GUIDED VS. SELF-GUIDED MOTORCYCLE TOURS

One of the most important choices you’ll have to make when planning a motorcycle tour in Colombia, is whether to take a guided or self-guided motorcycle tour. There are pros and cons to both types of tours, although some may be obvious, others may elude you – this is especially true if you’ve never taken a motorcycle tour in a Colombia before.

 

Here’s a quick overview of what each option entails:

The Pros of Guided Motorcycle Tours in Colombia 

 

The simpler, most convenient, and in many ways more enjoyable option, the guided tour can be the best option: you get to experience a great motorcycle trip in Colombia without having to deal with any of the logistics. 

Our guided Colombia motorcycle tours allow you to truly enjoy Colombia in style:

  • Custom Route - There's nothing wrong with adventuring around and finding trails on your own if you have the time and resources but riding with a guide means you’ll enjoy the best trails, hand-picked to suit your riding ability, maximizing your time on the saddle 

 

  • Best Food and Hotels – You’ll definitely eat at local’s favorite places and stay in the best hotels that also offer fantastic value for money 

 

  • Lighter and Safer – Carry less, enjoy more, and be even safer when you take a guide along for the ride. Enjoy that priceless confidence that comes from knowing someone else is thinking about all the logistics 

 

  • Meet great new friends – Ride out of Medellin with a guide and you’ll have an instant ‘local’ friend that speaks your language and is there to make your experience even more rewarding 

 

  • Interesting routes - We prefer to put you on smaller and more interesting local roads (with lots of twists and turns) but are always happy to create a custom route for adventurous riders  

The Cons of Guided Tours:

You may communicate less with locals – If your Spanish isn’t up to scratch, you’re likely to fall back on your guide more than necessary, which can also hinder your contact with locals

 

You may find it hard to let go of all the controls – A bit of a control freak and an experienced rider and traveler? You may find guided tours to be stifling to you doing ‘your thang’

 

The pros of guided tours:

 

  • See and do more with less time – There’s no wasting of precious holiday time when you’re on a guided trip. All you really need to do is saddle up and enjoy, we take care of all the rest. If you only have a short vacation time and want to squeeze as much adventure as possible into your journey, a guided tour can be a life (and trip) saver.

 

  • Almost no prior research required – You can get stuck into the research and planning of a bespoke tour, if you like, but you can also simply choose a pre-planned, tried and true itinerary and just show up at the airport on day 1, not having spent a minute more in preparation of your itinerary

 

  • You need not be a motorcycle mechanic – Not confident that you can handle the bike’s maintenance or any potential problems on your own? A guide is there to help you, in real-time, from 30cm away

 

  • It’s OK if you don’t speak Spanish – Your motorcycle tour guide is your translator on the road and you’ll no doubt learn more Spanish this way than by using Google Translate 125 times a day

 

  • Comforting company – You don’t need to be a fervently anti-social loner to find yourself looking at taking a motorcycle tour in Colombia alone – sometimes, you just can’t find anyone to go with you and that’s a bummer. Never mind, though, because having a guide means you can have companionship, and aloneness, whenever you like. A guide isn’t just a great source of comfort in times of need but they’re also there for companionship if you’re traveling alone.