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- City of Arequipa - The "White City" of southern Peru
- The Atacama Desert - The driest desert in the world, along the shores of the Pacific Ocean
- Paracas National Reserve - A colorful national park full of wildlife and scenery
- Huacachina Oasis - Certainly one of the beautiful and unique oasis in the Americas
- The Nazca Lines - World-famous pre-Columbian mysterious figures drawn into the pampas of the desert
- High Andes - Cruise up to an altitude of 16,500 ft (5000m) in the longest mountain range in the world!
- City of Cusco - The Incan Empire's ancient capital and gateway to Machu Picchu
- Machu Picchu - The Lost City of the Incas and one of the most famous discoveries and sites in the world!
- Amazon Jungle - 2-night stay in an Eco Lodge Resort in the heart of Amazonian atmosphere
- The Altiplano - The High Plains region of the Andes Mountains, expansive views, colors, and scenery
- Lake Titicaca - Highest navigable lake in the world spanning the Peru & Bolivia border
- Colca Canyon - Home of the Andean Condor in the deepest canyon in the world
"It was the trip of a lifetime! I had to pinch myself several times to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. I think the highlight was the Uyuni Salt Flats, surreal landscape. My favorite place we stayed had no electricity or hot water in La Higuera Bolivia but I give it a five star! Just riding through the small villages of Peru and Bolivia was great. Looking forward to another trip."
-That's the Adventure Riding spirit we love and hope to bring out of more Riders! Karl Arceneaux's Andes & Altiplano Guided Group Tour was clearly a success, and a real Adventure Rider understands that sometimes "things don't work" in places like Bolivia. We make the best of each situation, and have fun with the memories on all of these trips. So glad you enjoyed, Karl!
|"Just to let you know that we had a fabulous time in Peru! Excellent people, excellent route and excellent hotels!
I guess I didn't really know what to expect from Peru - but it surpassed any expectations I had many times over. It really is a sensational trip and both Helen and I loved the riding and the few bits of 'adventure' that we had!"
-Michael Potter and his wife, Helen must have enjoyed themselves, as so many of us do when riding and exploring the incredible land of Peru. They were part of our Guided Group "Machu Picchu Express" tour, and we look forward to riding with them again in the Andes, soon.
"Just finished the Machu Picchu express tour. The tour was absolutely brilliant! It was very well organised, driving was fantastic. Food and accommodation great ! I will be recommending to my friends when I get home! Thanks very much! - Patrick Fives"
-Patrick and another group of Riders all enjoyed what the Andes Mountains of Peru had in store for them on the Machu Picchu Express Guided Group Motorcycle Tour. Patrick, if this just razzled up some curiosity about what the rest of the Andes may be like, please keep us in mind!
"My dad and I had the best time of our lives! Diederik and Edi were excellent, really help made it a great tour. - If anyone would like to contact me to ask questions about the or tour around Peru, please feel free to pass them my email and Cc; yourself."
-Alexandra Carroll from Australia, having given us exactly what we're after in this business: Great feedback about motorcycle trips! Alexandra and her father joined one of our "7 Highlights of Southern Peru" tours in early 2015.
"Javier was a great guide and a very fun and good person. We are making a movie of the trip (Javier was the main cameras man) and will share that with you. Here are a couple of photos from the trip. Thank you very much for an incredible journey in a wonderful country. Next year we are off to Russia for our annual cruise. We had an AWESOME trip. A big special thanks to Javier...he was extremely special."
-Charles Davidson, Brandon Batagol, and Bruce Syme from Australia after their private motorcycle tour of Peru. Glad you guys enjoyed so much, let's do those "hot springs" tours!
"Fantastic tour on the Machu Picchu Express. Good route with a mix of desert, mountains and rainforest. Some excellent riding and a good crew. Top marks to Geert and eddy who kept us entertained in the evenings and informed during the tour plus on the road whatever the problems that came up."
-David Kellaway from the U.K. after what was a successful first experience riding a motorcycle in the Andes Mountains of Peru on theMachu Picchu Express tour package
-Gustavo Priyoltensky from Massachusetts after what was clearly a great self-guided motorcycle trip in Peru with his father in early 2015. Come back again, guys!
- Mark Larson from Arizona in the U.S. after he and his wife, Melanie enjoyed exploring Peru on one of our BMW R1200GS rentals. Mark had done Patagonia a few years ago with us, and appears to be "conquering Lost Andes!"
"Guys had a great time, despite Phil almost being arrested LOL. He left his ID and money etc. under a mattress at one of the hotels a maid found it and turned it in but not before they were stopped at a checkpoint along the route. Phil had no idea he had forgotten it.
Your staff was wonderful in assisting them. Phil took like 1600 photo’s. Next time they want another motorcycle trip, I will definitely keep you guys in mind. Thank you so much for all your assistance."
