52-DAY TRANS AMAZONIAN CHALLENGE

$14,999

The Trans Amazonian Challenge is a 52 day long adventure motorcycle expedition traversing the great Amazonian basin and visiting 8 countries (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana and Venezuela) in the northern part of South America. Bucket-list items include: Machu Picchu – Cusco – Nazca – Lima – Quito – Angel Falls – Colombian coffee region – Amazon river basin – and 8,000 miles of incredible adventure… OPTION TO BRING YOUR OWN BIKE  

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Guided Motorcycle Tour in South America
  • 8 countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela
  • Exciting Metropolis Medellin
  • Coffee village of Salento
  • Coffee plantation tour
  • Cali – Salsa capital of the world
  • Las Lajas – famous cathedral
  • Pan American Highway
  • Devils Waterfall in Baños
  • Cusco Historic center
  • Machu Picchu day trip
  • Nazca Lines
  • Peruvian capital Lima
  • Cuenca and Trujillo historic centers
  • Mancora Pacific Ocean surf town
  • High Andes mountains near Huaraz
  • Trans Amazonian highway
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Amazon river boat
  • Pink river dolphins
  • Kaieteur Falls
  • Angel Falls – world’s tallest

 

Tour Price from $14,999 USD

(Rider on personal motorcycle)

+ Rental Yamaha XT660R:  +$4,999 USD
+ Rental BMW F750 GS:  +$5,999 USD
+ Rental BMW F850 GS:  +6,999 USD
+ Rental Honda Africa Twin :  +$6,999 USD
+ Rental BMW R 1200 GS:  +$7,999 USD
+ Upgrade Single Room:   +$2,499 USD
+ Add Pillion/Passenger:  $5,999 USD  
 

BOOKING DEPOSIT $999 USD

FIRST PAYMENT $ 5,000 USD 180 DAYS BEFORE
BALANCE PAYMENT DUE 60 DAYS BEFORE TOUR START

Description

POI: Amazon Highway

The Trans Amazonian highway BR230 is almost 5000 km coast to coast of incredible varied terrain over the Andes, though the Amazon.

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POI: Kaieteur Falls

The world's largest single drop waterfall by the volume of water flowing over it. Located in Guyana and accessible only by plane.

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POI: Machu Picchu

This tour include a visit to one of the worlds absolute wonders - Machu Picchu. An incredible site that you must see at least once.

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INCLUDED

✓ Professional Bilingual Tour Leader

✓ Accommodation with Breakfast in Shared Room

✓ Small group sizes (Min 5 / Max 10)

✓ Fuel and Road Tolls (Rental bike)

✓ Return transport of rental bike from Ushuaia to Cali

✓ Mandatory 3rd Party and Rider Medical Insurance (Rental bike)

✓ Motorcycle Liability Reduction Insurance (Rental bike)

✓ Group Activities and Entry Fees (including day-trip to Machu Picchu, Nasca Lines etc.)

✓ Pre-tour Preparation Materials and Briefing

✓ Transfers to/from nearest Airport

✓ Price Match Guarantee

✓ All Taxes

✓ Gift Bag

✓ Support Vehicle & Driver included with 5+ Riders

NOT INCLUDED

✗ Rental Motorcycle

✗ Airfare

✗ Upgrades

✗ Lunches, Dinners and Drinks

✗ Personal paperwork, permits and visas

✗ Bikes are NOT available on rest-days

✗ Any shipping, emergency and insurance related costs involved with using personal motorcycle

✗ Additional costs as a result of unforeseen events that force major disruption of itinerary such as weather, political issues etc.

✗ Medical Evacuation Membership (Available from Global Rescue)

✗ Trip Cancellation Insurance (not offered by us)

✗ Tips to staff

✗ Any inclusion not specified

TOUR DETAILS

The expedition is only possible to complete a specific time a year due to massive rainfall in some of the areas throughout the rest of the year. Everything from dirt, mud, rain, forest tracks, mountain passes, boat crossings and beautiful paved roads will be mixed in with interesting historic and cultural destinations, wildlife, Unesco World Heritage sites, incredible scenery and awesome experiences with both locals, team and crew members. There will be plenty to write home about. This is a demanding journey and riders need to be prepared for anything. The trip is intended only for adventure touring enthusiasts who can demonstrate off road riding experience, the physical condition as well as social qualities conducive to teamwork and required flexibility for the success of the journey. We will be going up to high altitudes around 5,000 meters where it can become quite cold, while most of the expedition will be in humid and warm tropical conditions. The expedition will be fully supported with a 4×4 support truck, on-bike guides and a very experienced crew from Motolombia. You can choose to ride either your own bike or rent a fully equipped dual sport bike from Motolombia in Colombia. We stay in mid- to top-range hotels. We always opt for the best option available – clean, safe and practical location. Temperatures can vary between 12 to 40°C (53.6 F to 104°F). Temperatures can drop for a short period going over the mountains passes. It is recommended to ride with ventilated riding gear. A pull over rain suite is a good idea to carry against mountain temperatures and possible short rain showers that can occur year round.

