3 Miles High 14 Day Adventure Tour

May 17 - May 30, 2020

(2,500 km./1,550mi.)

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Tour Overview

prepare for the adventure of a lifetime

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.

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the ancient ruins of Tihuanaco, Bolivia

the ancient ruins of Tihuanaco, Bolivia

Day by Day Guide

campfire in Bolivian jungle on south American guided motorcycle trip

Day 1 (Sunday) - Welcome to Santa Cruz!

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.

Day 2 (Monday) - To the Garden of Eden (165km./103mi.)

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.    ​

Day 3 (Tuesday) - Jumping off day: Samaipata to Cochabamba (360km./225mi.)

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.

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) - Islands of the Sun & Moon

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.

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 Department, 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 base in El Torno where our journey began.

Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world

Day 13 (Friday) - City Streets of Santa Cruz

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.​

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! 

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” 

– Andre Gide