Empire of the Incas

Please call +1 (877)-275-8238 to learn more about this or other tours.

Book Now

ViewEmpire of the Incas in a larger map

We’ve operated motorcycle tours to Machu Picchu more than two dozen times over the past nine years and we believe this is one of the best itineraries yet. This 14-day Adventure provides an opportunity to explore the Inca civilization in more depth than is typically possible during a motorcycle tour of the area, culminating in a visit to the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu – nestled deep in the Andes Mountains. The Adventure includes a carefully selected collection of additional South American attractions that are “must dos” for any visit to this region of the world.

Highlights include:

  • Purmamarca’s “Seven colours summit” (Cerro de los Siete Colores), including a visit to the village’s adobe style center and its beautiful handicrafts market.

  • A spectacular riding day into Chile, including salt flats, twisty roads winding up the 14,000 ft Jama Pass, and a descent to the Atacama Desert and the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama.

  • A free day in San Pedro de Atacama, complete with stunning scenery, sand dunes, bizarre rock formations, and geysers. There will also be time for a quick ride through the nearby Valley of the Moon.

  • The beach resort of Arica, Chile.

  • Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, in Puno, Peru. Visit the Floating Islands of the Uros Indians, who live on the islands fabricated entirely from local reeds. The largest of the floating islands supports buildings, including a school and post office.

  • The Colca Canyon. At almost 14,000 feet deep (twice the depth of the Grand Canyon) it’s one of the deepest canyons in the world. Watch the giant Andean Condors (wingspans up to ten feet) circle in the rising air from the depths of the canyon.

  • A ride along the Pan American Highway to “The White City” : Arequipa. This beautiful city is surrounded by
    spectacular mountains, the most famous of which is the volcano El Misti.

  • Three nights in Cuzco with one free day for the visit to the archeological ruins at Machu Picchu and a free day to explore other nearby Inca ruins. Machu Picchu – the Lost City of the Incas – is South America’s best known and most popular archaeological site.

  • Purmamarca’s “Seven colors Summit” and spectacular Jama Pass to the Argentinian border.

  • Salt flats of the Atacama Desert.

At a Glance Your Empire of the Incas Adventure

Empire of the Incas, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 1 If you arrive today, you will be picked up at the airport and shuttled to our base hotel. In the late afternoon we meet for the motorcycle handover followed by the kick off briefing and the welcome dinner.

Empire of the Incas, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 2 A short riding day, which provides us with the first pass road and some spectacular scenery! Purmamarca’s “Seven colours summit” (Cerro de los Siete Colores) invites for a short hike and the village’s adobe style center has a beautiful handicrafts market.

Empire of the Incas, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 3 A spectacular riding day to Chile and into a different world! Salt flats, twisty roads winding up the 4300m high Jama Pass, the descent to the Atacama Desert and the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama make this day an adventure on its own!

Empire of the Incas, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 4 Free day in San Pedro de Atacama (~43 miles) Relax and walking around in laid-back San Pedro. At sunset we’ll visit the famous “Valley of the Moon” – stunning scenery with sand dunes, volcanoes and bizarre rock formations.

Empire of the Incas, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 5 Passing by Chuquicamata, the world’s biggest open copper mine, we cross the Atacama Desert and head west towards the Pacific Ocean. Today’s highlight is the wonderful ride along the coast with spectacular views of the Pacific. Arriving in Iquique, the beach is right next to the hotel and you can watch the sea lions from your hotel room balcony.

Empire of the Incas, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 6 After a late start we climb the road and ride inland again. The ghost town of Humberstone, a former salpeter mining village, is on our way and further on we cross some spectacular canyons – the deepest (Canyon de Camarones) is more than 1000 m. deep! We’ll get our first impression of Arica from its popularview point “El Morro”, before we enjoy the hotel pool…

Empire of the Incas, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 7 Today includes a border crossing into Peru and a ride on the world famous Panamerican Highway through the Peruvian coast desert. In the afternoon we climb the road to Arequipa, the “White City” – surrounded by up to 6000 m high volcanoes.

Empire of the Incas, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 8 Ride across 4000+ m high passes to the Colca Canyon – one of the deepest canyons in the world. Watch the condors circle in the rising air of this scenic highlight!

Empire of the Incas, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 9 Cross the Andes and ride to the former capital of the Inca empire. We spend most of the day in altitudes of approximately 4000 m.

Empire of the Incas, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 10 Today is dedicated to the city of Cuzco and its surroundings. A city tour brings us to the most famous places, including Sacsayhuaman or the Temple of the Sun. You will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy this beautiful city in the afternoon.

Empire of the Incas, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 11 Today is the day for the trip to Machu Picchu! A spectacular train ride brings us to this hidden Inca city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions of South America. Guided tour included.

Empire of the Incas, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 12 Ride to Lake Titicaca, with 3808 m the highest navigable lake in the world. In the afternoon guided boat tour to the Uros, an indigenous people living on floating islands.

Empire of the Incas, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 1 Crossing two more Andean passes, we finally descend from the 4400 m high passroads and cross the border into Arica.

Empire of the Incas, Motorcycle Tour in South America, Day 14 Breakfast, airport transfer and departure.

All roads are paved and mostly in good condition. Dense traffic and tricky situations are to be expected in bigger cities like Arequipa, Cusco, Juliaca and Puno. The entire trip is perfectly suitable for two-up riding. Riders will spend approximately one week at altitudes between 10,000 and 14,000 feet, so riders should be prepared for the altitude as well as cold temperatures. Approximately 5% of the route will have potholes.


65%

30%

5%
  • Includes BMW F700GS
  • Additional charge of $150 for BMW F800GS
  • Additional charge of $650 for a BMW R1200GS LC
  • Additional charge of $1,050 for a BMW R1200GS Adv LC
  • Personal motorcycle: deduct $1,800 from the rider price.
Standard Inclusions
  • Late model, low mileage motorcycle
  • Upscale accommodations
  • A’ la carte dining
  • Two Ayres Adventures professional tour leaders
  • Airport arrival/departure transfers
  • Luggage handling
  • Comfortable support vehicle for non-riding companions
  • Comprehensive pre-trip planning and assistance
  • Customized trip booklet with day-by-day itinerary and attractions
  • Two commemorative shirts
  • Adventurer Club travel award credit
Meals
  • All breakfasts
  • 10 dinners
Special Inclusions
  • Entry fee to Valle de la Luna in San Pedro de Atacama
  • Excursion to see condors of Colca Canyon
  • Train ride and entry to Machu Picchu
  • Uros visit on Lake Titicaca
Single room supplement – $1,100

2017 Schedule
Date2017 AdventuresDaysPrice(USD)Co-riderNotes
Feb 25 - Mar 10Empire of the Incas (Machu Picchu) 14$8,500 $6,350
Oct 28 - Nov 10Empire of the Incas (Machu Picchu) 14$8,500 $6,350
2018 Schedule
Date2018 AdventuresDaysPrice(USD)Co-rider Notes
Feb 24 - Mar 9Empire of the Incas (Machu Picchu) 14$8,500$6,350
Oct 27 - Nov 9Empire of the Incas (Machu Picchu) 14$8,500 $6,350
2017-09-08T00:29:14+00:00