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Adventurous Motorcycle Tour in Colombia

The tour is spread out over three different sections. The coastal section includes river tubing and off-road riding, a luxury beach villa and cliff jumping at a hidden waterfall.

The Jungle section we visit a wildlife sanctuary, coffee farm and sleep overnight at a mountain-top infinity pool.

In the desert section; an enduro rider’s dream, you will charge across desert plains “Mad Max” style, maneuver technical rocky sections and sandpits, all the while taking in some of the most unique and untouched landscape in Colombia.

Key Information

  • Terrain:55% road and 45% off-road
  • Bike: Rental bike (Honda XR 150cc)
  • Total mileage: 2,165 kilometers / 1,345 miles
  • Daily rides: 100 to 275 kilometers / 62 to 171 miles / 2-8 hours
  • Meals: all breakfast, lunches, and dinners

Meet the guides

Samuel, Christian, & Brayden
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Highlights

  • *Starts and ends in Santa Marta
  • *Riding deep into the jungle at Paso del Mango
  • *Riding the technically challenging, 4-hour Quebrada del Sol loop
  • *Sunset in La Guajira Desert and rocky mountain tracks in Minca
  • *Night ride and sunrise over Cerro Kennedy mountain
  • *Riding among indigenous salt pools in Manaure
  • *Colonial and historical cities of Valledupar and Cartagena
  • *13 nights of accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


12 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (US$100 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Rafael Núñez International Airport (US$140 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Simón Bolívar International Airport (US$20 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
15:00

Accommodation will be in twin shared privates or you may choose to upgrade to a private. Adrenaline Addicts only works with the best accommodation they have found in over four years in northern Colombia, and they have carefully selected lodgings with both personality and atmosphere as well as clean and modern facilities.

You will have the option to sleep in an indigenous-style hammock while in Cabo de la Vela / Punta Gallinas instead of a twin shared private. Adrenaline Addicts recommends the experience as long as you don't suffer a medical condition limiting your ability to do so. They're very comfortable hammocks.

Hot water is limited during the trip, as for the most part, you will be traveling to more remote areas and the temperature on the coast doesn't require it. However, you will have hot water for the nights you stay up in the cooler climate of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Night 1: Hotel Dorado Plaza Centro Historico, Cartagena

You will spend the first night in a very comfortable hotel with an air-conditioned spacious room and a close walk to the Old City.

Night 2: Hostel Blue Sea Rincon del Mar, Rincon del Mar

Located in Rincón, Hostel Blue Sea Rincon del Mar offers beachfront accommodations, 1000 feet from Punta Seca Beach.

Night 3: Sierraventura Hostel, Mompox

Located in Mompox, Sierraventura Hostel features a bar, shared lounge, garden, and swimming pool right in the heart of Mompox.

Night 4: Airbnb, Puerto Bello

You will spend night four at an Airbnb in the mountain town of Puerto Bello. You will have a local chef come over and cook up some great local cuisine as you relax for the night.

Night 5: Hotel Tativan, Valledupar

Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, workout room, a terrace, a bar, and a restaurant this hotel will have everything you need at your fingertips and in a great location to explore the city.

Night 6 and 7: Monaco, Cabo de la Vela

You will be spending two nights in Hotel Monaco after the long ride. Located right on the beach, this will be a great spot to explore the town, try out kite surfing or just relax on the beach.

Night 8: Hospedaje Alexandre, Punta Gallinas

A great spot to take in the stunning sights as you are at the most northern point of South America. Expect some great seafood and interacting with guests from all over the globe.

Night 9: Laguna Sala, Riohacha

Laguna Sala is an amazing hostel in Riohacha's city center. Enjoy the amazing pool and terrace with a bar or take a stroll to the local market a short walk away.

Night 10: Cayena Beach Villa, Mendihuaca

You will be dreaming of this Villa for long after you leave Colombia. Enjoy a huge swimming pool surrounded by flora and fauna that sits right on the Caribbean Ocean.

