itinerary - 10 day 'arrive & drive' Rally-raid tour
Day 1 - Arrive anytime August 20th to Lima. We pick you up at the airport and shuttle you to the 3-star HOTEL ANTIGUA MIRAFLORES right by the Pacific coast where you will have the remainder of the day to explore the coastline (where three DAKARS have begun and/or finished). Maybe even go for a ride with the Parasailers, shop, or try the best cuisine in the world as Peru is known for!
Day 2 - After breakfast, we gather for the tour welcome and orientation. After we will guide you to the best spots in Miraflores to explore, change currency, eat and more for the remainder of the day.
In the evening we will be shuttling you to the bus station to take the Deluxe Sleeping coach over the 15,800 ft (4,818 mt) Ticlio pass, along the high lake-strewn altiplano, and down the Huallaga Valley to the 489 yr old colonial city of Huanuco in the 'Valley of Eternal Spring'.
Day 3 - After a late breakfast and rest at the GRAN HOTEL HUANUCO, we will have an on-site orientation and introduction to your bikes and the whole support team including Marcia Alvarez, Peru's Women's Motocross champion. Then we will gear up, mount our bikes and head up a nearby valley route (using the roadbooks) to the Hacienda of Shismay and beyond to a high pass and lake at 11,200 ft. This route will be very similar to the race stages so that you can get used to your bike and the style of the route for the rally.
Your hotel will be Rally HQ for the next 3 days.
Day 4 - After a great breakfast, you will pass through Administrative Check-in and Technical Scrutineering with your bike, visit your 'pit' area in the race BIVOUAC for any last minute adjustments, and participate in a 'Shakedown ' with xome other riders for 6,000 ft to 9,000 ft altitude (2,000 to 2,800 mt) routes. This will familiarize you with our stage Starting proceedures and Timing methods.
The day will end with a special dinner (in your very hotel) with the authorities and a story-telling recount of the history of the Austrian-German immigrants that came to Peru in 1857, and WALKED over the Andes to settle the towns of Pozuzo and Oxapampa, upon which this event is based.
Day 5 - A second day of scrutineering and preparation, setting up your 'pit' area in the BIVOUAC, and final adjustments. Today there will be short SUPER PRIME in front of crowds of spectators. This will be to establish your start position in the big event.
At 4pm there will be PARC EXPOSE of the competitors and their vehicles in the Main Plaza ( in front of your hotel) so that the public may meet you and get your autograph, followed by the CEREMONIAL START with dances and announcements of each of the riders on the ramp/platform in front of the Municipality attended by dignitaries and the press. From there it is back to the BIVOUAC and PARC FERME where the competition vehicles will be impounded until the start the following day.
Driver's meeting at 9 pm at the hotel.
Day 6 - First day of competition, with the first moto starting out at 06:01 hours from the BIVOUAC ! Today will be almost 300 kms of riding the valleys and high mountain roads, broken up with a public presentation and 30 min. SERVICE from your support team in the town of San Rafael, then on to some high altitude routes finishing up with a wild public reception in the highland town of Paucartambo.
9pm Driver's Meeting.
Day 7 - This 2nd day of competition starts with two highland stages joined by local riders of Paucartambo with a 30 minute SERVICE by your support team in between. Then down into the mountain jungle on twisting gravel routes and river crossings. Four competitive stages over 300 kms heading up the jungle valley through the Yanachaga-Chemillen National Park up the the Austrian heritage village of Pozuzo.Your arrival in the Main Plaza will be celebrated with bands and dancing!
9 pm Driver's Meeting at a local restaurant.
Day 8 - Today begins a bit later with a start at 07:01 hours right out of the BIVOUAC in Pozuzo. The day will be somewhat shorter (only 3 competitive stages totaling 103 kms of a total of 266) but some more wild jungle routes! It will be important to just hold your place during the stages today. The last stage, SS11, is partly a beach sprint with water crossings near Oxapampa. Don't bend a rim!
Upon arrival back in Oxapampa you will be received grandly up on the Finishers platform where medals and trophies will be given out. YOU FINISHED! All that is left is the PARTY!
Day 9 - The race is over, but you are in a most wonderful town full of German - Austrian heritage. Today is the final day of the week long festivities for this region and you have the day free to finally check out your surroundings! . Walk around the square! Go visit the nearby waterfalls! Don't miss out on the fanastic German marinated or smoked grilled meats!
There will be a late clebration meal of German grilled meats and local-made beers with the whole team to finish off the day. Later that night the group will be catching the Deluxe Sleeping coach for our return to Lima.
Day 10 / Sept 29th - Upon your arrival back in Lima around 8 am, you will be shuttled back to our HOTEL ANTIGUA MIRALORES in time for the breakfast buffet and have use of the room until your flight home sometime today or tonight. We will make sure to take you to the Inka Market for items you may want to purchase to remember your time in Peru!
Each of you will be taxied individually back to the airport. Don't forget to tell all your friends about this event as we hope to repeat it many years into the future!