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 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.
the ancient ruins of Tihuanaco, Bolivia
We’ll personally pick everyone up at the airport and settle you into a hotel in El Torno. After dinner we have an informal orientation & prep session and a good night´s sleep.
We take the bikes on a 70km. (43 mile) round-trip practice run up to the “Jardin de las Delicias,” where we’ll encounter a series of breathtaking waterfalls on the edge of Amboró National Park. Hanging bridge, dirt roads, stream crossings, hiking, swimming, and a picnic lunch are just part of todays adventure. Back in town we’ll cap off the riding portion of the day with a ride up some curvy new slab to mountain village of Samaipata where we’ll spend the night.
We leave our quaint hotel in Samaipata and take the mountain route 360km 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.
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.
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.
We cross the lake to the Isla del Sol and the Isla de la Luna with their ancient Inca ruins and burial grounds. Then it’s back to our hotel at Copacabana for the evening.
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.
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.
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 Department, it may even make you wish you were back on “Death Road” again.
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!
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.
We follow the highway across the fertile plains of Santa Cruz, bypass the city center and reach “home” once again back at our base in El Torno where our journey began.
It’s a decompress day before returning to life as usual, so we relax the pace, we’ll pack our bags and say goodbye to El Torno and head into the city for a day of sight-seeing —last minute souvenir shopping, open markets and good food are a few of the options. To cap off the day and the tour we’ll celebrate with a “farewell” dinner in the evening.
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!