Desert Motorbike Adventure

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This BMW motorbike tour is as adventurous as it can get! It will challenge not only your riding skills but also your acceptance for loneliness, remoteness and altitude.

This 12 day motorbike tour is as adventurous as it can get! It will challenge not only your riding skills but also your acceptance for loneliness, remoteness and altitude.

You’ll get everything: Riding your motorbike through the Atacama over salt flats, barely visible tracks, nearly 5000m high passes, steep gravel passes, sand dunes, twisty tarmac mountain roads, beautiful and spectacular landscapes and remote desert villages is an unforgettable adventure.


You will be picked up at the airport in Salta and brought in the Hotel from where your motorbike adventure tour starts the next day. After an introduction to the motorbikes and the tour and some general information about Salta, you have the rest of the day at your free disposal.

We leave Salta southwards through the fertile Lerma Valley, which narrows into the canyon of the Quebrada de Cafayate. This beautiful canyon is striking for its red sandstone formations, weathered by wind and water to bizarre shapes.
Through the sandy planes of the Calchaqui Valley we ride through Cafayate to the Quilmes Ruins.

Bordering the Belen River we ride north deeper into the desert of Catamarca, through the Rondolfo Canyon to the nature reserve of Laguna Blanca. Riding through the open spaces of the Pumice Planes and the Carachi Pampa we finally reach the town of Antofagasta.

Heading deep into the lonely mountains of the Puna desert we ride through the Calalaste Valley to Las Quinuas and carry on along the saltpan to Antofalla, crossing the Arizaro saltpan we get to the friendly town of Tolar Grande.

Riding through bizarre desert landscapes, we follow the railway lines of the legendary "Train to the Clouds" before taking a ride through the Pastos Grandes mountain range. After crossing underneath the Viaduct La Polvorilla we border the Volcano Quehuar to get to a hidden volcanic valley.

Following the Susques River we reach the more fertile areas of the Puna desert and will pass several small villages where self sufficient agriculture and lama herding is still the only way of surviving since hundreds of years on our way to the town of Abra Pampa.

The 4000m high pass Abra del Condor takes us to the remote mountain town of Iruya, lying in a narrow part of a deep valley, surrounded by colourful mountains and bizarrely eroded rock walls.

Crossing the Abra del Condor again, we reach the picturesque Quebrada de Humahuaca and visit the church of Uquia, the Tropic of Capricorn Monument, the Pucara de Tilcara Ruins and the 7 Color Mountain. Climbing up the black toped Lipan Pass through 99 corners we get to the Salinas Grandes, and reach the mining town of San Antonio de los Cobres after having lunch in a traditional family house.

We leave the plains of the Puna and descend into the colourful valley Quebrada del Toro to reach Salta.

Climate & Season

The climate of the Calchaquí valleys is very pleasant: they receive little rain, because the rain clouds coming from the east are blocked by the first mountain ranges. Temperatures are moderate even in winter, although at night it can get quite cold. The Puna (high plains), on the other hand, are characterised by a harsh climate: temperatures regularly drop below zero at night (even in the summer), but in the daytime temperatures rise to 20-30°C. Dry winds are common, and even in the rainy season rainfalls are rare. The altitude (around 4000m) intensifies the effects of the ever-present sun (don't forget your sunscreen and sunglasses!).

Desert Motorbike Adventure
Duration
12 days / 11 nights
Distance
about. 2500km, 70% gravel roads
Participants
4 - 8 riders
Route
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Difficulty
Level of experience

This motorbike adventure is suitable only for experienced motor-biker with good off-road experience.

Prices

On BMW F 700 GS: 5.900 US$

On BMW F 800 GS: 6.400 US$

pillion/passenger: 2.900 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 in Salta

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