The ride of a lifetime

Experience Bolivia

Incredible Diversity

Whether you’re coming on one of our pre-determined routes or forging your own path, Bolivia will amaze you. From the southern deserts and Tarija’s wine country, to the Jesuit Mission circuit and the Ruta del Che, over to the lush jungles and wildlife of the Amazon basin, and up to the Altiplano and the Salt Flats – nowhere else on earth competes with the diversity of Bolivia.

Our expert-guided motorcycle tours will set you free to explore Bolivia’s outstanding natural beauty, cultural diversity and incredible roads.

Our tours blend together dirt roads, back-country trails, intense city streets, salt pans, and first-world asphalt roads with stunning curves and zero traffic. We stay in quality hotels and eat at a great variety of restaurants. We know and love this breathtaking part of the world and we’re ready to help you craft the trip of a lifetime. We offer pre-planned trips, but can also custom design a trip to suit your priorities, group size and dates.

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Our Tours

DETAILS & HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 14 days total: 13 nights of accommodation, 11 days of motorcycle riding
  • Riding on the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats
  • Optional mine tour of the Cerro Rico in Potosi
  • Optional stop at El Fuerte, Spanish ruins built on Inca ruins, built on ancient pre-Inca ruins
  • A night in a salt hotel
  • Riding the infamous Death Road
  • A day to explore the city of La Paz
  • Flights from La Paz back to Santa Cruz
  • Food & water included in price (except days 1 & 14)
  • $3,200 per person for a double occupancy room, $3,500 per person for single occupancy

 

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Day 1

Santa Cruz/Arrival

Arrival day in Santa Cruz, one of the worlds fast growing cities and where your adventure begins. We will arrange to pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel, where you can rest after your flight or explore around the city.

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Day 2

Samaipata

120 KM

1,049 M

Tarmac

We meet for a morning orientation at the Quinta Totaices in Santa Cruz, home of the rehabilitation centre and where Novo Adventures is based. You’ll get to inspect your bike, make any adjustments needed, and explore the centre if you like. Then we ride from the city, though the surrounding towns, and finally into the jungle mountains as we begin our ascent to the highlands. This first day is a great way to get used to the motorbikes before we hit more challenging terrain.

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Day 3

Aiquile

205 KM

2,346 M

Tarmac

After a relaxing morning in Samaipata, we take the beautiful road to Aiquile, a small town in Cochabamba province. Stunning sights and exceptional road await today.

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Day 4

Sucre

280 KM

2,810 M

Tarmac

Today we weave through the incredible Andean mountains to the lovely colonial city of Sucre. Our route takes us across mountain passes and through a staggering change in terrain (and more than likely a few llama herds), from the lowland jungle valleys to the beautiful rolling hills of the White City.

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Day 5

Potosi

155 KM

4,067 M

Tarmac

After a breakfast around Sucre’s plaza principal, we head off in the morning, up through more mountains, until we reach Potosi – at over 4000 metres above sea level. Founded in 1545 as a mining town, Potosi soon produced fabulous wealth, becoming the wealthiest city in the world for a time. The rich mountain, Cerro Rico, produced an estimated 60% of all silver mined in the world during the second half of the 16th century. Riding takes you through rugged dry valleys with meandering rivers while also taking in a few little off-road loops. In the afternoon we book an optional mine tour of the Cerro Rico. Get ready to set off a bit of dynamite!

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Day 6

Uyuni

205 KM

3,700 M

Tarmac

The next morning, wee then head on for Uyuni across vast sweeping mountain roads with near perfect road conditions and endless highway curves, finally ending in the expansive altiplano. Our afternoon visit is the famous train graveyard, perfect for unique photos.

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Day 7

Salt Flats

205 KM

3,700 M

SALT

This is the day you won’t want to miss. We head out in the morning and spend the day riding on the Salar de Uyuni, all 4085 square miles. The area was part of a giant prehistoric lake, Lake Minchin, which dried-up leaving behind a couple of seasonal puddles and several salt pans, including the Salar de Uyuni. Play around with perspective shots and enjoy the freedom of riding on nothingness, an entirely unique experience you won’t forget. Lunch will be beside Isla Incahuasi, a submerged historic volcano peak lined with gigantic cacti over 1000 years old. Tonight we have the option to stay in one of Bolivia’s world-famous salt hotels, under the shadow of a massive volcano.

