INCLUDED WITH GUIDED TRIPS:
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 included with guided trips.
Fuel and Road Tolls
Hotels - Clean, budget-friendly hotels are included with guided trips.
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
Luggage Storage - While you’re out riding we can store your luggage at our office
Optional Motorcycle Lowering Kit
Pants and boots not included
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.
FLY AND RIDE
For maximum comfort and convenience, we recommend that you bring your own riding gear but if you need something we have quality gear available for you at no extra charge. Boots and pants not included.
12 Day - Colombia Backcountry Discovery Expedition
Off-Road Trails, Unexplored Roads, Isolated Villages, And Never-Ending Twists And Turns.
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.
Mine for Emeralds - Visit Colombia's emerald mining zone
Nevado Ruiz Volcano - Explore a stratovolcano
Thermal Springs - Stay at a hot springs hotel in Manizales
Wax Palms - Visit The Wax Palm Forest
Spectacular Views - As always, enjoying all the twists and turns while riding through some of the most amazing scenery in the world.
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.
ROUTE MAPS AND NOTES
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."
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 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.
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.
Day 3- Florian to Aguada, Santander
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.
Day 4- Waterfall Rappelling
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.
Day 5- Aguada to Muzo
Today we visit the emerald miners. In the 1980s 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 we will be able to watch informal emerald miners known as guaqueros 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 6- Muzo to La Dorada
Today is an amazing day of off-road riding as we cut through the middle of the Eastern Andes Mountain range. We ride through the jungle on remote off-road tracks visiting isolated and rarely visited towns. The ride is truly breathtaking and takes us through spectacular cloud forest landscapes with panoramic vistas from the ridges of the mountains. We end the day in the tropical Magdelena river valley.
Day 7- La Dorada to Manzanares
Back into the mountains. Today we cross the Magdalena River valley and head back into Colombia's Central Andes mountain range.