How does it work?
It all starts with you deciding which tour you want to ride on. To help you with that decision we prepared a description of all our tours at the task bar and added relevant weather info.
After you have made your choice, you can send us an e-mail using the mail form on the contact page or directly to our e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org telling us which tour you are interested in and we will start the preparations. You will get an answer with more detailed information/ next steps/ payment info.
To book the tour you need to make a non-refundable down payment of 10% of the tour price. This can be done by bank transfer. The total payment must be made 6 weeks before the start of the tour. Bank info: payment page.
After you have received the booking confirmation for the tour, the next step will be to book a flight to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Your arrival date should be the same as the day the tour starts, as well as the return flight, unless you want to spend some exploring time before/ after the tour.
There are direct flights to Viru-Viru airport (VVI), Santa Cruz, Bolivia and all offer a Piece Concept with 2 x 23kg luggage:
- From Miami with BOA (Boliviana de Aviación) and American Airlines
- From Madrid with BOA and Air Europa
You also should arrange a travel-insurance with so called “adrenaline coverage”. This covers mountaineering, parachute jumping and… motorcycle riding. If you have trouble finding one, check out Squaremouth.com or World Nomads.com.
Notice the official white and blue airport taxis
When you arrive you will be picked up from the airport by one of us with a sign with the logo of Bolivia Motorcycle Adventures.
Depending on the arrival time you go directly to our base in Samaipata or could spend one night in Santa Cruz. If you spend the night in Santa Cruz the following day will be Day 1.
In case you arrived earlier for exploring purposes, we can make arrangements for you to be picked up or you can simply appear at the hotel we will have arranged.
On Day 2 of the tour we normally start with the administrative parts and a tour briefing in which we inform you about riding safely, the traffic rules of Bolivia, our route and all other things you need to know about the tour. Driving safely at all time is our main concern.
Before you receive your motorcycle you must sign a responsibility declaration.
After the administrative parts/ the briefing you will get to know your tour bike and we will go for a small ride.
Note that we only provide you with a motorcycle. You need to bring your own bike gear. A helmet is of course obligated. Boots, pants, jacket, gloves, etc. are required as well as a daypack for your daily needs.
The next day we will set off for real.
Unless specifically mentioned otherwise, we spend the nights in tourist-class hotels. We are always trying to maintain certain comfort standards, like clean rooms, private bathrooms or hot showers, but every hotel on our tour route offers different standards and sometimes there is only one option. All of the hotels we stay in are long-time approved by BMA.
The same goes for the restaurants. All food is included and will generally be very tasty, but again sometimes there just are no tourist-class restaurants in the area.
The multi-language speaking guide usually rides up front. At the rear comes the support 4WD support vehicle driven by the second guide/ mechanic, carrying tools, spare parts, medical material and for some tours also a spare bike. If – for whatever reason – you can’t/ don’t want to go on, you and your bike will be picked up by the assistance vehicle. If you have a flat tire or another technical problem, just wait for the support car so that the mechanic can fix your bike immediately.
The front guide is medically trained and the rear guide has First-Aid knowledge. All necessary equipment is carried either with the front guide or in the assistance vehicle.
During the entire tour we try to respond to each rider in the group individually. This is why our groups are never larger than 6 people, unless it is a custom group booking.
After several days of spectacular riding, new experiences, fun and adventures, we will return to our base in Samaipata.
The next day we will head to Santa Cruz and there will be a farewell dinner on our last evening together.
On the last day we say goodbye and the arranged taxi will bring you to the airport.
Then we hope to see you again for a next motorbike adventure…
Off-road and safety training before each tour
We observed that interested riders don’t dare to ride with us in Bolivia because they do not trust their driving skills.
On the other side we noticed that some riders prepared themselves by special and very expensive e. g. BMW off-road/ sand trainings before riding a tour with us.
During the tour we observed that this kind of training is not very adapted to the Bolivian terrain. That’s why we decided to offer an appropriate off-road training in combination with a safety training.
During the training day we will take time to practice different difficult situations like: Unpaved or stony roads, sandy soils, gravel roads, water crossings, etc. and give instructions on how to ride safely on the Bolivian roads and in villages or cites with high traffic.
We offer this training before each tour (not before Mission Impossible tour) at the daily rental conditions.
If you are interested, please contact us and plan your arrival for the day before the beginning of your tour.