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8 Days Caribbean Explorer Motorcycle Tour in the Coastal Region of Colombia

Drop Bear Hostel, Numero 20 - 36, Cra. 21, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Exciting Motorcycle Tour Colombia

Adrenaline Addicts invites you to join this tour and experience the breathtaking diversity of Colombia's north. You will enjoy a trip along the northern coast of Colombia on Honda XR150. Jungles, deserts, beaches, and mountains will be the sights of this tour. So, don't hesitate to join Adrenaline Addicts and let Colombia's north excite you!

Key Information

  • Terrain: 30% paved and 70% off-road
  • Bike: rental bike
  • Mileage: 1,060 kilometers / 659 miles
  • Daily rides: 50 - 300 kilometers / 31 - 186 miles
  • Meals: all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

Meet the guides

Samuel, Christian, & Brayden
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Santa Marta
  • Explore the indigenous salt fields in Manaure
  • Ascend to Cerro Kennedy in the middle of the night
  • Explore waterfalls, hidden single tracks, and breathtaking mountain views
  • Head up into the Sierra Nevada mountains
  • Go up into the mountains of Minca
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

Your accommodation will be in two-person twin share rooms at high end or boutique hostels. You will stay at Drop Bear Hostel or Cantamar Beach Hostel the night before the tour.

  • Night 0: Drop Bear Hostel or Cantamar Beach Hostel
  • Night 1: Casas Viejas
  • Night 2: The Journey Hostel
  • Night 3: El Rio Hostel
  • Night 4: Cayena Beach Villa
  • Night 5: Hospedaje Monaco
  • Night 6: Hospedaje Alexandria
  • Night 7: Happiness Hostel

Program

Day 0: Arrival in Santa Marta

Today, you will arrive in Santa Marta and you will spend the night at the onsite accommodation of Adrenaline Addicts' office, the Drop Bear Hostel or Cantamar Beach Hostel in Santa Marta.

Day 1: Santa Marta to Minca, 50 kilometers / 31 miles (6.5-hour ride)

You will meet at the office at 9 a.m. to finalise the paperwork, get everyone set up on their motorcycles, and get fitted for safety equipment. You will then set off for your first day up into the mountains. Today is an enduro riding feast, with around five hours of off road tracks heading up into the mountains of Minca.

After a day of exploring waterfalls, hidden single tracks, and breathtaking mountain views, you will retire to your peaceful home in the jungle, Casas Viejas, perched 1,000 meters above sea level. You’ll want a few award winning beers on tap.

Day 2: Minca to Los Naranjos, 100 kilometers / 62 miles (7-hour ride)

Getting out of bed at 4 a.m. is always a challenge, but the night ride and sunrise at 3,000 meters up in the mountains is definitely worth it. You watch the sun come up over the snowy mountains at Cerro Kennedy, the highest accessible point in the Sierra Nevada mountain range (the highest coastal mountain range in the world).

After the sun is up, you head back down to Casas Viejas for a well earned big breakfast, then take a couple hours of nap, before cruising back down the mountain to a favorite Colombian barbecue joint. After a quick bite, you will say bye to the mountains and head up the coast to your hostel set on the edge of the picturesque Parque Tayrona. Plan for a great sunset!

Day 3: Guachaca to Mendihuaca, 50 kilometers / 31 miles (4-hour ride)

Today starts with a three-hour off road loop up into the Sierra Nevada mountains. The loop takes you up 1,200 meters above sea level, and will test your off road ability with sandy patches, grassy plains, rocky climbs, river crossings, and more. You get to your hostel, El Rio, a bit early today and trade in your bikes for some inflatable tubes and a cooler full of beer. Here, you go for a short hike up the river for a one to two hour float back down, sipping beers along the way.

Day 4: Rest day

You have a short 20-minute ride to get to your destination for your rest day today. You will be spending the day relaxing at the popular Cayena Beach Villa; a 10-room resort right on the beach and hands down the best hotel on the coast. It is a beach front property, with a private pool and some of the best food on the coast. Decide how you want to spend the day: whether it be sunbathing on the beach, surfing in the beautiful Carribean Ocean, or getting a massage poolside.

Day 5: Mendihuaca to Cabo de la Vela, 300 kilometers / 186 miles (7-hour ride)

Time to head into the desert! You will take off after breakfast to start your journey further north. You will ride along the coast past a bunch of little towns lining the ocean. Your first stop will be at a salt production complex in Manaure. After this, you will spend a few more hours getting to your destination for the night, Cabo de la Vela, where you arrive a couple hours before sunset.

Day 6: Cabo de la Vela to Punta Gallinas, 135 kilometers / 84 miles (5-hour ride)

Get ready for a big day of riding as you rise early and get on your bikes to cross the sand covered roads to the northernmost tip of South America. Rarely visited by the average traveller, and certainly not on motorcycle, Punta Gallinas is considered to be one of the most exotic

destinations in Colombia; from the rolling sand dunes and turquoise water to the sacred indigenous cultures. There are plenty of local attractions to keep you busy for the day. The riding today is epic. Flat out over hard, sandy plains, ducking in and out between cactus fields, and rocky mountain climbs are the order of the day.

Day 7: Punta Gallinas to Riohacha, 250 kilometers / 155 miles (7-hour ride)

You will wake up today and say adios to the northern tip as you start venturing back down south to Riohacha. But first, you will visit Playa Taroa, a remote beach where massive sand dunes dramatically drop off into the sea. Here, you can slide straight down the dunes plunging into the refreshing water.

Day 8: Riohacha to Santa Marta, 175 kilometers / 109 miles (3.5-hour ride)

On your last day, you will head out of the desert and back to the coconut palms and tropical Caribbean weather. Today will be a welcome smaller riding day after the previous few days of tough riding through the desert. You will leisurely make your way back along the coast, stopping in at Dibulla, a traditional Colombian fishing village, and checking out the Mendihuaca waterfall, complete with a 12 meters cliff jump for those who dare. You will finish off with the last hour back into Santa Marta where you will have some well-deserved cold beers waiting for you.

Motorcycle models

  • Honda XR150 dual sport motorcycle
  • Honda XRE300 dual sport motorcycle

Skill levels

Intermediate

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Guides

Samuel Smith

Christian Riesenmy

Brayden Lund

Location

This tour will take place in Caribbean region of Colombia including Santa Marta, Buritaca, Riohacha, Cabo de la Vela, Punta Gallinas, and Minca.

Food

The food served will be a mixture of local, Colombian fare from roadside eateries that Adrenaline Addicts knows and trusts (usually lunch), and a mix of international cuisine at the hotels and hostels you stay. Vegetarian options are available at all meals, but in some of the more remote areas i.e. Cabo de la Vela, options may be limited.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • 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

What's included

  • Honda XR150 or Honda XRE 300cc motorcycle rental
  • Fuel
  • European standard helmet
  • Riding gloves
  • 8 nights accommodation (including 1 night before the tour)
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Beer on river tubing day 3
  • Entrance fees to all attractions
  • Rider, passenger, and third party medical insurance

What's not included

  • Protective gear set including body armour, motorcycle boots, and knee pads (120 USD per person)
  • Upgrade 5 out of 7 nights to 3-4 star hotels / resorts (around 400 USD per person)

How to get there

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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' office in Santa Marta. From the airport, one-way taxi costs 30,000 COP.

Arrival by bus

Several buses run daily to Santa Marta from Barranquilla, 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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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This tour requires a minimum of two riders.

Sunday November 10, 2019
(8 days / 7 nights)

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