Switzerland of Colombia Motorcycle Day Trip

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride adventure motorcycles into the countryside

  • Mix of paved and easy off-road riding

  • Meet Colombian cowboys and farmers 

  • Easy riding through the beautiful countryside of Medellin.

  • Visit the towns San Pedro and Belmira

  • Nice weather and beautiful scenery 

  • Chester (the dog) will ride with us.

  • Estimated Tour Time: 9am - 5pm

RIDE DESCRIPTION

Have a day to spend in Medellin? Want to have an easy ride around some beautiful scenery with very little traffic? If that's what you're looking for then this is the motorcycle tour for you!

We start off on by some slow, easy-riding on beautiful paved backroads with virtually no traffic. 

Due to the rolling green hills and focus on dairy production, the towns of San Felix, San Pedro, and Belmira are located on the “Ruta de Leche” also known as the “Switzerland of Colombia.”  

 

The mountains of Medellin make it the perfect place to go paragliding. Conveniently located just outside Medellin is the town of San Felix also known as the paragliding capital of Medellin.  Here you can use the mountain updrafts to soar high above the Andes and take in views. Located close to the city you can also get some stunning aerial views of Medellin. If you don't feel like paragliding it's still worth stopping as they have a couple of restaurants overlooking the city and serving typical food such as pandequeso and hot chocolate with cheese.

 

The next stop is San Pedro de Los Milagros via a beautiful road with green pastures and cattle ranches on both sides. Arriving in the small town you can make your way to the square where there are several small restaurants. One is located on the second floor and offers you a perfect view of the town square and makes a good spot for a couple of photos. 

 

The main attraction of the town is the “La Basílica Menor del Señor de Los Milagros de San Pedro” also known as the church. Even if you aren’t in churches it's still worth stopping in for a minute to see the hand-painted ceiling.

 

Located about 10 minutes outside of town heading towards the town of Entrerrios there is a viewpoint of a lake which makes for a nice photo opportunity. From there you can go further into the countryside visiting the towns of Entrerrios and Don Matias. After Don Matias you need to make your way down a very windy paved road heading towards the town of Copacabana. The road is beautiful but there is a lot of tractor-trailer traffic on the road and it can also be extremely foggy and rainy. It's also important to note that after Copacabana you will be back on the highway and have to fight the traffic from Bello back to Medellin. Instead of making the complete loop and going all the way down to Copacabana. We recommend visiting the town of Belmira. 

Belmira is an extremely small town where you can get a 100% authentic taste of Colombian cowboy culture. The ride to the town is absolutely beautiful and is surrounded by green pastures and hills dotted with white cecropia trees called Yarumo. On the way, you can see farmers with mules bringing jugs of milk to the market. You might even get caught in the middle of a cattle drive since the farmers walk them on the road. 

 

Once arriving in the town you can check out the town square and the church and stop and get a coffee. One of the interesting things about Belmira is that it has a nearby Paramo, which is a Neotropical alpine tundra zone. Located at 3,350 MASL, the Páramo de Belmira has frailejones, a species of shrub that is 150 years old. The walk to get to the paramo is pretty rough and takes you through a steep and narrow horse trail. The high altitude doesn't help to make the climb any easier. We did the hike once and probably won't go back but it's cool to know it's there. 

 

After leaving Belmira you can head straight back to Medellin via the same paved route that you came in on. The trip to this area outside Medellin is one of our favorites and it's a lot better than the traffic and crowds of Guatape. 

 

Medellin Switzerland of Colombia Motorcycle Ride
San Pedro, Medellin Motorcycle Trip

HOW MUCH

Guided Trip

A bilingual adventure guide/photographer is included.

  • $149USD per person

  • +Add Pillion/Passenger $25USD

Self-Guided Trip

  • Honda XRE300 - $65USD per person

  • Suzuki DR650 - $80USD per person 

  • +Add Pillion/Passenger $25USD

INCLUDED

 

We aim to provide you with the best value for your money. Our trips and rentals include great bike, all riding gear, clean, budget-friendly hotels, and off-the-beaten-path locations for an authentic experience in Colombia:

  • Bilingual Guide / Photographer

  • Fuel and Road Tolls

  • Unlimited Kilometers

  • Hotels - Clean, budget-friendly hotels

  • Helmet

  • Cell Phone Holder with Wireless and USB Charging

  • SOAT - Colombia's mandatory liability insurance

  • Medical Insurance - (Just in case)

  • High-quality 50 Liter dry bags 

  • Emergency Tool Kit and Spares 

  • High-Quality Rain Jackets

  • GPS Tracking Device

  • Gloves 

  • Jacket 

  • Top box 

  • Luggage Storage

  • Optional Motorcycle Lowering Kit

NOT INCLUDED

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Snacks and drinks

REQUIREMENTS

  • A valid motorcycle class driver’s license

  • Credit card to leave a $500USD security deposit in case the motorcycle gets damaged.

ALL GEAR INCLUDED

For maximum comfort and convenience, we recommend that you bring your own riding gear but if you need something we have quality gear available for you at no extra charge.

IS COLOMBIA SAFE?

Now it is. Gone are the days of kidnappings, drug lords, and guerrillas. We routinely encounter Colombian military checkpoints that ensure safe travel throughout the country. We've led hundreds of tours around the country and have never had any problems with security. 

 

Anthony Bourdain summed it up perfectly:

 

"If you want to find bad people in Colombia, you can surely find them, as you could in New York or Los Angeles. But nowhere have my crew and I been treated better or with more kindness and generosity. I'd bring my family on vacation there in a heartbeat. And hope to soon. As I said before: Colombians are proud. Let them show you what they are proud of."

Medellin Paragliding and Motorcycle Riding
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