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New for 2013 Kudu are crossing the Atlantic Ocean to take on the Dakar South American Expedition. Fly into the cosmopolitan metropolis Buenos Aires for the start of a 2 month expedition taking in the actual start of the 2013 Dakar Rally and meeting the Yamaha team preparing for this world famous endurance test venturing across Agentina with a high Andes crossing into Chile heading north on valley coastal and salt desert routes into Bolivia finishing the first leg at Le Paz. After the border crossing into Peru for the second leg the journey explores Puno and Lake Titicaca descending into canyon and valley trails to Machu Picchu with another high Andes crossing to Nazca enjoying coastal desert rides to the 2012 Dakar finish at Lima, Kudu will explore north from here climbing 5000 metres to La Union pass visiting Chan Chan the largest Adobe city finally arriving at Kudu's Peruvian base Carjamarca a true gem to explore the high Andes. This expedition is a return to Kudu's Dakar roots and aims to take on stages used on the 2011-12 rally whilst exploring these breath taking countries.

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Key Facts
Dates 28th December 2013 to 24th February 2014
Countries Argentina Chile Bolivia and Peru
Start/Finish Buenos Aires to Carmarca
Overall Mileage Approx 8,000 miles
Off-tar distance Approx 3,000 miles of rough roads & tracks
Wild camping Typically 12 nights in total
Dates & Prices Click here for expedition information
Route map Click here for a Google map of your typical route
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Trip Highlights

  • Meeting up in Buenos Aires for the training day and our ride out to Mar del Plata to actually see the start of the 2013 Dakar Rally where we are also arranging with our partners Yamaha to go behind the scenes to see the Yamaha team preparing for the rally this is still to be confirmed.
  • Our route then takes us north west to Bahia Blanca following the first stage of the Dakar.
  • Heading west to Santa Rosa Rio Cuarto and Cordoba taking in part of last years 2011 Dakar stage on to Mendoza with a rest day in the wine region to prepare for our first high Andes crossing at Po Maule Pehuenche with a wild camp at the border crossing into Chile.
  • Decending the Andes west to Talca then north for a rest day in Santiago continuing through Azapa Valley La Serena taking in the coastal route to Calderra with another stage from the 2012 Dakar.
  • Enjoying the coastal scenery to Antofagasta before challenging the Atacama desert with a ride out to the salt flats experiencing another Dakar 2012 stage arriving at Calama and the Bolivian border.
  • Spectacular riding into the Sala De Uyuni desert exploring it's meteorite craters with another high Andes route from Cochabamba to the finish of the first months leg in Le Paz with a ride out to Lake Titicaca.
  • The second leg then continues on hugging the lake onto Juliaca and setting up base at Puno where we spend three days exploring the lake and its island of Uros with a stay over at Taquile.
  •  Once returning to the shore we head for the Colca Canyon onto Cusco where we spend four days exploring Machu Picchu Sacred Valley and the ancient Inca capital.
  •  Ascending for another high Andes crossing to Abancay with a 2012 Dakar stage at Chalauanca our route then takes us to a rest day for a plane trip to see the famous Nazca Lines.
  • Dropping down to the coast again into Paracas and a desert stage of the 2012 Dakar to the rallies finishing point at the Peruvian capital Lima for a rest day.
  • Climbing up to Huaraz with a high Andes route through the Cord De Lera Blanca exploring the highest peaks of the western Andes to Chavin and Caraz using the 5000 metre high La Union Pass we eventually arrive at Une Huanchuacho for a rest day and a ride out to Chan Chan the largest Adobe city.
  • On arrival at Kudu’s Peruvian base in Cajamarca there are 3 days of ride outs into this equatorial region.
  • The expedition finishes on 24th February 2013 with an option for an extra 5 days ride out into the high Peruvian Andes and the Amazon rain forest. This expedition takes in some of the off the beaten tracks and stages of the 2011-12 Dakar Rally using our specialist Kudu South American guides with all the full support that Kudu offer.

Kudu's Bikes

You can ride a Kudu bike or your own on this expedition and prices vary. Kudu will be using out tried and tested Yamaha Teneres which are great all-round bikes capable of covering huge distances on tar and trail in comfort. They have a comfortable saddle, good wind protection and a punchy, 660cc single cylinder engine. They performed excellently on our Round the World 2009 Expeditions and London to Magadan 2011and 2012, and really come into their own when riding on the more challenging tracks and trails. They are especially easy and forgiving bikes to handle if you are an off-road beginner and they will make the long sections through the Andes and South America a real joy to ride.

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Pre-Expedition Training and Orientation

We at Kudu take great pride in running thoroughly professional adventures which are open to anyone with a desire to challenge themselves and what they are capable of.  You do not need to be a highly experienced motorcyclist, off-road expert or have a huge amount of adventurous travel experience.  Our training and orientation days are designed to be informal, enjoyable affairs where you can meet your fellow adventurers and the Kudu team in a relaxed environment.


  • Meet the Kudu team and each other
  • Equipment and route familiarisation
  • GPS training
  • Ride out and navigation practical
  • Motorcycle maintenance and repair

With Kudu's unique pre-expedition and en-route training, all included in the price, you can begin the toughest challenge of your life well prepared for what lies ahead. At present the training day is earmarked to be held on day one of the expedition (28th December 2012) at Kudu's tempoary base in Buenos Aires

Kudu Staff

Your Kudu Support Crew

As usual you will be supported throughout by members of the Kudu Expeditions team including an expedition leader and guide (Spainish speaking), mechanic and medic. Our support vehicles are packed with tools and spare parts to keep vehicles and riders moving and they also carry communal equipment, such as tents, chairs and cooking kit and full medical kit.

Our expeditions are run in a unique and highly successful way designed to give you the right professional support as back-up, whilst still enabling you to experience real adventures on a truly challenging trip.


Is this trip for me?

The Dakar South American Expedition will be a challenging adventure covering many countries, vast distances and some tough terrain. Please remember however that all routes are achievable for any determined off-road beginner and it is normal for us to have several off-road novices on our tours - you wont be alone! In addition we take a very pro-active approach to training throughout the tour and staff will be there to instruct and help you along, whether it be with your off-road riding skills or GPS navigation. There are several nights camping out in the wilderness too where we will be completely self-sufficient, and for most this is a real highlight of their adventure. Please remember that Kudu are an expedition specialist not a tarmac tour company and you will enjoy some real off the beaten routes full of adventure, if you have any concerns or questions about how suitable you think this expedition may be for you then please don't hesitate to get in contact with us - we are here to help!