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Adventure Tour : Peru

Inca Treasures in the High Andes

Johann

Johann, motorbike trip designer

Our fashion-icon tour leader has two long-standing passions: photography and The Bullet. But above all, he’s in love with India.

4 790  / rider
3 540  / pillion
8 departures
Adventure Tour
Period April to October
Duration 13 days incl.
8 days riding
Available Extensions
Level Demanding
Guide English-speaking
tour leader
Accommodation Standard or Comfort
Price €4,790/rider
€3,540/pillion
Adventure Tour
Period April to October
Duration 13 days incl.
8 days riding
Available Extensions
Level Demanding
English-speaking
tour leader
Accommodation Standard or Comfort
From €4,790/rider
€3,540/pillion
Aboard a Royal Enfield, you embark on a quest to explore the sacred Inca sites. At 2,300 m altitude, Arequipa is the perfect introduction to Peru and great preparation for the Ande's high altitudes. The first part of the motorbike trip in Peru takes us to Colca Canyon, wonderful Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Crossing the Sacred Inca Valley and mountain passes, we push into Quincemil and the warmth of the Amazon rainforest. Deep in the Andean highlands, our purring single-cylinder beasts accompany us to the almighty Lake Titicaca. We finish our Peruvian adventure between the Altiplano and the desert amidst the pampas lowlands and llama herds.

YOUR MOTORCYCLE TOUR IN PERU 13 days - 1,360 miles


arequipa city peru
D1 / Arrive in Arequipa

You arrive in Arequipa. Perched at 2,300 m altitude, on the edge of the Peruvian Altiplano, this colonial city will give you a warm welcome. The old town's architectural charm and the locals' culinary culture are the perfect combination for you to recover from your long journey.

desert landscape peru
D2 / Arequipa - Colca Canyon - 135 miles

We ride along a main road that quickly pushes us up to a higher altitude (more than 4,000 m) and into the Zona de Vicuñas. Once we reach Pampa de Toccra, we are right in the heart of the rough, vast Andean highlands, where we cross the highest pass of the tour: Abra Patapampa (4,910 m). After lunch, we criss-cross a wooded valley that gradually gives way to Colca Canyon, the second deepest in the world.

pre-columbian ruins peru
D3 / Colca Canyon - Espinar - 155 miles

After one last stretch of asphalt road, we cover more than 60 miles of tracks through Andean meadows. We rejoin the tar road and make a detour towards the beautiful pre-Columbian ruins of Kanamarka.

local peruvian woman
D4 / Espinar - Cuzco - 143 miles

We get up early and take a superb winding dual carriageway - still at around 4,000 m altitude - then on to a beautiful track etched into the mountain, passing alpaca farms and a string of mountain lakes. Once we're back down in the Vilcanota River Valley, the road takes us towards Cusco, but we make time for breakfast at the market in the small town Urcos and recharge our batteries for the last stretch before the Inca capital.

little girls desert peru
D5 / Cuzco - 25 miles

After three days’ riding, we have a much-needed break from the road today. We recommend an early start for a morning walk through Cusco. Get lost in the maze-like narrow streets of San Blas neighbourhood and be sure not to miss Qorikancha (sun temple) or the beautiful Plaza de Armas. You are free to visit the Inca capital.

machu picchu peru
D6 / Cusco - Urubamba - 85 miles

This morning, we head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This region has so much to offer, especially the Maras salt mines and the mysterious Moray Inca ruins, believed to have been agricultural terraces. Plenty of tracks in store today, some even as smooth as a motorway: a fantastic action-packed leg.

motorcycle adventure peru
D7 / Urubamba - Machu Picchu - 0 miles

And we couldn't come this far and not take a peek at the most famous and most visited place in South America! We are first transferred in Ollantaytambo to visit its ruins and from there we take a train to Aguas Calientes … Machu Picchu is getting closer! What imagination and toil it must have taken to build a city at such height! At the top, there are fewer crowds and you can enjoy getting lost among the ruins and marvelling at the amazing natural backdrop.

local farmers peru
D8 / Urubamba - Quince Mil - 185 miles

A long leg today, which is easily done on superb roads, which are tarmacked for most of the way. We leave the Andean heights and delve deep into the Amazon's ocean of greenery. We say farewell to the Sacred Valley with a visit to Pisac, another picturesque village. We briefly shadow the Urubamba River before cruising along the Interoceanic Highway, a newly built road that goes as far as Brazil and the Atlantic coast.

motorcycle road trip peru
D9 / Quincemil - Macusani - 140 miles

After a quiet night in the Amazon Basin we set off to tackle the Andean highlands, offering us another difference in altitude (3,700 m this time). An easy-sailing leg on wonderfully smooth roads. We use Macusani as a stopover, simply because once we are high up on the vast pampas between the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca, the available accommodations are quite scarce.