Night 11: El Rio Hostel, Buritaca

Voted the best hostel in Colombia and second-best hostel in Latin America, El Rio Hostel is nestled in the Colombian jungle, alongside the Buritaca River. Enjoy the private river beach and riverside bar but venture out on a float trip.

Night 12: Hotel Beyonda, Bonda

Time to head back up into the mountains where you will spend the night at the boutique hotel, Beyonda. Enjoy some tranquility as we relax in the pool and watch the sunset.

Night 13: Casas Viejas, Minca

Over the last 120 years, the "old houses" have sheltered groups of coffee pickers every year during the coffee season. The place has been transformed to host guests looking for a unique experience in the heart of the Sierra Nevada. Try your hand at bird watching or just sit back and relax in the heated infinity pool.

Program

Terrain

The tour is split into approximately 60% riding time on sealed roads and approximately 40% spent on either gravel trails or more intense off-road type paths through the mountains and desert. The off-road sections contain river crossings, muddy sections, loose sand, rocky climbs, and grassy fields.

Itinerary

Day 1: Santa Marta - Cartagena

  • Arrive at Adrenaline HQ: 8 AM
  • Lunch on the beach in Puerto Colombia.
  • Sunset atop the wall of the Cartagena old city.
  • Dinner in the beautiful old downtown area.

Day 2: Cartagena - Rincón del Mar

  • Tour of Cartagena old town.
  • Lunch on the beach in Rincon del Mar.
  • Stand up paddle board or relax on the beach for sunset.

Day 3: Rincon del Mar - Mompox

  • Breakfast on the beach.
  • Wooden ferry swamp crossing into Mompox.
  • Evening swamp tour by boat.
  • Dinner at El Fuerte Restaurant

Day 4: Mompox - Pueblo Bello

  • Breakfast with baby crocodiles, stingrays, and turtles in San Sebastian.
  • Cruising out of the swamplands of Mompox.
  • Stay in the tiny mountainous village of Pueblo Bello, the main coffee producer of the region.

Day 5: Pueblo Bello - Nabusimake - Valledupar

  • Offroad riding up to the indigenous village of Nabusimake.
  • Tour of the village with an Arhuaco guide.
  • Dinner at Donde Siempre Restaurant.

Day 6: Valledupar - Cabo de la Vela

  • Explore, go swimming and diving at the balneario el salto.
  • Enter the desert and get your first taste of “mad max” riding.
  • Fresh lobster and/or shrimp for dinner

Day 7: Rest Day- Cabo de la Vela

  • Kitesurf, snorkel or just relax on the beach

Day 8: Cabo de la Vela - Punta Gallinas

  • Early departure this morning to beat the day’s heat.
  • Hours of epic enduro riding on hard-packed plains, squirrely sand, and rocky climbs.
  • A visit to the giant Taroa Sand Dunes.
  • Watch the sun go down from the beach at our indigenous ranch, the night’s accommodation.

Day 9: Punta Gallinas - Riohacha

  • Visit to el Faro de Punta Gallinas. The northernmost point of South America.
  • Riding through a sandstorm back to Riohacha, the gateway to the desert.

Day 10: Riohacha to Mendihuaca (Half Day of Rest)

  • Flamingo tour in a bird sanctuary.
  • Arrive at the luxurious Cayena Beach Villa for some well-deserved rest.

Day 11: Mendihuaca - Buritaca

  • Late start to the day, enjoying the resort during the morning
  • Mixed enduro riding around the Quebrada del Sol goat trail.
  • “All-You-Can-Drink” tubing on the Buritaca River.
  • Spending the night at the multi-award-winning El Rio Hostel.

Day 12: Buritaca - Bonda

  • After a lazy morning by the river, we head off into the jungle.
  • Take a tour of an organic cacao farm to make our own chocolate.
  • Eat lunch at Caoba wildlife reserve, filled with Amazonian plants and animals.
  • Enjoy the pool, views, and a relaxed vibe at Beyonda Homestay.

