Colombia Caribbean & Andes

On this motorcycle tour, a still relatively undiscovered country full of positive surprises awaits us - with cheerful and open-minded people and an incredible variety of landscapes and cultural treasures. It could hardly be more authentic and varied.

Pricing

Price
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

Features
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 - 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

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.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

The tour starts in Santa Marta, a lively Caribbean coastal town, and goes directly to the high coffee fincas of the Sierra Nevada. Here you can drink the famous Colombian highland coffee and watch its harvesting and processing. We reach Aracataca, the birthplace of Gabriel García Marquez, before we continue towards Mompox, the little, more beautiful sister of the overcrowded Cartagena. Here we cross the Rio Magdalena and explore the rural swamp area with its gauchos, cattle and horses.

We leave the lowlands and ride alternately on winding, tarred and unpaved mountain roads further southeast. For a change, it gets cooler afterwards, as in the Andes it partly goes over mountain passes of more than 4000m. We visit the national park El Cocuy, the panorama here is simply gigantic. In the distance, one sees the snow-covered 5000 m peaks, while in the sunshine one can watch the busy market at the plaza of the little village El Cocuy.

We then ride through the enchanting colonial towns of Mongui and Barichara towards Pueblo Bello, a sleepy village shared by Colombian farmers and ranchers with the local Arahuac Indians. Here there are off-road passages to suit every taste - from easy to challenging - ,which take us into the hilly world of the indigenous population.

After the Andes and the mountains of the Sierra Nevada we return to the Caribbean coast where you can enjoy the wonderful dream beaches. In Palomino there is time for water tubing on the river or lazing on the Caribbean beach before we head back to Santa Marta at the end of the trip.

The light motorcycle is the perfect means of transport for this country between two oceans, as it allows us to explore areas that remain hidden from most people, even away from the tourist highlights. A journey for the adventurous.

An extension in Bogotá and/or in the Tayrona National Park is possible.

PROGRAM:

Day 1 - Departure Germany - Santa Marta

Arrival in Santa Marta and transfer to the hotel in Santa Marta (about 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. Afterwards we escape the heat of the city and head for Minca, situated in the wild and breathtaking mountains of the Sierra Nevada. From Minca we will take a day trip through the famous coffee growing area. The off-road tracks offer spectacular views and we will visit the finca "La Victoria", where we will of course also taste the coffee.

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 place 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 a lunch at the farmers' house, we descend back down into the valley and in the late afternoon we reach Aracataca, the birthplace of Gabriel García Marquez. We spend the night in the neighbouring village Fundación.

Day 4 - Fundación - Mompóx

From Fundación, the route initially follows tarred roads and then hot, sandy tracks to Mompóx, 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, the biggest river in Colombia, 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 daily stage was worth it, the town of Mompóx is relatively hidden from the usual tourist paths. Here you get a feeling for the "real" Colombia and feel a little like in a novel by Gabriel García Márquez. A day off, which can be arranged as you like. Strolling in the colonial centre of the city, a boat tour including swimming in the Magdalena, visiting museums that give insights into Colombia's past. Or we visit a goldsmith, because Mompóx is also famous for its filigree silver jewelry.

Day 6 - Mompox - Playa de Belén

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

Day 7 - Playa de Belén and surroundings

Playa de Belén is a beautiful, small village, which captivates by its colonial character. After the heat in Mompox, a more moderate climate awaits us here. The village is located right 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 natural "swimming pool". Here you can swim in crystal clear water while the owner of the finca prepares a typical barbecue with meat as requested.

Day 8 - Playa de Belén - Pamplona

The first half of the day takes us along winding, tarred mountain roads up to 2400m. Afterwards we descend again to the Colombian-Venezuelan border town Cúcuta. Here there is a colourful 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 collected everything here that is old and special.

Day 9 - Pamplona - Capitanejo

The way to Capitanejo starts with gentle curves in green landscape and then spirals higher and higher. From 3200 m, shortly after Chitagá, the tar is gone and we have to overcome the 4000m border on gravel. At this altitude it is often foggy and humid. Absolutely think about it when you get dressed! On a clear day 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 to the wonderful picture book landscape of Capitanejo.

