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Spectacular Motorcycle Tour in Colombia

Join Motolombia Tours and Rentals on this wonderful tour. Spectacular mountain routes are mixed with beautiful destinations like colonial villages, Caribbean beaches, big modern cities with interesting history, and authentic local rural life. This tour is ideal for couples wishing to enjoy a vacation on two wheels. With a professional bilingual tour leader and great motorcycles, you will not regret joining the tour, enjoying this outstanding experience. Ride and shine!

Key information

  • Terrain: a mix of paved roads and gravel roads
  • Bike: rental bike (BMW models)
  • Mileage: 2,580 kilometers / 1,603 miles
  • Daily rides: 215 kilometers / 133 miles
  • Meals: all breakfasts

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Cali
  • Head to the Villa de Leyva
  • Visit the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral
  • Ride through the spectacular Chicamocha Canyon
  • See the rock formations and caves in Los Estoraques Unique Natural Area
  • Visit a coffee plantation and go to the Cocora Valley
  • Ride over the mountains surrounding Medellin
  • 16 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


12 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Danish, Dutch, Spanish
Group size: 5-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay in shared rooms at accommodations chosen by Motolombia Tours and Rentals. You can also book single rooms at an extra cost.

Program

Tour profile

On this tour, you will find 95% pavement, up to 5% of gravel driveways, or possible road construction detours. Enjoy hundreds of curves and extremely scenic well-maintained roads. From rookie to expert riders and couples are very welcomed. The tour runs with a small group (minimum of two and maximum of ten).

Day 1: Arrival in Cali

Motolombia Tours and Rentals' staff pick you up at Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO) and bring you to a hotel. Depending on what time on the day you arrive, you will meet to sort out paperwork and prep the bikes. A group briefing meeting will be arranged once the last rider has arrived.

Day 2: Cali to Montenegro

You leave Cali at 08:00 and make your way through sugar cane plantations in the Cauca Valley. The coffee region is all shades of green and coffee and banana plantations stretch as far as the eye can see. You ride on small back roads before making your way to your hotel. A dip in the pool before dinner is usually a hit with the most riders.

Day 3: Montenegro to Honda

After breakfast at the hotel, you get on the bikes and immediately, you are back on tiny curvy roads heading northeast towards the first Andes mountain pass. If you are lucky with the weather, at the summit, you’ll get a glimpse of Los Nevados snow-capped peaks. After reaching 4300-meter altitude, you start your way down into the Magdalena River Valley. You overnight in the old colonial river port town of Honda.

Day 4: Honda to Bogotá

You do a short walk in the morning, then you start your ascent up to Bogotá. In Bogotá, you stay next to the Zona Rosa in La Zona T. You will arrive early to try and beat the rush hour and have time for some sightseeing.

Day 5: Bogotá to Zipaquirá and Villa de Leyva

You beat the Bogotá traffic by heading north out of town while everyone else is driving south to work in the city. 30 kilometers north of Bogotá, you’ll stop to visit the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, 300 meters underground. After lunch, you make your way north to Villa de Leyva, an old colonial village with Latin America’s biggest cobblestone square. Fine dining and a cozy village atmosphere await in the evening.

Day 6: Rest day in Villa de Leyva

If you prefer not to spend the day relaxing, there are plenty of activities to do around Villa de Leyva, among others, a horseback or 4×4 buggy ride into the desert and the beautiful waterfall or dinosaur fossil museum visit. The Terracotta house and shopping for handicrafts in the village are something of a “must do”.

Day 7: Villa de Leyva to Bucaramanga

The road will once again be a curvy ride in the high mountains. You go on narrow back roads and make your way up past San Gil, a favorite vacation spot for Colombians. The ride then takes you through the spectacular Chicamocha Canyon on switchback curves and a steep ascent before arriving in Bucaramanga.

Day 8: Bucaramanga to La Playa de Belén

As soon as you make it out of Bucaramanga, you once again are in hundreds of curves making your way down into the Magdalena River Valley again. After a couple of hours, the terrain flattens out and you can make better time heading north to Aguachica where we turn off back into the mountains reaching our destination, La Playa de Belén, near the Los Estoraques Unique Natural Area.

Day 9: La Playa de Belén to Mompos

In the morning, you make a small excursion into the Los Estoraques Unique Natural Area to see the incredible rock formations and caves. The riding back down the mountains will offer great views of the valley below and in the most of the afternoon, you will be following the Magdalena River as it becomes a delta where it meets the Cauca River. You spend the night in the historic river port town, Mompos.