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Difficulty

50

Off-Road

50

Comfort

100

Fun Factor

ITINERARY

Colombia

Starting in and ending in Colombia will have mean we get to see two distinct part of the country. The first part riding south from Cali consist of paved roads through incredible gorges and canyons in the southern part of the country. Highlights include the salsa capital of the world Santiago de Cali, the white walled colonial city of Popayan, Pasto’s historic center and the famous Las Lajas cathedral. Super scenic views and thousands of tight curves.

Day 1: Fly-in to Cali 

Day 2: Cali to Popayan

Day 3: Popayan to Pasto

Day 4: Pasto to Otavalo

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Ecuador

We continue through the high Andes mountains in Ecuador as we cross the Equator. Highlights include the handcraft market in Otavalo, Devils waterfall in Baños, the avenue of volcanos with the majestic Cotopaxi and world heritage city Cuenca. The good pavement continues through the mountains and the views of the Andes mountains are equally stunning in Ecuador.

Day 5: Otavalo to Baños

Day 6: Activities in Baños

Day 7: Banos to Cuenca

Day 8: Cuenca to Mancora

 

Peru 

As we enter Peru we reach the Pacific coast and the landscapes turn to desert with high sand dunes and rugged stoney terrain. Midway through the country we head to the east to ride more of the Andes mountains only to return to the coast near the capital Lima. In the south we again cut east and cross the Andes mountain range near Machu Picchu to reach the Amazon. Highlights include surfer beach town Mancora, the Chan Chan ancient city site in Trujillo, the Duck canyon’s cliffhanger roads and tunnels, ceviche and Pisco Sour, Nazca Lines fly-over, historic Cuzco and Machu Picchu. The terrain is mostly paved and extremely varied from high mountains with thousands of twisties to straight flat desert roads.

Day 9: Mancora to Trujillo

Day 10: Trujillo to Huaraz

Day 11: Huaraz to Lima

Day 12: Activities in Lima

Day 13: Lima to Nazca

Day 14: Nazca ti Abancay

Day 15: Abancay to Cuzco

Day 16: Activities in Cuzco

Day 17: Day-trip to Machu Picchu

Day 18: Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado

Day 19: Puerto Maldonado to Assis Brazil

 

Brazil 

One of the main tasks in the TAC is to cross the South American continent coast to coast trans Amazonas. The real Amazon starts as we enter Brazil in Puerto Maldonado. from here we will encounter all types of terrain. The Trans Amazonian highway is being built, but that on some sections still means tire tracks through the jungle. If wet we will have our works cut out for us. Of course the tour is planned to run during the dry season, but this is no guarantee we won’t encounter slippery mud. Many of the villages are truck stop type cities and accommodation is in places basic though always in hotels. Highlights include the trans amazonian “highway”, the wild life, the jungle, the riding, the people and the challenge of crossing the continent. We end our crossing in Belem a big modern city before taking a day boat trip crossing the now huge Amazon river. From Macapa we have more offered to reach the border river between Brazil and French Guiana.

Day 20: Assis Brazil to Rio Branco

Day 21: Rio Branco to Porto Velho

Day 22: Porto Velho to Humaita

Day 23:Humaita to Apui

Day 24: Apui to Jacareacanga

Day 25: Jacareacanga to Itaituba

Day 26: Itaituba to Altamira

Day 27: Altamira to Tucurui

Day 28: Tucurui to Belem

Day 29: Activities in Belem

Day 30: Amazon Ferry

Day 31: Amazon Ferry to Macapa

Day 32: Macapa to Oiapoque

Day 33: Oiapoque to Cayenne

 

French Guiana

Our short visit to French Guiana brings us through the capital Cayenne where we will include a visit to the French European space center and devil’s island Kourou. French Guiana is part of the EU and you will find young French police officers out an a year of practice and french supermarkets, a welcome chance to fill up all deposits.

Day 34: Activities in Cayenne

Day 35: Cayenne to Paramaribo

 

Suriname

The visit in Suriname is even shorter, but an interesting look at just how different the different colonial powers left the colonies. Suriname have many architectural references to the Dutch colonialists with small water ways and dams and agricultural lands.

