you (or equivalent model)
    • Motorcycle is supplied with side cases / panniers.
    • International third party motorcycle insurance in Peru.
    • One way charge to return the motorcycle back to Lima, after the tour is complete.

    We act as agent for the local provider and on arrival, you are required to sign the local rental agency terms and conditions of hire – please request these, if you require sight in advance.  It is mandatory that you provide valid credit card details as a guarantee against damages.  On collection, we advise you to check your rental motorcycle carefully and to take photographs of it, as proof of its condition.

    Please note that on rare occasions we may need to substitute your choice of motorcycle for something similar.

    If you require any other motorcycle accessories (tank bag, top box, GPS mount, GPS unit etc), please request these on booking and an additional charge may be applicable.

    What documents do I need?
    You will need your original documents as follows:  Passport, Driving Licence, International Driving Permit.

    What about flights?
    You must book your own passenger flights to and from.  The normal route is to fly to the international airport in Lima, Peru and then transfer to domestic airlines to fly direct to Trujillo (and back from Arequipa).  When you book a flight, please make sure that it arrives in Trujillo after 3pm on the first official day and you can fly home any time on the final official day.  We will pick you up from the airport, provided you arrive on the official start date.  We drop you off at the airport, provided you leave on the official end day.

    What will the weather be like?
    We are travelling at the end of the dry season in the Andes, so we would expect some rain.  It is also very chilly at high altitudes, especially in the evening.   We can also experience deep blue skies and sunshine, but remember at altitude the sun can be very strong, so make sure you have sun cream.

    Do I need visas for travel?
    At time of writing, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most EU Citizens do not need any visas in advance for travel.  This information is provided in good faith.  It is your responsibility to have the correct visas in place prior to travel.  Please check what requirements are necessary for your nationality.

    What about my health when I am abroad?
    It is a condition of your travel with us that you have in place travel / medical insurance to cover you for costs of medical treatment and repatriation, if you suffer any illness or injury when on the tour, including any injury sustained from riding or being a passenger on a motorcycle.

    Before you travel, we strongly recommend that you visit your GP or a specialised travel clinic to get advice on the recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures needed for the countries on this trip. As background, the websites listed below may prove useful.

    Please note that many countries on this route do not have the same level of medical infrastructure nor consistent medical standards that you may be used to.  In particular, emergency services often may be a long distance away, with no co-ordinated response, or sometimes no medical response available within reasonable times. This is a risk that you need to accept on booking.

    What about local currency?
    The base currency for this trip is the US Dollar. The US Dollar is readily exchangeable for the local currencies. When you bring US Dollars, it must be in MINT condition or locals will not readily exchange the notes.  The websites below will give you the current rates of exchange.