Map of your Motorcycle road trip :
Airport Pickup at Viru Viru, Santa Cruz
After your plane touches down in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, we will journey over to the small town of Samaipata (120 km, 3 hours). This is your last opportunity to take a little rest and get ready for the beginning our Bolivia salar de uyuni tour.
Santa Cruz -Samaipata
We warm up today with some basic preparation about the rules and regulations in Bolivia. You don’t want to get slapped with a traffic fine just because you didn’t know something or other. After getting familiar with the rules of the road and your bike, we will cruise over to “El Fuerte” which a pleasant drive just outside of town and home to one of the most ancient Inca settlements.
Samaipata - La Higuera
Are you ready for your Bolivia motorcycle adventures to really get under way? Today we embark and make our way to the mountain town of La Higuera. This charming little village has had quite a fascinating history. Fifty years ago, it’s where Ernesto “Che” Guevara made his last stand against Bolivia authorities. The town is know how to a museum based on the event and life of the revolutionary leader. If you are lucky, you may even be able to speak to a few locals who were there to witness the incredible events.
La Higuera - Villa Serrano
We will spend a little more time in La Higuera and learn some more about Che Guevara’s last days. We will head to little school house where Guevara fought hard against the armies. After this we will head out of town and drive over the Rio Grande where will have lunch on suspension bridge that overlooks the famous river. If we are lucky enough, the weather will be just right for a little swimming. After this, we will then ride up to Villa Serrano which is home to the world’s largest Charango, a Bolivian style guitar, which stands 6 meters high!
Villa Serrano - Sucre
Our Bolivia motorcycle adventures will continue as we journey towards Bolivia’s capital. As we make our way across the country we will visit Tarabuco, the famous Sunday market and home to Bolivia’s indigenous peoples. It is a good place for a little local culture and food before we head off to Sucre which has one of the most charming city centers on the planet. All of it is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sucre - Potosi
Get ready to climb as we take our bikes to well over 4,000 meters above sea-level. That’s right, we talking almost five miles high! Today we ride across the altiplano, the high planes, of the Bolivia straight into Potasio, which is the highest standing city in the world!
The Historic Silver Mines
On our Bolivia motorcycle tours, we like to give you the opportunity to do a little bit of everything. And sometimes that even includes a little time off the bike! We are going to begin by exploring the miner’s market, an incredible place where you can buy almost anything you can imagine from pickaxes to TNT. We might just pick a little of that up ourselves and have some fun later. Afterward, we descend deep into Pacha Mama or mother earth. Get ready for some small spaces as we explore the twists and turns of the world’s oldest operational silver mining. The day will end by us heading to the “Casa de Moneda Y,” the famous mint which at one point at had been the source of every coin made in the Western World!
We promised a Bolivia salar de uyuni tour and we are soon going to deliver. Today, we get back on our bikes and continue our adventure across the incredible Bolivian countryside. We will see many villages and thousands of llamas. When we arrive in Uyuni, we will see a “train graveyard.” You’ll jump straight into the past as we explore the incredible ruins of the ancient silver trains of Bolivia.
Uyuni - Uturuncu
Get ready to enter the desert. This is a true desert where nothing grows, but the road twists and turns through the incredible valleys. Soon the roads turn to sand and dirt as we journey hard into the desert. After this journey, we will settle at the base of the Uturuncu volcano for the night.
Uturuncu - Polques
Get ready to scale Uturuncu via the highest road in the world (at a staggering 19,000 feet) before we continue our expedition into Laguna Calvin and its thermal waters. We will spend the night next to a hot-spring where you can sit in steaming-hot water, gazing at a zillion stars.
Polques - Agua de Perdiz
Heading south we pass through painted desert landscapes, endless valleys littered with massive rock-pillars until we arrive at the “green-lagoon”. We turn north passing volcanic vents that blast their gasses into the cold sky, bubbling boiling colored mud-pools and the “red lagoon” with islands made of crystal-white borax where thousands of flamingos come to breed. Passing the famous “stone tree” (arbol de piedra) we end the day at Agua de Perdiz, an amazing sandy valley where the “road” is 5 km wide.
Agua de Perdiz - The Necropolis of San Juan
Head towards the “Valley of the Dead.” We will journey across the active volcano Ollague and the “stinking lake” which is a salt lake located in the National Wildlife Area with 1,000 flamingos we make our way to the remote town of San Juan and its creepy “Necropolis” (city of the dead).
The Necropolis of San Juan - Crossing the Salt Flats to Uyuni
Still surrounded by empty desert we make our way to an even more desolated area, the Uyuni salt-flats. You’ll journey across 11,000 square kilometers of pure salt, as flat as a pool-table. We´ll ride across it and make a stop at “Cactus island” for lunch before we´ll return to the more inhabited part of the world.
Crossing the Salt Flats to Uyuni - Tupiza
In the morning we leave Uyuni behind us and via the altiplano desert we will make our way towards Tupiza, the place where the infamous Bandits, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, were finally gunned down. It’s almost impossible to beat the scenery in this incredible environment.
Tupiza - Tarija
Bolivia motorcycle tours really can’t get any better than this true exploration. It’s time to descend just a bit head towards that back country roads and deep canyons of the wine growing regions of Bolivia. We will dine among royalty as we eat dinner at the incredible historic home of the marquis of Tarija.
Rest Day in Tarija
After these rugged days of Bolivia motorcycle journeys, you deserve a break! You really can’t beat Tarija for that. You can head out to the different wineries of the region, hike some of the small hills or just take a swim and siesta.
If you are rested and ready, then it is time to continue our journey. Get ready for some of the toughest roads in Bolivia. You’ll be happy you are own your own motorcycle because this road is actually considered the scariest bus-ride in the country. Don’t worry, you’ll be ready for it after all those tough days on the road.
Villamontes - Charagua
After all these days off road, you’ll be happy for a little smooth tarmac. We will finally be back on normal roads, but don’t get used to it because we will be back on the sand as we journey across the Chacco and twist through the river-crossing via an old but still used railway bridge.
Charagua - Samaipata
We are heading back to the start of our unforgettable Bolivia motorcycle tours. Today your roads will be a mixture of sand, cement and you’ll be back in the city. After a thousand miles on the road, it’s time to say bye to our motorbikes and enjoy a good hot shower as we get ready to head towards Santa Cruz.
Samaipata - Santa Cruz
Even though we have said bye to our bikes, it doesn’t mean the adventure has finished. We still have one more day to enjoy the thrills of Santa Cruz and maybe do a little souvenir shopping and enjoying the great food of the town.
Our adventure has come to a close, but that doesn’t mean it’s time for tears. With all those miles past us, you’ll have some crazy memories you’ll never forget!