No one likes to talk about legal stuff (even lawyers want to get paid for it) but it is good to know exactly what you can expect from us and what we expect from you.
A booking is considered to be made when the mail form on our contact-page is filled out completely (check the box "Book now"), send to us and a 10% deposit has been received by us.
There is no "minimum number of participants". The moment a tour has been booked by someone it will be executed. Even with only 1 participant. (In our opinion it is absolutely ridiculous that your vacation could be canceled a few weeks before departure simply because there are not enough participants)
6 weeks before the start date of the tour you must have paid the entire tour price.
The moment your tour-booking is confirmed, you should book your flight to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. The flight is not included in the tour package. The arrival date should be the same as the tour start date, before 8 pm. If your fight arrives later, book it for a day earlier. If you can not arrive on that date, let us know at least a week before you arrive so we can make other arrangements. You should always let us know your arrival date, time, departure-airport and flight number well in advance.
Upon arrival on the tour date, you will be picked up from the airport by a multi-lingual guide who has a clearly visible sign with the logo of Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures.
Depending on the arrival time you will either go directly to your hotel in Samaipata, or, if it is late in the evening, you will spend one night in Santa Cruz and go the next day to Samaipata. This next day will then be day 1 of the tour.
The tour package includes the following: Hotels, Meals, Motorcycles, Fuel, All museum and other entrance/tour fees, Road-taxes/tolls, Multi-lingual guide, Transfer from and to airport, Support-vehicle with mechanic
(Hotel rooms are on the base of double occupancy. Single participants will share a room with others. If you want a single room let us know and we will see what we can arrange)
The following is not included in the tour package: International flight, Drinks, Snacks, Bike gear.
The motorcycle has a basic liability insurance called SOAT. This covers only medical costs. This SOAT also covers your medical bills, but only in Bolivia and only standard care. Therefore it is highly advisable that you have a travel insurance that covers your medical emergencies and more, such as World Nomads (See also our links page).
As stated before, material damage is not covered. Material damage that is not the riders fault will be the responsibility of Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures. All other damage, including consequential damage is the responsibility of the rider.
Material damage responsibility for the motorcycle can be "bought off" for 10 U$ per day.
If you have purchased the advised travel insurance from World Nomads, a cancellation clause, that covers 100% of your expenses, is included in case of sickness or worse.
Before you receive your motorcycle you must sign a responsibility waver in which you agree that Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures can not be hold responsible for any accidents, illnesses, loss of luggage, theft or damage to goods.
All participants must have:
A valid driving-license, preferable an international one. (This does not apply to passengers)
A passport that upon entering Bolivia is still at least 6 months valid.
Vaccination certificate against yellow fever if you come from or via a risc-country.
Tourists from certain countries need a tourist visa. If you are unsure, ask us.
There is no need for anti-malaria drugs except on the "Amazonia tour".
Some people (10 to 20%) experience symptoms of altitude sickness if they go above 3.500 meters. This varies from a mild headache to nausea and sleeplessness.
Altitude sickness has no connection to physical health or experience, but slow acclimatization is the key to prevent it. The "Discover Bolivia" and "Highlander" tour go well over 5.000 meters, but generally there is no cause for alarm. Drink lots of fluids, especially coca-tea and tell the guide if you suspect you are experiencing symptoms.
Bolivia is a developing country, but compared to many other south American countries, it still is the wild west. That makes it such a great place to ride a bike, but it can also cause some inconvenience. Roads can be blocked or washed away and bridges can have collapsed. This means we all need to be flexible and prepared to adjust our plans or route if necessary. After all: it is a motorcycle adventure.
The motorcycle is yours for the duration of the tour. But... You are not allowed to "wander off" on your own. If you want to do some exploring that is fine, but arrange it with the guide so he always knows where you are. After all he is responsible for you.... and the rest of the group.
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