Memories from the Dakar. The Puna. Desert. Uyuni Salt Flats.

Argentina - Chile - Bolivia

  • 29 Oct 2021 - 09 Nov 2021
The Dakar Rally, with its eleven south-american editions, filled us, the motorcycling passionate fans, with adrenaline and dreams. The Atacama desert was indubitably the place for the biggest audacity of all the participants of the rally.   

This tour seeks to revive an edition suitable for all type of riders, but in the same magnificent scenarios and landscapes. 

The Argentinian Plateau, called "La Puna"; Chilean Atacama desert and Bolivian Uyuni, the biggest salt flat of the world which is the same size of Jamaica or Lebanon. Everything surrounded by six-thousand volcanoes and fulfilled of lagoons and wetlands at high altitude. True oasis for the fauna of flamingos, foxes, llamas and vicuñas or small rodents and reptiles who had been barely survived in these hostile environments where the weather, the height, the solar radiation and the long distances are the hallmarks. 

Our stimulated senses will remember for ever this unique and amazing tour. The gastronomy is high point. Andean flavors and aromas. Dishes that always stand the test of time. High altitude wines. Young and talented chefs, born and raised in the highlands, who have come to rethink from a current standpoint how to enjoy good food with an emphasis on the regional traditions. An invitation to end strenuous days on a motorcycle, enjoying exotic restaurants.

The heights, the silence, the vastness and the colours will immerse us in these magic Argentine roots. We will travel the line between past and present in one of the highest plateaus in the world, with an average height of 3,750 meters above sea level.

The immensity of the Salar de Uyuni will invite us to take pictures playing with perspectives, mirror effects or the confusion between heaven and earth; the long straights roads in the desert, where we will only see wild vicuñas, will take us to a unique feeling of freedom. The friendly and colorful llamas will highlight the existence of people who live their lives in places that seem impossible. The Yungas Forest will amaze us with the contrast of their deep and varied shades of green and the certainty that hide in the bushes, incredible animals such as tapirs, toucans, anteaters, monkeys or the magnificent jaguar will be watching for us.

We will drive through ancient and narrow adobe or stone villages and we will be able to appreciate, from a relatively close distance, half a dozen stylish and active volcanoes.

Cafayate and Cachi, in the Calchaquí valleys. The Abra del Acay with its 5,000 m.a.s.l. Sleeping at 3,900 m.a.s.l.  in San Antonio de los Cobres and then visit the La Polvorilla Viaduct, an engineering masterpiece of the Train to the Clouds. San Pedro de Atacama, the jewel of northern Chile with its wonders, the El Tatío Geyser, the astronomical observatories, the Moon Valley. Well known for being the driest desert in the world. Bolivia, with its contrasts and the energy of its people. Hotels built entirely with salt blocks from Uyuni. The towns of the Quebrada de Humahuaca, witnesses of human settlements for millennia. Wining roads, thrilling passes. More turns in good routes. Some gravel to test our capabilities. All this awaits us on this journey. Another classic that can become the trip of a lifetime!

** COVID PANDEMIC: This tour is subject to the possibility of crossing borders from Argentina to Chile and to Bolivia. In case there are no flights but the starting point can be accessed by land, we can carry the bikes and you will be informed in a timely manner, to arrange the land transportation. If it is not possible on the proposed date, it will be rescheduled.

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  • Riding time: entre 3 y 10 hs/d

Tour facts

Start end
Jujuy - Salta. Argentina
Total distance
3100 Km
Total time
12 Days
Riding days
10 Days
Rest days
2 Days
Daily kilometers
entre 190 y 410 km/d
Hotel overnights
Riding season
Spring - Dry Season
Cafayate, Cachi, La Poma, Abra del Acay Pass, San Antonio de los Cobres, Purmamarca, Salta. Yungas Forest. Estancias. Tren de las Nubes. Salar de Uyuni. San Pedro de Atacama. Lipán Pass. Quebrada de las Conchas. Quebrada de las Flechas. Valles Calchaquíes. Quebrada de Humahuaca. Tilcara. Route 40. Dakarian tracks. El Tatío Geyser.
First class accommodation, luxury lodges and boutique inns. Restaurants specialised in local and traditional cuisine. Music and continental breakfasts. Astounding breaks and snacks every two hours.  Everything planned to learn and amaze. 


  • Certified ITA-BMW Academy Tour-guide in a motorcycle (multilingual)
  • Transportation of your rented or own motorcycle to the starting point and to Buenos Aires at the end
  • Airport pickup on the first and last day of the tour
  • Overnight accommodations as mention in the details
  • All the evening meals as mention in the details 
  • Complete buffet breakfast every morning
  • Tickets and entrance fees to all visiting places (national parks, passes, hot spots)
  • Snacks and hydration stops during the riding day
  • Support vehicle, with first aid and tools & spare parts which will carry your luggage, any oversized purchases you make; or even a passenger or two
  • Informative package with accurate maps, tracks and routes for GPS device or smartphone
  • Tour Souvenirs

Not included:

  • Air ticket
  • Lunches 
  • Fuel for the bikes
  • Personal Insurance (health, luggage lost, cancellation, assist card) 
  • Alcoholic drinks 
  • Personal spending, tolls and tips
  • Any damage to the motorcycle
  • Any expenses not expressed as included. 


  • Base price*:
  • USD 2,990
  • Passenger price:
  • USD 2,650
  • Single room suplement:
  • USD 600
* Sharing a double room

Bike Upgrade:

  • +USD 0
  • BMW F700GS
  • +USD 1,500
  • BMW F800GS ADV.
  • +USD 1,700
  • BMW R1200GS
  • +USD 2,000
  • BMW R1200GS ADV.
  • +USD 2,200

Additional info:

  • If the tour suspends due to pandemic restrictions, all the payments will be reimbursed at 100%. 
  • If the tour is confirmed (45 days before starting date), the cancellation and refund policy is the standard (see table) 
  • Reservation 20% to grant a place. The balance can be paid up to 60 days before starting date. 
  • The costs of the tours do not include taxes (VAT 21%) nor fees. 
  • All the payments can be done at the exchange rate of the payment day. (this issue can have certain restrictions). 

  • All the rental motorcycles include in the fees, a mandatory third party insurance and a full coverage against theft, fire or total damage & destruction. 
  • Does not include insurance on any partial damage. This should be paid for the rider and guaranteed by a Credit Card. 
  • All motorcycles are rented with a full tank and must be returned with a full tank or a US$ 50 penalty charge will apply.
  • The Rider, as the renter, is fully responsible for all road tolls and any fines or other consequences of the violation of traffic regulations, parking orders or prohibitions, or any other laws or regulations, during the rental. In the event that R40Moto is required to pay such tolls, fines, fees or associated costs, you agree that R40Moto may charge you the amount of any such fine, plus a reasonable surcharge for handling these matters.
  • All the riders must have a valid full Driver's Licence to drive big motorcycles. 
  • Personal documents, as Passport, visas, ID, Driver's Licence are a full responsibility of the rider.
  • Places in our tours are subject to availability at the moment of making the reservation payment. 
  • All the tours have limited places.  

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