Motorcycle Tour
Colombia Caribbean & Andes

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Caribbean dream beaches, snowy mountain peaks of the Andes, the imposing rainforest of the Sierra Nevada and much more are waiting to be discovered by you.

Pricing

Rider in double room per person €3,890.00 $4,327.46 ?
pillion passenger in a double room per person €3,200.00 $3,559.87 ?
Single room (supplement, all dates) €450.00 $500.61 ?
Extension (4 days before the start of the trip) €250.00 $278.11 ?
Surcharge for single room (for extension) €95.00 $105.68 ?

Features

Transfers Santa Marta Airport - Hotel and back
All hotel accommodations, 1x very easy
Rental motorcycle (During this trip we ride on typical AKT 200 cc motorcycles - made in Colombia).
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 - information without guarantee)
Gasoline
Entrance fees
Optional excursions
wining and dining
Health and accident insurance abroad incl. return transport
Travel cancellation insurance
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Pocket money - approx. 550 Euro (This amount is an indication how much money you will need for this trip. It includes food, drinks, souvenirs, optional excursions and petrol).
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International flight - Santa Marta and back

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 trip through Colombia we ride very varied routes. Sometimes it goes over good tarred roads, over sand, through hot plains, over stones or over 4000 meters high mountains. But we do not remain at considerable heights for long. The day trips are sometimes long, but usually there is enough time and opportunity to stop along the way, take pictures or visit villages.
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Offroad:
About half of the route we move on unpaved roads. These routes are sometimes difficult to ride without off-road experience. Due to the drought in the north, some passages can be a little sandy and dusty. In the mountains there are more stony tracks again. Offroad experience is therefore necessary. 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. This tour is not suitable for beginners.
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Climate:
The climate in Colombia varies greatly from one region to another and has different climatic zones. Temperatures and precipitation levels vary depending on the location and altitude of each region. The rainy season in Colombia lasts from mid-March to May and from September to mid-December. The dry season, the so-called summer, is from December to March and from June to September. In recent years, however, due to the shift in the climate, there has also been virtually no precipitation in mid-November and December. While the Caribbean coast also has a tropical climate, the overall weather is much drier than in other parts of Colombia. High temperatures can be found especially in the north. They move on an average of about 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. It can always rain in the mountains. There are also large differences in temperature. Sometimes expect temperatures of 15 C during the day. This should definitely be taken into account 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 warm temperatures in the north (+ 30 C) it is recommended to wear breathable protective clothing. Make sure that the jacket and trousers are adequately ventilated. In the colder regions one should wear warm clothes again. We recommend an open enduro helmet with protective goggles that protect well against dust. Furthermore, a good pair of sunglasses is of course practical. You can expect cold (15 C) in the mountains, and sometimes rain, so you should have rain protection with you.
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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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Extension:
An extension in Bogotá and/or in the Tayrona National Park is possible.
Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. We will gladly provide binding information upon request.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

The hospitable and open-minded Colombians infect us with their cheerfulness and are proud to share their cultural and scenic treasures with us.

From Santa Marta we ride to the coffee fincas in the highlands of the Sierra Nevada, then on via Mompox, steeped in history, where we cross the huge Rio Magdalena and explore the rural swampland with its gauchos, cattle and horses. Over curvy, tarred and also unpaved mountain roads we ride high into the Andes with mountain passes of more than 4000m. We visit the magnificent national park El Cocuy as well as the enchanting colonial towns Mongui and Barichara. Afterwards we head towards Pueblo Bello, where we get fascinating insights into the mystical world view of the Arahuac Indians. After the mountains we ride back to the coast, where we can enjoy the beautiful, Caribbean dream beaches.

The light motorcycle is the perfect means of transportation for this motorcycle tour, it allows us to explore areas away from the tourist highlights that remain hidden to most.

This journey from day to day:

DAY 1 - DEPARTURE GERMANY - SANTA MARTA.

Arrival Santa Marta and transfer to the hotel in Santa Marta (approx. 30 min drive). 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. There is a wide range of activities on offer here.

DAY 2 - SANTA MARTA - MINCA

The motorcycles are handed over, then we escape the heat of the city and make our way to Minca, located in the wild and breathtaking mountains of the Sierra Nevada. From Minca we will take a day tour through the famous coffee growing area. The off-road trails offer spectacular views and we visit the finca "La Victoria", where we will of course taste the coffee in addition to a tour.

