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9 Days Motorcycle Tour in Caribbean Coast Region, 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: 50% road riding and 50% off-road or enduro-style riding
  • Bike: rental bike
  • Mileage: 1,100 kilometers / 684 miles
  • Daily rides: 80 - 260 kilometers / 50 - 162 miles
  • Meals: all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

Meet the guides

Samuel, Christian, & Brayden
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Santa Marta
  • Ride around the Paso del Mango area
  • Explore the indigenous salt fields in Manaure
  • Visit El Pilón de Azúcar, El Faro, El Arcoiris, and Los Ojos del Agua
  • Ascend to Cerro Kennedy in the middle of the night
  • Head up into the Sierra Nevada mountains
  • Swim at Quebrada Valencia waterfall
  • 8 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 riding days in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

Your accommodation will be in a shared dorm (four to eight beds) unless otherwise stated or you can choose to upgrade to a private room.

Your first night will be spent at Drop Bear Hostel, in Santa Marta.

On the second night, you will stay at El Rio Hostel. Proud winner of Hostelworld's best hostel in Colombia of 2018 and second best in Latin America, El Rio Hostel is nestled in the jungle alongside the Buritaca River. With its own private river beach, a riverside bar and sundeck, a host of nature activities nearby, and the Caribbean coast just a 30-minute walk away, El Rio Hostel is the ideal getaway for those looking to explore the wild side of Colombia.

On the third night, your stay will be PuraGuajira Hostel in Riohacha. PuraGuajira Hostel has been awarded "Best Hostel in Colombia of 2017" by Hostelworld, for offering lots of free stuff, relaxed atmosphere, rooftop, as well as big and equipped kitchen.

On the fourth and fifth nights in Cabo de la Vela, Ranchería Utta will be your accommodation. Ranchería Utta is currently known in the arijuna (non-indigenous) world as a sail cape and because of the natural beauty of its beaches and landscapes, they make it an environment conducive to rest that has gradually become one of the main tourist destinations in Colombia.

On the sixth night, your accommodation will be prepared by Adrenaline Addicts, in large, comfortable hammocks, or basic shared twin rooms.

On the seventh night, your accommodation will be Rancho Relaxo.

On the last night, you will stay at Casas Viejas guesthouse. Casas Viejas guesthouse is a place designed for travelers and nature lovers looking for an immersive and revitalizing experience in the mountains of the Colombian Caribbean. It is located in Finca La Victoria, a 500-hectare coffee farm founded in 1892, 20 kilometers from Santa Marta, and 30 minutes above Minca. In a cozy and friendly atmosphere, you are offered a comfortable accommodation, exquisite food, and diverse outdoor activities conceived to connect with nature and yourself.

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 in Santa Marta.

Day 1: Santa Marta to Buritaca, 90 kilometers / 56 miles (4-hour ride)

You meet Adrenaline Addicts at the office at 09:00 and Adrenaline Addicts will get everyone set up on their motorcycles, complete the safety briefing, finish the paperwork, and get everything strapped down on the bikes. Then, around 10:00, you set off down the coast.

Today starts with some basic-intermediate riding around the Paso del Mango area, where you will stop in at a swimming hole, for lunch, and for a tour at Caoba Biological Reserve.

After lunch, you move further up the coast to El Rio Hostel, your accommodation for the night. At the hostel, you will be provided drinks for an all-you-can-drink tubing ride through the jungle, which is the perfect way to get to know everybody in the group on the evening of the first day.

Day 2: Buritaca to Riohacha, 160 kilometers / 99 miles (5-hour ride)

You get up, have breakfast, and go on Day 2, leaving your luggage behind and heading up into the Sierra Nevada mountains to tackle the Quebrada del Sol on an off-road trail.

This is a four-hour loop that reaches 1,100 meters above sea level, crossing rivers, steep climbs, rocky embankments, grassy plains, and muddy stretches, as well as an indigenous village that you stop in for a short break and to have a look around.

After finishing the loop, you come back out onto the main road for lunch at a local eatery, before getting back on the bikes and cruising another hour or so up the coast to your night's accommodation at PuraGuajira Hostel in Riohacha.

Day 3: Riohacha to Cabo de la Vela, 175 kilometers / 109 miles (5-hour ride)

After breakfast in Riohacha, you head up the coast towards Manaure, riding a couple of hours on a mix of brand new, asphalt highway, and winding, single-track, dirt roads. In Manaure, you team up with a local guide to go exploring the indigenous salt fields containing 100s of multi-colored pools of saltwater pulled from the ocean, which when dried, leaves the salt available for extraction.

