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Motorcycle road trip Peru - Inca Treasures in the High Andes

Motorcycle road trip Peru

Inca Treasures in the High Andes


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

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 trip takes us to Colca Canyon, wonderful Cuzco and Machu Picchu through the "back entrance". 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.

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Period June to October
Duration 14 days incl. 11 days riding
Level Demanding
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard or Comfort
From €4,190/pilot

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YOUR MOTORCYCLE TOUR IN PERU 14 stages - 1,550 miles

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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.

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D2 / Arequipa - Colca Canyon - 134 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.

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D3 / Colca Canyon - Espinar - 137 miles

We cover more than 60 miles of tracks through Andean meadows peppered with alpaca farms and remote peaceful hamlets. We then cross the amazing little Suykutambo canyon, passing its peculiar rock formations and the remarkable Maucallacta ruins.

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D4 / Espinar - Cuzco - 143 miles

After a quick detour towards the pretty pre-Columbian Kanamarka ruins, we ride on a superb winding dual carriageway -still at around 4,000 m altitude- and pass a string of mountain lakes. A real pleasure after the challenging off-road experience the day before. Once we're back down in the Vilcanota river valley, we head straight for the Inca capital.

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D5 / Cuzco - Ollantaytambo - 87 miles

We set off late in the morning for a leg that covers fewer miles but is packed with amazing things to see as we head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Plenty of tracks in store today, some even as smooth as a motorway: a fantastic action-packed leg. We end the day and stay over in Ollantaytambo, whose archaeological site and old town are also worth visiting.

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D6 / Ollantaytambo - Santa Teresa - 90 miles

To avoid the tourist crowds on the approach to Machu Picchu, we take the back entrance to the famous site. We don't miss out by opting for the less beaten track -quite the contrary- as the road to Santa Teresa and the one through the Sacred Valley are both superb. We head up towards the Abra Malaga pass (4,320 m) on an incredible, trafficless dual carriageway with over sixty hairpin bends.

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D7 / Santa Teresa - Machu Picchu - 12 miles

And we couldn't come this far and not take a peek at the most famous and most visited place in South America! From Santa Teresa, there are two options: a pleasant (easy) 2.5-3 hour hike along the railway line or the little train. At the top, there are fewer crowds and you can enjoy getting lost among the ruins and marvelling at the amazing natural backdrop.

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D8 / Santa Teresa - Urubamba - 174 miles

We head back towards the small Inca city and Sacred Valley along three beautiful rivers before tackling another magnificent pass (4,430 m). We head on an enjoyable, smooth track and need to keep up good pace to make sure we get across Urubamba mountain range and back down to the Inca valley on time. One thing is for certain: not many people have enjoyed the same Machu Picchu experience as you!

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D9 / Urubamba - Quincemil - 196 miles

We leave the Andean heights and delve deep into the Amazon's ocean of greenery. Then, we follow the Urubamba river for a moment, take an easy off-road detour with beautiful views and cruise along the Interoceanic Highway. We cross two passes (4,185 m and 4,725 m) then push on into the green. A fantastic descent awaits, 4,000 m difference in altitude over 62 miles of sublime curves!

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D10 / 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). A plain-sailing leg on wonderfully smooth roads. We use Macusani as nothing but a stopover, as once we are high up on the vast pampas between the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca, the accommodation on offer is scarce.

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D11 / Macusani - Llachon - 162 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.

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D12 / Llachon - Chucuito - 78 miles

We don't tackle many miles today so that we can really make the most of the lake's surroundings. On our way, we visit impeccable reconstructions of astonishing small Aymara farms. We enjoy a well-deserved, fine lunch in Puno, a lakeside city, and end of the day in Chucuito, a quiet village. For the hard-core bikers among us, there's an optional bonus ride towards the volcanic landscapes to the south.

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D13 / Chucuito (Lake Titicaca) - Arequipa - 198 miles

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. We arrive in Arequipa and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

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D14 / 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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What a Blast..:)

“If you're going to do something different, then do it differently; properly. Do it the Vintage way. We traveled, We wined and dined; We laughed and swore: We lived. Traveling the highways(literally) and byways of Peru was a super experience. In fantastic company, understood and overawed by all and sundry. From the altiplano to the Amazon basin, it was glorious.In one trip we had excitement, culture, variety, archaeology and friendship under a mantle of superb stewardship. Through the efforts of Josh (our leader) and Florian; everyone was made to feel Welcome, valued and subsequently missed. Great job guys/gals who integrated all the pieces to produce the whole. Thank you.From a rightly tired traveler Martin Davys”

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