Monkey Run Peru

Monkey Run Peru: The Official Guide

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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"
What this diminutive bundle of joy lacks in size, it more than makes up for in unadulterated pleasure.

• 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
Weight: 72kg
Brakes: Disc front, drum rear

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2. The Un-route

We launch from Ayacucho, high up in the Andes, and finish deep in the Amazon in Atalaya. We're absolutely convinced that this route will blow your stinky socks off.
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 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 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.

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3. 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.

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4. Schedule

April 2022

1st April Pre adventure beers

2nd April Test driving, mechanical briefing, launch party

3rd April The launch

10th April Finish Line & Party

April 2023

31st March Pre adventure beers

1st April Test driving, mechanical briefing, launch party

2nd April The launch

9th April Finish Line & Party

September 2023

8th September Pre adventure beers

9th September Test driving, mechanical briefing, launch party

10th September The launch

17th September Finish Line & Party

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5. Money stuff

The entry fee is £1,295.

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.

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6. 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.

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7. Food, fuel and lodgings

Whether you’re in the mountain or jungle you’ll find food, water and petrol fairly easily. Wherever you find a town, there should be a hotel, in smaller villages there will almost definitely be someone with a spare room that is the designated Guest House. If you’re stuck ‘tween villages camping could be a good option.

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8. Going solo?

Registration for the Monkey Run is per person. The Monkey Run is perfect for those going solo because, well, you can only fit one person on these bikes. Some do sign up with friends but there are runners that tackle the Monkey Run solo every time. It's easy to meet others during the test driving to convoy for at least part of the trip if you don't fancy going alone.

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9. Saving the world

Not only is the Monkey Run an industrial dose of adventure, it’s also about Saving the World. We ask every rider to make their best efforts to raise a minimum of £500 for the official charity Cool Earth Anything above this can be raised for any other registered charity of your choice.

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.

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10. Contacts

+44(0)117 4223400

[email protected]

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12. 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.

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