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Address and Directions

Address:

Here is the address to our office. We are located one block from a restaurant called "Estadero Las Hamacas." Sometimes taxi drivers have a hard time finding our location so I use this address.

Directions From El Poblado: 

Sometimes the taxi drivers take this crazy winding route from El Poblado. It's a lot easier to take the highway. You can click this link to get directions from El Poblado to Colombia Moto Adventures. I also embedded a map on the right. 

Directions in English: 

The restaurant is located in Loma Pajarito between San Cristobal and San Felix on the road to San Pedro de Los Milagros. Once you arrive at Las Hamacas restaurant please drive down the hill a out one block and take the first left which is a small street. Drive one block and my house will be an open gate on the left-hand side of the road in front of a small store and a pink house. 

Directions in Spanish: 

El restaurante está ubicado en Loma Pajarito entre San Cristóbal y San Félix en el camino a San Pedro de los Milagros. Una vez que llegue al restaurante Las Hamacas, baje la colina una cuadra y tome la primera a la izquierda, que es una calle pequeña. Conduzca una cuadra y mi casa será una puerta abierta en el lado izquierdo de la carretera frente a una pequeña tienda.

Call me! - Please call me a few minutes before you show up and I'll meet you there and the taxi can follow me down to my house.  Most people come up at around 9 am but you are welcome to come up anytime. It's pretty easy to find but if you get lost just message me on WhatsApp or give me a call and I can talk to the taxi driver for you. 

 

WhatsApp: +57 321 491 7060

Contract


In order to save time when you show up could you please print and sign the rental contract and bring it with you when you arrive. I'll go over everything with you when you get here. 

Here is the Google Street View showing the pink house that is in front of my driveway. The concrete driveway on the left hand side of the road is where my house is. 

Here is the map showing the route from Las Hamacas restaurant to Colombia Moto Adventures:

Here is the Google Street View showing my gate. I'll have the gate open for you when you arrive.

Here is a map showing driving directions from El Poblado to Colombia Moto Adventures:

GOOGLE MAPS

Download areas and navigate offline with

Google Maps

 

 

Colombia is an awesome place with tons of cool places to explore. If you're going out into the backcountry where the Internet is slow or you can't get online, you can save an area from Google Maps to your phone or tablet and use it when you're offline.

GAIA GPS

Google Maps does not show all roads!

  • GAIA GPSFor more remote areas such as the road from Sonson to Salamina, I recommend downloading the GAIA GPS application for iPhone or Android.

TRAVEL ADVISORIES:

Medellin Tunel del Oriente

Motorcycles Prohibited

Medellin has recently opened up the "Tunel del Oriente" which connects Medellin with the rapidly growing “Oriente” (east of Medellin) region. Please note that although Google Maps displays this as a functioning road, motorcycles are not allowed to use the tunnel. Police love to hang out there and get bribes from people who make the mistake of trying to enter the tunnel. 

Sonsón to Salamina

Remember, Google Maps isn't 100% accurate. I've had people try to drive from Sonson to Salamina with Google Maps and it took them down some sort of walking path or horse trail.

 

The green arrow in the image below shows the correct road from Sonson to Salamina. 

If you are driving from Sonson to Salamina please be sure to ask the people to show you the road to Salamina or Aguadas.

 

Amazingly, some of the people don't know what Salamina is even though it's just a couple of towns over. If you ask people to show you the road to Aguadas they should be able to show you.

 

Remember that the road to Salamina is a big unpaved road that cars and big trucks drive down. It's not a walking path or horse trail.

Gaia GPS shows the correct route out of town.

THE SUZUKI DR650 DOESNT HAVE A FUEL GAUGE

 

THE RANGE ON A FULL TANK OF GAS IS AROUND 200K 

 

No Gas Gauge - The Suzuki DR650 is a great bike but it doesn't have a fuel gauge. I have no idea why they didn't put one in. No DR650 comes with a fuel gauge. You will get around 200km per tank of gas from the bike. Make sure that after you fill up you reset the kilometers on the odometer so you know how long you have before you need to stop for gas again. 

