Monkey Run Peru

The Details: 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 un-route

You launch from Ayacucho, high up in the Andes, and finish in Manu Reserve in the Amazon jungle, northeast of Cusco. This splendid combination of massive mountains and sweaty jungle will blow your stinky socks off. It's old-school adventuring at its very best.
Monkey Run Peru route map

Start Line - Ayacucho

Ayacucho is a one hour flight from Lima and costs around $120. Or you can take a 10 hour coach for about $50. Peruvian coaches have an awesome first class option that puts the piss-stinking, overpriced and cramped UK coaches to shame.

Your adventure kicks off with a few pre-adventure beers, followed by a day of test driving to master your monkey. Mechanical sessions bestow you with nuggets of wisdom to help keep your machine mostly moving. A slightly violent game of monkey bike football encourages camaraderie and occasionally inflicts some minor injuries, sustained in the quest for victory.

Then we all have a big feed and a proper knees up at the official launch party in the evening. The following morning we gather for the launch ceremony and send you off into the hills.

Finish Line: Jungle lodge in the Manu Reserve near Pillcopota

The new finish line is tucked away in the Amazon, northeast of Cusco. Everyone rolls over the line on the same day with much back slapping and a sudden realisation you're a stinky mess of a human, but you still don't care.

Accommodation is included at the finish line jungle lodge. Once you've washed off the mud and checked for snake bites it's time for the official finish party.

The following morning we'll feed you and drive you back to Cusco. You'll arrive in Cusco late afternoon, or early evening if there are any delays. From Cusco you can take a connecting flight back to Lima, but make sure you allow a full day to travel back from the finish line when you're booking onward flights.
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2. The dates

September 2024 - 10 spots left

13th September: Beers in Ayacucho
14th September: Test driving & launch party
15th September: Launch day
22nd September: Finish line & party
23rd September: Rider bus to Cusco (ETA 19:00)
Monkey Run Peru
Monkey Run Peru

April 2025 - COMING SOON

4th April: Beers in Ayacucho
5th April: Test driving & launch party
6th April: Launch day
13th April: Finish line & party
14th April: Rider bus to Cusco (ETA 19:00)

September 2025 - COMING SOON

12th September: Pre-adventure beers
13th September: Test driving & launch party
14th September: Launch day
21st September: Finish line & party
22nd September: Rider bus back to Cusco (ETA 19:00)

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3. The rules

  • 1. Ride a comically unsuitable 90cc Monkey Bike

    Proper adventure is only possible if you get slapped about the chops with glorious disaster. Throwing a monkey bike at the Andes mountains and Amazon jungle guarantees splendid mayhem.

  • 2. No set route

    Get lost. Go in the wrong direction. Go in circles. It's up to you. Just as it should be.

  • 3. No back up

    If you get stuck, you have to get yourself un-stuck. The Monkey Run is an unsupported adventure.

  • 4. Help save the world

    Do your best to raise £500 for the official Monkey Run charity Cool Earth who work to stop jungles being chopped down. Because the world would be shit if there were no jungles.

  • 5. Have a motorcycle license

    You need a motorbike license or endorsement on your domestic license that allows you to ride a 90cc motorbike in Peru.

Monkey Run Peru by Igor Preciso

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4. Entry fee & what's included

The entry fee is £1,395 (includes a discount of £100 available until 14th June).

You can pay in instalments too, chopping the fee up into monthly chunks.

We also take a fully refundable bike deposit of £300 to make sure we get our bikes back at the end of the adventure. We don't charge for general wear and tear, only proper damage or missing bits.

What's included?

  • 90cc monkey bike

    A miniature adventure machine to thunder across a chunk of South American awesomeness. Plus the legally required vehicle insurance and vehicle paperwork to get past police checkpoints.

  • Test Driving

    A day of monkeying around to make sure you know where the go pedal is, with advice and instruction from the crew if you need it.

  • Monkey bike repair lessons

    Mechanical briefings to help you keep your mighty machine on the move.

  • Launch Party

    No adventure should begin without a big old shindig. And a couple too many Pisco Sours.

  • Launch Ceremony

    Official send off on the morning of the launch

  • Finish Line & Finish Party

    A stage to mark your victorious arrival and another party including dinner to celebrate the end of the adventure.

  • Accommodation at the finish line

    We put you up at the jungle lodge on the day of the finish line.

  • Rider bus to Cusco

    We drive you back to Cusco so you can catch a flight back to the terrifying boredom of normal life.

  • The Knowledge

    The team handbook packed with pre-adventure info and updates on your Run. A chat group to meet your fellow riders. And we're on hand by phone and email to answer your questions before the adventure.

  • Monkey Run Rider Swag

    Official Monkey Run rider t-shirt, seamless multi-functional headwear and rider patch to attach to your riding jacket.

  • A community of likeminded idiots

    Most importantly you get the company of fellow Adventurists, a collective of genius-idiots drawn to the call of overland stupidity.

Monkey Run Peru by Igor Preciso
Monkey Run Peru by Igor Preciso

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5. The monkey bike

"You’re sort of spreading a wave of joy and happiness in your wake as everyone behind you bursts out laughing" - Mr. Tom, founder of the Monkey Run
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
Monkey Run Peru by Patricio Gaudiano

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6. License and insurance

Motorcycle License

You need a motorcycle license from your home country that allows you to ride 90cc bikes, and you need to have it on you at all times. Your domestic license is valid in Peru for up to 6 months so you don't need an International Driving Permit.

Vehicle Insurance

Your monkey bikes comes with the legally required third party vehicle insurance and the registration documents you need to drive in Peru. But be aware the cover is limited and rarely used in practise. If you damage another vehicle or someone's property you may be asked to pay for the damage at the time on the roadside, in cash.

The insurance doesn't cover damage to the bike, that comes out of your deposit. We only make deductions if you do real harm to our beauties - we don't charge for the standard kicking you'll give the bike just by taking on the adventure.

Travel Insurance

You'll need travel insurance that covers you for exactly what you're doing and exactly where you're going. We wouldn't scrimp on this one. We might make the odd joke about how dangerous this all is, but when the shit really hits the fan you'll want decent medical and legal cover as an absolute minimum. Imagine how proud your family will be when they get a $50,000 hospital bill because you were too lazy to do a bit of boring paperwork for your adventure, then go do and sort the boring paperwork instead.
Monkey Run Peru by Matt Team Apes of Wrath

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7. 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.

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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8. 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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9. I'm ready - sign me up

Registration is open now. Press the button of adventuring destiny and set forth into the unknown on the mighty monkey bike.

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10. Follow the Monkey Run

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11. Contact us

+44(0)117 4223400

[email protected]

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