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Address and Directions
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
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:
Download areas and navigate offline with
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.
Download Google Maps - You can find instructions here: Download Google Maps and Navigate Offline
Google Maps does not show all roads!
GAIA GPS - For more remote areas such as the road from Sonson to Salamina, I recommend downloading the GAIA GPS application for iPhone or Android.
Medellin Tunel del Oriente
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!!
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.
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MOTORCYCLES PROHIBITED -
Medellin Tunel del Oriente -
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?
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)
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!
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?
What is included with the rental?
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?
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.
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.
Can I see your contract before I rent?
Sure dudes, here it is:
Can I 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.