Remember, I'm always available to help you. Just give me a call and I'll help you out in any way I can. 

Enjoy the ride!!

 

- Jeff

P.S. Don't worry about writing down the directions or saving this web page. I just sent you an email with a link to this page. 

The green arrow in the image above shows the correct road from Sonson to Salamina. 

RIPCORD Rescue and Evacuation Insurance

Ripcord takes the worry out of travel by providing short-term travel insurance. Coverage includes 24/7 access to medical professionals combined with the best evacuation, rescue, and optional travel insurance coverages designed for adventurers. For more information and an online quote click here: Ripcord Rescue Insurance

MOTORCYCLES PROHIBITED -

Medellin Tunel del Oriente

Map Link: 

https://goo.gl/maps/5TG69tawK988KHWr7

Suzuki DR650 does not have a fuel gauge. It has a max range of 200km per tank of gas. It does have a small reserve switch located on the left-hand side.

Frequently asked questions

What happens if the bike breaks down on the road?


If the bike breaks down on the road, just give us a call and we will handle it the quickest way possible to get you back on the road as soon as possible. These bikes are in great conditon but they are motorcycles and sometimes things happen that are out of everyones control. We do our best to handle the issue as fast as we can.




Can we go off road with the bikes?


The more offroad the more fun but please be careful not to drop or damage the bikes.




Do the bike rentals include insurance?


Yes. All bikes come with SOAT (Colombias mandatory insurance) Personal medical insurance coverage is also included with all rentals. All the documentation needed in the case you get pulled over by the police or accident are on the motos at all times so you don't have to worry about a thing.




What happens if the bike gets damaged?


The cost for damages are assessed within 3 working days after the bike is returned. You will receive all supporting documentation for damages. All our bikes have guards and protectors on them to limit any damage in the event of an accident.




What is required to rent a motorcycle?


You need a credit card for the security deposit, passport, and drivers license and thats it! You're ready to go! Remember: All bikes require a $500 security deposit. Deposits are held for 5 business days after the moto is brought back and are returned on the 6th business day. This allows us time to inspect the bike for any damages and allows time for any traffic violations to be received.




What documents are required to rent and ride in Colombia?


Valid passport with minimum 6 months until expiration
Drivers license with clear motorcycle endorsement
Valid credit card with sufficient funds to cover the security deposit hold




Are helmets included?


The rental comes with full face helmets that comply with European Union ECE 22.05 Helmet Standards. The helmets come with integrated drop down sun visors. If you need an extra one I won't charge you anything extra.




What is included with the rental?


Rentals include everything you need to have a great motorcycle trip in Colombia.

  • Unlimited Kilometers - Drive wherever you want without having to worry about extra charges for mileage/kilometers
  • 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.
  • Top box - Huge 48 liter top box for all your things. The box also has a padded back rest so passengers can travel comfortably.
  • Cell Phone Holder - keep your device secure and accessible while navigating.
  • USB Charger - Charge your phone while you drive
  • SOAT - Colombia's mandatory liability insurance
  • Medical Insurance - (Just in case)
  • Trip Planning Advice - I know lots of great places to ride. Just ask and I’d be happy to recommend some cool places.
  • Roadside Assistance - In the event of an emergency or breakdown 24 hour roadside assistance is also included in our policies.




Why take a motorcycle tour in Colombia?