Day 13: Bonda - Minca

  • Take the backroads up to Minca to visit Marinka waterfall.
  • Enjoy the view from Los Pinos viewpoint, 1,200m above sea level.
  • Traditional Colombian barbecue for lunch at Camaritas restaurant.
  • Infinity pool, hot water, and all-around amazing lodging at Casas Viejas Guesthouse.

Day 14: Minca - Santa Marta

  • Rise at 4 AM for the night ride up to Lan Lorenzo weather station and a view of sunrise over the snow-capped mountain peaks.
  • Enjoy a tour of La Victoria coffee farm, the oldest in northern Colombia.
  • Lunch in Minca before returning to Santa Marta around 4 PM.

Skill level

Tour difficulty ranges from intermediate to advanced, pending on how many of the optional off-roading extras the client wishes to do.

Intermediate Rider Skills

  • Comfortable riding up to five hours per day
  • Confident on paved roads
  • Reasonably confident on unsurfaced roads
  • Minimal assistance required riding offroad
  • Experience on several different motorcycles
  • Confident in moderate weather conditions

Advanced Rider Skills

  • Comfortable riding up to seven hours per day
  • Confident on sealed and unsealed roads
  • Very minimal if any assistance required offroad
  • Experience on a large variety of motorcycles
  • Confident and comfortable in most weather conditions

Included excursions

  • A coffee plantation, swimming hole, and local smokehouse visit in Minca
  • Checking out the unique rock formations around Badillo River
  • Exploring Pilon de Azucar and El Faro lighthouse
  • A tour of the indigenous salt flats in Manaure
  • Stilt-houses and thermal pools visit in Cienega Grande
  • A tour of Caoba wildlife reserve

Guides

Samuel Smith

Christian Riesenmy

Brayden Lund

Location

This tour will start and end in Santa Marta, Colombia. You will have motorcycle journey through Cartagena, Rincon del Mar, Mompox, Puerto Bello, Nabusimake, Valledupar, Cabo de la Vela, Punta Gallinas, Riohacha, Costeno Beach, Buritcac, Paso del Mango, Minca, and Cerro Kennedy.

Food

All meals are included in the tour price, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and non-alcoholic drinks. Food consists of a mix of traditional, locally-made, Colombian and regional specialties, as well as Western and European foods, produced by international chefs at different lodgings and restaurants you visit along the way. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to try foods such as sancocho, arepa, tostones, coconut rice, lobster, goat, pork ribs, and a lot more.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Kitesurfing in Cabo de la Vela

Optional visit to Tayrona National Park

Optional extra day of riding to Macuira National Park

Spa treatments

Massages available on Days 10-14 upon request. Prices vary depending on location.

What's included

  • Honda XR150 motorcycle rental
  • Gasoline
  • Helmet and riding gloves
  • Bilingual guide(s)
  • Local guide to Punta Gallinas
  • Entrance fees to all attractions
  • Road tolls
  • SOAT medical insurance
  • All-you-can-drink river tubing
  • Water
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 13 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Alcohol
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips for guides

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. This is the closest airport, 13 kilometers from Adrenaline Addicts's office in Santa Marta.

Arrival by bus

Several buses run daily to Santa Marta from Baranquilla, Cartagena, Medellin, Bogota, Bucaramanga, and other cities in Colombia. Prices vary, and internal flights are often the same price or only a small amount more than a bus fare.

Airport: Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport Airport transfer available: Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (US$100 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Rafael Núñez International Airport Airport transfer available: Rafael Núñez International Airport (US$140 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Simón Bolívar International Airport Airport transfer available: Simón Bolívar International Airport (US$20 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Value for money
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Location
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14 days / 13 nights
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Extras
  • Upgrade to Honda XRE300 dual-sport: 399 USD
  • Upgrade to KTM390 dual-sport: 899 USD
  • Private room accommodation: 349 USD
  • Passenger: 1299 USD
  • GoPro and helmet mount (SD-card not included): 50 USD
  • Elbow and knee pads: 50 USD
  • Riding boots: 75 USD
  • Rain gear: 30 USD

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