Colombia Caribbean & Desert

Dream beaches, endless horizon of the desert and tropical jungle in the Sierra Nevada !

Pricing

Price
rider €3,600.00
pillion passenger €3,100.00
single room (surcharge) €350.00
Extension (4 days before the start of the trip) €250.00
Surcharge for single room (for extension) €95.00

Features

Features
Scheduled flight Frankfurt - Santa Marta and back, other departure airports on request, surcharge if necessary
Transfers Santa Marta Airport - Hotel and back
All hotel accommodations, 1x very easy
Rent a motorcycle
Multilingual (German/English/Spanish) Tour guide on the motorcycle
Escort vehicle and luggage transport
Mechanic
Travel security note
Travel Guide
Not included features
Visa: ( up to 90 days visa free )
Gasoline
Entrance fees
Optional excursions
food and drink
Health and accident insurance abroad incl. return transport
Travel cancellation insurance
Pocket money - 300 Euro (This amount is an indication how much money you will need for this trip. It includes food, drinks, souvenirs, optional excursions and petrol).

More details

More details
Minimum number of participants: 6
Maximum number of participants: 8
Maximum number of passengers: 2
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Motorcycles:
During this trip we ride on AKT 200 ccm motorcycles - made in Colombia.
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Tour character :
During the journey through Colombia we do not reach considerable heights and do not pass through extremely deserted areas. The day trips are usually not long, so that there is enough time and possibility to stop on the way, take pictures or visit villages.
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Offroad:
About half of the route we are on dirt roads. Due to the drought in this region, some passages may be a little sandy and dusty. Offroad experience with loose ground is therefore recommended. An off-road basic training is very useful as preparation. This is because you learn how to handle the bike best off-road. It will certainly increase your riding pleasure. The motorcycles are light and handy enduros, perfect for the unpaved roads.
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Climate:
Parts of the Caribbean coast are very poor in rain due to the trade wind. While the Caribbean coast also has a tropical climate, the overall weather is much drier than in other parts of Colombia. Extreme dry seasons and high temperatures can be found especially on the Guajira peninsula. Due to the fact that it belongs to the tropical climate zone, precipitation can occur sporadically, but usually only for a very short time. The actual dry season is in the months of January, February and March, here it rains almost never. In recent years, however, due to the shift in the climate, there has also been virtually no precipitation in November and December. Temperatures are around 30° Celsius throughout the year, both in the dry season and the rainy season. This means there are also days with extreme heat up to 38° Celsius. This should definitely be considered when choosing clothing.
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Clothing:
A helmet is mandatory, as is protective clothing with protectors, good gloves and boots or sturdy shoes. Because of the temperatures it is recommended to wear breathable protective clothing. A good variant is also a protector shirt or armour with an airy enduro shirt over it. Make sure that the jacket and trousers are adequately ventilated. Otherwise the heat can become a problem. We recommend an open enduro helmet with protective goggles that protect well against dust. It's too hot for a closed visor, and the Enduro helmet with its visor also provides the necessary shade for the eyes. Furthermore, a good pair of sunglasses is of course practical. Cold is not to be expected at all, and rain only in exceptional cases. Instead of rain protection, it is advisable to take a Camelbak or other drinking system with you. Enough liquid is immensely important, and especially in the desert region drinks cannot be bought on every street corner.
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Travel documents:
For this trip you need a valid International Rider's License and a passport, which is generally valid for 6 months beyond the trip.
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Visa:
German citizens do not need a visa for a purely tourist stay in Colombia.
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Insurance:
The motorcycles are insured against liability. In the event of damage to the vehicle caused by own fault, the material costs must be borne by the party responsible.
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Tour - Extension:
The tour can easily be combined with an extension in Bogotá and Santa Marta, with a visit to the Tayrona National Park.
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Travel guide:
More details about the trip and information about what to take with you are given in a manual that you will receive about a month before departure.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Colombia is the northernmost country in South America and a paradise of scenic beauty between the Caribbean and the Pacific. The domestic problems of recent years are largely a thing of the past, and the country is slowly opening up to tourism. Right now is a good time to embark on the adventure of a discovery tour and be one of the first to experience the fascination of this country.