-Written by Brandi who assisted in setting up a self-guided Peru motorcycle trip package for the Nelson brothers from the U.S. Worth noting here is that, while we don't recommend leaving things behind in hotels, there are definitely good people all over the world, including beautiful Peru!
"Wow! Wow! WOW!!!
The three principal environments in Peru are coastal desert, high mountains (and here I mean HIGH, as in really, really HUGE!), and jungle. But there is also everything in between from pine forests at 2000m to the incredible expanses of golden Pampas grasses on the "Altiplano", way above the tree line, starting at 3,000m and up for there. Our highest point was 4,900m, and still we were dwarfed by the giant peaks all around. Amazing is too weak a word for it. AWESOME is often a word that is over-used. This was truly that.
- Rory Aitken from the U.K. after clearly enjoying his exploration of Peru on one of our BMW R1200GS rentals. With sentiments like this, perhaps more people will finally venture into the Andes Mountains of Peru on one of our motorcycle rentals!
"Just got back from a great ride in Peru...RIDE Adventures helped nine of us to build and ride a personalized tour of Peru...the ninth person was a Peruvian that lives here in the States. Having a Spanish speaking guy with you really makes the trip
-Ted Beck - Montana - If you want more particulars - email me! (Ted and his group did a self-guided motorcycle trip of Peru with motorcycles we provided, and hotels and maps we arranged for them.)
"All around, a great trip. Your entire organization is totally professional. Your email responses were always prompt and accurate. Like I said, Lars was very honest in his assessment of my trip and he was right. It's obvious that all of you actually ride and you know the routes.
-Terry Banen from the U.S, after what was clearly a great self-guided motorcyle trip in Peru, including Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu.
- Valérie Julie Brousseau from Canada sent another smile across our faces when we saw this note about her motorcycle trip experience in Peru. We are so glad you enjoyed, Val!
- Todd Thorsell and his buddy Roger clearly enjoyed themselves in Peru, taking this photo near the Colca Canyon on our Guided Group "Machu Picchu Express" motorcycle tour. Glad you enjoyed, guys!
The Heart of the Incas - Self-Guided 4x4 Adventure Travel
If you're not a motorcycle household, or if you RIDE and your partner doesn't, or vice versa, no need to feel left out! With our rugged 4x4 adventure travel packages, you can visit all of the incredible places on our Peru trips whether you do it on two wheels or four.
Reserve your "Heart of the Incas" trip package with us, our longest, most robust trip available. During this nearly three-week adventure, you'll see the absolutely marvelous sites of Peru from the safety and comfort of a 4x4 pickup or SUV. Our seamless rental processes will have a vehicle waiting for you, all your hotels pre-reserved, along with GPS, maps, and notes that make your dauntless itinerary an easy one to follow.
The costs associated with guided tours aren't for everyone, and neither is the challenge of riding a motorcycle, so contact us to arrange your self-guided 4x4 adventure through Peru today!
Day 1 - Arrive in Arequipa
Welcome to Peru and the beginning of your journey into the Andes Mountains! To start this adventure, you'll be greeted at the airport and taken to your hotel just before a detailed orientation about your trip and 4x4 vehicle. All part of having a safe and enjoyable trip! After which, spend your first day taking in the friendly atmosphere of the "White City" of southern Peru and explore the shopping and dining opportunities in this walking-friendly city.
Day 2 - Arequipa to Puerto Inca - 255 miles (410km)
On your own schedule, this adventurous driving day takes you along the twisting and winding Pacific Coast of Peru, all the way to Puerto Inca, passing villages and marveling at breathtaking views. Situated in an amazing location that was once the Incan harbor, your hotel is on a beautiful bay with ruins nearby that are free to visit.
Day 3 and 4 - Puerto Inca to Nazca - 110 miles (180km)
A short drive through the desert landscape with Pacific waves crashing to your left has your adventure arrive in the home of the famous Nazca Lines where you'll have the opportnity to see the mysterious historical remnants. On the way, stop and visit the Museo Sacaco, (with a petrified whale) or maybe the pre-Incan cemetary at Chachilla. Local flights are available to soar over the enormous Nazca lines, or if flying isn't your thing, visit the historical Paradones and Incan aquaducts.
Day 5 - Nazca to Huacachina - 90 miles (150km)
If you didn't take a scenic flight over the Nazca lines, visit the Maria Reiche Tower; from this amazing view you can see three of the famous figures and numerous other lines. On your way, and only a few miles down the road, stop in at the Maria Reiche Museum. At the end of the day's drive, you'll arrive in Huacachina, the most beautiful desert oasis in all of the Americas. For side adventures, here's your chance to do some sand-boarding on the dunes, or go for a ride in the sand buggies.
