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South America Explorer MEGA-Tour
Ride your personal motorcycle on a MotoDiscovery South America Mega-tour.
The special nature of this MotoDiscovery Mega-Tour requires participants to have both on and off-road riding skill and, possess reasonable physicality and sound health. You will be riding your own personal motorcycle with MotoDiscovery managing the complex ocean freighting logistics to and from South America. While the route is not necessarily technical in nature, expect unpaved surfaces as we explore a number of exciting highlights. The ride travels the full length of the continent through six countries with an array of cultural, historical and natural highlights. The need for teamwork and an especially spirited attitude has us labeling this ADVENTURE+.
The ride is suitable for a passenger however to be clear; this should not be your pillion rider’s first introduction to the world of adventure motorcycling. You may wish to consider having your favorite passenger join you for a portion of the tour. Contact MotoDiscovery to discuss that possibility, offer consultation on an itinerary and to quote a price for a partial passenger participation.
This tour demands a high level of preparation and advance planning. We strongly urge you to network within your riding circles and friends to have others join you. Even one year prior to tour date is not too soon. Sign up today for this incredibly immersive South America touring experience.
NOTE: This tour will have a unique Trip Cancellation Policy due to the required advance obligations with suppliers. Trip Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
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Deposit per person
All rooms are shared, double occupancy. If you request to not share a room the single occupancy supplement applies. If we are unable to find a roommate for you, the single supplement will apply. No exception.
* NOTE: Final price is determined by number of participants and subject to change. Special Cancellation and Refund conditions will apply.
January 08 – March 09, 2024
January 13 – March 13, 2025
61 days/60 nights
61 days/60 nights
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By requesting a booking, you'll be able to reserve your spot on this tour. Closer to the tour date you will receive an email with payment information and you will be able to make a deposit or pay the entire balance.
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If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to our travel professionals.
Adventure Plus - Expect off road challenges blended with pavement riding and is intended only for riders with prior off road riding experience. Midsize to smaller motorcycles recommended. No motorcycles over 800cc on this trip.
61 days/60 nights
January 08 – March 09, 2024
January 13 – March 13, 2025
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Based on 12 riders 28,879 USDNote that Rider Price will ultimately be determined by number of participants
How difficult are the roads?
We categorize this tour as ADVENTURE+, however road conditions are not necessarily challenging for an experienced touring enthusiast with off road experience and acceptable physicality. Expect a mix of paved roads of varying condition with off road segments consisting mostly improved gravel. Unpaved surfaces represent only less than 15% of the entire route. We recommend rider training such as the popular MotoDiscovery Moab Immersion Training Tour.
Is this a good tour for a passenger?
Yes, however this should not be your pillion rider’s first adventure touring experience. The duration of the South American Explorer, for some, can be a test. There is a higher level of unpredictability due to the duration as well as the great distance covered. For the spirited, experienced and willing passenger, this can be a remarkable experience to share with your partner.
Can you arrange for a traveling partner to join me for a portion of the tour?
Yes. We encourage this as we understand that this is a long time to be away. We will consult with you on where and how your partner can join us, seeking a segment of the tour that offers the best flight services and special highlights. Call us! This is a common request and we gladly will facilitate your needs.
Do I use my own motorcycle?
Yes. MotoDiscovery manages the complete process of ocean freighting from start to finish. We can provide a rental as well. Inquire about that option.
What is the best motorcycle for the South America Explorer?
Certainly one that you are comfortable with. Bigger is not necessarily better and you should have the experience, skills and physicality to manage whatever bike you choose. It should be of the “adventure” variety, reliable, expertly prepared with attention to details that we will outline for you in the pre-tour information. Preparing your motorcycle is the “foreplay” of a great adventure. It’s fun. It’s important. Contact us for consultation if you have any questions.
How is the weather?
The South America Explorer runs a longitude beginning roughly at the equator and travels the length of the continent. You’ll be riding through a number of climate zones and seasons. The timing of this tour is designed to minimize exposure to the rain season regions while avoiding dramatic temperature extremes. You’ll be provided greater weather detail in our comprehensive pre-tour information.
How long are the riding days?
A long day would be 300 miles and only in favorable conditions. The itinerary is carefully designed with multiple two day stops. On average, a riding day will be around 200-250 miles per day. Some more. Some less. And before you claim that these are “short” days, keep in mind that conditions in developing countries do not lend to high mileage days.
Is it safe?
The South America Explorer travels through six countries. None of these regions are experiencing any degree of turmoil or unrest that would compromise your safety. Traveling in an unfamiliar area where cultures, customs and societies are different from your own, can be a challenge for some. Risks associated with this kind of travel are to be expected. Motorcycling does have its inherent dangers. We would consider this a safe tour under the circumstances.
What is the meal program?
We will not include every dinner however dining, in general, is of the highest quality. Exceptional dining is an important component of the MotoDiscovery experience. “Open menu” allows you the choice of meal selection. We include an occasional lunch and breakfasts are always included. We do not include alcoholic beverages. You will not be disappointed, we promise!
How are the hotels?
MotoDiscovery is NOT a budget tour operator. Quality lodging is essential, and where available you will find our selections to be superb, seeking style, authenticity, service, security and access to points of interest as our guide to finding a great place to lay your head each night. Be aware that the nature of this event may force us to stay in a place below our usual high standards, however this is rare and to be accepted as part of this unique adventure.
Will there be a support vehicle?
Yes however we will need the minimum participation of eight for this to be included.
Will you carry our luggage?
The expectation is that you will carry your own luggage. We will transport a limited amount of your personal gear, providing you a duffel bag. If it fits in the bag, we’ll carry it. If not you will be responsible for carrying it on your motorcycle.
When should I sign up?
NOW. While this tour is scheduled many months from now, the actual process begins many months earlier. Preparation of your motorcycle is a big part of planning. Your motorcycle has to be at the port from six weeks to two months prior to the actual tour date. For us, securing the best hotels and services and the tremendous logistics is a vital process that can start a year out from the tour. Please talk this up with your friends and make your commitment as soon as possible
I would like to consider a private tour just for me and my friends. Can you do that?
Definitely. Private customized tours are a MotoDiscovery specialty. We craft the tour to meet your scheduling needs, align the style and character with your preferences, and can include special highlights and interests that may be important to you. Contact us for details or go to this Custom Motorcycle Tour Questionnaire and we can begin the journey!