"When life throws you a curve, lean into it."
even the police ride KLR's in La Paz, Bolivia
We depart from El Torno taking the “old road” to Cochabamba, the culinary capital of Bolivia. From there, it’s all up hill as we climb up to the “altiplano” before dropping down into the valley, home to the city of La Paz, where we’ll spend the night at the former residence of an ex-president of Bolivia, just a few blocks from the current Presidential Palace. We explore the ruins of Tihuanaco before we ferry the bikes over to Copacabana, a small town located along the shore of the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. We leave our bikes for a day and hop in a boat to check out the Island of the Sun, where the Incas believe the sun was born. After returning to La Paz, we’ll continue our climb until we reach “La Cumbre” which sits at an elevation of 4,700 meters/15,500 feet, before turning off on to ‘The Death Road” where we’ll start our decent down towards the jungle below. We then embark upon a road that leads us across the flood plains to the city of Trinidad, the capital city of the Beni department, crossing a river via ferry along the way. We then cruise on home as we enjoy the scenery of the Santa Cruz countryside.
Day 1 (Sunday) - Welcome to Santa Cruz!
We’ll personally pick everyone up at the airport and settle you into a hotel in the city. After dinner we have an informal orientation and prep session and a good night´s sleep.
Day 2 (Monday) - To the Garden of Eden
We take the bikes on a 70km. (40 mile) roundtrip practice run up to the Jardin de las Delicias, a waterfall on the edge of Amboró National Park. Dirt roads, stream crossings and maybe rapelling down the falls (depending on weather & group size). Back in town we’ll head up into the hills to our cabins where we’ll spend the night.
Day 3 (Tuesday) - Jumping off day: El Torno to Cochabamba (460km./286mi.)
We leave our country cabins on the hilltop and take the mountain route 450km up to Cochabamba, central Bolivia’s green farming valley. We’ll maneuver our way up a picturesque older highway with a mix of dirt and pavement riding.
Day 4 (Wednesday) - Cochabamba to La Paz (380km./236mi.)
A Mountain highway will wind us through the Andean valleys up to the Altiplano (high plains), then down into the surprising urban canyon of La Paz, one of Bolivia’s capital cities.
Day 5 (Thursday) - To Lake Titicaca through the Gate of the Sun: La Paz to Copacabana (250km./155mi.)
We ride out to Tihuanaco, one of the oldest temple sites in the Americas with the iconic Puerta del Sol, then across the straits of Tiquina by ferry to Copacabana on lake Titicaca, highest navigable lake in the world.
Day 6 (Friday) - Island of the Sun
We cross the lake to the Isla del Sol with its ancient Inca ruins and burial grounds. Then it’s back to our hotel at Copacabana for the evening.
Day 7 (Saturday) - Lake to city: Copacabana to La Paz (145km./90mi.)
We leave Copacabana to spend the afternoon exploring the city of La Paz, with its vibrant mix of Aymara, Quechua and Spanish cultures. Amazing artisan shops, the witches’ market and the Coca leaf Museum are all on tap for today.
Day 8 (Sunday) - Death road and beyond: La Paz to Caranavi (162km./100mi.)
We climb to the summit pass at an elevation of nearly 3 miles (4,700m/15,500ft.) and then plunge down the infamous “death road” to sub-tropical Caranavi (975m/3,200 ft.) to enjoy a great meal and an evening of relaxation at a comfortable hotel. Along the way we’ll try our hand at zip-lining high above the valley floors.
Day 9 (Monday) - Ride the ruts: Caranavi to San Ignacio de Moxos (338km./210mi.)
It will be a challenging ride as we attempt to cover a lot of distance following the ruts across the cattle-rich plains of the Beni, it may even make you wish you were back on “Death Road” again.
Day 10 (Tuesday) - San Ignacio to Trinidad (96km./60mi.)
A much shorter ride today in terms of distance. One of the highlights will be a ferry crossing… it’s definitely an adventure-rider kind of day!
Day 11 (Wednesday) - Trinidad to San Ramon (368km./229mi.)
We the hit pavement again! From the Beni flood plains to the red dirt of San Ramon in the department of Santa Cruz, it’s a relaxing day on 2 wheels.
Day 12 (Thursday) - Last day on the road: San Ramon to El Torno (220km./137mi.)
We follow the highway across the fertile plains of Santa Cruz, bypass the city center and reach “home” once again back at our hilltop cabins where our journey began.
Day 13 (Friday) - City Streets of Santa Cruz
We relax the pace today, we’ll pack our bags and say goodbye to our hilltop refuge and head into the city for a day of sight-seeing —last minute souvenir shopping, open markets, swimming and good food are a few of the options. It’s a decompress day before returning to life as usual.
Day 14 (Saturday) - Departure Day
We’ll take you from the hotel to catch your flight home at the airport. You’ll want to stretch out your sore backside before you board your flight and flip through your pics as you grin (and groan) thinking of all the fun that was had. From here it’s time to start planning your next adventure!
(alternate dates can be arranged per guest/s request)
the ancient ruins of Tihuanaco, Bolivia
Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world