Bolivia: Salt Lakes & Volcanoes

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This motorbike tour in the heart of South America will take you to the scenic Andes of Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.Visit Uyuni salt lake, La Paz and Lake Titicaca

This three week motorbike adventure trip will take you to the scenic Andes of northern Argentina, northern Chile and southwest Bolivia.
It is packed with highlights: be dazzled by the infinite whiteness of the salt lakes, gaze up in awe at gigantic volcanoes, be amazed by the power of geysers, explore ancient Indian ruins, remote Andean villages and a whole lot more!
Get to know La Paz and Lake Titicaca with its picturesque island Isla del Sol. Enjoy riding through these lonely landscapes!

You will be picked up at the airport in Salta and brought in the Hotel from where the motorbike tour starts next day.

A winding road across a woody landscape takes us to the city of Jujuy. From here, the road leads into the picturesque valley of Quebrada de Humahuaca.

We will climb La Cuesta de Lipán, a pass which takes us to 4180m above sea level where we’ll find the plains of La Puna and the salt flats of Salinas Grandes. After crossing the Argentinean Puna which is more than 4000m above sea level, we arrive in Chile and the town of San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis situated in the driest desert on earth: the Atacama desert.

We’ll go for a ride and watch the sunset in the Valle de la Luna.

Riding our motorbikes through the Atacama Desert we reach the Pacific Ocean. On a winding motorway, we will border the coast to the beach town of Iquique. We continue our bike ride crossing three deep canyons before we climb up into the mountains on a twisty tarmac road to the town of Putre, lying on 3500 m at the entrance to the Lauca National Park.

A very scenic road takes us through the Lauca National Park and the highest mountain of Bolivia, the volcano Sajama, as we ride on to Lake Titicaca with stunning views on the mountain range of the Cordillera Real.

Crossing a narrow stretch of the lake on an adventurous wooden “ferry” get’s to the town of Copacabana at the shores of Lake Titicaca. Riding back to La Paz, we make a detour and stop at the ruins of Tiahuanaco, one of the best preserved Pre-Inca ruins before riding into the highest capital city of the world.

The ones who are in for an adventure ride can join us and ride down into the Yungas on the “Death Road“! Over the plains and through colourful mountains ride takes us on a twisting tarmac road to Potosí, a mining town famous throughout Spanish colonial times, for its legendary mountain Cerro Rico “The Rich Mountain”.

After an enjoyable ride through the Bolivian mountains we get to theUyuni Salt Flats. As we drive across the seemingly endless Salar de Uyuni you’ll be dazzled by the unearthly lights and bizarre salt formationsand you’ll be fascinated by the easy ride on the almost endless plains of this white sea of salt!
We snake through the Andes on winding gravel tracks to reach the pleasant town of Tupiza with it’s warmer climate.

We cross into Argentina again, leave behind the plains of the Puna and travel through la Quebrada de Humahuaca where we visit the charming town of Humahuaca, the famous church of Uquia and the Tropic of Capricorn.

The winding cornice route through the lush cloud forests of Jujuy finally brings us back to Salta where we end the journey with a well deserved“asado” on courtesy of Horizonte Tours.

Note: The tour operator reserves himself to make changes or adjustments to the itinerary at any time.


Climate & Season

The Atacama Desert is known as the driest place on earth. The climate of the Bolivian Altiplano is also characterized by a pronounced dry season. We try to undertake our trips in the dry season, but rainfall is always possible. The dry season of this region falls during the southern winter, so cold temperatures – especially at night – are possible.

Bolivia: Salt Lakes & Volcanoes
Duration
19 days / 18 nights
Distance
about. 4000km, 20% gravel roads
Participants
4 – 10 riders
Route
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Difficulty
intermediate
Level of experience

The trip is suitable for any experienced motor-biker with some basic off-road experience. People having lung, heart or blood circulation problems should consult their doctor for the altitude.

Prices

on BMW F 700 GS: 8.400 US$

on BMW F 800 GS: 8.900 US$

on BMW R 1200 GS: 9.400 US$

pillion/passenger: 4.700 US$

single room surcharge: 990 US$

Motorbike rental
Third party insurance
Fully comprehensive insurance (excess of 4000 US$)
Custom permissions for border crossings
Multilingual guides
4×4 support vehicle
Mechanical support
Satellite phone
Petrol for the whole trip
Road toll fees
Ferries
Maps
All accommodation (double rooms) in locally typical high quality hotels
Breakfasts
Snacks and water on the road
All dinners, mostly gourmet
Luggage storage
Airport transfers

Flights
Lunch
drinks
Entry fees
Additional transport (taxi, bus, train)
Tips
Travel/health insurances
Accident insurances