DAY 3 - MINCA - FUNDACIÓN

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 village that lives exclusively from coffee cultivation. Here we can see in authentic surroundings how the coffee bean is planted, harvested and processed or prepared for export. After lunch with the farmers, we ride back down into the valley and reach Aracataca, the birthplace of Gabriel García Marquez, in the late afternoon. We will spend the night in the neighboring town of Fundación.

DAY 4 - FUNDACIÓN - MOMPÓX

From Fundación, the journey starts on a tarred road and then continues on hot, sandy tracks to Mompóx, one of Colombia's colonial jewels, which is visited by comparatively few tourists due to its island location. It is the little, nicer sister of the overcrowded Cartagena. We have to cross the Río Magdalena, Colombia's largest river, to reach our destination for the day. From the roof terrace of our hotel we have a great view over the landscape and the town.

DAY 5 - MOMPOX - REST DAY

The slightly longer day's hike was worth it, the town of Mompóx is relatively hidden from the usual tourist trails. Here you get a feeling for the "real" Colombia and feel a bit like in a novel by Gabriel García Márquez. A free day to do as you please. Strolling in the colonial center of the city, a boat tour including swimming in the Magdalena, visiting museums that give insight into Colombia's past. Or we visit a goldsmith, because Mompóx is also famous for its filigree silver jewellery.

DAY 6 - MOMPOX - PLAYA DE BELÉN

From Mompox we go along the banks of the Rio Magdalena. The route is dusty and hot, a landscape like in a western. Arriving at El Banco, we turn onto the main road and ride to Aguachica. There we leave the lowlands and take a beautiful and shady tarred road that leads us into the hills of Ocaña to Playa Belén....

DAY 7 - PLAYA DE BELÉN AND SURROUNDINGS

Playa de Belén is a beautiful little village that stands out for its colonial character. After the heat in Mompox, a more moderate climate awaits us here. The village is located next to the Parque de Estoraques, whose rock formations and natural caves we will visit. Afterwards we will make a small tour to a waterfall with a natural "swimming pool". Here you can swim in crystal clear water while the owner of the finca prepares a typical barbecue with meat of your choice.

DAY 8 - PLAYA DE BELÉN - PAMPLONA

The first half of the day leads us over curvy, tarred mountain roads up to 2400m. Afterwards, we head downhill to the Colombian-Venezuelan border town of Cúcuta. Here there is a lot of hustle and bustle, and we have to cross the city once before we ride towards Pamplona on a quiet country road. There it is rather cool with an average temperature of 16 degrees. For the first time in Colombia we see people with down jackets and bobble hats. Our hotel is located directly at the Plaza and has the charm of an antique shop. From the typewriter to the coal iron, the owner has accumulated everything here that is old and special.

DAY 9 - PAMPLONA - CAPITANEJO

The road to Capitanejo starts with gentle curves in a green landscape and then climbs higher and higher. From 3200 m, shortly after Chitagá, the tar is gone and we have to cross the 4000 m border on gravel. At this altitude it is often foggy and humid. It is important to remember this when getting dressed. With clear view you can admire the great mountain scenery. Although it is a federal road, there is hardly any traffic. From Málaga it gets warmer again and we ride downhill into the beautiful landscape of Capitanejo.

DAY 10 - CAPITANEJO - EL COCUY

Offroad we ride up to the national park El Cocuy. This has several peaks over 5000 m high, and we can see their snowcaps from a distance. We pass many small farmers, who live here mainly from the cultivation of onions. The people are very friendly and open-minded and are happy when strangers come by. In the villages everyone meets and exchanges their goods. Around noon we arrive at our overnight stay in El Cocuy and still have time enough for a ride over small paths up to about 3800m. From here we have the best view of the peaks. The thin air is noticeable - good that our sleeping place is at "only" 3000m.

DAY 11 - EL COCUY - MONGUI

A long day of riding lies ahead of us. Right at the end of the village the gravel road begins, which will lead us through the gigantic mountains of the Andes for the rest of the day. Almost behind every curve you want to stop and let your eyes wander. Gentle hills and rugged mountains alternate, the panorama is simply gigantic. We pass the villages Chita and Jérico, which are so remote that here, as a tourist, one is still really amazed. A very special and own world, which we are allowed to look at, until we finally land full of new impressions in the enchanting Mongui. Here we are still at 3000m altitude, the air remains cool and thin. Mongui is famous for its football production, which is why you can see the round balls all over the village.

