2nd Great Amazon Adventure, 2016
October 7 to 31, 2016
We are delighted to confirm that we will be running the 2nd Great Amazon Adventure in October 2016, travelling through four countries from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans crossing the remarkable Amazon Rainforest
This is the latest ground-breaking event from Bespoke Rallies. Having pioneered classic rallying in India, Bhutan, Cuba, Central America, SE Asia and Vietnam, we are proud to present the 2nd edition of our most intriguing event to date.
The Great Amazon Adventure from Bespoke Rallies is the trip of a lifetime. Not only will you be driving along the intoxicating trans-amazonia highway you will also visit some of the most iconic landmarks in South America.
The event connects two great oceans, the Atlantic and the Pacific, as we cross this final frontier of rallying in three action packed weeks. From historic Suriname to the incredible Andes mountain range, you are in for an unforgettable experience.
We start from Paramaribo, the capital city of Suriname, previously Dutch Guiana. Here you will be amazed to find they drive on the left as in the UK. Our first stop is in French Guiana which is in the EU! Here we speak French, use the Euro and shop in French supermarkets at French prices. You could be in Europe apart from the amazing scenery. Our next river crossing takes us into Brazil on our way to the mighty Amazon. Once at the great Amazon River we spend two amazing nights and a day on the ‘modern’ ferry from Macapa to Santarem as there are no roads. You will have time to marvel at the great river, meet the locals, watch the amazing scenes as they load and unload the river ferries while listening to the sounds of nature under the Amazon sky.
Once we land in Santarem we are in the rainforest proper. With the vast rainforest canopy above us for the next few days we will drive through the Amazon National Reserve without a tourist in sight – in fact barely another person in sight.
We break out occasionally to find a resting place for the night. On this trip, you are not only treading new ground and driving new countries, but you will also have a chance to marvel at the fantastic flora and fauna of the area at first hand.
As we see the light at the end of the forest we are faced with the majestic Andes mountain range where civilisations rose and fell. We tackle the greatest roads and passes on earth while taking time to stop for some of the intriguing mysteries of our time – Machu Picchu, Cusco, Colca Canyon, Puno and Lake Titicaca and the Nasca Lines.
Machu Picchu, a citadel built on top of an impossible peak probably more than two thousand years ago, is one of the last places on the continent where you can feel the Inca presence and history.
Cusco, once the capital of the Inca empire and later colonised by the Spanish, is now a living monument and reminder of the colonial era with its narrow streets, stone houses, cathedral and churches built over 500 years ago alongside the ever present Inca tradition.
The Nasca lines in the middle of the desert, cut thousands of years ago by the Nasca culture, remain a mystery as to their purpose – and how they were made. A conundrum as baffling as the pyramids. How could this ancient civilisation draw an astronaut or a whale when they had never seen one?
The rally provides an ever-changing scenic backdrop with
new pleasures and challenges each day.
We will visit four countries in 26 days. We will have to cope with four different languages, four different cultures, and one of the most amazing rallies on earth. We invite you to join us on this unique adventure.
We have found our way through the jungles of the Amazon, discovered excellent roads, navigated the rivers and found some surprisingly good accommodation along the way. Each night you will have a hotel room, while on the ferry there are excellent cabins available. Breakfast is included each day, so are most of the evening meals.
We aim to keep man and machine together so provide mechanical back-up as well as a medic for those little ailments.
All roads have been checked and the route is completely open. However, in the Amazonas region some roads are graded rather than tarmac – this can vary from very slow and rough to fast and flowing dirt. With this in mind we suggest you take a well prepared classic car or a 4x4 of any age on this adventure.
It goes without saying that although we are going at the best time of year, it is still a hot and sticky environment in the forest where it rains from time to time. In the Andes it will be cooler and less humid while on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts it will be hot and dry.
An incredible journey
Third party Insurance
Ferry inc. cabin
Hotels and breakfasts
Most evening meals
Our experienced team
Machu Picchu & Nasca