6 DAY - MOTORCYCLES AND RAPPELLING

Ride Into The Rugged Mountains Of Santander, Rappel Into Sinkhole, Explore A Cave, Swim in Waterfalls

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Off-Road Riding - Tons of Off-road paths (light dirt or gravel, nothing technical)

  • Remote Villages - Authentic villages and stay out of the big cities.

  • Spectacular Views - As always, enjoying all the twists and turns while riding through some of the most amazing scenery in the world.

  • Rappelling Into A Sinkhole - Rappell 85-meters into a gigantic limestone sinkhole.

  • Explore A Cave - Explore a huge cave at the bottom of the sinkhole. See blind fish, birds that use echolocation, and rare cave scorpions.

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RIDE DESCRIPTION

Colombia’s rough geography and mountainous terrain is great news for adventure riders!


the mountainous Andes and vast jungles remain largely uninhabited with spots of civilization scattered throughout the country. Nestled deep within the rugged terrain, some of these villages are perched in seemingly impossible-to-reach locations. Although it takes a little work to get there, when you finally arrive, these towns look like they’ve been plucked from a fairytale book; seemingly untouched by the passing of time. Exploring these places is an unforgettable experience,

 

World-Class Off-Road Riding

This tour has it all: Off-road trails. Check. Isolated villages. Check. Lush green mountain vistas with soaring wax palms over 150ft tall. Hot springs flowing from snow-capped volcanoes. Check.  Twist the throttle and lean into turn after turn after turn as you make your way through high mountain passes and fog covered forests. Check. Include the cosmopolitan city of Medellin as the starting point of the trip, and you have a backcountry motorcycle trip from heaven.

Fun Fact: As you know, Colombia is located in the Andes mountain range. What you may not know is that the Andes range actually splits into three in Colombia like a three-pronged fork with valleys between each mountain range. 

 

Combined, these cordilleras are three times the length of the Alps. The Colombian Andes are also higher than the Alps, with the tallest mountain in Colombia topping out at a staggering 5,775 masl. Mont Blanc, standing at 4,810 masl, would only be the 8th tallest mountain if it were in Colombia.

ITINERARY
HOW MUCH

Guided Trip

  • $1,750USD per person based on shared occupancy

  • +Add Pillion/Passenger $250USD ($25USD/Day)

  • + Upgrade Single Room: +$300USD

  • Support Vehicle Available 

Self-Guided Trip

  • Motorcycle Rental + Route Map Only

    • $600USDHonda XRE300/Kawasaki Versys 300 

    • $800USDSuzuki DR650

  • +Add Pillion/Passenger $400USD ($25USD/Day)

  • Hotels Not Included - Hotels are easily booked via booking.com or similar. This gives you the flexibility to make changes to your route as well as book hotels that fit your budget.

  • Gas Not Included - Gas isn't included but the bikes are fuel-efficient and gas isn't that expensive.

  • Some Skill Required - Do you know how to change a flat tire? If you’re a confident rider then maybe a self-guided tour is for you.

INCLUDED

 

We aim to provide you with the best value for your money. Our trips and rentals include great bike, all riding gear, clean, budget-friendly hotels, and off-the-beaten-path locations for an authentic experience in Colombia:

  • Bilingual Guide / Photographer

  • Fuel and Road Tolls

  • Unlimited Kilometers

  • Hotels - Clean, budget-friendly hotels

  • Helmet

  • Cell Phone Holder with Wireless and USB Charging

  • SOAT - Colombia's mandatory liability insurance

  • Medical Insurance - (Just in case)

  • High-quality 50 Liter dry bags 

  • Emergency Tool Kit and Spares 

  • High-Quality Rain Jackets

  • GPS Tracking Device

  • Gloves 

  • Jacket 

  • Top box 

  • Luggage Storage

  • Optional Motorcycle Lowering Kit

  • Flexible Refund Policy - Cancellations 31 days or more will be allowed to reschedule or given a full refund. Cancellations 30 days or less prior to rental will be allowed to reschedule their trip at no cost. If rescheduling isn't possible you will be refunded the full price of the trip excluding the price of the hotels.

