16-Day Andes Expedition Colombia

This tour will take you to the most remote areas of Colombia where few, if any tourists go.

Pricing

Price
per rider on a Yamaha XT 660 R, in shared twin/double room $4,999.00
per rider on a BMW F 750 GS, in shared twin/double room $5,559.00
per rider on a BMW F 850 GS, in shared twin/double room $5,839.00
per rider on a Honda Africa Twin, in shared twin/double room $5,839.00
per rider on a BMW R 1250 GS, in shared twin/double room $6,119.00
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room $1,990.00
per person single room (surcharge) $750.00

Features

Features
1-Rider Departure Guarantee
Small group sizes (Min 1 / Max 10)
Professional Multilingual Tour Leader
15 Nights accommodation in shared room (Upgrades available)
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 75%
Off-Road: 40%
Comfort: 50%
Fun Factor: 100%
60% paved roads 40% gravel, dirt, mud and varied with good highways to small sealed back roads with potholes. Many curves, Andean Mountain passes and extreme scenic routes. For riders with off-road and touring skills, good curving skills, ability to stay calm in hectic traffic and the ability to ride longer sections of gravel and dirt roads, and parts on muddy tracks.
We stay in mid-range hotels. We always opt for the best option available – clean, safe and practical location.
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.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

The huge loop include stops at the laguna La Cocha, Easter Island type sculptures in San Agustin, the Tatacoa desert, an intense ride on the trampoline of death road to Mocoa, the bustling capital city Bogota, El Cocuy snow capped peaks at 5,000 meters altitude, the eastern plains – Llanos Orientales, the village of Barichara, the Magdalena River, Guatape and the El Penol monolith rock, party friendly collage town Manizales, the spectacular coffee region and it of course all starts and ends in the laidback Salsa capital of world, the year around tropical warm city – Cali.

Day 1

Fly-in to Cali (CLO) – We 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 Pasto – We will pick you up at the hotel at 8 am and about 9 am we are ready to hit the road. The first day of riding will present thousands of curves as we make our way south toward Pasto. The route is all paved first day but we will have stay on our best game as we snake through the narrow section of the PanAmerican Mountain “highway”.

Day 3

to Mocoa – From Pasto we make our way up over a high pass to the laguna La Cocha before the dirt starts. The famous “Trampoline of Death” road will take us through breathtaking mountain scenery on a ultra narrow cliff hanger road with sheer drops several hundreds meter down on one side. We spend the night in the all green Mocoa on the edge of the Amazon basin.

Day 4

Mocoa to San Agustin – The road from Mocoa to San Agustin is all paved and continues to curve through incredible scenery. Arriving into San Agustin early afternoon there is time to check out some of the local sites in this traditional Colombian village.

Day 5

Rest-day: San Agustin – The options are many for non-riding activities in San Agustin. We can arrange a trip to Colombia’s most important archeological find – the more than 500 Easter Island type sculptures left by an old ancient Indian tribe well before the Spanish arrived on the continent or we can horseback ride, hike or do an awesome rafting trip on the wild Magdalena River.

Day 6

San Agustin to Tatacoa – Riding from San Agustin to the Tatacoa desert will be all types of terrain as we make our way north. We will spend the night in South America’s second most important location for fossils the Tatacoa desert. We will also visit natural springs and an Alien landing site?

Day 7

Tatacoa to Bogota – As we make our way north through the Magdalena River Valley it will be hot and dry and there will be both dirt, rocks and paved roads to manage. At the end of the day we will engage in “urban enduro” as we fight our way through the hectic traffic of Bogota. A good diner in the fashionable Zona T will be a well deserved reward.

Day 8

Bogota to Yopal – We get out of town quickly in the morning and straight into the mountains on Colombia’s eastern Andes Mountain range. After a few hours of intense curves we’ll arrive on the totally flat Eastern Plains that is the start of the Amazon basin (Llanos Orientales). We spend the night in frontier mining town Yopal. Expect hot and humid climate!

Day 9

Yopal to El Cocuy – Day 9 will have it all. Flat plains, high mountains, paved sections, dirt sections from super hot to quite cold weather as we make our way up to almost 5000 meters altitude. The scenery is outer worldly as we approach the snow capped peaks at El Cocuy.

Day 10

Rest-day: El Cocuy – On this “rest” day we will have the option of taking the bikes up to the snowcapped glaciers at El Cocuy national park or we can arrange alternative transportation including horseback riding. Some riders might wish to spend the day relaxing in the colonial village of El Cocuy and surroundings.

Day 11

El Cocuy to Barichara – This is another fantastic day of riding as the route takes us up and down high mountains on a mix of paved and dirt roads and tracks. We pass through San Gil before arriving in the beautiful Barichara colonial village on the edge of the Chicamocha canyon.

Day 12

Barichara to Puerto Berrio – From Barichara we head down the mountains to the Magdalena River Valley. This time we connect with the river a lot further north. The river is now huge and wide at this point and we’ll stay in the river town of Puerto Berrio in cattle and oil exploration country.

Day 13

Puerto Berrio to Guatape – Hopefully every rider is still as excited as we are with getting back into more curves as we make our way into the Central Andes Mountain range (Cordilleras Central). We end the day in Guatape, a wonderful little vacation town for locals from Medellin. We’ll visit the El Peñol monolith rock for a breath taking view of the Lake District.

Day 14

Guatape to Manizales – We continue in the central Andean Mountain range south to the interesting collage town of Manizales. The night life is usually pretty good for those who still have energy to go out.

Day 15

Manizales to Cali – Last day of riding brings us down through the coffee region and into the Cauca River Valley. The roads flatten out coming into towards Cali and we reach “civilisation” again late afternoon in time to return bikes and get cleaned up for a last night out in the Salsa Capital of the World – Cali.

Day 16

Fly-out Cali (CLO): We will make sure to transport you to the airport in time for your return flight.

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.