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New for 2013 Kudu are crossing the Atlantic Ocean to take on the Northern Andes Challenge . Fly into the breathtaking city of La Paz , largest city in Bolivia,  for the start of a 1 month expedition. After the border crossing into Peru 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 2012 rally whilst exploring these breath taking countries.

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Key Facts
Dates 27th January 2014 to 24th February 2014
Countries Bolivia and Peru
Start/Finish La Paz  to Carmarca
Overall Mileage Approx 3,000 miles
Off-tar distance Approx 1,500 miles of rough roads & tracks
Wild camping Typically 8 nights in total
Dates & Prices Click here for expedition information
Route map Click here for a Google map of your typical route
South America
South America
South America

Trip Highlights

  • Meeting up in La Paz  for the training day.
  • The the expedition commences with a route hugging Lake Titicaca 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 26th February 2012 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 (27th January 2013) at Kudu's temporary base in La Paz.

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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 Northern Andes Challenge will be an exciting adventure covering two 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 Kudu are an expedition specialist not a tarmac tour company and you will enjoy some 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!