Calling all adrenalin-junkies looking for a brand new challenge. How about riding the heights of the Peruvian Andes on a Honda XR400, stopping at some of the world’s most ancient ruins on the way? Soak in the unbeatable views the fast way, riding mountain roads through the jungle, past lagoons, up peaks and across valleys. And the logistics? You’ll be accompanied by an expert English-speaking guide and a support vehicle all the way. Spot on.
Lima and Cusco: the excitement mounts
Landing in Lima, known as the ‘City of Kings’, spend your first night at the 5-star Miraflores Park Plaza Hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The next morning, a short, jaw-droppingly scenic flight will take you deep into Inca territory and to the atmospheric capital of Cuzco, your hub for the trip, from where your bike excursions will begin. While in the air, pay attention to the small dirt roads, rivers, plateaus, glaciers and mountains below, as these will be your terrain for the next 8 days. Casa San Blas boutique hotel will be your home for the next two nights, with views of Cusco’s picturesque rooftops and the dramatic Andean mountains from your suite apartment.
Your motorcycle diaries
If you’ve seen the classic film (which we love), you can picture the awesome scenery and experiences to expect on this once-in-a-lifetime trip. After a day’s practise and familiarisation on your bike (where our experts will help you chose the best model for you), you’ll set off in the direction of Chinchero and the sacred valley. We could spend all day describing the rolling hills, picturesque lagoons and small cobbled towns you’ll pass through, but the best way to discover these is to try it yourself. Watch out for herds of Alpaca as you meander through ancient Incan sites, feel the temperature change as you ascend the mighty Andes, and marvel at jagged rock peaks on the way.
The peaks of Machu Picchu
Although your guides will take you off the beaten track (just the way we like it), you will also have the chance to visit the world-famous ancient city of Machu Picchu and it’s spectacular ruins. Staying at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel right inside the cloudforest, you will also have the chance to climb nearby peak Putukusi to see the crumbling ruins from another breathtaking vantage point. A Kodak moment if there ever was one.
From bikes to dug-out boats
Descending into the Peruvian Amazon, humidity increases as the jungle thickens with wildlife on either side of the road. Once you reach the small riverside town of Atalaya you’ll hop in a motorised dug-out canoe and head along the Piñipiñi River to the rustic Pantiacolla Lodge for two day’s off the bike to explore. Fancy learning some Spanish? No problem, we can arrange it here. And after a couple more days on your bike exploring pre-Incan villages and stark mountain roads with no other tourist in sight, you’ll end your trip with a well-deserved flop. Lake Titicaca’s Suasi is a tiny dot of an island, home to just thirty wooden-beamed rooms with stunning lake views. After all this adrenalin and grit, kayaking the clear waters of the world’s highest navigable lake is the perfect antidote. There couldn’t be a more idyllic way to end this adventure trip of a lifetime.
May - October
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Cuzco, Machu Picchu