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The Wild Wild West
$3475
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PRICE
$ 3475 per person
CAPACITY
1 - 10 people
DURATION
17 Days
LOCATION
Samaipata, Bolivia
RIDING CATEGORY
Off-road / Dual-sport
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Challenging
SUMMARY
Join us as we cross the wild west of South America. We'll ascend to well over 4,000 meters to visit the largest salt-flats in the world (and ride across it). Enter the oldest (still operating) silver mine in Potosi and set off some dynamite! Follow the footsteps of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in Tupiza. Have a glass in one of Bolivia's wine bodegas in Tarija and enjoy the fantastic roads and scenery of South Bolivia. We'll cover over 2300 km through a route that it 60% off-road.
ITINERARY
Day 1. Airport pickup at Viru viru, Santa Cruz
We pick you up at the airport of Santa Cruz, Bolivia from where we drive to the small town Samaipata (120 km, 3 hours). There we check into a comfortable hotel and spend the rest of the day to relax and rest from the flight. If your flight arrives late, we will spend the night in Santa Cruz. In that case the following day is considered day 1.
Day 2 - Samaipata
We start with a "briefing", where we learn more about our route, the local traffic rules and about each other. To get used to your bike we go for a ride to the archeological site "El Fuerte" which is 5 km on tarmac and 5 km on dirt. "El Fuerte" is an old Inca town build around the, much older, largest stone-sculpture in America. After lunch we visit an animal shelter where you can encounter (and play with) some of Bolivia's wildlife.
Day 3 - LA HIGUERA (175 km, 50% offroad)
In the morning, we'll go towards the tiny town La Higuera, the place where revolutionary hero Ernesto Che Guevara was captured and executed.
We'll stop for lunch in Vallegrande where we also visit the "Che Guevara" museum and the hospital where Che’s lifeless body was presented to the world.

At the end of the afternoon we'll arrive in La Higuera and, with some luck, you can have a chat with eye-witnesses of the events
Day 4 - To Villa Serrano (95 km, 100% offroad)
After visiting the school building where Che Guevara was killed, we'll head towards Villa Serrano. On the suspension-bridge over the Rio Grande we’ll have a picnic-lunch and, if the conditions are good, (mostly the water level) you can go for a swim.

We’ll arrive in Villa Serrano in the afternoon where we will visit a traditional charango (small 10-string guitar, typical for Bolivia) factory. If we are lucky we can also see the world's largest charango (a 6m. guitar) build to commemorate don Mauro, a local charango hero.
Day 5 - To Sucre (190 km, 50% offroad)
We leave Villa Serrano early in the morning so we can visit the Tarabuco “Sunday-market”. This is the only place in Bolivia where you can take photos of traditionally dressed indigenous people without them turning away or throwing stuff at you.

After lunch we continue to Sucre. The rest of the afternoon and evening is for exploring this beautiful colonial city. The city-center itself, originally Bolivia’s capital, is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Day 6 - To Potosi (155 km, 0% offroad)
On smooth tarmac, we'll start to climb towards the altiplano (high planes) until we reach Potosi. At 4,000 meters above sea level, Potosi is the highest city in the world where we check in our hotel.
Day 7 - The Silver Mines
In the morning we'll visit the "miner's market" where you can buy anything, ranging from coca leaves to dynamite. Here we'll do some interesting shopping to have some "boys fun" later. (When we come out of the mines we'll find something to "blow up".)
Then we continue to the mines where we will be "geared up" and descent into the belly of "Pajcha Mama" (mother earth) to see an operating silver mine (not suitable for those who don't like small spaces). After lunch we can explore the “Casa de Moneda” (the mint). At one time every single coin, used in the western world, was made here.
Day 8 - To Uyuni (205 km, 0% offroad)
Crossing incredible scenery and passing tiny villages we go to Uyuni where we will visit a “train graveyard”, a fantastic collection of discarded railway material dating back to the 19th century. This includes at least a dozen steam locomotives.
Day 9 - Salar de Uyuni (World's Largest Salt-Flats) (230 km, 100% offroad)
The “Salar de Uyuni” is a dried up salt-lake the size of a small European country. Since there are no references what so ever (no trees, houses, roads or mountains) and because there are only two colors in the world (blue sky and white salt) there is no perspective. Your brain will have a meltdown and you can take the most un-real photos. Even the human eye cannot see the difference between a real car and a toy car.
Day 10 - To Tupiza (185 km, 100% offroad)
In the morning, we'll leave Uyuni behind us and, via the altiplano desert, make our way towards Tupiza, the place where the infamous Banditos Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were finally killed. The scenery is among the world's best.
Day 11 - Following the Footsteps of Butch and Sundance (100 km, 100% offroad)
In the area of Tupiza we visit several places where Butch & Sundance committed their ambushes, robberies etc. The scenery is straight out of an old John Wayne movie.
Day 12 - To Tarija (205 km, 50% offroad)
Via scenic back-country roads and deep canyons we ride to Tarija, the wine-region of Bolivia, where we will visit one of the bodegas.
Day 13 - To Villamontes (245 km, 75% offroad)
Via snaking mountain-roads, we'll ride from the rolling hills of Tarija to the arid dry Chaco. The last part of this road is considered one of the scariest "bus-rides" in the country. On the motorcycle, where you yourself are in control, it is a lot less 'hazardous'.
Day 14 - To Charagua (210 km, 50% offroad)
After all those days "offroad" it is so nice to ride on a smooth tarmac-road, but quickly this changes into sand as we ride through the Chacco, one of the driest places in Bolivia. The most exciting part is a river-crossing via an old, but still used, railway-bridge.
Day 15 - To Samaipata (305 km, 50% offroad )
The ride to Samaipata is a mixture of sand and tarmac followed by spectacular mountain-roads. After we arrive it is time to say goodbye to the motorcycle, soak a while under a hot shower and prepare your luggage.
Day 16 - To Santa Cruz
We leave our bikes behind and set off for Santa Cruz where we can do some last minute souvenir shopping and enjoy Brazilian Churasquero as well as oriental cuisine.
Day 17 - Return to the Airport
Always a sad moment when we bring you to the airport, help you with the check-in and as you walk through customs we say goodbye. Hopefully we will meet again.
ADDITIONAL INFO
Luggage and spare-parts go in a 4x4 chase/support-vehicle.

While during the day you will be on a motorcycle, mostly on spectacular un-paved roads in the middle of nowhere... at night we dine in good restaurants and sleep in excellent hotels.
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ABOUT THE HOST
Simply put, Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures provides the best motorbike holidays in the region! After riding a motorcycle around the world for 3 years, Maarten "settled down" in Samaipata, Bolivia where he runs a "No nonsense, No small print" motorcycle-tour company. Having explored just about every nook and cranny of Bolivia, he knows the most spectacular motorcycle-roads, the most awesome sights and the best scenery. He has his own fleet of 650cc enduro motorcycles and a very complete workshop...

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