Motorcycle Tour
14-Day Colombia on a Shoestring Tour

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This tour takes us around the central parts of Colombia on Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycles.

Pricing

per rider on Royal Enfield Himalayan, in shared twin/double room $3,499.00
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room $1,499.00
per person single room (surcharge) $450.00

Features

1-Rider Departure Guarantee
Small group sizes (Min 1 / Max 10)
Professional Multilingual Tour Leader
13 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 with 5+ Riders
Motolombia Appeal Gift
All taxes (Colombian Nationals +19% IVA)
Not included features
Alles, was nicht unter Leistungen angegeben ist
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

Difficulty: 50%
Off-Road: 40%
Comfort: 50%
Fun Factor: 100%
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.
Any departure date can be requested/booked if availability allows
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.

This is the cheapest tour in our program, but this does not mean less adventure!! We have designed this tour for riders who want to explore the outback and non-touristic areas of Colombia. Areas that were off limit just a few years back and have stayed untouched by time. The pace is laid back in order to enjoy the scenery, take pictures and engage with the locals who in many cases are on a different time schedule. Destinations are rural and authentic and accommodation reflect the basic places we visit, but always clean and safe.

Tour Details:

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 who enjoy a little rough roads, have good curving skills, ability to stay calm in hectic traffic and the ability to ride longer sections of gravel and dirt roads. We stay in mid-range accommodation. Sometimes basic. We always opt for the option that is clean, safe and in a 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.

Day 1:

Fly-in to Cali (CLO) – Motolombia 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 Popayan (195 km) – Motolombia 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 many curves as we make our way south toward Popayan.We will stop for lunch in Guambiano indian village Silvia and then snake our way through the narrow sections of the PanAmerican Mountain “highway”.

Day 3:

Popayan to Tierradentro (100 km) – After breakfast we get ready to ride. Todays task: cross the central Andean mountain range into the heart of what was once a rebel stronghold around Inza. Our destination is the national park in Tierradentro. Here we will visit the Indian Jones like pre-colombian grave tunnels and tombs.

Day 4:

Tierradentro to Yaguara (100 km) – We continue through some incredible scenery will, with deep canyons and high peaks. The destination is an artificial lake created by a dam on the Magdalena River called Betania. We stay in Yaguara on the lake, which is a small weekend escape for people from the nearby big city Neiva.

Day 5:

Yaguara to Tatacoa desert (125 km) – It’s an easy ride today out to the Tatacoa desert. Here we will enjoy the pool and explore the fossil museum and main village of Villa Vieja. In the evening we will go out to an observatory to get a small presentation about the stars and the universe.

Day 6:

Non-riding day – For those who feel like it we can take the bikes into the desert, but we can also arrange a tuc tuc 3 wheel mototaxi to take out to visit the different sites. There are strange rock and mud formations, natural springs, an alien landing site, and other natural wonders. Tatacoa is the second most important area in South America to find fossils.

Day 7:

Tatacoa to Ibague (180 km) – 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 arrive in Ibague. The city is the musical city of Colombia. It’s a fairly big city and a night out is possible for those who so wish and for other it’s a welcome chance to dine well in one of the many restaurants.

Day 8:

Ibague to Murillo (140 km) – We get out of town quickly in the morning and straight into the mountains on Colombia’s central Andes Mountain range. This will be one of the more technical day on the motorcycle. We will get a little bit of all terrains as we make our way up the mountains. We take is easy so everyone can enjoy the challenges. We spend the night in Murillo a tiny mountain village where time stop around 100 years ago?

Day 9:

Murillo to Salaminas (150 km) – After a typical Colombian mountain breakfast we continue up the Los Nevados Del Ruiz volcano for another couple of hours on dirt roads. On a clear day we will see the snow capped peak and we might even reach the snow at the edge of the national park Los Nevados. When we hit the highway at the very top around 4100 meters altitude we have the most beautiful paved road with winding curves to get back down. Destination for the night is the coffee growing village of Salaminas north of Manizales.

Day 10:

Salaminas to Salento (195) – This will be one of the longest day as we start our route south though endless amounts of tight curves. We bypass coffee region capital Peirera before making our way to the wonderful village of Salento near the Cocora valley. Lots of small restaurants are set up to cater to the tourists that visit this tranquil and eternal spring climate around Salento.

Day 11:

Non-riding day Salento – We have a second night in Salento planned, so the entire day is for exploration of the village, a visit to a working coffee farm, a jeep ride and possibly a nature hike in the Corora Valley, horseback on the step trails or a coffee break at one of many tiny coffee shops with time to relax and reflect.

Day 12:

Salento to Darien (215 km) – We continue our journey south and leave the coffee region behind us. We cross the Cauca river on a cable pulled barge and ride through sugar cane plantations as long as the eye can see, before we climb the western Andean mountain range to reach our destination Darien on the shores of Lake Calima.

Day 13:

Darien to Cali (100 km) – Last day of riding brings us down the mountains and back into the Cauca River Valley. The roads flatten out coming in 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 14:

Fly-out Cali (CLO): Motolombia 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.