Dakar 2019 Spectator Tour

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Dakar 2019 Spectator Tour through Chile and Peru

This motorbike adventure tour will make you a spectator of the 2019 Dakar Edition and take you to the most scenic parts of the Andes of northern Chile and southern Peru. It is packed with highlights: big mountain passes, colourful valleys, wide open desert planes, salt lakes, remote Andean villages, spectacular rock formations, the famous Nazca Lines, Machu Picchu, the Lake Titicaca with the Uru Tribe on their floating islands! And of course you'll live from close by the hardest off road race of the world - the Dakar Rally 2019 Edition.

As the Dakar Organization has changed their information policies and won’t inform about the detailed route of the 2019 Dakar edition until shortly before the rally, this route description is a rough itinerary that might have to be adjusted a few months before the tour. A detailed description will be given as soon as the organization informs about the more detailed route.


Total distance about 5.000 km.

The trip can be done in the 4 x 4 off road support vehicle, too!


Day 1 (6/1/2019)

You will be picked up at the airport of Calama and brought in the Hotel from where this motorbike Dakar expedition starts next day. After an introduction to the bikes and the tour and some general information, you have the rest of the day at your free disposal.

 

Day 2 (7/1/2019)
Calama - San Pedro de Atacama - Valley of the Moon - Calama

Over the Salt Mountains "Cordillera de la Sal" we'll ride into the town of San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis at the foot of Licanbur Volcano (5930m above sea-level) situated in the driest desert on earth: the Atacama desert. We'll take a brake and stroll around town before we'll set off to the Xaxa Lagoons to watch Flamingos from close by and ride through the stunning Valley of the Moon "Valle de la Luna"

before watching the sunset in the Cordillera de la Sal.

Approx. 400 km

 

Day 3 (8/1/2019)
Calama - Iquique

We will leave early to start the journey across the desert, passing Chuquicamata, the biggest copper mine in the world, before dropping to sea level and arriving at the city of Tocopilla on the Pacific Coast. On a winding motorway, we will border the coast until we reach the beach town of Iquique.

Approx. 400 km.

 

Day 4 (9/1/2019)
Iquique - Moquegua (Peru)

We'll move away from the coast to head up into the desert and continue our journey towards the north crossing 3 deep valleys. In the northernmost city of Chile, Arica, we will have lunch before crossing the border into Peru. We'll spend the next two nights in Moquegua.

Approx. 530 km

 

Day 5 (10/1/2019)

Moquegua - Dakar Stage 4 - Moquegua

Today we'll meet up with the Dakar! We'll have a chance to see the competitors race, or at least ride into town before they put up their bivouac of tonight's marathon Stage. With some luck we'll have the chance to get close to the bivouac.

Approx. 200 km

 

Day 6 (11/1/2019)
Moquegua - Dakar Stage 5 - Arequipa

Now in the zone of the Clemesi desert in Peruvian territory, we will continue in the direction of the beautiful city of Arequipa, also known as the White City. On the way we'll probably have the chance to see a good part of the Dakar Stage 5, at least the start of the Motorbikes and Quads and the arrival of the trucks in Arequipa, all depends on the final route of the Stage.

Approx. 400 km

 

Day 7 (12/1/2019)
Arequipa - Rest Day - Arequipa

Today is the rest day of the Race and we will take the chance to get close to the camp, the riders and the vehicles, to have some contact with the competitors. Of course we will also have time to visit the beautiful city of Arequipa.

 

Day 8 (13/1/2019)
Arequipa - Dakar Stage 6 - Nazca

We'll ride out of Arequipa to reach the Pacific coast. Riding along the coast we'll pass several fishing villages and will get a real feel for the size pacific coastal desert. Along the road we'll possibly see several parts of the Dakar Stage 6.

Approx. 580 km

 

Day 9 (14/1/2019)
Nasca - Dakar Stage 7 and/or Flight over the Nazca Lines - Nazca

Today we can have the entire day to watch the Dakar Rally. We'll set out to find a nice observing point and take our day to watch today's Stage number 7.

Those less interested in the rally will have the possibility to take a Cessna flight to oversee the Nasca Lines and still have the rest of the day to possibly watch some of the race.

Approx. 200 km

 

Day 10 (15/1/2019)
Nasca - Dakar Stage 8 - Abancay

In the morning we'll possibly watch a little of Dakar Stage 8 before we ride up into the mountains. The twisty roads will take us through some very authentic Andean villages.

Approx. 460 km

 

Day 11 (16/1/2019)
Abancay - Cuzco

The road to Cuzco is one of the most twisty roads in South America. This makes today's ride one of the best you can have if you like corners! The rest of the day will be at leisure for visting the centre of Cuzco and the surrounding area, with its Spanish churches and Inca temples.

Approx. 200 km

 

Day 12 (17/1/2019)
Cuzco - Machu Picchu - Cuzco

Today is the awaited visit to Machu Picchu, the spiritual centre of the ancient Inca reign. We will start the trip by train, zigzagging upwards to gain height and then continuing the journey through the ruins of Ollantaytambo and alongside the River Urubamba until reaching the town of Aguas Calientes. From there we will take a bus up to the impressive ruins of Machu Picchu, elegantly situated on a hill and in between majestic mountains. After visiting the ruins, we will return to Cuzco by train.

 

Day 13 (18/1/2019)
Cuzco - Puno

We'll leave behind the furthest point of our trip and head south. We'll ride through the valleys and planes of La Cordillera de Vilcanota, passing Sicuani, crossing the Abra La Raya, before reaching Juliaca and finally the city of Puno where we'll spend the night. Near here live the Uru in their floating islands which we can visit if we get there on time.

Approx. 400 km

 

Day 14 (19/1/2019)
Puno - Arica (CL)

Shortly after we cross the border to Chile we'll reach Arica where we spend the rest of the day in a pleasant hotel on the water front.

Approx. 500 km

 

Day 15 (20/1/2019)
We will bring you to the airport to catch your flight. You will take awesome impressions, great memories and a Horizonte present with you on your way back home.

 

 

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

Climate & Season

We'll ride mostly through desert areas close to the Pacific coast so the weather will be dry and warm. In high altitude we'll face some lower temperatures and in the Lake Titicaca area we might get some rain.

Prepare for hot and cool weather and some rain. Sun protection is very important!


Dakar 2019 Spectator Tour
Duration
15 Days/ 14 Nights
Distance
About 5.000 km
Participants
4 – 10 riders

06.01.19 - 20.01.19

Route
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Difficulty
somehow difficult
Level of experience

 This motorbike adventure is only suitable for experienced motor-bikers who can bare long days on the bike.

Prices

Riding a BMW F 700 GS:       10.900 US$

Riding a BMW F 800 GS:       11.500 US$

Riding a BMW R 1200 GS:     12.400 US$

Pillion or Passenger:               5.900 US$

Single room surcharge:          1.500 US$

- Motorbike rental
- Third party insurance
- Custom permissions for border crossings
- Multilingual guides
- 4×4 support vehicle
- Mechanical support
- Satellite phone
- Petrol for the whole trip
- Road toll
- Ferries
- Maps
- Accommodation (double rooms) in high quality hotels
- Breakfasts
- Snacks and water on the road
- All dinners, mostly gourmet
- Airport transfers in Calama and Arica

- Flights

- Lunches
- Drinks

- Entry fees

- Additional Transport (train, bus, taxi)

- Third party insurance and fully comprehensive insurance

(excess of 4000 US$)

- Travel/Health insurance
- Accident insurance