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LADAKHI&INKA CONTENDER 2016

Duration : 7 days/7 nights

Departure: 2016 March 13th – 20 th

Tour starts and ends at : Peru Moto Tours office, Calle Saphi 578, Cusco

Distance : approx. 1150km/715mi (70% asphalt, 30% dirt-road)

Maximum altitude : 4,800masl/15,800ft, night stays maximum height 3’500masl/10’860ft

Accommodation : included 7 nights (3-star, 2 nights with 2-star/basic accommodation), double occupancy

Cusco Airport pickup/dropoff : included

 

Description : This Tour combines almost all of the special ecosystems and challenging riding conditions you can possibly encounter in Peru!  The route is mixed with asphalt and dirt roads, high and low altitudes, Andes and Amazon, and the most incredible scenery you can imagine!  Our most popular and adrenaline-packed Tour! Not included: There is also the opportunity to visit Lake Titikaka on the Peruvian and Bolivian side. That means to prolong the trip after the March 20th from Cusco. If there are riders that would like to go to Bolivia, no problem to do a rental after the tour.  We allow our bikes to leave the country.  Our rental rates can take into consideration the time of the tour.  But to make any trip to Bolivia, you would need more than 4 days.  There is no border-crossing agreement between Bolivia and Peru.  The documents for crossing directly to Bolivia costs 250USD/moto and takes 10 business days to prepare with copy of passport, and copy of driving license. The cheaper way is via Chile (Tacna-Arica-Pure-La Paz).  The documents in this case cost 40USD/moto and take 2 business days to prepare with a copy of passport.  But if you are going to Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni is definitely worth visiting but La Paz not so much.  Yungas is great but not so interesting anymore (only bicycles and motos are allowed on this road so not so ´deadly´).  Going this route to Bolivia you would definitely need more than 4 days in total.  You can usually come back to Peru via Bolivia (Desaguadero, near Puno) as long as you make your route plan known at each border crossing. An extra trip to Lake Titicaca/Puno would be minimum 3 days.  1 day to Puno, 1 day to see Lake Titicaca, 1 day back to Cusco.

 

 

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PRICE

Riders = 2’300 CHF (approx. 2’100 EUR) each

Non-riders = 1’360 CHF (approx. 1’250 EUR) each

(As of October 2015, subject to change, according to exchange rate CHF-USD)

Please contact Boris Fantechi, boris@motogiro.com or phone +41 76 337 43 32 Switzerland

 

INCLUDED

·         Motorcycle (choose from Honda XR250, NX400, Suzuki DR650, or Kawasaki KLR650)

·         Support vehicle + driver

·         Adventure Guide (english/spanish)

·         Basic insurance (“SOAT” for personal injury related to a traffic accident)

·         Photos

·         Welcome or Farewell Dinner

·         7 nights accommodation based on double occupancy.  3-star with breakfast included (Santa Teresa and Lares is 2-star, breakfast arranged by Peru Moto Tours), based on double-occupancy

·         Transfer Santa Teresa to Hidroelectrica, Train Hidroelectrica<->Aguas Calientes, Shuttle bus Aguas Calientes<->Machu Picchu, Entrance fee Machu Picchu, Cultural Guide Machu Picchu

·         Zipline Adventure at Cola de Mono in Santa Teresa

·         Airport pickup and dropoff

 

NOT INCLUDED

·         Gasoline (for riders, guide + support vehicle).  The guide’s and support vehicle’s gasoline cost is split amongst the riders.

·         Entrance fees for any of the sites/optional activities

·         Motorcycle Clothing and Accessories (available for rental)

 

OPTIONAL

·         Motorcycle Damage Insurance (see Policy in FAQ) +150USD (recommended!)

·         Motorcycle : Yamaha Tenere XT660Z or Honda Transalp XL700V +350USD

·         Triumph Tiger 800XC +455USD

 

 

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ROUTE

 

Sunday, March 13th  2 pm  Day1: Cusco Historical Center, 4Ruins (Sacsayhuayman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, Tambomachay)

Distance: 100km/60mi

Time: approx. 3-4 hours

Description: After the briefing about the Tour at 14h, everyone can get familiar with their motorcycle and take a scenic route through the Historical Center of Cusco and visit the four Inca ruins close to Cusco (Sacsayhuayman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay).  This route is an easy exit from Cusco and you will quickly get a sense of the surrounding hills, traffic, and how Peruvian drivers are!

