Discover Colombia Tour (CLOMO01-CLODCT)

by Motolombia
Pick-up from: Tour start at 8am Drop-off until: Tour ends at ~5pm
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  • Professional Bilingual Tour Leader
  • Accommodation with Breakfast in Shared Room
  • Small group sizes (Min 2 / Max 10)
  • 500cc or 660cc Rental Motorcycle (Upgrades available)
  • Fuel and Road Tolls
  • Mandatory 3rd Party and Rider Medical Insurance
  • Motorcycle Liability Reduction Insurance
  • Group Activities and Entry Fees
  • Pre-tour Preparation Materials and Briefing
  • Transfers to / from nearest airport
  • All Taxes
  • Gift Bag
  • Support Vehicle & Driver included with 5+ Riders

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare
  • Upgrades
  • Lunches, Dinners and Drinks
  • Bikes are NOT available on rest-days
  • Medical Evacuation Membership
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance (not offered by us)
  • Tips to staff
  • Any inclusion not specified

 

  • Security deposit via credit card
  • Age minimum: 20+ years
  • Off-road and touring experience, good curving skills, ability to stay calm in hectic traffic and the ability to ride longer sections of gravel and dirt roads, even parts on muddy tracks
  • Full motorcycle driver’s license with MC Endorsement required
  • Valid Passport with at least 6 months left upon entry
  • Helmets are required
  • We recommend to ride with ventilated riding gear

Day 1: Fly-in to Cali. Motolombia staff will pick you up in airport and bring you to the hotel. Depending on what time in the day you arrive, we will meet to sort out paperwork and prep the bikes. A tour briefing will be arranged once the last rider has arrived.
Day 2: Cali to Salento – We ride north out of the Cauca Valley and into the foothills of the middle Andean Mountain range. We visit a working coffee plantation to see how the best coffee in the world is produced.
Day 3: Salento to Honda – We start the morning by riding into the Cocora Valley where the worlds tallest palm trees grow. The wax palm are Colombia’s national tree and the area where it grows is otherworldly and stunning. We then head further north in the coffee region and pass by Manizales before climbing up over 4000 meters altitude in the shadow of the active volcano Los Nevados del Ruiz. We enter the national park riding in stunning scenery that include crossing old dried out lava rivers. We arrive in Honda late afternoon in time to enjoy the hotel pool.
Day 4: Honda to Tatacoa – Once we wake in Honda – per average the warmest place in Colombia and once an important colonial river port town – we do a little walk-about to see the sites before we saddle up. We will spend all day riding along side and zig-zagging across the mighty Magdalena river. We even cross the river on a canoe before riding through the Tatacoa desert, an ecological phenomena in the middle of the lush green country.
Day 5: Tatacoa to San Agustin – Before the sun burn through to hard, we ride into the desert to get a feel of this magical place. Its considered a desert because of the amount of rain (or lack off) it gets per year, but there is quite green with big cactus plant and strange rock and mud formations covered in dry grass. After our desert loop we make our way back into the high mountains near San Agustin
Day 6: Rest-day San Agustin – The options are many in this incredible area. We can set up a fun rafting tour down the Magdalena river, visit the national archeological park with its Easter Island like sculptures. Walk around the old traditional village or join a fantastic horse-back ride into the remote mountains to see hidden grave sites and more ancient sculptures.
Day 7: San Agustin to Popayan – Get ready for a long dirt and gravel ride. We are going up over the central Andean Mountain range again, this time on the more southern unpaved route to Popayan. It’s another scenic ride through the remote mountains and the descend circling the Puracè volcano and dropping into to the old colonial town known as the white city is spectacular. Popayan is really a special place and one of the nicest kept colonial towns.
Day 8: Popayan to Cali – The ride back to Cali takes us on a multi cultural ride past first an indian village called Silvia, where traditional indian costumes including soft bowler hat and colorful ponchos are seen everywhere. Then we get further into the Cauca Valley that is covered with sugar plantations and has been like this since the Spanish ruled. Many Afro/Colombo descendants of slaves from Africa live in these more humid areas around the Cauca River. And finally we make our way through the hectic big city of Santiago de Cali and arrive at the Motolombia HQ in the afternoon. Here we sort out bike return and paperwork before checking into the hotel.

