Airport Pickup at Viru Viru, Santa Cruz
After you arrive at the airport of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, we will drive to the small town of Samaipata (120 km, 3 hours). We will check into a comfortable hotel and you can spend the rest of the day exploring the town or resting up for the start of your journey and prepare for our Bolivia salar de uyuni tour.
Every country has their own unique traffic rules so before you jump on your bike, we will begin with a quick introduction about the regulations in Bolivia so you won’t have to worry about getting pulled over for a random fine. After this, we will take a short drive to “El Fuerte” which is just outside of town and is one of the oldest Inca settlements. It’s the perfect place to start getting used to your bike.
To La Higuera
Get ready for the Bolivia motorcycle adventures to really begin as we start our way to the ancient mountain village of La Higuera. Although it is a tranquil village nowadays, it has become famous as the place where Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara was captured and later executed. As such, the site has become home to a museum and several other historic sites which help visitors understand what happened there. At the end of the day when we arrive in La Higuera you may even be fortunate enough to meet a few of the locals who were eyewitnesses to these incredible events.
There’s more to see in La Higuera this morning before we set off. Our visit will conclude with a trip to the famous school house where Che Guevara had a final standoff against the armies. Leaving this small, but eventful village behind us, we will then drive over the Rio Grande and have a lunch on a suspension that overlooks the gorgeous river. If we are lucky, the waters might be just right for a refreshing swim. Then we will drive a few more hours and arrive in Villa Serrano known for having the world’s largest Charango, a bolivian style guitar, which is over 6 meters tall!
It’s time for a long scenic drive as we head out of the villages and continue towards Bolivia’s capital on our Bolivia motorcycle adventures. Along the way we will visit the Sunday market of Tarabuco one of the best places in the country to meet the indigenous people of the country and experience their unique culture. Then we are off to Sucre where you will explore its famous city center— all of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
Are you ready for a driving challenge? Today, the roads are smooth, but we will ascend high into the mountains as well climb to over 4,000 meters above sea level. We are going to cruise the altiplano, the high planes, of Bolivia until we reach Potosi, the highest city in the world!
The Historic Silver Mines
Our Wild Wild West Bolivia motorcycle tours is all about doing a little of everything. Today, we will mostly leave our bikes parked as we dive into this historic city. The day begins by checking out the miner’s market, an unbelievable place where you can buy anything from shovels to dynamite! That’s right and if we have time, we might just buy a little ourselves and have a little fun later in the evening creating our own fireworks. The adventure continues after lunch as we go deep down into Pajcha Mama or the mother earth. This is not for those who are afraid of small spaces as we will gear up to descend into the caves and shafts of the world’s oldest operational silver mines. Then we will end the day at “Casa de Moneda” or the mint which had been the source of every coin in the western world for over a hundred years!
Let’s jump back on our motorcycle and continue the adventure as we head away from Potosi and through the scenic countryside. Get ready for some beautiful villages and thousands of llamas. Today our destination is Uyuni where will visit a “train graveyard.” This steampunk paradise is like taking a time machine straight into the 19th century as you check out some of the oldest trains and equipment in the world! Get ready because tomorrow the Bolivia salar de uyuni tour begins.
Salar de Uyuni
This is the cornerstone of our trip and what truly makes this adventure a unique Bolivia salar de uyuni tour. One of the most famous places in Bolivia, the Salar de Uyuni is one of the most unusual places on earth. They are roughly 11,000 square kilometres are nothing but white salt and blue sky as far as the eye can see. It’s such an unusual place that your brain will play all kinds of tricks on you as you see things that may not actually be there. We even have our own Salar de Uyuni unique photo contest and a small prize goes to the winner. While in the flats, we also experience one of the most spectacular pieces of Inca history, the Dakar Monument.
There’s a reason we call this the Wild Wild West Tour. As we leave Uyuni behind us, we will drive across the altiplano desert and head towards Tupiza, the village known for where the famous bandits Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were finally kid. The adventure is only complemented by some of the best scenery in the world!
Bolivia motorcycle tours don’t get any better than this. It’s time to climb down a little and head into the back country roads that are filled with deep canyons of the wine growing region of Bolivia. Tonight, you will dine among royalty as we eat dinner at the classic home of the marquis of Tarija. Via scenic back-country roads with deep canyons we ride to Tarija, the wine-region of Bolivia. Dinner will be served in the house of the marquis of Tarija.
Rest Day in Tarija
After this past few days of driving on our Bolivia motorcycle adventures, you deserve a break! There’s no better place than Tarija. You can explore the region’s vineyards, hike some of the hills are just take a siesta in the sun. Enjoy!
Now that you are rested up, you should be ready for some more adventure! We will snake across the switchbacks of the rolling hill of Tarija to head head towards Chaco. This road is actually considered one of the scariest bus-rides in the country. Good thing you are on your own motorcycle ready for whatever the road throws your way!
We are heading back to where we began these great Bolivia motorcycle tours. You’ll have a mixture of sand and cement in the beginning of the day before we cross into the spectacular mountain roads. It’s time to wave goodbye to your motorcycle, enjoy a hot shower and prepare your luggage to get back to Santa Cruz.
Just because we are off our bikes doesn’t mean the adventure is over. You will have one more chance to experience the thrill of Santa Cruz. It’s a great time for a little last minute souvenir shopping and enjoying the famed cuisine of the city.
Our adventure has come to an end. From here, you can either continue your journey or head home. Either way, we know you’ll be leaving with a piece of Bolivia in your heart.