10 Day - Rappelling, Canyons

and caves ADVENTURE

Off-Road Trails, Waterfall Rappelling, Cave Exploring, Remote Roads, Isolated Villages, And Never-Ending Twists And Turns.  

HIGHLIGHTS
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  • 100% Pure Adventure - A unique motorcycle adventure into the rugged mountains of Colombia

  • 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.

  • Waterfall Rappelling - Rappell down an 85-meter waterfall

  • Rappel into a Cave - Explore a natural sinkhole

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HOW MUCH

Guided Trip

  • $3,100USD per person based on shared occupancy

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

  • + Upgrade Single Room: +$300USD

  • Support Vehicle Available 

Self-Guided

  • $1520USD per person

  • Hotels not included  - We give you a list of hotels to navigate to and let you do your own bookings. This gives you more flexibility in your trip and saves you a ton of money. 

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

  • + Upgrade Single Room: +$300USD

  • - (Fuel not included but it's not expensive)

  • Downloadable GPS route included 

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.

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.

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."

 
ITINERARY

DAY 1 - Medellin  - Puerto Berriro

Leaving 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. The trip is about 4 hours and Puerto Berrio makes the perfect stopping point before we head into Santander. Once we drop into the tropical Magdalena valley the terrain becomes flat and tropical. Towering in the distance we begin to close in on a totally new mountain range, the rugged Eastern Andes. 

DAY 2 - Puerto Berriro to Santander

Get ready for some rugged high-altitude riding. 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. We arrive in a small and remote village where we will prepare for our adventure tomorrow.

DAY 3 - Waterfall Rappelling and Canyon Exploring

A huge adventure today. We start the day around 7 am and head into the tropical jungle. A 1-hour hike through the jungle leads us to the top of an 85-meter high waterfall where we connect to rappelling gear and descend down the face of the waterfall. Once we reach the bottom we disconnect the harnesses and wade through a crystal clear river while visiting a series of natural pools, waterfalls, and caves. The first part of the trip lasts 4-hours in total. Depending on how you feel we will have time to visit a second series of caves and pools after lunch which lasts another 4 hours. If you just want to head back to the hotel and relax that's ok too! 

DAY 4 - Santander to Barichara

Today we skirt the edge of the famous Chicamocha canyon. Larger than the Grand Canyon, Chicamocha Canyon is covered with miles of dirt roads and switchbacks. Chicamocha Canyon drops down 2,000m (6,560ft) at its deepest point. The terrain is arid semi-desert and speckled with cactus so be sure to bring extra water and wear your sunscreen. The ride takes us through some absolutely amazing areas with huge views of the entire canyon. Riding through endless switchback curves the journey ends at the well-preserved colonial town of Barichara.

DAY 5 - Barichara to Barbosa

Leaving in the morning we head out for another off-road adventure. From the low lying and arid landscapes of Barichara, we climb into the cloud forests and mountains of Santander. 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.

DAY 6 - Sinkhole Rappelling and Cave Exploring

Today we connect to rappelling gear and harnesses and rappel 200-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 40-minutes. 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 7 - Barbosa to Windows of Tisquisoque 

Today we ride to the famous 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 some time 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.

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. 

 

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 8 - Florian to Muzo

A unique experience to what was formerly the most dangerous place in Colombia. Deep in the rugged eastern portion of the Colombian Andes in the department of Boyaca lies the town of Muzo, known as the Emerald Capital of The World. Sealed off from the outside world for decades due to intense fighting, the area is now open after a peace treaty with the guerilla groups was signed. 

 

Drive off-road through rugged terrain, cross mountain ranges, and streams, see amazing vistas and waterfalls, and finally get the chance to and interact with local emerald miners. You can even buy emeralds directly from the miners in the field!

DAY 9 - Muzo to Doradal

The adventure isn't over yet. Get ready for off-road motorcycle riding as we leave from Muzo and drive through the heart of the Colombian 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.

 

DAY 9 - Doradal to Medellin

The ride to Medellín takes around four hours on a paved road and is fairly uneventful if there isn't any traffic. 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.