DAY 12 - MONGUI - BARICHARA

Via Duitama and Gambita we head towards Barichara. We have to cross a higher passage again, before we go downhill on stony and partly muddy paths. Depending on the weather conditions, we have the option to choose between two off-road variants. After passing San Gil, a winding road leads to Barichara, where a colonial-style town with a warm climate then awaits us.

DAY 13 - FREE DAY IN BARICHARA

Barichara is a great place for shopping and feasting. There are great restaurants, lots of handicrafts and also adventurous activities like rafting, bungee jumping or horse riding. If you just want to relax, you can watch the hustle and bustle in the plaza or admire the work of the local stonemasons at the gates of the city. Barichara is also famous for its "hormigas culonas" - roasted ants, which are offered as a delicacy.

DAY 14 - BARICHARA - GIRON

The route to Giron begins with a beautiful, long off-road passage to Zapatoca. Here we enjoy a typical Santander-style lunch in a large patio. Speciality of the region are "Cazuelas", soups in clay pots with meat or fish. The cathedral is worth a visit, as well as the Don Quixote museum. From Zapatoca to Giron then leads a winding mountain road, whose views can be really enjoyed, before we arrive in the old town of Giron at our hotel.

DAY 15 - GIRON - AGUACHICA

With the ride to Aguachica we leave the mountain world of Colombia, we pass banana plantations and small villages and towards the middle of the day it becomes flat and hot again. Our road is called "Ruta del Sol" and is a central connection between the Andes and the coast.

DAY 16 - AGUACHICA - PUEBLO BELLO

We continue towards the north. Until Bosconia we ride on the main road, then we turn off towards Valledupar. Before we get there, we take the turnoff to Pueblo Bello, a sleepy village shared by Colombian farmers and ranchers with the local Arahuac Indians.

DAY 17 - PUEBLO BELLO - REST DAY

Over a long, steep and rocky trail, we will take a 4x4 on an exciting journey back in time to Nabusímake. This village is the ceremonial center of the Arahuac Indians of the Sierra Nevada and takes its visitors back to pre-Columbian times, and into a completely different world. We learn about the culture of the Indians, their worldview, their life in harmony with nature. Spectacular views are a guaranteed part of this day trip.

DAY 18 - PUEBLO BELLO - PALOMINO

We continue our journey via Valledupar. We are now in the land of cattle herds and cowboys, as well as the origin of the "Vallenato", the accordion-dominated folk music of the Colombians that is omnipresent on the coast. Through the hinterland and the desert region of "La Guajira", where we meet the Wayúu Indians, we head back towards the coast. Our destination is Palomino, where we end the day on the palm-fringed sandy beach.

DAY 19 - FREE DAY - PALOMINO

Palomino is situated between two rivers that flow down from the Sierra Nevada and is ideal for both hiking, horseback riding, and watertubing on the river. If you relax on the beach, enjoy the fantastic views of snow-capped mountains on one side and Caribbean Sea on the other.

DAY 20 - PALOMINO - SANTA MARTA

We ride along a beautiful coastal path towards Santa Marta. At several points you can let your eyes wander over the turquoise blue Caribbean coastline. In Santa Marta we spend the night again in our "start" hotel in the center of the old town. On the turbulent market next door you can buy some souvenirs. Or you can enjoy a cool drink by the sea or on the roof terrace.

DAY 21 - SANTA MARTA - DEPARTURE

A last day on Colombia's Caribbean coast is dawning. You will be taken to the airport in Santa Marta. Full of new impressions you will return home where you will arrive the next day.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION BEFORE THE TRIP

Day 1 - Arrival Bogotá

Day 2 - Free day Bogotá

During the day you can visit the beautiful old town la Candelaria on foot, but the best way to start is with a bike tour (optional) through the city. This way you will get to places and neighbourhoods you would never get to otherwise and you will get a good overview of the city. The tour is not difficult and can be done with a normal condition.

Day 3 - Flight Bogotá - Santa Marta

In 1,5 hours you fly to Santa Marta. The city is located directly on the Caribbean Sea and you will notice this in the temperatures. The bathing shoes you can now get out of your suitcase.

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 SanJuan". Here you can enjoy a Caribbean lunch before you are taken by speedboat to Taganga. From the water you can see the 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.

- Changes of the route can be adapted to the current conditions on site.