Why take a motorcycle tour in Colombia? Time - This is the reason you buy produce from a supermarket instead of growing it yourself. The best time you can have on a trip is by riding on the best trails and roads instead of looking for them on your own. We know all the best roads trails and routes in Colombia. Know what you are getting into - Solo adventure can be a blast but a simple wrong turn can turn into something thats way over your head. Especially if you don’t know the language or the area. Maps are great but they are no substitute for a guide with recent experience on the trail. We base all our trips with what you are comfortable with doing. Friends - Instead of riding alone and assuming the risk that comes with that you can ride with a group of like minded adventurers. Taking a motorcycle trip with a group strangers is a surefire way to turn those friends into riding buddies. Local Perks - When you go to a new town where do you find the best food? Do you hit up the local restaurants or hang out at the national chain restaurants like all the other tourists? We know Colombia and know all the best places to eat and stay. We taylor trips to fit your budget and traveling style. Perks - Film services, repair services. Our tours have tool kits and first aid kits. We also know how to speak the local language and how to take care of things in case something goes wrong. Experience - After your tour you will feel much more comfortable in the area and be able to go back by yourself. You will find the best places to stay and eat and even be feel confident to start exploring trails on your own if you decide to come back again in the future. Value - You may actually save money. We can show you the best value for food and lodging as well as save money on equipment by using ours. Instead of buying, transporting and hauling all your own gear, tool, first aid and snacks on your own motorcycle we take care of that for you. Our tours provide: Hotels Attractions Food Snacks Full coverage motorcycle insurance Medical insurance Unlimited mileage Local knowledge of trails 4K photography and drone filming services Gorgeous scenery Epic trails TL;DR: Theres nothing wrong with adventuring around and finding trails on your own if you have the time and resources. But riding with a tour will get you out on the best trails suited to your riding ability and ensure that your time is well spent. You will eat the best food and have the best accommodations for a solid value. You will ride lighter and safer with more confidence and a lot less stress about where to go and what to see. The best part is that you’ll probably meet some great new friends.




Are speeding tickets common in Colombia?


Tickets aren't really that common. They mainly come from red light cameras and speed trap cameras. The cameras are marked around town and if you use Waze on your phone you shouldn't have any problems.




Whats a good time of year for these trips?


Colombia is a year-round destination, particularly along the Caribbean coast and in Medellin (where I am based) where warm, dry weather is prevalent for almost the entire year. * The dry or “hot” seasons normally occurs December – January & July – August. Colombians refer to this as their Summer season. * The rainy or “wet” seasons normally take place from April – May & October – November. Colombians refer to this as their Winter season.




Do the trips have scheduled dates?


The trips are available all year long and right now I don’t have any scheduled dates so you can go any time you like.




Are the tours all pavement or are there dirt/gravel roads?


The trips are mostly paved (probably around 90%) but there are some dirt and gravel sections. If you want to do a more off road type trip just let me know, Colombia is full of all sorts of cool backroads.




What are the off-road sections like?


The off-road sections aren’t going to be hard at all. Most people who come down want get up reasonably early, ride for 4-5 hours a day (one or two hours longer if necessary) and then stop for a good lunch + beers and then hang out wherever they are after that. The off-road portions of the trip allow people to get off the beaten track when possible and soak up the local culture/flora and fauna. Most of the off road sections are hard packed gravel roads that follow ridge lines all you to see some beautiful views. The trips are about traveling around and having fun, not about struggling to get through difficult terrain. The bikes are also totally prepped for all-terrain with the Honda XRE300’s being used by the Colombian National Police and Brazilian military and the Kawasaki Versys having a reputation for being a rock solid RTW motorcycle. There is nothing that these bikes can’t handle.




Can I see your contract before I rent?


Sure dudes, here it is: https://73883f74-4311-447a-999b-d47819cede8c.filesusr.com/ugd/331b1d_d8598b190d264faab3fb10aaf22294d7.pdf?index=true




Can I drive off-road with the motorcycles?


Yes, you are allowed to drive off-road with the motorcycles




Can I leave my extra luggage/bags at your house?


Yep, you are more than welcome to leave any extra luggage or bags at my house.




What time can I pick up the motorcycle?


Most people normally come up at around 9am but you can pick up the bikes at any time.




Do you have extra riding gear for passengers?


Yes, extra gear for passengers is included at no extra cost.




Does the motorcycle come with cup holders?


No. No it does not.