Day 10: Mompos to Cartagena

You continue north in the river delta and this will be one of the warmest days on the trip as you ride through a desert like bush on your way to the coast. You arrive early afternoon in the beautifully kept Cartagena de Indias, the first capital of the New World.

Day 11: Rest day in Cartagena

Caribbean beaches and an incredible historic city center make for a great day of off-bike exploring. Optional activities that can be arranged are a visit to the active mud volcano El Totumo, a boat trip to the islands, or a city bus tour to the old fort.

Day 12: Cartagena to Caucasia

You start the last leg of the tour by heading straight south through rolling hills and cattle farmland before you slowly get back into the mountains. You spend the night in Caucasia, a little town in the cattle country.

Day 13: Caucasia to Medellin

From Caucasia, you make your way over the mountains surrounding Medellin and descend into the hectic multi-million populated city. You stay in the Zona Rosa, El Poblado, in a 5-star hotel close to the nightlife and good restaurants.

Day 14: Rest day in Medellin

Depending on the group's wishes, Motolombia Tours and Rentals can organize different activities in Medellin, including a city tour with the new cable car system, Pablo Escobar, museums, or Botero Square tour, or you are free to relax and dine at the many great restaurants.

Day 15: Medellin to Salento

You head out of Medellin early after a great breakfast buffet and climb up over the edge of the bowl Medellin city is build in. The ride down to the Cauca River is incredible and as you make your way back to the coffee region, the weather also gets warmer. You will spend the night in the beautiful grower village of Salento.

Day 16: Salento to Cali

After a great breakfast, you will visit a coffee plantation and go to the Cocora Valley where the world's tallest wax palm trees grow, an otherworldly atmosphere awaits. After lunch, you will make your way back through the Cauca Valley and arrive in Cali late afternoon. Here, you return the bikes before checking in at your hotel for the last night in the salsa capital of the world, Cali.

Day 17: Departure

It is your departure day. Motolombia Tours and Rentals' staff will take you to Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO) in time for your flight.

Note: The itinerary may change without further notice due to weather, road, or any other conditions that Motolombia Tours and Rentals or their guides feel will jeopardize the safety of the group or material.

Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement
  • Valid passport with at least six months left upon entry
  • One year of 500cc or more riding experience
  • Minimum of 20 years of age
  • Credit card with sufficient funds to cover security deposit

Skill level:

Advanced

  • can ride for five to six 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

  • Visit Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, 300 meters underground
  • See the incredible rock formations and caves in Los Estoraques Unique Natural Area

Location

The tour starts and ends in Cali and covers several destinations in Colombia. The destinations include Cartagena, Medellín, Cali, Villa de Leyva, Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, and the wonderful coffee region among much more.

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

Things to do (optional)

On the rest day in Villa de Leyva

  • 4×4 buggy ride into the desert
  • Beautiful waterfall visit
  • Dinosaur fossil museum visit
  • Horseback riding
  • Terracotta house visit and handicrafts shopping in the village

On the rest day in Cartagena

  • Boat trip to the islands
  • City bus tour to the old fort
  • El Totumo mud volcano visit

On the rest day in Medellin

  • Botero Square visit
  • City tour with the new cable car system
  • Museum tour
  • Pablo Escobar tour
  • Relaxing and dining at the many great restaurants

What's included

  • Professional bilingual tour leader
  • Motorcycle rental (BMW models)
  • Group activities and entry fees
  • Fuel and road tolls
  • Support vehicle and driver with 5 or more confirmed riders
  • 16 nights' accommodation
  • Transfers to and from Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO)
  • Mandatory third-party and rider medical insurance
  • Motorcycle liability reduction insurance
  • Pre-tour preparation materials and briefing
  • Price match guarantee
  • All taxes
  • Gift bag

What's not included

  • Airfare to or from Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO)
  • Single supplement
  • Lunches, dinners, and drinks
  • Medical Evacuation Membership (available from Global Rescue)
  • Trip cancellation insurance (not offered by Motolombia Tours and Rentals)
  • Tips to staff
  • Helmet, gloves, jacket, and pants available for rent

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Motolombia Tours and Rentals will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport Airport transfer included: Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport No additional charges. 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 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information
  • BMW R 1200 GS: 6,559 USD per rider
  • Single supplement: 800 USD per person
  • Pillion / passenger: 1,650 USD per person​
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants

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