Day 9: Departure from Cali – Motolombia staff will take you to the airport in time for your flight. If you wish to stay longer we are happy to help you make arrangements. We strongly suggest visiting Cartagena for a day or two before or after the Motorcycle trip.

 

Itinerary may change without further notice due to weather, road- or any other condition that Motolombia or its guides feel will jeopardize the safety of the group or material.

How many hours a day do we spend on the bikes?

Answer: Our typical day starts with breakfast between 6:30 and 8:00. Stand up at 8:00. We stop more or less every hours for a photo opp., water/toilet break or to fuel bikes. Between 12:00 and 2:00 we do a lunch break for about an hour and then we ride another 2-3 hours in the afternoon. Total riding per day is usually about 6-7 hours plus breaks. Some days we stop to do off-bike activities along the route that take longer.

How many kilometers will we ride per day?

Answer: In South America you rarely speak about mileage to a destinations. Distance is more commonly referred to in time. So “how far is the ride between Cali and Medellin?” and the answer will be “8 hours of riding”, rather than the 420 kilometers that the odometer will read. The reason for giving distances in time is due to changing terrain, city traffic, mountains, curves, condition of roads and many other factors that make the concept of time rather than milage a much more precise description on what to expect. So in terms of our daily mileage we usually prefer to say we ride between 6-7 hours per day which can mean 180 to 450 kilometers on the odometer. In general a 250 kilometer day is a BIG day.

What riding gear do I need?

Answer: There are no riding gear included in the Motorcycle rental. We do have limited gear available to rent (but no boots are available). We strongly recommend you bring your own helmet and riding gear for optimal comfort and safety. We also recommend that you use high touring boots and protective gear at all times while on the bike and you should carry a pull-over rain-suite on the bike at all times if your riding gear is not waterproof. Full face helmets are required by law in Colombia.

What's the temperature for this tour?

Answer: Temperatures can vary between 12 to 40°C (53.6 F to 104°F). Temperatures can drop for a short period going over the mountains passes. It is recommended to ride with ventilated riding gear. A pull over rain suite is a good idea to carry against mountain temperatures and possible short rain showers that can occur year round.

Can I leave extra luggage somewhere while on tour?

Answer: You can safely leave luggage at the hotels we recommend or at the Motolombia facility in Cali. It’s free of charge while renting or on tour with Motolombia.

Where will we eat?

Answer: Breakfast is usually served at the place where we overnight, if not the guide will arrange for breakfast elsewhere before we ride. Breakfast is always included. Lunches, dinners and drinks are not included on any tour. We always do about 1 hour lunch stop along the route and at night the guide will suggest a local restaurant where the group has the option of dinning together. Vegetarian options are available most everywhere. Pescetarians will have good options for seafood and fish most everywhere. And meat lovers will be very happy!

Can I expect that everything is exactly as described?

Answer: Most times yes, but please bring good spirit and an ability to stay calm and be patient as things sometimes take longer in Latin America. However, we are experts in finding solutions to everything unexpected that might happen, so rest assure you will be in good hands with Motolombia.

Description

Start/ Finish: Tour starts and ends in Cali, Colombia
Duration:
9 days
Riding days: 6 days
Total distance: +/-  km
Daily riding hours: 6-7 hrs
Ride difficulty: 3 (out of 5) – for riders with off-road and touring experience, good curving skills, ability to stay calm in hectic traffic and the ability to ride longer sections of gravel and dirt roads, even parts on muddy tracks
Terrain: 60% paved roads 40% gravel and dirt, varying from very good highways to small sealed back roads with potholes. Many curves, Andean Mountain passes and extreme scenic routes
International Airports: CLO
Group size: 2-10 riders
Group riding: Required
Suitable for passengers: Good
Suitable for children: No
Accommodations: We stay in mid- & high-range hotels. We always opt for the best option available – clean, safe and practical location

Highlights: Guided Motorcycle Tour in Colombia, Guambiano Indian village Silvia, Historic center of river port town Honda, Las Letras high mountain pass 4000 Meter, Coffee village of Salento, Wax palms in Cocora Valley, Coffee plantation tour, Ancient sculptors in San Agustin, Tatacoa Desert loop, Western and Central Andes Range, Spectacular scenery, Thousands of twistys, True adventure, Cali – Salsa capital of the world

 

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