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The Peruvian Monkey Run

The Monkey Run Peru

Monkey bikes take some beating. Unless there’s a steep hill. Or bad weather. Or even a non-steep hill. Luckily there’s loads of that sort of thing in Peru, which is part of the reason this is currently the toughest thing you can do on a monkey bike

01.You're on your own

Our day to day lives are controlled so much we rarely get to put ourselves in danger. Which is a shame, because danger has so much opportunity for fun. Or if not fun, great stories to tell when you get home. To give you the greatest chance to seek out your chosen level of danger, you're on your own. That means no backup, no support, no friendly guides to tell you what to do. After all, you're not really in danger if there's a medic, a mechanic and a life coach with you at every turn. Right?

We give you a start line, a finish line, some training and more or less enough time to reach said finish line. The rest is up to you.

02.Schedule

April 2019

  • 12th April

    Friday

    Informal pre launch drinks - Ayacucho

  • 13th April

    Saturday

    Test driving

  • 13th April

    Saturday

    Start party

  • 14th April

    Sunday

    The launch

  • 21st April

    Sunday

    Finish line party

September 2019

  • 6th September

    Friday

    Informal pre-launch drinks - Atalaya

  • 7th September

    Saturday

    Test driving, mechanical briefing, Q&A

  • 7th September

    Saturday

    Start party

  • 8th September

    Sunday

    The launch

  • 15th September

    Sunday

    Finish line party

03.The Un-route

We have two locations in Peru. One high up in the Andes (Ayacucho), and one deep in the Amazon (Atalaya). They're both equally brilliant in their own way. Depending on which edition you sign up for you'll either be going from jungle to mountains, or vice versa. We're absolutely convinced that this route will blow your stinky socks off to kingdom come.
It is old-school adventuring at its very best.

There's a party at the end a bit of test driving at the start and in between, you're on your own. Just the way it should be.

Ayacucho

Ayacucho is a 10-hour overnight coach trip or a one hour flight from Lima. Peruvian coaches have an awesome first class option that puts the piss-stinking, overpriced and cramped UK coaches to shame. The coach is about $40USD, the flight is about $120USD.

Atalaya

Atalaya is either a couple of flights or a boat trip & a couple of coaches away from Lima. There are a couple of direct flights a week with the others going via Pucallpa. and cost about $150. The land/ water route takes about 24 hours and costs about $70. Flights in and out of Atalaya are often delayed by bad weather. We would advise factoring in a couple of days travel to get between here and Lima.

04.Paperwork

Driving License - You'll need whatever paperwork is required in your country of origin to ride a 90cc motorcycle. You absolutely need this, without it you wont get the keys to the bikes.

IDP - While International driving permits aren't compulsory in Peru, they act as a useful translation of your driving licence. You want one with a Category "A" stamp.

Bike insurance - The bikes come with 3rd party motor insurance.

Personal insurance - You'll need travel insurance to cover you for the whole of the Run. You should make sure it specifically covers you for what you are doing and where.

Visas - Most nationalities don't need a visa for Peru for up to 180 days. You can find out more about what visa you may need with our pals over at The Visa Machine.

Vehicle deposit - We charge a £300 returnable vehicle deposit to make sure we get our bikes back at the end of the adventure, this is fully returnable and we wont charge you for general wear and tear.

05.Saving the world

Not only is the Monkey Run an industrial dose of adventure, it’s also about Saving the World. We ask every team to raise a minimum of £1000 for charity, at least £500 of which goes to our official charity Cool Earth.

To date, The Adventurists have raised over £7.5 million for charity and, along with the teams on our other adventures, you'll be saving the world one rainforest at a time. Not because we’re tree hugging sandal weavers, but because the world would be shit without them.

Where would we get lost if we didn't have jungles?

Once you’ve signed up to the Monkey Run we will give you more information about Cool Earth, as well as a stash of tips on how to extract donations from friends, family and strangers.

The Plan - how to actually save the world

We’ve been banging on about saving the world for ages and we’ve raised stupendous amounts of money for a load of amazing charities. So we sat down at HQ and pondered on what we could do that will actually save the world and continue the fight to make it less boring.

Then it hit us like a well-polished brogue to the nuts: “we must save every rainforest in the world so future generations have somewhere to get stuck”. It’s not just about the carbon, the point is rainforests are indescribably excellent.

You can find a stack of resources for Cool Earth and a fundraising pack here or give them a shout with any questions or say hello. They're keen to hear from you.

Who are they?

Cool Earth is an environmental charity that works in partnership with indigenous communities.

The charity only protects rainforest that without intervention will be destroyed within the next 18 months.

Cool Earth works strategically, protecting the forest that acts as a barrier to a wider landscape.

The charity spends just 10% of your donation on admin and governance making sure as much as possible goes to project areas.

Through working with local people Cool Earth makes sure conservation goes hand in hand with better livelihoods.

What's in one acre of rainforest?

The same amount of CO2 as driving around the world 32 times

The same amount of water as 950 baths

11,000 species of insect and worm

6 endangered animals

44 trees

199 saplings

Possibly a family living in a settlement and working with Cool Earth to keep this acre standing

The Competition

What's more, each and every team that raises £1000 or more for Cool Earth shall be entered into a draw to win a trip to the rainforest with some guys from the charity. We don't like to harp on with all that 'trip of a lifetime' type bullshit, but this really is that.
You'll travel into the rainforest, see the good work that Cool Earth are doing first hand, whilst staying with the very tribes whose habitat you're protecting.

06.The warning

These are genuinely dangerous things to do. The website is written in a light-hearted fashion but you cannot overestimate the risks involved in taking part in this adventure.

Your chances of being seriously injured or dying as a result of taking part are high. Individuals who have taken part in past Adventurists' adventures have been permanently disfigured, seriously disabled and even lost their life.

This is not a glorified holiday, it's an unsupported adventure and so by its very nature extremely risky. You really are on your own and you really are putting both your health and life at risk. This is what makes them adventures.