Colombia: 10-Day Guajira Desert Challenge

This tour is for real adventurous riders. It’s a rough, tough and incredibly revitalizing journey into the unknown. We go where no one else goes – where the cell signal ends. The Guajira desert is the least developed area of Colombia with next to no infrastructure.

Pricing

Price
per rider on a Yamaha XT 660 R, in shared twin/double room $3,799.00
per rider on a Honda Africa Twin, in shared twin/double room $4,219.00
per pillion passenger in truck, shared twin/double room $1,599.00
per person single room (surcharge) 8 Nights $250.00

Features

Features
1-Rider Departure Guarantee
Small group sizes (Min 1 / Max 10)
Professional Multilingual Tour Leader
4 Nights accommodation in nice hotel shared room
4 Nights in basic room shared
1 night in hammock
All Breakfasts
Base model Motorcycle Rental (Upgrades available)
Fuel and Road Tolls
Mandatory 3rd Party, Passenger and Rider Medical Insurance
Motorcycle Damage and Theft Liability Reduction Insurance
Group Activities and Entry Fees
Pre-tour Preparation Guide and Briefing
Transfers to/from Cali International Airport (CLO)
Support Vehicle & Driver included (when 5+ riders are participating)
Appeal Gift
All taxes (Colombian Nationals +19% IVA)
Not included features
Airfare
Upgrades
Lunches, Dinners and Drinks
Personal paperwork, permits and visas
Bikes are NOT available on rest-days
Medical Evacuation Membership (Available from Global Rescue)
Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance (not offered by us)
Tips to staff
Any inclusion not specified

More details

More details
Difficulty: 80%
Off-Road: 80%
Comfort: 25%
Fun Factor: 100%
2 days of paved roads along Colombia’s Caribbean coast line, 5 days of desert offroad. Spectacular barren desert landscapes, virgen beaches and sand dunes.
We stay in nice hotels 4 nights and very basic accommodation 5 nights in cabin style huts with one night in hammocks.
Sporadic cell signal and almost no internet signal for 5 days of the trip.
This trip is for riders that are not afraid to take shower from a bucket and enjoy a fireplace at night rather than a blasting TV. Temperatures up to 100F – 40C. No A/C in cabin accommodation. An experience for true adventure riders!
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

We circumnavigate the entire peninsula and experience a real desert and its original inhabitants – the Wayuu tribe who for centuries fought off the spanish conquistadors. We eat fresh lobster and enjoy the Caribbean beaches as we ride further into the barren desert terrain!

Itinerary:

Day 1

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

Day 2

Cartagena to Rioacha – We get ready to ride early after breakfast. The follow the coastal route along the Caribbean ocean. About an hour out of Cartagena we stop at the Totumo mud volcano. Those who are up for is can take a health swim in the phosphorus smelling mud inside the volcano. Then we continue along the coast to Rioacha on the edge of the Guajira.

Day 3

Rioacha to Puerto Lopez – The day has arrived where the true fun begins. After a short stint on pavement to the last real civilisation Uribia we hit the dirt. But first we make provisions of fuel and food for charity hand outs and to last for the entire desert stay. Finally on the dirt. Its fast paces hard packed at first and then becomes loser the closer we get to the Venezuelan border and our destination Puerto Lopez.

Day 4

Puerto Lopez to Nazareth – After a night in a hammock and some breakfast we head down to the beach to visit the ruins of once smugglers paradise Puerto Lopez. And earlier Colombian government bombed the village to overcome the illegal importing and exporting to the Caribbean islands. We also visit a rack that fell from the sky. A truly interesting site, an untouched meteor. Finally lot of dirt riding for a full day to reach Nazareth.

Day 5

Nazareth to Punta Gallinas – From Nazareth its another full day of dirt riding. All type of surface will come our way and we will even enjoy some sand dunes at the end of the day near the most northern point of the South American continent Punta Gallinas.

Day 6

Punta de Gallinas to Cabo de la Vela – In the morning we have an option to go see pink flamingos from on a small boat trip. And then we have some real desert riding waiting. Vast flat beach like sandy areas for miles and miles until we reach the now touristic beach village of Cabo de la Vela.

Day 7

Rest-day: Cabo de la Vela, beach and water sport day. If you have ever wanted to try kite surfing this is the place. Calm beautiful Caribbean waters and white beaches as long as the eye can reach. A well deserved day of chill with a Caribbean vibe and of course fresh caught lobster for dinner.

Day 8

Cabo de la Vela to Palomino – We end the off-road part of our tour around noon back in Uribia and then we get on the pavement to reach our destination for the night, the super trendy Caribbean beach town of palomino. This is a great place to get a few cocktails on a beach bar and celebrate a week of desert challenge.

Day 9

Palomino to Cartagena, Our last day of riding is a relaxed paved ride back to Cartagena. We stop in historic Santa Marta and a quick visit to Minca a little up the Sierra Nevada mountains. We arrive in Cartagena for a final supper and night of the tour.

Day 10

Fly-out from Cartagena – Our 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 staying in Cartagena for a day or two after the Motorcycle trip and enjoy the beach and city.