This motorcycle tour through southern Peru is an epic loop through incredible mountains and coast. Visit the mysterious lines of Nazca. Take a tour to Machu Picchu (included in the tour price), and marvel at one of the seven wonders of the world. Ride through the Andes, to heights of 15,600 ft! Ride the unbelievable Pan American Highway along the rugged Pacific Coast. This tour features some of the best paved riding in the world!
All paved with extraordinary sections with curves and altitude change.
Average to excellent. One night we stay at a rustic farm setting in the middle of a working agricultural valley, off the tourist track. The rest of the nights are in comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels with all the amenities.
Highlights for this motorcycle tour
- Machu Picchu
- Nazca Lines
- Cross the Andes Mountain Range
- Puerto Inca, Peru
- Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca
Peru Machu Picchu Adventure Motorcycle Tour Itinerary
*Meals Included in package: (D) = Dinner (B) = Breakfast
Friday, May 15th:
Arrive in Arequipa, Peru
Welcome to the Arequipa, Peru. This is bustling city is Peru's second largest, and features a historic center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site It is a great idea to get here a day or so early, just to take in the city sights! Welcome dinner in the evening. Stay in Arequipa. (B/D)
Saturday, May 16th:
Arequipa - Majes (up to 200 miles)
Bike pick-up and ride out to Majes. Majes is located at the bottom of Colca Canyon (one of the world's deepest canyons) and is a simple farming community surrounded by serene desert mountains. We will get to the lodge early this day, which gives you the opportunity to do a great explore ride to the rim of the Canyon on a fantastic paved road, way off the tourist track. Experience some of the best roads in your life! Stay in Majes. (B)
Sunday, May 17th:
Majes to Chala (250 miles)
Get ready for one of the best rides in your life as you climb out of Colca Canyon and skirt the Pacific Ocean coastline on the Panamerican Highway. Traffic is sparse, and the the epic coastline views are unforgettable. Stay in Chala. (B)
Monday, May 18th:
Chala to Nazca (105 miles)
Continue along the Pacific Coast to Nazca, a dusty outpost in the San José desert. Nazca is home to one of the most mysterious archeological sites in the world: The Nazca Lines. Hundreds of huge figures – ranging in complexity from hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, and lizards – are etched into the dry desert. If enough are interested, we'll do a fly-over or walk up a man-made scaffoldings to get a better view. Stay in Nazca. (B)
Tuesday, May 19th:
Nazca to Chalhuanca (225 miles)
This will be another one of the days where you realize you are having one of the best rides in your life! Climb into the Andes on incredibly twisty roads and ascend and descend over 20,000 feet before lunch. Witness superb mountain views and fantastic paved curves. We'll also ride by tiny indigenous towns and see herds of llamas on bright green pastures. We'll stay overnight near a pristine trout river in a desert canyon. Stay in Chalhuanca. (B)
Wednesday, May 20th:
Chalhuanca to Ollantaytambo - 210 miles
"Amazing" doesn't do this area justice. Today we'll ride along the Sacred Valley of the Incas to a town rich in Incan history. Ollantaytambo is the location where the Incas retreated after the Spanish took Cuzco, and much of the town is a showcase of Incan architecture. We'll also be riding on a brand new road, freshly paved by order of the Peru's past president. Truly, one of the best riding days anywhere! Stay in Ollataytambo. (B)
Thursday, May 21st:
Machu Picchu Tour
No visit to Peru would be complete without a visit to Machu Picchu. We'll ride the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, and explore the ruins of this ancient Incan city. Recently named one of the Seven Wonders of the World and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, these remarkable ruins, hidden high up in the mountains of Peru, were missed by the Spanish conquistadors and rediscovered in 1911. (Entrance fees are included in the price of the tour.) Stay in Ollataytambo. (B)
Friday, May 22nd:
Free Day, Ollantaytambo
You can do what you want today, but we will lead a ride into the Amazon Basin this day. Ride a precarious road through an ever changing variety of plants and animals as you wind your way east toward one of the most ecologically diverse places on earth. This ride is a real treat, and showcases the unbelievable variety Peru has to offer. For those who want, stay in Ollantaytambo, and discover a town locked in time surrounded by Inca ruins and rockwork! Stay in Ollataytambo. (B)
Saturday, May 23rd:
Ollantaytambo to Cusco - 40 miles
