Full Day to the Crater
Through the Crater of Maragua on Motorcycles!
The full day tour on motorcycles; This amazing tour, 200km in distance, takes you all the way from the city of Sucre, through a mountain pass of de Cordillera de los Frailes, all the way down to the little town of Chaunaca, to ride trough the canyon to get to Potolo. Crossing the river up to the crater of Maragua, there you will have time to have lunch while enjoying the beautiful landscape. The tour continues to the town of Quila Quila, after that crossing the highest mountain near Sucre, the Obispo at 3700m altitude and from there all the way back to Sucre. This tour is highly recommended just for all the amazing views, mountains and different terrain you will come across. Includes lunch and a free drink after the tour!
- Aprox. duration: Full day
- Honda Motorcycle 250 cc / 200km: Price 1040 Bs.
On request there are smaller or bigger size motorcycles available.
The full day motorcycle tour explained in detail
Getting to know the bike
Getting used to your new amigo (the bike). First things first, we drive you to our workshop which is 10 minutes away, there you will be introduced you to your new “amigo”, the bike. Once you are given all safety equipment and having met your guide, next is you getting some time to get used to your motorcycle before you ride it out of the city. Initially the roads are paved and we ride slow for the first half hour.
From paved to dirt roads in the mountains
To Chataquila and Maragua. We continue riding and head off north west through a mountain pass of de Cordillera de los Frailes (3650m altitude) called Chataquila Mountain. This mountain is very well known by locals and it is right next to the Inca trail. In this part of Bolivia they are being hiked nowadays only by travelers, but don’t worry you don’t have to hike it at all! You can see it from the comfy seat of the motorcycle!
From the Chataquila mountain we ride down, along lot’s of s-curves with steep cliffs on the sides, to the little village named Chaunaca which is located in between two of the main rivers heading south. One of these rivers becomes river Ravelo, this one will eventually end in Argentina. We may or not cross the river depending on the season and skills of the rider, if we aren’t crossing the river we will take the bridge, and head to Potolo. This village is at the very end of the border of Chuquisaca province with Potosi province, which is the mining part of Bolivia. Potolo has the reputation for having preserved most of its own culture. On the way you will be able to see the Canyon of Potolo, one of the biggest canyons in Chuquisaca. Nowadays most people there in the countryside still dress and live the same way as hundres of years ago. They belong to an ancient culture known as Jalq’as, known for their weavings. We will have a small break in the town before we continue heading south east towards the Maragua Crater. This bit of the tour is considered as the most challenging part but also the most fun bit of the track. The roads on this part have not been well mantained. And it is Bolivia so that means that it is not gonna change for quite some time. We love to ride this part and our customers love it even more. It also passes very close to some dyno footprints (Ninu Mayu), so feel free to ask if you want to see them!
From the Maragua Crater to the town of Quila Quila
Is this a Crater? It is not a volcanic crater. According to wikimapia, a formation of 51 square kilometers, yes that big! It is cler from geologic features that this is a closed syncline formed by erosion. Fossils of marine shells are still found in the region and sold by local children. We love this place for its unique formation. It is also known as the belly button of South america. There you will have time to chill and have lunch while enjoying the beautiful landscape. In this crater of Maragua we visit Don Crispin, a local guy who lives in the middle of the Crater, he works his own land and is always friendly with a nice smile welcoming anyone who wants to see his house and little museum. The tour continues through the different landscape along mountain trails to the town of Quila Quila and after that crossing the highest mountain near Sucre, the Obispo (3700m altitude) and from there down and up all the way back to Sucre. This tour is highly recommended just for all the amazing views, mountains and different terrain you will come across. Includes: Local experienced english-spanish speaking guide, transport, full safety equipment lunch, water, a free drink after the tour.
Below is a short video which shows a small part of this tour