Arrival to Cusco: airport pickup

Lunch: not included

Dinner: the group can choose between a Welcome Dinner or a Farewell Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Cusco Plaza II (3-star), breakfast included

 

Monday, March 14th Day2: Sacred Valley (Cusco-Pisac-Urubamba-Moray/Salineras-Ollantaytambo)

Distance: 200km/120mi

Time: approx. 6-8 hours

Description: Our first full day of riding!  You will quickly appreciate the changes in scenery as soon as you leave Cusco and why the Sacred Valley is so high on everyone’s list to experience.  The curvy roads towards Pisac pass through many small villages and even an animal refuge.  Once we arrive in Pisac, we will discuss options over some delicious traditional empanadas of which Pisac is famous for (in addition to the Inca ruins and expansive artisanal market here).  We will follow the Vilcanota river towards Urubamba and take a turn towards Moray (Inca agricultural terraces/concentric circles) and Salineras (outdoor artisanal salt mine).  We can take the shortcut via Puente Pachar to Ollantaytambo – one of the most important and impressive Inca ruins outside of Machu Picchu.  Ollantaytambo is also a quaint little town with its canals running through the streets and an amazing view to remind you of the Incas at every turn.

Lunch: Urubamba (not included)

Dinner: Ollantaytambo (not included)

Accommodation: Hotel Sol Ollantaytambo (3-star), breakfast included

 

Tuesday March 15th Day3: Ollantaytambo-Santa Teresa/Aguas Calientes

Distance: 200km/120mi

Time: approx. 4-5 hours

Description: After breakfast at the hotel, we set off for a day of amazing views.  From Ollantaytambo, we start climbing to 4500masl (Abra Malaga) – the weather here is unpredictable (intense sun, rain, fog, hail).  From the high point of the day, we start descending through a lush valley passing plantations of mangoes, bananas, oranges, and tangerines.  We may cross paths with bicyclists taking advantage of the long, winding descent towards Santa Maria.  The last 40kms/24mi is dirt-road with a few water crossings and sharing the road with impatient combis.  Once we arrive in Santa Teresa, we leave the bikes and repack for an overnight in Aguas Calientes with comfortable clothes to visit Machu Picchu.  A short transfer to Hidroelectric train station, 40 minute train ride, and we arrive in Aguas Calientes.  Enjoy the evening exploring the streets but rest well for an early start to Machu Picchu.

Lunch: Santa Maria/Santa Teresa (not included)

Dinner: Aguas Calientes (not included)

Accommodation: Hotel Intiwinaywayna (3-star), breakfast included

 

Wednesday March 16th Day4: Machu Picchu-Santa Teresa

Distance: Free day

Description: We get up as early as the group wants for visiting Machu Picchu – UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.  Shuttle bus, entrance fee, and cultural guided tour are included.  We meet up for lunch in Aguas Calientes before catching the afternoon train back to Hidroelectrica/Santa Teresa.  We enjoy the rest of the day at the hot springs of Cocalmayo.

Lunch: Aguas Calientes (not included)

Dinner: Santa Teresa (not included)

Accommodation: Hostal Yakumama (2-star), breakfast arranged by Peru Moto Tours at a local restaurant

 

Thursday March 17th Day5: Santa Teresa-Quillabamba

Distance: 150km/90mi

Time: approx. 2-3 hours

Description: We start the day with a lot of adrenaline!  We take you to the longest and fastest zipline in South America – Cola de Mono (2-3 hours).  We take a quick lunch in Santa Teresa and head on the road again – returning on the 40kms of dirt-road towards Santa Maria and then turning towards Quillabamba and more tropical scenery.  The Quillabamba area is home to coffee, tea, coca, and cacao plantations.  Here is where you get a major dose of mototaxis!

Lunch: Santa Teresa (not included)

Dinner: Quillabamba (not included)

Accommodation: Hotel Quillabamba (3-star), breakfast included

 

Friday March 18th Day6: Quillabamba-Lares

Distance: 300km/180mi

Time: approx. 5 hours

Description: We say goodbye to the warm, tropical climate of Quillabamba and start to return to the Andes.  We traverse through the Yanatile valley to arrive at the small, rustic town of Lares where the hottest hot springs in the region are located.  The mineral (sulphur) springs of Lares are presented in various pools of different temperatures and a larger swimming pool.  Popular with locals on the weekend, the hot springs are a great reward for a day of riding through various terrain.

Lunch: Quebrada Onda (not included)

Dinner: Lares (not included)

Accommodation: Hostal Lares (2-star), breakfast arranged by Peru Moto Tours at a local restaurant

 

Saturday March 19th Day7: Lares-Cusco

Distance: 200km/112mi

Time: approx. 4-6 hours

Description: We depart Lares towards Calca and explore more of the Sacred Valley.  We can stop at various sites (Chinchero-market, Inca ruins, Lake Huaypo).  We return to Cusco around sunset for some final pictures in the Plaza de Armas.

Lunch: Calca (not included)

Dinner: Cusco (depends if Welcome or Farewell dinner was chosen)

Accommodation: Hotel Cusco Plaza II (3-star), breakfast included

 

Sunday, March 20th Day8: Do your last minute souvenir shopping around town, copy the pictures (we send them electronically to you but if you have a USB drive or SD card, we can copy them for you in an instant), and stop by the Peru Moto Tours office to allow us to say thanks for joining us!

 

Please contact Boris Fantechi, boris@motogiro.com or phone +41 76 337 43 32 Switzerland