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5 Day Guided Emeralds and Waterfalls Motorcycle Tour in Colombia

Muzo, Boyaca, Colombia

True off-road motorcycle adventure on the backroads of Colombia

Deep in the eastern portion of the Colombian Andes in the department of Boyacá lies the town of Muzo, known as the world capital of emeralds. You will take an amazing trip from Medellín and drive through the heart of the Colombian Andes to this remote area. You will also cross mountain ranges and streams, see amazing vistas and waterfalls and finally get the chance to talk with and photograph emerald miners. This is truly a once in a lifetime adventure and completely different than any other trip you have ever taken.

Key information

  • Terrain: mix of asphalt and off-road
  • Bike: rental bike (Kawasaki Versys-X 300 or Honda XRE300)
  • Daily mileage: 4-5 hours riding
  • Riding gear: included: helmet, gloves, jacket, RAM® X-Grip® phone holder, USB charger, and 48 liter top box
  • Meals: breakfasts

Meet the guides

Jeff
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Medellín
  • Visit the Emerald mining capital of the world
  • Get the chance to mine for your own emeralds
  • Ride to the remote Windows of Tisiquizoque waterfalls
  • Make a huge loop in Colombia's central Andes
  • Photograph emerald miners on the tour
  • 4 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


4 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at a two-star hotel in Vélez, Florián, and Muzo.

Program

Day 1: Medellín - Vélez, Santander

You will leave Medellín in the morning and head off through Bello, Antioquia as you wind your way through the mountains of Colombia. After coming down from one mountain range, you will cross the hot plains as then begin your ascent into Colombia's wild Cordillera Oriental mountain range.

Day 2: Vélez, Santander - Windows of Tisiquizoque

After breakfast and coffee, you will drive to Florián, Santander, home of the Windows of Tisiquizoque, a remote and rarely visited three-tiered waterfall plummets from a mountain cave with amazing views over the countryside. You will spend the day exploring the huge 650 feet cave, taking pictures, and swimming in the pool below the waterfall.

Day 3: Florián, Santander - Muzo, Boyacá

Today, you will take the motorcycles to Muzo, Boyacá, the world capital of emeralds. Muzo is known not only for the number of emeralds in produces but also for their superb quality and color with the Muzo mine producing the world's highest quality gems known for their warm, grassy-green color, with hints of yellow.

Day 4: Emerald mining in Muzo, Boyacá

Today, you will visit the emerald mining area. In the 1980’s, drug dealers fought the country's leading emerald mining families for rights to the emeralds. The mine owners fought back, turning Muzo into the most dangerous place in Colombia and by the end of the decade, more than 6,000 people had been killed. Inevitably, as is often the case in Colombia, many of them were civilians caught up in the gun battles between rival paramilitary forces.

Now, Muzo is a peaceful and beautiful place where you will be able to watch informal emerald miners known as guaqeros scour the river beds along the Itoco river in the Muzo valley in search of the precious stones. This is a great opportunity for documentary photography as well as a chance to speak with emerald miners about life in the mining camps and surrounding areas.

Day 5: Muzo, Boyacá - Medellín

The adventure is not over yet. Get ready for off-road motorcycle riding as you will leave Muzo and drive through the heart of Colombia's emerald mining zone, passing through the towns of Coscuez and Otanche. The area is extremely remote but at the same time very beautiful and awe-inspiring. You will drop down from the mountain range and cross the plains of Colombia again before winding up into the mountain range of Medellín and ending the trip back home in the beautiful Aburrá Valley.

Requirements

  • Know how to drive a motorcycle
  • A valid motorcycle class driver’s license
  • Passport or Colombian I.D.
  • Credit card to leave a security deposit in case the motorcycle suffers any damages
  • Read and sign the contract

Bikes available for this tour

  • Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Possibly the absolute best motorcycle to have in Colombia, the Versys-X 300 is powerful enough to go long distances, lightweight, and fuel efficient and small enough to maneuver in traffic. The Versys-X 300 is perfect for the twists and turns of the Colombian countryside.

  • Honda XRE300

This is a military grade motorcycle used by the Brazilian military and Colombian National Police. Just a glance at the specs and equipment is enough to understand that the Honda XRE 300 is tailor-made for the harshest terrain.

Skill level: Intermediate

  • can ride for three to four hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Guides

Jeff Cremer

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Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Bilingual adventure guide/professional photographer
  • Unlimited kilometers (drive wherever you want without having to worry about extra charges for mileage/kilometers)
  • Helmet - high-quality helmets with integrated sun visors
  • Cell phone holder - keep your device secure and accessible while navigating
  • USB charger - charge your phone while you drive
  • SOAT - Colombia's mandatory liability insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Trip planning advice
  • Roadside assistance -in the event of an emergency or breakdown 24-hour roadside assistance
  • Emergency tool kit and spares - the bikes come with an emergency toolkit that contains everything you need to change a tire and perform general maintenance and repairs in remote places. The kit includes spare tire tubes, wrench set, valve stem remover, tire tools, first aid kit, and emergency rain gear
  • Motorcycle rental (Kawasaki Versys-X 300 or Honda XRE300)
  • Breakfasts
  • 4 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Bike rental deposit - 1,000 USD
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at José María Córdova International Airport (MDE).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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