Day 10 - Capitanejo - El Cocuy

Offroad it goes up to the El Cocuy National Park. It has several peaks, which are more than 5000 m high, and whose snow crests we can already see 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 everybody meets and exchanges their goods. Around noon we arrive at our overnight stay in El Cocuy and still have enough time for a ride over small paths up to about 3800m. From here one has the best view to the peaks. The thin air makes itself noticeable - good that our sleeping place is at "only" 3000m altitude.

Day 11 - El Cocuy - Mongui

A long day's riding lies ahead. Right at the end of the village the gravel road begins, which leads us the rest of the day through the gigantic mountain world of the Andes. Almost behind every bend we want to stop and let our eyes wander for a while. Soft hills and rugged mountains alternate, the panorama is simply gigantic. We pass the villages Chita and Jérico, that are so isolated that as a tourist, one is really amazed here. A very special and unique world that we are allowed to see until we finally land full of new impressions in the enchanting Mongui. Also here we are still at a height of 3000m, the air remains cool and thin. Mongui is famous for its football making, 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 descending on stony and partly muddy paths. Depending on weather conditions we have the possibility 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 awaits us.

Day 13 - Free day in Barichara

Barichara is ideal for shopping and feasting. There are great restaurants, lots of handicrafts and also adventurous activities like rafting, bungee jumping or horseback riding. If you just want to relax, you can watch the hustle and bustle on the plaza or just outside the city you can admire the work of the local stonemasons. 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 lunch in the typical Santander style in a large patio. Speciality of the region are "Cazuelas", soups in a clay pot with meat or fish. The cathedral is worth a visit, as is the Don Quixote Museum. From Zapatoca to Giron there is a winding mountain road, whose views can be enjoyed to the full before we arrive in the old town of Giron in our hotel.

Day 15 - Day 15 - Giron - Aguachica

With the ride to Aguachica we leave the mountains of Colombia, we pass banana plantations and small villages and towards the middle of the day it gets 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

Continue north. Until Bosconia we follow the main road, then we turn towards Valledupar. But before we get there, we take the turn-off to Pueblo Bello, a sleepy village that Colombian farmers and ranchers share with the local Arahuac Indians.

Day 17 - Pueblo Bello - rest day

Over a long, steep and stony path, a 4x4 takes you on an exciting journey through time to Nabusímake. This village is the ceremonial centre of the Arahuac Indians of the Sierra Nevada and takes its visitors back to pre-Columbian times - to a completely different world. We learn something about the culture of the Indians, their world view, their life in harmony with nature. Spectacular views are a guaranteed part of this day trip.

Day 18 - Pueblo Bello - Palomino

The route continues via Valledupar. We are now in the land of herds of cattle and cowboys as well as at the place of origin of the "Vallenato", the Colombian folk music which is omnipresent on the coast and which is dominated by the accordion. Through the hinterland and the desert region "La Guajira" ,where you will meet the Wayúu-Indians, we are heading towards the coast again. Our destination is Palomino, where we end the day at the palm-lined sandy beach.

Day 19 - day off - Palomino

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

Day 20 - Palomino - Santa Marta

Over a beautiful coastal path we ride towards Santa Marta. At several places you can let your eyes wander over the turquoise blue Caribbean coastline. In Santa Marta we stay overnight again in our "start hotel" in the centre of the old town. On the turbulent market next door we can buy possible 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 about to begin. Then you will be taken to the airport in Santa Marta. Full of new impressions you will go back home where you will arrive the next day.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION BEFORE THE JOURNEY

Day 1 - Arrival Bogotá

Day 2 - day off Bogotá

During the day you can visit the beautiful old town of la Candelaria on foot, but it is best to start with a bicycle tour (optional) through the city. This way you can get to places and neighbourhoods where you would otherwise never come 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 is located directly on the Caribbean Sea and you will notice this also by the temperatures. You can now take the slippers 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 Dumit is 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.