We'll continue back through the Sacred Valley of the Incas on a short ride to the historic capital of the Incan empire, Cusco. This lively town is very motorcycle friendly. Much to do and see. We'll visit the famous Norton Rat's Tavern, a must-stop-in for motorcyclists, where a steady stream of world travelers and locals hang out. Best burgers in town! Walk the streets, take in the central plaza, admire the city from a hilltop, a short walk away. Fall in love with this city. Stay in Cuzco. (B)
Sunday, May 24th:
Free Day in Cusco
We'll explore Cusco with its up and down streets, beautiful stonework, and discover the juxtaposition of Incan architecture, both ancient and modern: the fabled "wall of many angles", colonial red roofs, whitewashed walls and blue doors and windows. Take the time to see and explore the many ruins, churches and museums or ride the surrounding area through the Andes mountains past ancient Incan ceremonial sites. Many riders like to hire a local guide for the day to take them in and around Cuzco, visiting various archeological sites. Stay in Cuzco. (B)
Monday, May 25th:
Cusco to Puno - 240 miles
We'll ride all day through the Andes, ending at the shores of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake. Puno rests at the edge of the lake and is surrounded by over 40 floating islands. You can take an optional boat tour of the mystical Reed Islands, and visit the families that live, floating on the lake. Stay in Puno. (B)
Tuesday, May 26th:
Puno to Moquegua - 275 miles
Ride on winding roads along the shores of Lake Titicaca, before descending thousands of feet to the Atacama Desert. Get that tingle again when you realize you are riding roads made for motorcycling. Just another epic paved ride to never forget....Stay in Moquegua. (B)
Wednesday, May 27th:
Moquegua to Arequipa (140 miles)
We wind down the ride with a moderate distance back to Arequipa. There is also another road that we may try which might not be all paved...adding to the adventure! Stay in Arequipa. Farewell Dinner tonight! (B) (D)
Thursday, May 28th:
Fly Home or keep the dream alive! You may want to stay and extra day in Arequipa just to relax and explore the city.Back to Top
Reduction of Financial Liability to the motorcycle:
Included in the tour package is a reduction of liability for motorcycle damage. It is "You break it, you buy it, until you reach deductable.
For example, you pay all damages to a BMW 650 single UNTIL $1,500 USD, after which, is covered by the policy.
Suzuki DR 650: $500USD max deductable
BMWF650 Twin: $500USDmax deductable
BMWF800: $500USD max deductable
BMW R1200GS: $500USD max deductable
*Damages above deductable must include a police report. Insurance does not cover theft of motorcycles in Peru. We stay in secured hotels each night and theft is not a problem.
To Book This Tour:
To secure a spot for our Machu Picchu Adventure Tour, please register and send in $1,000 deposit.
As this tour starts and ends in Arepuipa, Peru. You’ll need a round trip ticket in and out of Arequipa, Peru.
For assistance with travel options, please contact us at: 1-800-756-1990 or
(907) 272-2777 for advice. You may also reach our travel agent Sallyat: Sally@alaskatravelsource.com, or (907) 562- 2213. Just tell her you are part of MotoQuests’ Peru Adventure.
*Send us your Travel Information so we know when and where to meet you!!
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ATM machines are the most convenient and work much better than cash or traveler’s checks. ATM are in all major towns and cities. You can also exchange US currency in all cities.
It’s a good idea to bring at least one backup card (another ATM card, debit, or credit card). Cash in clean large bills is another great backup.
Send us your travel information so we know when and where to meet you. Please be prepared to show your current motorcycle drivers license.
6 - 10 riders. We have a large staff-to-guest ratio. This way your adventure is personalized and safety is maximized.
Bring riding gear that is warm and waterproof (a riding suit with pads is best).
Riding suit, top and bottom, with pads. Have something that is waterproof, or bring an outer waterproof layer for rainy days.
For Women we recommend:
Recommended Rain Gear: Olympia Horizon Rain Gear
Stout water-proof boots, rain gear, a warm hat, rain-proof gloves (2 pair), hiking shoes, bug spray, lots of underwear, fleece layers, full-faced helmet, swim suit, and a good camera are the things you need on the trail.Back to Top
Peru offers the best riding in the world I have seen so far. I have been to Europe, Alaska, and New Zealand, and there is nothing that even compares to the quality of roads and the dynamic geography that you see only in Peru. Add to that a flight over the Nazca lines and and a day at Machu Picchu and you have yourself a world-class experience. MotoQuest did a great job organizing the entire trip. We rode at our own pace and their crew was professional and fun to be with. All in all, a fantastic trip that will always be at the top of my list of fond memories.
John Anderson, Oregon, USA”