16 Day - Epic Mountains of Colombia Motorcycle Adventure

If you've got the time, this is as good as it can possibly get. 

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RIDE DESCRIPTION

This is a nice trip that takes you through some extremely beautiful areas outside of Medellin then up to Barichara, Villa de Leyva the back down into Medellin. The trip also takes you to some beautiful areas in the Coffee Region. The riding is 75% paved and the rest non-technical off-road riding. There are some very beautiful hotels in these areas and the scenery is spectacular.

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Medellin - Jardin

Jardín, is a gorgeous and authentic colonial town and is known as the most beautiful town in Colombia.  Jardín is known for its colorful houses, vibrant floral displays, and delicious milk candies. You may take a walk through the main plaza of El Libertador Park which features rose gardens, water fountains, and the neo-Gothic Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

Day 2 - Jardin - Salento

Day 3 - Salento - Cali

Day 4 - Cali - Popayan

Day 5 - Popayan - Pasto

Day 6 - Pasto - Las Lajas - Pasto

Day 7 - Pasto - Mocoa

Day 8 - Mocoa - Devils Trampoline - San Augustin

Day 9 - San Augustin - Tatacoa

Day 10 - Tatacoa - Ibague

Day 11 - Ibague - Termales del Ruiz

Amid stunning landscapes just outside the boundaries of Los Nevados National Park at 3500m, this thermal-baths complex is the place to go for total relaxation. Rooms have the feel of a classic alpine lodge and while not huge they're comfortable. Outside there's a large thermal pool set among otherworldly páramo (high-mountain plain) plants.

Up on a hillside above the complex there's a birding shelter beside a gushing stream where 17 species of hummingbird come to feed. There are also short trails to explore.

Meals are served in an elegant fire-heated dining room, with large windows offering fine views of the mountains and – on a clear day – down to Manizales. The baths are the only ones near Manizales built right at the source – you can see the sulfur-laced waters bubbling out of the mountainside right behind the hotel.

Day 12 - Termales del Ruiz - Salamina

Today we take a short drive  to Salamina, a beautiful town located on top of a hill with steep streets which was declared a National Heritage site in 1982.

Day 13 - Salamina - Wax Palm Forest

While staying in Salamina, we leave one day aside for a trip over to the hamlet of San Felix and the nearby Samaria Valley. Here we will find the national tree of Colombia, the Quindío Wax Palm. 

 

The wax palm (also known as Palma de Cera or Ceroxylon Quindiuense) is the tallest palm in the world, and was officially adopted as a national symbol of Colombia in 1985. Found along the central and eastern Andes of Colombia, the Cocora valley of Quindío department is the popular place for visitors to see these magnificent trees that can grow up to a height of 60m (~200 ft).

 

The trip is filled with spectacular scenery and once you arrive you feel like you have somehow discovered a special place that hardly any other foreigner has set eyes upon.

Day 14 - Salamina - Sonson

We head to Sonson via a beautiful winding road with spectacular views around almost every curve. Arriving in Sonson we will stay at a 200 year old hotel filled with an amazing eclectic antique collection.

 

We will grab a pizza on the balcony that overlooks the main square and the green countryside. We will also be able to visit the HALO de-mining operations and learn about their efforts to remove leftover anti-personal landmines from the area. Yep, there are still landmines out here. 

Day 15 - Sonson - Guatape

Today we drive to the town of Guatape. Pretty much all the towns in Colombia are beautiful and this one is no exception. The only difference is that here you can visit the famous Piedra del Peñol. This high granite monolith (technically an inselberg) rises from near the edge of the Embalse Guatapé. A brick staircase of 659 steps rises up through a broad fissure in the side of the rock. From the top there are magnificent views of the region, the fingers of the lake sprawling amid a vast expanse of green mountains. We will spend the night at some beautiful cottages here and maybe even go swimming.

Day 16 - Guatape - Medellin

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 15 days / 14 nights

ESTIMATED TOUR TIME:  15 days / 14 nights

 

All our motorcycle rentals include everything you need to have a great motorcycle trip in Colombia:

  • Motorcycles - Kawasaki Versys-X 300 or Honda XRE300 adventure motorcycles

  • Unlimited Kilometers - Drive wherever you want without having to worry about extra charges for mileage/kilometers

  • Hotels - Awesome best of class hotels

  • Gasoline - Yep, fuel is included

  • Bilingual Guide - A bilingual guide is included

  • Breakfast - Breakfast included 

  • Helmet - High quality helmets with integrated sun visors

  • Gloves - We provide nice gloves

  • Jacket - High quality motorcycle gear that keeps you safe and dry through all the climates that Colombia has to offer. 

  • Cell Phone Holder - RAM® X-Grip® phone holder to keep your device secure and accessible while navigating.

  • USB Charger - Charge your phone while you ride.

  • Top box - Huge 48 liter top box for all your things. The box also has a padded back rest so passengers can travel comfortably.

  • SOAT - Colombia's mandatory liability insurance

  • Medical Insurance - (Just in case)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Snacks and drinks

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Know how to drive a motorcycle

  • A valid motorcycle class driver’s license

  • Passport or Colombian I.D.

  • Credit card to leave a $500USD security deposit in case  the motorcycle suffers any damages

  • Read and sign the contract

HOW MUCH

Guided Luxury Trip - Luxury accommodations are provided on this trip and are some of the best boutique hotels in Colombia.  

Self-Guided Tour:

  • Motorcycle Rental Only: $1040USD ($65USD/Day)

  • Add Pillion/Passenger $400USD ($25USD/Day)

  • Downloadable GPS route included