IS COLOMBIA SAFE?
THE ONLY RISK IS WANTING TO STAY! - Riding a motorbike in Colombia is no more dangerous than doing the same almost anywhere else and keeping "threats" in perspective is imperative to your overall enjoyment.
WHAT ABOUT DRUG DEALERS AND THE FARC? - You many remember Colombia and especially Medellin from watching the original "Narcos" on Netflix and might want to know if the country is fully over its drug gang problems. You may have also heard that there was a rebel anti-government army called FARC hiding in the forests at one time.
THIS WAS IN THE PAST- We can safely say that the FARC is no longer a threat here and that these threats no longer exist. The trials and tribulations of the 80s and 90s seem to be very much a thing of the past which means that on a motorcycle tour here, you can explore regions of pristine wilderness that have only opened up to tourism in the last decade or so.
It is also true that this is a country very much struggling to modernize and develop and many people still live in poverty. Petty crime can still be an issue, as it is in many comparable nations and even in the United States and Europe.
“NO DAR PAPAYA” -Literally “Don't give the papaya”, is a Colombian saying meaning “don't put yourself in a position where people can easily take advantage of you." Colombia is not any more dangerous for tourists than any other developing nation, that’s to say, it’s not really very dangerous at all. Just take the regular precautions and you'll be totally ok.
5 MILLION PEOPLE CAN'T BE WRONG - Almost 5 million international tourists visit this land of jungles, beaches, volcanoes, and fertile valleys, every single year, and 99% of them go home with only exceptional memories of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
ROAD CONDITIONS - We don’t recommend you ride after sunset, for reasons all experienced adventure bikers know all too well. Road conditions can deteriorate quickly and catch you off-guard, it’s much easier to lose your way (super fun during the day but not so much in pitch-black darkness) and your chances of (literally) running into wildlife, dogs, cattle, donkeys - or undesirable members of society – also increase exponentially. You can remove 90% of dangers simply by making sure you are off the bike, and off the road, by the time the sun has set.
THIS AIN'T OUR FIRST RODEO - The health and safety of our clients are our #1 priority – we’ve guided hundreds of adventure riders in recent years and have enjoyed incredible tours without a single major problem, This is one of the most beautiful countries on earth, inhabited by some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet: be safety conscious and use common sense and your trip will be an experience you’ll remember for all the right reasons.