The motorbike is the perfect means of transport, as it allows us to explore areas that are hidden from most people even off the tarred road. Besides, in the hot zone of the Caribbean a fresh wind always blows around our noses.

Our tour begins in Santa Marta, a city located directly on the coast, where we can let the magic of the Caribbean work its magic on us right at the beginning. From here, we continue via Aracataca, the birthplace of García Márquez, among other places, to the hidden jewel of Mompox, a beautiful colonial town. Wide open spaces alternate with turbulent little towns and everywhere we experience the impressive warmth and hospitality of the Colombian people. Furthermore, insights into the Indian way of life of the Arhuaco and Wayúu give us another lasting impression of the country's very own cultural roots.

On the ride along the coastline the fast change from the desert La Guajira to the tropical exuberant vegetation of the Sierra Nevada with its partly 5000m high peaks is amazing. Here we can enjoy the dream beaches of the Caribbean as well as explore the untouched hinterland on winding paths.

EXPIRE:

Day 1 - Departure Germany - Santa Marta

Arrival at Santa Marta airport and transfer to the hotel. Santa Marta is located directly on the Caribbean Sea and is, along with Cartagena, one of the most important destinations for visitors to the Colombian Caribbean coast.

Day 2 - Santa Marta - Minca (60 km)

After a relaxed start of the day with a typical national breakfast, the motorcycles are handed over. We ride to Minca, a nearby small town famous for its organic coffee cultivation. Here we escape the heat of the city and take an off-road tour through the tropical forests. We visit a coffee finca with brewery. Here we can see in authentic surroundings how the coffee bean is planted, harvested and processed or prepared for export. We stay overnight in a hotel with a wonderful view, where dozens of hummingbirds flutter around.

Day 3 - Minca - Fundación (120 Km)

We leave Minca and ride a short distance along the main road until we reach the off-road track that takes us high into the mountains to San Javier. This is a small, hidden place that lives exclusively from coffee cultivation. After lunch with the farmers, we descend back down the valley and in the late afternoon we reach Aracataca, the birthplace of the famous author Gabriel García Marquez. We spend the night in the nearby Fundación.

Day 4 - Fundación - Mompox (200 km)

From Fundación, the route initially follows tarred roads and then hot, sandy tracks to Mompox, a colonial jewel of Colombia, which is visited by comparatively few tourists due to its island location. It is practically the little, more beautiful sister of the overcrowded Cartagena. We have to cross the Río Magdalena to reach our daily goal. Small boats are available on the riverbank for the adventurous crossing.

Day 5 - Mompox - rest day

The colonial town of Mompóx is relatively hidden from the usual tourist paths and is too beautiful to continue straight away. It feels like a journey through time when you stroll through the colonial centre. Here it really looks like a novel by García Marquez. During the day we make a few off-road detours into the hinterland and learn how the people live on Colombia's largest and most important river. We can also visit the famous silversmiths or the market here before we reach the pier in time to take a small boat into the sunset with an ice-cold drink.

Day 6 - Momox - Pueblo Bello (245 km)

Today it will be a hot day, a landscape like in the Italo western flickers before our eyes. An exciting river crossing in the "Johnson", a kind of steel canoe, is at the beginning of the day. In places like Arjona we enjoy shade and cool fruit shakes after long gravel stretches. A large part of it today is on a good tarred road. We end the day in Pueblo Bello, a tranquil "cowboy" village surrounded by Indian settlements. The proud Arahuac Indians dominate the village and give us a foretaste of the coming day. We stay overnight in the only hotel in the middle of the village.

Day 7 - Pueblo Bello - day trip (100 km)

Over a long, steep and stony path, you will go on an exciting journey through time to Nabusimake. This village is the ceremonial center of the Arahuac Indians and takes its visitors back to pre-Columbian times, and to a completely different world. We learn about the culture of the Indians, their world view, their life in harmony with nature. Spectacular views are a guaranteed part of this. Back in Pueblo Bello we stay here for another night and enjoy the quiet village life.

