Motorcycle Tours in South America

There are a few misconceptions about motorcycling in South America. First, you don’t have to be an experienced enduro rider to travel to the continent’s most interesting attractions. It’s possible to ride from São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro on the east coast of the continent to Iguassu Falls on the border with Argentina, to Buenos Aires, and across the continent, (including side trips to Argentina’s famed lake district and wine country) crossing the Andes Mountains to Santiago Chile, without ever leaving good pavement. It’s also feasible to ride two-up from Brazil through Argentina and Bolivia to Machu Picchu, Peru and on to Chile on a large dual-sport motorcycle. Just ask us about the times that we’ve safely done so.

Depending on the route, riding to Tierra del Fuego can be an arduous undertaking requiring extensive off-road experience to handle rough roads with deep gravel and incredible crosswinds. Some tour companies select hair-raising routes and describe the associated challenges honestly, apparently believing that a more arduous trip will have wider appeal.

We take the opposite approach. We’ve carefully selected routes that will provide you with a relatively safe and definitely enjoyable trip. We offer plenty of adventure without subjecting anyone to unnecessary difficulty. With careful route selection, we avoid the nastiest roads and much of the crosswinds on our Tierra del Fuego trip.

A second misconception is that the quality of the food and water in South America is not up to North American standards. Many Americans’ knowledge of Latin America is based on experience in Mexico, so they believe the sanitary conditions in South America must be similar to those in much of Mexico. They are delighted to learn that the food is wonderful in South America and sanitary conditions at all of the places we visit are superb. One of the biggest challenges our customers face is controlling their weight while on one of our tours!

Finally, some people worry about violence in South America. While there certainly is some well-publicized strife in Columbia (and occasionally in Venezuela), we don’t go anywhere near these countries. Troublesome areas are hundreds (if not thousands) of miles from our routes. Our customers have found travel in South America to be delightfully clean, safe and fun!

Date2015 AdventuresDaysPrice(USD)Co-riderNotes
Jan 12 - Feb 4Ushuaia and Antarctica24$18,445$16,245
Jan 12 - 24Bariloche to Ushuaia13$8,450$6,250
Feb 28 - Mar 13Empire of the Incas (Machu Picchu) Beginning in Salta14$8,500$6,350Sold Out!
Oct 31 - Nov 13Empire of the Incas (Machu Picchu) Beginning in Salta14$8,500 $6,350
Nov 14 - 25Los Andes Misteriosos12$6,750 $4,750

Date2016 AdventuresDaysPrice(USD)Co-riderNotes
Jan 9 - Feb 1Ushuaia and Antarctica24$18,445$16,245
Jan 9 - Jan 21Bariloche to Ushuaia13$8,450$6,250
Feb 27 - Mar 11Empire of the Incas (Machu Picchu) Beginning in Salta14$8,500$6,350
Oct 30 - Nov 12Empire of the Incas (Machu Picchu) Beginning in Salta14$8,500 $6,350
Nov 13 - Nov 24Los Andes Misteriosos12$6,750 $4,750

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I’ve ridden eight Ayres Adventures tours, three of them IBA (Iron Butt Association) specific rides and haven’t been disappointed. All have been first class, unique, and full of very pleasant surprises. Ron and his staff have always been courteous, helpful, and patient. In fact, he has found some special tour leaders and guides. By the end of the tour, they become friends that we look forward to seeing again.

Each tour had it’s own highlights. The IBA tours fit our style of riding since we are interested in seeing as much as we can and not spending a lot of time at the destination hotels. If you ride one, be prepared to cover some distance in all kinds of road and weather conditions.

Ushuaia had been one of those must see places for us and the South America IBA ride was the perfect way to do it, we ended up with more than we expected. The scenery was spectacular, the food was excellent, and this group of riders made it a ride to remember.

We enjoyed this one so much, we’re already signed up for the Alps IBA ride this September and the Portugal, Spain, and Morocco tour next year.

Tom and Mona's Adventures Include:

IBA Ushuaia Tour
IBA Africa Tour
IBA Extreme Alps Tour
South America - Empire of the Incas
Spain and Morocco
New Zealand Top Down Tour
Namibian Splendors (Africa)
Russia - Beyond the Golden Ring


Tom and Mona Loftus
Vista, California