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Day 8

Oruro

310K

3,700M

Tarmac

Ride hard across the highland plains of Bolivia. See Vicuña, Quinoa fields, herds of llamas, snow-capped mountain peaks and massive meteorite craters. You’ll get another chance to settle into the Enfields and breathe the stark beauty of the altiplano. Vast horizons and long stretches of smooth road are on the menu.

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Day 9

Quime

164K

3,060M

90% Road, 10% Offroad

Get ready for a big day. After a couple of hours across the Altiplano we’ll climb up a massive mountain pass – the highest point of the trip – and begin an awesome off-road decent through the cloud forests of the Andes. We’re in the rural Yungas region of Bolivia now, and you will feel just how far away from home you really are.

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Day 10

Chulumani

190 KM

1,700 M

Offroad

Today we ride winding mountain paths surrounded by dense jungles, across rivers, through small towns and up cliffsides. After a few days in the dry, stark highlands, the life of the Yungas will feel like a different world.

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Day 11

Coroico

80 KM

1,680 M

Offroad

You know you have been way out in the wild when coming to Coroico feels like something more familiar. This beautiful little town is nestled amongst lush green hills and has a relaxed, fun mood. Enjoy the incredible mountain views all around while taking in the unique culture of the city. Rest up here and get your head on straight because tomorrow we hit the infamous Death Road.

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Day 12

Death Road

100 KM

3,500 M

80% Tarmac, 20% Offroad

The Yungas Road, known as ‘Death Road’ due to its notoriously high death rate of 200-300 annually until the mid-90s when a new highway was built on the other side of the valley, is a trip highlight. The combination of single-track roads, 1000m high cliffs, dense vegetation, and waterfalls which cascade over the road makes for unforgettable riding. With the Death Road safely behind us, we’ll open-up the bikes one last time on the run through the beautiful high Andes and down into La Paz.

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Day 13

La Paz/Santa Cruz

80KM

3,500M

Tarmac

Time to unwind after days riding and enjoy the cultural sights of La Paz, the highest capital in the world, resting on the Andes’ Altiplano plateau at more than 3,500m above sea level. The city’s dramatic setting, including the mighty Mt. Illimani, can be taken in during a ride on Mi Teleférico, the aerial cable car system. La Paz’s famous markets are the ideal place to pick-up mementos and gifts to take home. Later in the day we fly back to Santa Cruz for one last evening.

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Day 14

Santa Cruz/Leaving

Enjoy your final morning in Santa Cruz, as we arrange transportation for you to the airport as needed. Or feel free to extend your trip and spend some more time in South America!

DETAILS & HIGHLIGHTS

  • 13 days total: 12 nights of accommodation, 10 days of motorcycle riding
  • Option to extend the trip by 1 day and stay in Potosi
  • Riding on the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats
  • Optional stop at El Fuerte, Spanish ruins built on Inca ruins, build on ancient pre-Inca ruins
  • Optional horseback riding in Tupiza
  • Wine bodega tours in Tarija
  • Food & water included in price (except days 1 & 13)
  • $3,000 per person for double occupancy room, $3,300 for single occupancy

 

 

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Day 1

Santa Cruz/Arrival

Arrival day in Santa Cruz. We arrange to have you picked up from Viru Viru airport and transported to your hotel, where you can rest, relax, or explore the city.

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Day 2

Samaiapata

120 KM

1,049 M

Tarmac

We meet for a morning orientation at the Quinta Totaices in Santa Cruz, home of the rehabilitation centre and where Novo Adventures is based. You’ll get to inspect your bike, make any adjustments needed, and explore the centre if you like. Then we ride from the city, though the surrounding towns, and finally into the jungle mountains as we begin our journey. This first day is a great way to get used to the motorbikes before we hit more challenging terrain.

