The Monkey Run Peru
The most excellent thing to do with 2 wheels in the Universe
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.
1. The Vehicle
"You’re sort of spreading a wave of joy and happiness in your wake as everyone behind you bursts out laughing"
• It's close to the ground, so you don't have far to fall.
• It's about the size of a rollerskate, so will fit through tiny gaps in traffic.
• It's incredibly light, so when it inevitably breaks down it's easy to carry.
• It's mechanically basic so a chimp could fix it.
They also have a super handy luggage rack over the rear wheel which can easily hold your wallet and maybe your keys (probably best to stick to three of four keys).
Here's some quick stats to prove just how spectacularly unsuitable they really are:
Engine: 90cc of 4 stroke genius
Power: 5.1 BHP
Brakes: Disc front, drum rear
2. The Un-route
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.
AyacuchoAyacucho 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.
AtalayaAtalaya 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.
3. You're on your own
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.
Atalaya to Ayacucho6th 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
Ayacucho to Atalaya3rd April Friday Informal pre launch drinks - Ayacucho
4th April Saturday Test driving, mechanical briefing, Q&A
4th April Saturday Start party
5th April Sunday The launch
12th April Sunday Finish line party
5. Money stuff
What you get for your entry fee:
• A mighty if diminutive bike to fall in love with for the week
• Bike paperwork and 3rd party vehicle insurance ready to go
• A launch party to kill half your brain and a finish party to kill the other
• The most ridiculous week of adventuring chaos imaginable
Paying by instalments?
If you have chosen to pay by instalments then you would have been charged for the first bit immediately. The next payment will come out of your bank automatically around 28 days later. Following payments will come out on the same day each month until the full amount is paid.
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.
7. Food, fuel and lodgings
8. Going solo?
9. Saving the world
If you raise £1000 or more for Cool Earth you’ll be entered into the raffle with all the teams on The Adventurists adventures for a chance to win a money can’t buy trip to the Peruvian rainforest to see the work they do first hand.
Cool Earth works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. Local people stand to lose the most from deforestation but the most to gain from its protection, that’s why they are the forest’s best possible custodians.
All Cool Earth partnerships are community-owned and led.
By developing local livelihoods, their mission is to end the cycle of deforestation entrenching villages into further poverty. Creating strong, self-determining communities.
11. The warning
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.