Day 8 - Pueblo Bello - Riohacha (225 Km)

We leave Pueblo Bello and arrive via the town of Valledupar at the place San Juan del Cesar. We are now in the land of herds of cattle and cowboys and at the place of origin of the "Vallenato", the Colombian folk music that is omnipresent on the coast and dominated by the accordion. From here on, the route leads through the hinterland to an interesting and varied off-road track. Very few locals know this route. Our destination is Riohacha, the gateway to the desert region "La Guajira". Here we can once again enjoy the luxury of running water, air conditioning and culinary diversity before we head out into the desert the next day. On the streets you will meet the Wayúu Indian women, who offer their typical bags and other handicrafts, which shine in all colours.

Day 9 - Riohacha - Cabo de la Vela (165 km)

Off to the desert! A tarred road leads us up to Uribia, here the tank is filled up to the brim, then we ride on a dusty road to Cabo de la Vela. With a little luck we even see the train of the Cerrejón coal mine, which is miles long, because the railway tracks run right next to us for a while. But before we can get bored on the straight road, we turn off and go through cactus alleys, salt lakes and sandy passages to the destination Cabo de la Vela. Here you can swim in the sea, surf the kite, or just relax in the hammock. The fish for dinner is freshly caught and prepared on the wood fire. The accommodation here is simple, but is located directly on the sea.

Day 10 - Cabo de la Vela - Day trip (60 km)

Today we explore parts of the desert. We make a lap of honour over the desert peninsula and climb the Pilón de Azucar, a 100 m high viewpoint. There are both sandy and bumpy passages, most of them are easy to ride. In Cabo de la Vela live the Wayúu Indians who often live in small huts and nowadays earn their bread, or rather their fresh water, with handicrafts, so a good place to buy a souvenir directly from the manufacturer. Those who want to go swimming in the spectacularly beautiful bays of Cabo. Our accommodation has a beautiful beach at the front door, so that the evening sundowner is guaranteed.

Day 11 - Cabo de la Vela - Palomino (250 km)

We head towards Manaure, where we admire the pink shimmering salt lakes and get a glimpse of the hard work of salt extraction. A long off-road track leads us then again to Riohacha. The nature reserve Los Flamencos is on our way. With small detours left and right of the route we finally reach Palomino. The best way to end the day in Palomino is on the palm-fringed sandy beach - a true pampering after the barren desert.

Day 12 - Palomino - Santa Marta (80 Km)

In the morning we can still enjoy the Caribbean beauty before we start towards Santa Marta. Over a beautiful coastal path we have fantastic views of lush green mountains of the Sierra Nevada on one side and beautiful bays of the Caribbean Sea on the other. At noon we reach Santa Marta, where we can buy some souvenirs at the turbulent market in the heart of the city.

Day 13 - Santa Marta - Departure

You will be taken to the airport in Santa Marta. It's gonna be hard to say goodbye just yet.

Day 14 - Arrival - Germany

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EXTENSION BEFORE THE JOURNEY

Day 1 - Arrival Bogotá

Day 2 - Bogotá city tour

During the day you can visit the beautiful old town of la Candelaria on foot, but the best way to start is by bike through the city. This way you can get to places you would otherwise not see and get a good overview of the city. The tour is not difficult and can be done with a normal physical condition.

Day 3 - Flight Bogotá - Santa Marta

In 1.5 hours you fly to Santa Marta. The city lies directly on the Caribbean Sea, you can tell by the temperatures. Now you can get the flip-flops out of the case.

Day 4 - Santa Marta - Excursion Tayrona National Park (optional)

From Santa Marta we offer a day trip to the famous Tayrona National Park. An interesting, short hike runs through the jungle and along the sea until you reach the picture-book beach "Cabo San Juan". Here you can enjoy a Caribbean lunch before being taken by speedboat to Taganga. From the water you can see the whole beauty of the national park from a different perspective. In Taganga you will be picked up and brought back to the hotel in Santa Marta.