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Day 3

La Higuera

161 KM

2160 M

75% Tarmac, 25% Dirt

The red mountains of Samaipata give way to craggier, grey rocky outcrops, as we make our way through Vallegrande to La Higuera, the small town where Che Guevara made his last stand before being killed. Our hotel this night is Casa Del Telegrafista, the old telegraph station used by both the authorities and Che himself.

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Day 4

Villa Serrano

108 KM

2,122 M

Dirt

We press further through the rugged mountains as we make our way from La Higuera to Villa Serrrano. You’ll be able to put the bikes to the test as you make your way through wild mountain roads, across spectacular jungle bridges, and one step closer to Sucre and the altiplano.

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Day 5

Sucre

174 KM

2,810 M

50% Dirt, 50% Tarmac

Continuing the ascent, today we make our way towards Sucre, the white city. The jungle landscapes long behind us now, we begin to experience the stark beauty of the Altiplano, as we make our way through the rolling hills towards Sucre.

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Day 6

Uyuni

359 KM

3,700

Tarmac

Pristine roads with twists and turns enough to satisfy any rider await as we leave Sucre for Uyuni. We ascend yet farther, stopping for lunch in the mining city of Potosi, across the sweeping plains of the Altiplano, through herds of llamas, finally ending the day overlooking the incredible planes of the salt flats as we descend towards Uyuni.

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Day 7

Salt Flats

All Day

3,700 KM

SALT!

This is the day you won’t want to miss. The morning begins with an excursion to the train graveyard, a unique site great for photos. Then we spend the rest of the day riding on the Salar de Uyuni, all 4085 square miles. The area was part of a giant prehistoric lake, Lake Minchin, which dried-up leaving behind a couple of seasonal puddles and several salt pans, including the Salar de Uyuni. Play around with perspective shots and enjoy the freedom of riding on nothingness, an entirely unique experience you won’t forget. Lunch will be beside Isla Incahuasi, a submerged historic volcano peak lined with gigantic cacti over 1000 years old. When we’re ready, we return to Uyuni to prepare for the next day.

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Day 8

Tupiza

197 KM

2,850 M

50% Tarmac, 50% Dirt

We say goodbye to Uyuni and turn South as we head towards the Argentinian frontier. The landscape changes from the Altiplano to red mountains and dusty valleys, as we make our way towards Tupiza. Our hotel this night is the Casa del Baron, once owned by a rich baron who was at one point robbed by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. We also have the opportunity to go horseback riding; prepare to immerse yourself in the wild west.

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Day 9

Tarija

234 KM

1,854 M

90% Dirt, 10% Tarmac

Stunning and challenging roads await between Tupiza and Tarija, Bolivia’s wine country. As we slowly descend into the valley of Tarija on the wild dirt paths of the southern Bolivian Andes, you will feel miles away from civilization – until we emerge into the lovely city of Tarija, with it’s laid-back, ‘food-and-wine’ attitude.

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Day 10

Wine Tours

Prepare to relax and enjoy yourselves as we park the bikes for a day and explore Bolivian wineries. Experience the hidden gem that is Bolivia’s wines, and prepare to be amazed by the stunning landscapes, as well as Bolivia’s best kept secret: Singani, a distilled alcohol made from Muscat grapes.

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Day 11

Villamontes

212 KM

388 M

60% Tarmac, 40% Dirt

With regret we depart from Tarija, but get set for one of the most stunning roads of the entire journey, as we weave down mountains back to the lowlands, under jagged outcroppings of rock, alongside rushing rivers. We end the day in the small town of Villamontes, where we can once again enjoy the warmth and humidity of the lower half of Bolivia.

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Day 12

Santa Cruz

452 KM

400 M

Tarmac

Our last big push to Santa Cruz takes us though foothills of the Andes, finally setting down into the long, flat, lands to our journey’s end. We park the bikes back at the Quinta, get to our hotels to clean up, and then meet for our final supper together.

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Day 13

Leaving Day

Enjoy your final morning in Santa Cruz, as we arrange transportation for you to the airport as needed. Or feel free to extend your trip and spend some more time in South America!

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