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Thrilling Discover Colombia Motorcycle Tours

This tour will take you out back to the remotest areas in Colombia where few, if any tourists go. You will get rock-star treatment from the super friendly locals and will visit many interesting sites along the way. This tour is specifically for riders that know anything can happen in the outback and are ready for the adventure no matter what happens.

Key information

  • Terrain: paved roads, gravel, and dirt
  • Bike: rental (BMW models)
  • Daily rides: approximately 250 kilometers / 155 miles / 6-7 hours
  • Meals: all breakfasts

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Cali
  • Enjoy the multi cultural ride
  • Ride along side and zig-zagging across the mighty Magdalena river
  • Be enchanted by beautiful Colombian volcano's
  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


9 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Danish, Dutch, Spanish
Group size: 2-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport
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Accommodation

Riders will be accommodated at best option available (hotels, guesthouses, and some of the nicest boutique hotels depending on current availability) with focus on four main features: safety, cleanliness, great location, and good service. Accommodation is based on the twin or double shared rooms.

Program

Day 1: Cali

Motolombia staff will pick you up at the airport and bring you to the hotel. Depending on what time in the day you arrive, meeting will be organized to sort out paperwork and prep the bikes. A tour briefing will be arranged once the last rider has arrived.

Day 2: Cali to Salento

You will ride north out of the Cauca Valley and into the foothills of the middle Andean Mountain range. Visit to working coffee plantation to see how the best coffee in the world is produced.

Day 3: Salento to Honda

Start the morning by riding into the Cocora Valley, where the worlds tallest palm trees grow. The wax palm are Colombia’s national tree and the area where it grows is otherworldly and stunning. Head further north, in the coffee region and pass by Manizales before climbing up over 4000 meters altitude in the shadow of the active volcano Los Nevados del Ruiz. You will enter the national park, riding in stunning scenery that include crossing old dried out lava rivers. Arrive in Honda late afternoon, in time to enjoy the hotel pool.

Day 4: Honda to Tatacoa

Once you wake up in Honda - per average the warmest place in Colombia, and once an important colonial river port town – you will do a little walk-about to see the sites before you saddle up. Spend all day riding along side and zig-zagging across the mighty Magdalena river. You will even cross the river on a canoe before riding through the Tatacoa desert, an ecological phenomena in the middle of the lush green country.

Day 5: Tatacoa to San Agustin

Before the sun burn through too hard, ride into the desert to get a feel of this magical place. Its considered a desert because of the amount of rain (or lack off it) it gets per year, but there is quite green with big cactus plants, strange rocks, and mud formations covered in dry grass. After the desert loop, make your way back into the high mountains near San Agustin.

Day 6: San Agustin

Rest day in San Augustin. The options are many in this incredible area. You can set up a fun rafting tour down the Magdalena river, visit the national archaeological park with its Easter Island like sculptures. Walk around the old traditional village or join a fantastic horse-back ride into the remote mountains to see hidden grave sites and more ancient sculptures.

Day 7: San Agustin to Popayan

Get ready for a long dirt and gravel ride. You are going up over the central Andean Mountain range again, this time on the more southern unpaved route to Popayan. It is another scenic ride through the remote mountains and the descend circling the Purace volcano and dropping into the old colonial town, known as the white city. Popayan is really a special place and one of the nicest kept colonial towns.

Day 8: Popayan to Cali

The ride back to Cali takes us on a multi cultural ride past first an Indian village called Silvia, with the traditional Indian costumes including soft bowler hat and colorful ponchos are seen everywhere. Get further into the Cauca Valley that is covered with sugar plantations and has been like this since the Spanish ruled. Many Afro or Colombo descendants of slaves from Africa live in these more humid areas around the Cauca River.

Finally, you will make your way through the hectic big city of Santiago de Cali and arrive at the Motolombia High Quality in the afternoon. Here you will sort out bike return and paperwork before checking into the hotel.

Day 9: Cali

Departure from Cali. Motolombia staff will take you to the airport in time for your flight. If you wish to stay longer we are happy to help you make arrangements. We strongly suggest visiting Cartagena for a day or two before or after the Motorcycle trip.

Rental options

The bikes available for rental are BMW F 700 GS, BMW F 800 GS, and BMW R 1200 GS.

Documents for renting the bike with Motolombia Tours and Rentals

  • Valid driver’s license with MC endorsement
  • Valid passport with at least six months left upon entry
  • One year of +500cc riding experience
  • Credit Card with sufficient funds to cover security deposit

Skill levels requared:

Beginner

  • can ride for two to three hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

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

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

Location

This thrilling tour will take place in various locations in Colombia. You will visit Cali, Salento, Honda, Tatacoa, San Agustin, and Popayan.

Food

Breakfast is usually served at the place of the overnight. If not, the guide will arrange for breakfast elsewhere before the ride. Vegetarian options are available mostly everywhere. Pescetarians will have good options for seafood and fish mostly everywhere. And meat lovers will be very happy.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
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)

  • Discover traditional Indian village called Silvia
  • Enjoy the horse-back ride into the remote mountains
  • Have fun rafting tour down the Magdalena river
  • Visit the national archaeological park
  • Walk around the old traditional village in San Agustin
  • Visit Cartagena

What's included

  • Professional bilingual tour leader
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Small group sizes
  • Rental bike (BMW models)
  • Fuel and road tolls
  • Mandatory third party and rider medical insurance
  • Motorcycle liability reduction insurance
  • Group activities and entry fees
  • Pre-tour preparation materials and briefing
  • Transfers to and from the Cali International Airport (CLO)
  • Price match guarantee
  • All taxes
  • Gift bag
  • Support vehicle and driver included with more then five confirmed riders

What's not included

  • Airfare to and from Cali international airport
  • Rental bikes upgrades
  • Lunches, dinners, and drinks
  • Bikes are not available to use on rest-days
  • Medical evacuation membership
  • Trip cancellation insurance (not offered by Motolombia Tours and Rentals)
  • Tips to staff
  • Helmet, gloves, jacket, and pants available for rent
  • Any inclusion not specified

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

The nearest international airport is only 20 minutes from Motolombia Tours and Rentals facility in Cali and is called Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport (CLO).

There are many daily connections directly from Europe, USA, South and Central America and Caribbean islands. But there are even more options available with national connection through Bogota (40 minutes flight), Medellin (35 minutes flight), Cartagena (1 hour flight), and many smaller Colombian cities.

Airlines flying to Colombia from Europe are KLM Airlines, Air France, British Airways, Iberia Airlines, and Avianca Airlines. Airlines flying from the US and South and Central America are American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Avianca Airlines, Copa Airlines, Lan Airlines, and Aeromexico. And new airlines open up routes all the time.

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

The following upgrades are available:

  • 1 pillion – 1,050 USD;
  • Single room supplement – 400 USD.
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Sunday December 19, 2021
(9 days / 8 nights)

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