Day 36: Paramaribo to Georgetown

 

Guyana

Entering Guyana, an old British colony the architecture and infrastructure once again completely changes. We have more time in Guyana and will have a day to fly out to the Kaieteur Falls and check out capital city Georgtown, before heading back into the jungle.

Day 37: Activities in Georgetown (Kaieteur Falls)

Day 38: Georgetown to Iwokrama River Lodge

Day 39: Iwokrama River Lodge to Lethem

Day 40: Lethem to Boa Vista

 

Brazil

We return to Brazil in order to reach Venezuela as there are no direct connection from Guyana. This part of Brazil is quite outback and far from the main power, meaning dirt road and run down infrastructure.

Day 41: Uairen to Boa Vista to Santa Elena

 

Venezuela

Venezuela is a country that have been in political turmoil the for years now and the situation is very fluid. This could affect our plans to cross the country by motorcycle. The borders have been opened and closed several time during the last 5 years and it is uncertain whether the situation will stabilize enough for the authorities to allow us passage by the time we reach the border from Brazil. If as expected they do allow us to pass the plan is to stay in the southern parts of the country which is the least affected by the corruption and instability. We spend a day extra halfway in Ciudad Bolivar and fly out to see the worlds tallest waterfall – Angel falls on a day trip. The souther plains of Venezuela are spectacular and full of wildlife. There are many cattle farms and agriculture areas and everyday life is really slow pace. Should the crossing of Venezuela be made impossible by the political situation then Plan B is to re-route our itinerary and spend more time in Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana and then fly back to Colombia from Gerogetown. Some Motolombia staff will stay behind and organize shipping of the motorcycles back to Colombia by container. This means in all cases that the tour will be the same length and we will make sure you return to Cali in time for you return flight.

Day 42: Santa Elena de Uairen to El Callao

Day 43: El Callao to Ciudad Bolivar

Day 44: Activities in Ciudad Bolivar (Angel Falls) 

Day 45: Ciudad Bolivar to Caicara del Orinoco

Day 46: Cascara del Orinoco to Mantecal

Day 47: Mantecal to San Cristobal

Day 48: San Cristobal to Bucaramanga

 

Colombia

Returning to Colombia we ride from the Eastern border town of Cucuta back to Cali. But first we visit Bucaramanga and Medellin to big cities, the latter being Pablo Escobar’s stronghold up through the 80’s and early 90’s until he was shot dead by police in ’93. We also go through the wonderful coffee region and visit a working coffee farm before returning to Cali for our grand final farewell dinner and celebration of an incredible trip to what is surely one of the worlds last adventure riding frontiers.

Day 49: Bucaramanga to Medellin

Day 50: Medellin to Salento

Day 51: Salento to Cali

Day 52: Fly-out from Cali

 

OBS: Itinerary may change without further notice due to weather, road- or any other condition that the operator or its guides feel will jeopardize the safety of the group or material.

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TESTIMONIALS

"It was a great trip. Dennis and Jhonner were very helpful and a lot of fun."

Edward Abramson - USA

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"Best bikes in Colombia, the competion doesn't have that choice of bikes."

Willi Rögels - Germany

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"My first time in South America and this was an excellently planned trip with detailed preparation and just a blast from beginning to end."

Richard Williams - United Kingdom

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"Yamaha XT 660 R. The bike was in great shape with only 5,000 kilometers on it. I drove it on and off road about 800 kilometers."

Patrick Rickard - USA

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"Dennis the guide went "the extra mile" parking /turning / boat loading my bike where needed due short legs."

John Passfield - United Kingdom

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"This was my first tour with a tour company, the Motolombia guys and gals made it all so easy! The guide knew everything about everywhere we went, The tour itself worked perfectly; each hotel was comfortable, meals were good and inexpensive. I will return!"

Tom melesky - USA

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"The tour is very well set up and planned; just show up and RIDE! Colombia is a beautiful country and the people are extremely nice. I will be back for sure."

Andrew Scott - USA

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"Motolombia is a first class operation. We had so many worrisome questions before the trip, all of which were patiently answered. But looking back, there was really nothing worthy of worry. Overall it was the most epic of our many riding journeys."

Ken and Cinthia Wornick - USA

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"Incredible riding experience, would do it again in a heartbeat."

Chris Baker - USA

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"The bikes were in great shape. The staff was willing to do any request including putting new tires on when there was tread left."

Phillip David - Canada

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"Motolombia delivered on the promise of a motorcycling adventure of a lifetime. The routes provided us with some of the curviest paved roads ever!"

Pardeed Sekand - Canada

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"The whole team was superb, start to finish" .

Robert Ellis - USA

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