10 DAY / RAPPELLING, CANYONS & CAVES ADVENTURE
Off-Road Trails, Waterfall Rappelling, Cave Exploring, Remote Roads, Isolated Villages, And Never-Ending Twists And Turns.
A True Motorcycle Adventure Tour
TOTAL DISTANCE / ? km (? mi)
RIDING CONDITIONS / ?% Paved / ?% Intermediate Off-Road
SKILL LEVEL / ?
MAX ELEVATION / ? m (? ft)
MIN ELEVATION / ? m (? ft)
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
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 & NOTES
IS COLOMBIA SAFE?
The answer is a resounding YES. Colombia is exactly the opposite of what Netflix Narcos series portrays. People have to realize that Pablo Escobar was killed three decades ago. 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 0 / Arrival in Medellin
Courtesy airport pickup: Upon arrival at the José María Córdova International Airport, a driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals area holding a sign with your name and wearing a fluorescent shirt for easy identification. They will then take you directly to the Inntu Hotel in the Laureles neighborhood.
First Night Hotel Stay: The Inntu Hotel is located in the trendy Laureles neighborhood of Medellin, a vibrant area known for its tree-lined streets, outdoor cafes, and eclectic mix of restaurants and bars. The hotel itself is a contemporary, eco-friendly property that offers guests a comfortable and stylish stay, with amenities such as a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city, a fitness center, and a restaurant serving organic cuisine. The neighborhood is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, offering a lively and authentic Medellin experience with plenty of opportunities for exploring, shopping, and dining. Its central location also makes it an ideal base for visitors to explore other areas of the city, with easy access to major attractions.
Day 1 / Medellin to 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 10 / 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.
Everything Included - Our trips and rentals include reliable easy to ride motorcycles, all riding gear, beautiful hotels, and off-the-beaten-path locations for an authentic experience Colombian experience.
✓ Adventure Motorcycle
✓ Unlimited Mileage
✓ Accommodations in hotels
✓ All airport and hotel transfers
✓ All meals included
✓ Fuel and road tolls
✓ Protective gear including helmet, jacket, gloves, knee protection
✓ Rain Gear
✓ Cellphone holder
✓ Wireless / USB Charger
✓ Basic emergency medical insurance
✓ High-quality 50 liter dry bags
✓ Locking 50 liter top box
✓ Tire repair kit including electric air pump and tire tubes
✓ Luggage storage at our office
✓ 24 hour customer support for any needs or emergencies during the trip.
What to Expect:
Our routes are made for intermediate riders.
The mild off-road sections are simply unpaved roads where cars can easily drive.
Rides are at a relaxed pace and our guides are very patient with everyone.
We calculate 5 hours of actual driving time per day but with stops for pictures, breaks and lunch, each day is a full 8 hours of being out and about.
There is always plenty of time to explore the towns and have a nice relaxing meal after we arrive.
THREE BOOKING OPTIONS
① All-Inclusive Guided Tours
Our all-inclusive tours include a knowledgeable local guide / mechanic, fully prepped adventure motorcycle, motorcycle gear, prepaid and booked hotels and all meals. Single occupancy hotel rooms- your own private room each night at no extra charge.
② Motorcycle + Hotels
(aka Self-Guided + Hotels)
Our self-guided tours include a fully prepped adventure motorcycle, prepaid and booked hotels, motorcycle gear, detailed route map, and 24-hour customer support. Single occupancy hotel rooms- your own private room each night at no extra charge.
③ Motorcycle Rental Only
Fully prepped adventure motorcycle rental. All motorcycle gear included as well as 24-hour customer support. Explore on your own or with a group of friends. Let us help you plan a great trip.