Day 1 – Your Arrival in Arequipa, Peru
Welcome to Peru and the city of Arequipa! The home base of Peruvian touring operations just happens to be quite a charming city to visit as well, after we picked you up from the airport, the option is yours to spend the day enjoying the city of Arequipa. Folks might want to visit local museums, the shopping and dining opportunities, and of course the historical city center which is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site. – We’ll be making sure everyone in attendance gets the chance to meet, hold a briefing, and answer any questions you have prior to departure the next day.
Day 2 – The RIDE to Puerto Inka – 410km
Let’s head to the coast! Starting early, once everyone is comfortable on their rental motorcycles (that are included in the package,) we’ll make our way to the Pacific Ocean for an always pleasing sight. Headed north then along the PanAmerican Highway, we’ll spend this long day enjoying twists and turns that might remind you of California’s Hwy 1, which is obviously the same stretch of road just thousands of miles away. With a great hotel option overlooking Puerto Inka, relax and enjoy one simple thought: “You’re riding a motorcycle in Peru!!!”
Day 3 – The RIDE to Nazca – 164 km
A shorter day by design, the idea is that the area is rich with Peruvian heritage and fascinating things to see, so why blaze through it? Even before arriving in Nazca, the Chauchilla Cemetery awaits, and of course in the afternoon, you’ll have the option to fly over the famous Nazca Lines that were carved into the face of the earth around 1500 years ago. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site in just your 3rd day in Peru? A comfortable hotel awaits and sets up the ride a bit further up the coast tomorrow.
Day 4 – The RIDE to Huacahina – 145km
Ever done any dune buggy riding or sandboarding (like snowboarding?) The opportunity to check both experiences off your bucket list awaits today, as we’ll enjoy a leisurely ride to the “Oasis of America” known as Huacachina. Built around an almost surreal natural lake in the northern edges of the Atacama Desert, you’ll recognize why the Dakar Rally has been held in Peru in recent years. Enjoy the aforementioned activities, the scenery in the desert, and just fact that you’re in one of the most unique settings in the world.
Day 5 – The RIDE to Paracas – 73km
There are reasons for such short riding days, and you’ll understand more today as we arrive at the Islas Ballestas, known for their wide range of wildlife and beautiful scenery. Here you can see up close the Humboldt Penguins, sea lions, Guanay Guano birds, and Blue-Footed Boobies indigenous to the region before we head into the Paracas National Reserve and enjoy the marine habitat and tropical desert.
Day 6 – The RIDE to Ayacucho – 346km
After getting a full feeling for the Pacific Coast in Peru, it’s time for a change of scenery, so we head eastward, up into the Andes Mountains! From sea level we gently ascend to 3,400 meters (11,000 feet) where it’s best to level-off and acclimatize a bit. A city mostly known for it’s 33 cathedrals will make for a great resting location overnight.
Day 7 – The RIDE to Abancay – 389km
Think you’ve enjoyed some twists and turns through mountainous riding before? Today’s ride will be like anything you’ve done before, only on steroids and coffee! As is with most of the rest of Peru’s roads, this route is in excellent condition practically begging motorcycle riders to ride it. Again with a focus of staying off the typical “tourist trail,” we’ll settle into the simple mountain town of Abancay for the night and rest up for more ahead
Day 8 – The RIDE to Ollantaytambo – 185km
Another day where the twisties seem to almost tie knots on top of themselves! This is what you came to Peru for though, right? This is the riding that should make it clear why RIDE Adventures was founded on and in the Andes Mountains, as we love hearing riders say “I can’t believe I never did this before!” This ride puts us in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and will serve as a launching point to what might be the most famous site in all of South America.
Day 9 – The train and bus RIDE to Machu Picchu!!! – Rest Day From the Bikes
With the stories of Hiram Bingham III hacking his way through the Peruvian jungle looking for the “Lost City of the Incas,” just imagine yourself arriving at Machu Picchu not in the comfort of the train we arranged for you, but with a machete in hand, not even sure what you’re about to see. It wasn’t only time for a rest day off the bikes, it’s also that reaching Machu Picchu by road still isn’t an option. That’s okay. Relax on your day off, and enjoy this unforgettable site.
Day 10 – The RIDE to Cusco – 173km
Finishing your ride through the Sacred Valley, just think, your motorcycle trip is barely half over! Rich with Inca culture and history here in the Valley, we’ll enjoy everything to ruins to empty tombs that appear as “holes” in the sides of the valley walls. In every case these graves were emptied when treasure hunters learned the Incas buried their loved ones with massive amounts of gold and jewelry. Settling into Cusco, this fun city center is excellent for shopping, photography, drinking and dining.
Days 11 thru 13 – The Amazon Experience
Leaving the motorcycles behind for an exciting side excursion, yet another amazing variety factor in this motorcycle trip awaits you in the Amazon Jungle! Flights are arranged for the trip to Puerto Maldonado where a full service staff assists with the “all-inclusive” aspect of the tour package. Along the Rio Madre de Dios and there at the jungle lodge, this deep Amazon foliage setting will be a dramatic contrast from the arid desert setting you enjoyed only a week earlier, and for those making a first trip into the jungle, an experience that will never be forgotten. (February 2022 Update: Please inquire to confirm, but we may be riding instead of flying to Puerto Maldonado. Flight service temporarily shut down.)
Day 14 – The RIDE to Puno – 322km
As if the string of highlights hasn’t been enough, leaving Cusco through the Andes Mountains will really make it clear why we love riding here so much. Headed to the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca’s sunsets simply do not disappoint, and neither does the pretty city of Puno and it’s steep streets with Spanish Colonial architecture. At 3,830 meters (12,556 ft.) it’s not uncommon to feel the effects of altitude, and for this you’ll find the Coca Leaves readily available to enjoy in a beverage and alleviate any discomfort.
Day 15 – The RIDE to The Colca Canyon – 346km
Want more amazing experiences? You’ve come to the right place! With Bolivia’s shores just across Lake Titicaca, you can enjoy the Floating Islands of the Uros people today and one extremely unique way of living. As if the floating reed boats and way of the Uros wasn’t enough for the day, we’ll make our way to the edge of the Colca Canyon further west. Measuring 4,160 m (13,650 ft) deep, this amazing geological formation is actually twice as deep as the famous Grand Canyon in Arizona! With stunning scenery all around, enjoy your decent from the Andes Mountains.
Day 16 – The RIDE to Arequipa – 164km
Believe it or not, the saying “all good things come to an end” is true, even in motorcycle travel. But not before you see the Andean Condor in flight! Along the cliff walls of the Colca Canyon, make sure to get out and see these gigantic condors with a wingspan up to 3.2 m (10.5 ft.) Descending from more high Andes riding though, we’ll twist and turn our way back to “home,” and unpack for a last night in Arequipa.
Day 17 – Departures
Enjoy the city once again, but don’t forget to start organizing all those photographs to share with us, as we know you got some good ones! Wait: You don’t really need to leave Peru if you don’t want to. Stay some extra nights and soak up more scenery and excellent cuisine a bit further. If you want to keep riding your bike some more, we can probably make it happen!
2019+ Honda CB500x
Another recent assertion by Honda Motorcycles into the Adventure Riding world, riders seeking a compact-sized adventure bike have been raving about the CB500X. With plenty of power emanating from the parallel-twin engine, and an agile disposition, everything from paved twisties to gravel, dirt, and sand can be conquered with this fun adventuring option. Starting in 2019 with the 19" front wheel, this bike has proven itself for us in places like Patagonia, and will be a great option for riders exploring beyond.
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- Fuel Capacity - 4.6 gal
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