You grab a quick lunch in Manaure, then start on the last couple of hours to Cabo de la Vela, riding on a hard gravel road, until the final hour spent riding across desert flats to arrive at your accommodation at Ranchería Utta in Cabo de la Vela around 16:30, just in time for a few drinks on the beach as you watch the local kitesurfers making the most of the fading evening light.

Day 4: Cabo de la Vela to Punta Gallinas, 130 kilometers / 81 miles (5-hour ride)

Today will be an early rise, as you need to meet your indigenous escort for a departure at 06:00 through the desert to Punta Gallinas.

The long haul through the desert can be draining in the dry season and exhausting or just straight up not possible during the wet season. Adrenaline Addicts will assess the conditions the day before, but in most cases, you will depart early enough to beat the heat of the day and arrive in Punta Gallinas for lunch, giving you the rest of the day to explore the harsh beauty of the most northern point in South America.

The accommodation for the night is basic, but Adrenaline Addicts will be looking after in large, comfortable hammocks, or basic shared twin rooms, before an early rise to do the trip back to Cabo de la Vela the next day.

Day 5: Punta Gallinas to Cabo de la Vela, 140 kilometers / 87 miles (6-hour ride)

Another early rise greets you today, with the idea being to get back to Cabo de la Vela with enough time to have a look around in the afternoon or evening.

After lunch in Cabo de la Vela, you will have a couple hours to spare, before hopping back on the bikes to visit El Pilón de Azúcar, El Faro, El Arcoiris, and Los Ojos del Agua, all of which are within 30 minutes' drive of Cabo de la Vela, and El Pilón de Azúcar is the perfect vantage point to watch the setting sun dip below the Caribbean Sea.

Day 6: Cabo de la Vela to Buritaca, 260 kilometers / 162 miles (7-hour ride)

Get ready for a big riding day. You're heading back down the coast. The earlier the better today, as you head out of the desert for a quick stop off in Uribia, before continuing down a straight gravel road for an hour and a half to Mayapo beach and a seafood lunch.

After lunch, you push on further south back to Buritaca, stopping in Dibulla, a small fishing village before Palomino if time permits, and checking into Rancho Relaxo, your accommodation for the night, around 17:00, in time for dinner and some relaxation time before bed.

Day 7: Buritaca to Minca, 80 kilometers / 50 miles (4-hour ride)

After the epic mileage on Day 6, you allow yourselves a lazier start to the day this morning, starting off at Quebrada Valencia waterfall for a swim and a six-meter cliff jump for the thrill seekers.

After a lazy morning, you're back on the bikes and heading up the mountain to Minca, a jungle town perched 600 meters above sea level. You will have lunch at La Fuente Bed and Breakfast, before heading up and around the mountain, riding off-road trails for several hours, before arriving just before sunset at Casas Viejas, your boutique accommodation for the night.

Day 8: Minca to Santa Marta, 85 kilometers / 53 miles (6-hour ride)

You start the final morning with a bang. Rise and shine at 03:00 for the ascent to Cerro Kennedy, perched 3,200 meters above sea level, in the middle of the night. Lighting the road with nothing but the headlights from your bikes, you slow the pace a little and climb for two hours in the darkness, to arrive in San Lorenzo for a jaw-dropping view of the rising sun.

After the sun is up, you ride the final 20 minutes to Cerro Kennedy military base, the highest accessible point in Minca, before turning around and heading back down to Casas Viejas for breakfast. After breakfast, some groups like to catch another hour or two of sleep, so when everybody is ready, you cruise back down the other side of the mountain, stopping in at a swimming hole and a local barbecue house for a late lunch.

You will arrive back in Santa Marta around 15:00, dirty, tired, and sweaty, but with bright eyes and wide smiles, having bared witness to a side of Colombia that few people before you ever have.

Notes

The tour is split into approximately 50% riding time on sealed roads and approximately 50% 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.

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

Included excursions

You will visit El Pilón de Azúcar, El Faro, El Arcoiris, and Los Ojos del Agua.

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 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

What's included

  • Honda XR150 and Honda XRE 300cc motorcycle rental
  • Bilingual guide(s)
  • All gasoline
  • Helmet
  • Riding gloves
  • Entrance fees to all attractions
  • Road tolls
  • Local guides in Punta Gallinas and Manaure salt fields
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • All-you-can-drink river tubing on Day 1
  • SOAT medical insurance
  • Support vehicle for 6 or more riders
  • Water

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.

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