river landscape peru
D10 / Macusani - Llachon - 175 miles

Not long after we leave the small town of Macusani, we find ourselves surrounded by pampas, reminiscent of the Himalayan highlands. Teeming with little mountain ranges, beautiful landscapes and snow-covered ledges, we cross never-ending meadows. Today serves up a good mix of tracks and well-tarmacked main roads, which lead us to the shores of the largest lake in South America: Lake Titicaca.

royal enfield tour peru
D11 / Llachon - 75 miles

A well-deserved rest from riding is on the books today. You can walk around Lake Titicaca or take a trip to its surrounding islands, including the most authentic one: Taquile Island.

fruit seller peru
D12 / Llachon - Arequipa - 210 miles

The grand finale! Our last day is by far one of the most spectacular of the trip as we make our way back to Arequipa. We take long main roads to gain some time with a handful of off-road detours surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. Long before we reach the large southern city, the imposing volcanoes appear on the horizon: a real feast for the eyes! We also cross some sections of the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve, an extraordinary, extremely wild natural area, and ride through its white sand desert where groups of vicuñas frolic!

royal enfield bullet peru
D13 / Arequipa international airport

Depending on your flight schedule, you may be able to spend a few hours in Arequipa. You're transferred to the international airport.

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Extension: Additional night in Arequipa

Book an extra night in Arequipa, before or after your motorcycle road trip in the departure hotel of the itinerary. Includes: one night with breakfast.

Extension: From the Nazca Lines to the Paracas Archipelagos

Embark on a 6-day itinerary that will take you to the Pacific Coast to discover Paracas and its archipelagos where sea lions, flamingos and penguins live together. From there you'll visit the famous "Nazca lines" found in the desert, then conclude your extended journey in the the capital city of Lima. Arequipa - Chala [8h drive] Departure is in the morning, in a private vehicle towards Chala, located 8h from Arequipa. Lunch is free, take the opportunity to eat in a typical restaurant of this fishing village. In particular, you can taste dishes made with fish and seafood. Chala - Nazca [3h drive] Free day until lunch. Then it will take you 3 hours to drive north to reach the next destination which will be Nazca, famous for its geoglyphs. Nazca - Paracas [3h drive] You will have the opportunity to fly over the Nazca Lines by plane. Nazca geoglyphs, more commonly known as Nazca lines, are large figures drawn on the ground. They often represent stylized animals, sometimes simple lines several kilometers long, visible in the desert. Paracas This day consists of an excursion to the Ballestas Islands departing from the city of Paracas. This archipelago is located off Pisco where sea wolves, Humboldt penguins, flamingos and other protected species live together in harmony. Paracas- Lima [5 hours drive] The start of the day will be free before heading back to Lima (5 hours drive) where you will have lunch. Lima It is in Lima, the capital of Peru, that you will enjoy your last day. Half a day will be devoted to visiting the city which houses many museums such as the Larco Museum and its collection of pre-Columbian art or the Museum of the Nation, which traces the history of the ancient civilizations of Peru. Finally, you will be picked up for the transfer from Lima to the airport. Includes: Supervision, hotels, breakfasts, vehicle, half-day guided tour of Lima, shared boat trip to the Ballestas Islands, flight over Nazca in a shared plane (excluding airport taxes and entrance fees to the site to be paid on site), transfer between the hotel and Lima airport on day 6

AREQUIPA
Extension: Guided Tour of Arequipa

Visit the surroundings of the city of Arequipa and enjoy its picturesque towns such as Tingo, Paucarpata and its church, the viewpoint of Sachaca with a magnificent view of the countryside. You can also enjoy a beautiful series of terraces from the pre-Inca and Inca eras. Finally, you will discover the Sabandía Mill and the house of the founder. Stop for lunch at the Tipika restaurant. Then start your half-day guided city tour of Arequipa (3h30) to learn more about the city founded in 1540 by Manuel Garcí de Carbajal. The Monastery of Santa Catalina is a virtual miniature city located within the heart of the city, its small streets lined with small houses colored in clay, blue and white. Its squares and fountains recall a distant Andalusia. Arequipa was founded during the reign of King Philip II in 1580 and is very well preserved despite the many earthquakes that have hit it. It is a place of peace and serenity despite a busy city. Includes: Supervision: A French-speaking guide, entrance fees for visits, lunch, vehicle.

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16 traveller reviews
Had a blast, this trip was…
Had a blast, this trip was so much fun, Perú is a great destination and Francois and the team were exceptional!
What an adventure – got to…
What an adventure – got to see things and places that I would never have been able to otherwise!
A lovely trip with great people,…
A lovely trip with great people, hope you take my feedback on the constructive way it is meant. No plans yet for another long bike trip but will always consider VR
Had a blast, this trip was…
Had a blast, this trip was so much fun, Perú is a great destination and Francois and the team were exceptional!
What an adventure – got to…
What an adventure – got to see things and places that I would never have been able to otherwise!
A lovely trip with great people,…
A lovely trip with great people, hope you take my feedback on the constructive way it is meant. No plans yet for another long bike trip but will always consider VR
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