Day 6 - Huacachina to Paracas - 45 miles (70km)
Get an early start on the shortest leg of your trip, because a quick jaunt over to Paracas allows the opportunity to visit the Islas Ballestas or the "Poor Man's Galapagos Islands" by speed boat. After your boating adventure, take a drive through the Paracas National Reserve...a truly special experience to top off your day.
Day 7 - Paracas to Ayacucho - 225 miles (360km)
Ready to climb some mountains? Finally, after a week spent in stunning Peru, prepare yourself to be blown away with your ascent into the Andes. Along the way up, you'll see llamas, alpacas, and vicunas on your winding drive to Ayacucho. Visit the Incan ruins at Tambo Colorado as a side journey.
Day 8 - Ayacucho to Abancay - 236 miles (380km)
An extended, but beautiful, driving day through the High Andes. Stop for lunch near Andahuaylas, then continue to enjoy the sensational mountain views as you head into tourist-free Abancay for a relaxing night reflecting back on the incredible travel experience now underway.
Day 9 - Abancay to Ollantaytambo - 140 miles (220km)
Your 4x4 adventure continues through the Andes as you head for the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" and the authentic Incan town of Ollantaytambo. Be sure to take the time to explore an authentic, timeworn Incan fortress!
Day 10 - Machu Picchu ... FINALLY!
Of all the major highlights on this trip or any other in the Andes Mountains of South America, a visit to Machu Picchu is at the top of everyone's list. You've finally made it! With no main road making it possible to drive to Machu Picchu, we've arranged your train and bus passage to the town of Aguas Calientes, along with another 30-minute winding bus ride to the citadel entrace.
Make a point to scale Wayna Picchu, (the backdrop of Machu Picchu) but do so carefully, as the challenging hike isn't for everybody. At the end of a terrific day of exploration, the return to Ollantaytambo by train awaits you.
Day 11 and 12 - Ollantaytambo to Cusco - 50 miles (80km)
Another relatively short driving day, but one full of experiences to enjoy! Just 50 miles will take you into the ancient capital of the Incan empire: Cusco. Considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in South America, Cusco has much to see and explore. Steep streets. The Plaza de Armas. Cathedrals, museums, and ruins of Sacsayhuaman, just to name a few. There's so much to see here, you'll need two nights. And even that's not enough (inquire with us about extending or customizing any part of this package.)
Day 13 and 14 - Cusco to Puerto Maldonado - 290 miles (470km)
Another 290 miles today, but guess what? No driving! You're off to the airport here in Cusco where you'll take a short flight to Puerto Maldonado and land in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.
Hotel staff will pick you up upon arrival, and after a quick jaunt to the docks, you'll board a small boat for a ride to your jungle lodge, where all meals and excursions are included. Two isolated nights in the jungle for you to experience all the sights, sounds, and smells of the Amazon.
Day 15 - Puerto Maldonado to Cusco - 290 miles (470km)
Hotel staff will deliver you to the airport for your flight back to Cusco. Spend the rest of your day exploring everything you didn't have a chance to see the first time around. Visit the Plaza de Armas, enjoy great shopping, and fill up with the delicious dining opportunities in town.
Day 16 and 17 - Cusco to Puno - 220 miles (360km)
You connection from Cusco to Puno has a bit of extra length to it today, but it's spent navigating the Altiplano of the Andes Mountains and its magnificent views. By the afternoon, however, you'll pull into the city of Puno situated on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Spend your second day here exploring the highest navigable lake in the world. A boating tour will take you to the "Floating Islands of the Uros" and its people, along with the real island of Taquile.
Day 18 - Puno to Colca Canyon - 200 miles (320km)
We're coming up on the end of your adventure travel, but not before you cross the highest point of the whole tour at 16,100 feet (4,910m) in the Andes. Take in the wonderous view of the mountain peaks before descending to the town of Chivay, right in the heart of the Colca Valley.
Day 19 - Colca Canyon to Arequipa - 160 miles (260km)
Cruising deeper into the Colca Canyon today leads you to the "Cruz del Condor" and the chance to see the Andean Condor, (the world's 2nd largest flying bird) soaring on giant wings. Enjoy watching their morning feeding frenzy before headed back to Arequipa, having come full circle on a truly awe-inspiring expedition through one of the most fascinating countries in South America.
This section gives you an up-close view of some of the terrain the Dakar Rally competitors have been conquering since the famous International race arrived in South America in 2009. Rugged terrain and sand dunes being covered by motorcycles and overland trucks will paint the landscape leading you back to Arequipa for your own checkered flag.
Day 20 - Departure Day
The people of Peru and our Staff will be sad to see you leave, but this will have been an adventure you'll never, ever forget. Our staff delivers you to the airport on your final day here in Peru, unless you're headed onward to explore more of the Andes Mountains? There's so much more to do an experience, and we'll be happy to help you do so!
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