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Caribbean Explorer Tour

This listing has one of the 10 most popular offers available in The Americas & Caribbean

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 (upgrades available). 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 (Honda XR150)
  • Mileage: 1,360 kilometers / 845 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
  • Make the "Mad Max" ride to the Northern most point of South America
  • Ascend Cerro Kennedy early to view snowcapped mountains at sunrise
  • Explore waterfalls, hidden single tracks, and breathtaking mountain views
  • Head to Cacao farms, coffee plantations, and hidden jungle breweries
  • Go up into the mountains of Minca
  • 8 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


9 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 2-15 participants
Airport transfer available:
Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (US$100 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Rafael Núñez International Airport (US$130 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Simón Bolívar International Airport (US$20 per person)
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Accommodation

Your accommodation will be in two-person twin share rooms at high-end hostels or boutique hotels.

  • Night 1: El Rio Hostel
  • Night 2: Hotel Manaure
  • Night 3: Hospedaje Monaco
  • Night 4: Hospedaje Alexandria
  • Night 5: Laguna Sala
  • Night 6: Cayena Beach Villa
  • Night 7: Beyonda Bed and Breakfast
  • Night 8: Casas Viejas Minca

Program

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Start: 8 a.m.
  • Where: Santa Manta - Buritaca
  • Riding hours: 5

You will meet at the office at 8 a.m. to finalize the paperwork, get everyone set up on their motorcycles, and get fitted for safety equipment. You will then set off for your first day down the coast.

Day 1 consists of two separate off-road rides with a nice stretch of highway in between the two. The first section will be a gravel track as we head to an ancient indigenous rock covered in hieroglyphics.

The second off-road section consists of a 3-hour offroad 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 1-2 hour float back down, sipping beers along the way.

Day 2

  • Where: Buritaca - Manaure
  • Riding hours: 5

You will wake up and take a quick dip in the river before jumping on the bikes and starting our ride up to the desert. You will make a stop at a flamingo sanctuary where you will hop in a wooden boat and take a tour around the small town of Camarones.

You will grab some lunch on the beach before your last stretch of riding to Manaure. You will take a tour from a local guide around the salt flats before turning in for the night.

Day 3

  • Where: Manaure - Cabo de la Vela
  • Riding hours: 3

You will take off after breakfast to start your journey further north. Now you are really riding through the desert. On this stretch, you will enjoy an endless amount of desert roads zigzagging to your destination for the night, Cabo de la Vela. You will pull up some chairs next to the ocean as you watch the kite surfers flying over you as the sun sets on the horizon.

Day 4

  • Where: Cabo de la Vela - Punta Gallinas
  • Riding hours: 4.5

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 traveler, and certainly not on motorcycles, 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 5

  • Where: Punta Gallinas - Riohacha
  • Riding hours: 5

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 6

  • Where: Riohacha - Mendihuaca Beach
  • Riding hours: 1.5 (rest day)

You leisurely make your way back along the coast, stopping in at Dibulla, a traditional Colombian fishing village. After a quick stop, you will finish the short ride to Cayena Beach Villa. A 10-room resort right on the beach; hands down the best hotel on the coast. Beach front property, 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 Caribbean Ocean, or getting a massage poolside.

Day 7

  • Where: Mendihuaca Beach - Bonda
  • Riding hours: 3

After a lazy morning on the beach or by the pool, you will hop back on your bikes and head into the jungle. After a couple hours of riding, you will arrive at an organic cacao farm where you will do a tour of the grounds and even make your own chocolate.

After the tour you will head over to Caoba Wildlife Reserve which is filled with Amazonian plants and animals. You have a short off road ride here to get to your homestay for the night, Hotel Beyonda. If you are still itching for a bit more of a ride, the owners of Beyonda have made a dirt bike track around their property that you can ride until it is time to wash up and jump in the pool.

Day 8

  • Where: Bonda - Minca
  • Riding hours: 5

You will set off for your second day up into the mountains. Today is an enduro riding feast, with around 5 hours of off-road tracks heading up into the mountains of Minca. You will make a stop way up in the mountains for a lunch break at the world-famous Colombian barbeque joint, Camaritas.

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. Award-winning beers on tap, you’ll want a few.

Day 9

  • Where: Minca - Santa Marta
  • Riding hours: 4

On your last day, you will make sure to really make the most of it. Getting out of bed at 4 a.m. is always a challenge, but the night ride and sunrise 3,000 meters up in the mountains are 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 normally a couple of hour nap, before cruising back down the mountain. 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

Things to do (optional)

  • Diving in Tayrona Park before or after tour
  • Sailing trips to Tayrona Park before or after tour
  • Fishing trips before or after tour

Optional extra Day 10

  • Riding hours: 7
  • Price: 1,899 USD

Additional desert riding available for those who dare. In the desert you also have the option of adding an extra day to visit Nazareth on Day 4 of the tour, which is a small town situated inside the lush-green desert oasis of Macuira National Park. The terrain arriving here can be tough and technical, with a lot of riding through soft sand, but the visit to this incredibly unique part of the world is worth it for those adventurous enough to take on the challenge.

Spa treatments

  • Massages available 4 nights of the tour

What's included

  • Honda XR150
  • Gasoline
  • English / Spanish speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to all attractions
  • Helmet and riding gloves
  • Medical insurance
  • 8 Nights accommodation
  • All breakfast, lunch, and dinner

What's not included

  • Protective gear set including body armor, motorcycle boots, and knee pads (120 USD per person)
  • Motorcycle upgrades
  • Optional activities such as kite surfing, surfing, paragliding

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' office in Santa Marta.

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.

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$130 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
Accommodation & facilities
Food
Location
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9 days / 8 nights
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Extras
  • Upgrade to Honda XRE300 dual-sport: 249 USD
  • Upgrade to KTM390 dual-sport: 599 USD
  • Private room accommodation: 259 USD
  • Passenger: 899 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
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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