DAY 1 - Medellin  - Landazuri

Leave Medellín we wind our way through the mountains outside of the city. The road is paved the entire way and features gentle sweeping curves that are easy to handle. This is an easy way to begin the trip and get used to driving in Colombia. Once we drop into the tropical Magdalena valley the terrain becomes flat for the next few hours. Towering in the distance we begin to close in on a totally new mountain range, the rugged Eastern Andes. 

 

Here we begin to enter a tropical cloud forest where the temperature begins to cool off and is a welcome change compared to earlier in the day. Spending the night in the small town of Landázuri we can grab a bite to eat in the town square and prepare for the next day's ride.

DAY 2 - Landazuri to Santander

Get ready for some rugged backcountry riding to the isolated village of Santa Helena de Opón. We are going to spend the entire day in the backcountry where the inhabitants rarely come into contact with foreigners. We’ll repeatedly climb and descend through jagged mountains and valleys caused by a series of folded tectonic fault lines. Guaranteed that you’ve never seen anything like this. Panoramic views are around every corner, and cold mist rolling through the landscape adds a “Lord of the Rings” dimension to the ride. Although the topography is rough, the roads are in surprisingly good shape consisting of well-maintained hard-packed gravel in most areas.

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DAY 3 - Sinkhole Rappelling and Cave Exploring

Today we connect to rappelling gear and harnesses and rappel 85-meters to the bottom. Once we arrive at the bottom we will spend some time exploring the entrance to a cave. We then use rope ascenders to climb back up to the top which takes around 30-minutes. This sinkhole is very photogenic and makes for a great shot of you hanging by a rope in midair. Also known as a cenote, this huge hole was formed by water eroding underground limestone bedrock and forming a cave. After millions of years, the roof of the cave collapses and causes a sinkhole. 

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DAY 4 - Santander to Florian

Florian is home to the Windows of Tisquizoque, a remote and rarely visited three-tiered waterfall that plummets from a mountain cave with fantastic views over the countryside. We spend the day exploring the enormous cave located almost 1000ft above the valley floor. Here we will stand at the edge of the dropoff and take pictures of nearby towns and surrounding mountains. Afterward, we will ride down and swim in the plunge pool at the base of the waterfall. 

 

Sealed off for decades due to its remote location and past guerrilla activity Florián is a town that hasn't yet been developed for tourism. Florián still feels new and authentic and you’ll be glad you visited before it becomes spoiled by mass tourism. Visiting the town square, talking to the locals, and eating home-cooked meals made by the restaurant owners give us a unique insight into small-town life in Colombia. 

We’ll finish our journey on a road that snakes through a narrow canyon. Surrounded by steep rock walls on both sides we follow a winding river for miles before reaching our final destination, the town of Florián. The entire ride takes around five hours although stopping for photographs, coffee and food will turn it into an all-day ride. 

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DAY 5 - Florian to Landazuri

We take a beautiful backroad route to Landazuri. The ride is filled with views of Karst formations. Karst is a type of landscape where the dissolving of the bedrock has created sinkholes, sinking streams, caves, springs, and other characteristic features. This area is so geologically unique that a recent survey counted over 500 caves in the area. 

IS COLOMBIA SAFE?

Now it is. Gone are the days of kidnappings, drug lords, and guerrillas. We routinely encounter Colombian military checkpoints that ensure safe travel throughout the country. We've led hundreds of tours around the country and have never had any problems with security. 

 

Anthony Bourdain summed it up perfectly:

 

"If you want to find bad people in Colombia, you can surely find them, as you could in New York or Los Angeles. But nowhere have my crew and I been treated better or with more kindness and generosity. I'd bring my family on vacation there in a heartbeat. And hope to soon. As I said before: Colombians are proud. Let them show you what they are proud of."

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DAY 6 - Landazuri to Medellin

The ride to Medellín takes around two hours on a paved road and is fairly uneventful if there isn't any traffic. Starting about an hour after leaving Guatapé you will notice that the traffic begins to get heavier. Highway congestion from busses and people returning to Medellín can make the highway more challenging. The last leg of the trip dropping into Medellín's valley is a bit steeper so be sure to watch your speed and increase your following distance.

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