COLOMBIA VALLEYS OF THE ANDES
Discover the many great experiences Colombia has to offer on our 13-day Colombia Valley of the Andes motorcycle tour. Visit bustling cities, sleepy plantations and diverse ecosystems in this South American paradise. Explore the Salsa capital of the world Cali, ride through the Lakes District, visit a coffee plantation, ride past snow-capped Volcanoes, and check out an underground Salt Cathedral. Colombia features extreme environments and a natural beauty unique to its climate. Experience a vibrant culture rich in history and natural resources. Experience Colombia by motorcycle (is there any other way?).
Road Conditions: This is an all paved tour with short trips on dirt surface but well maintained roads only when necessary. Expect everything from perfectly manicured highways to narrow pot hole covered secondary routes with minor road hazards.
|Arrival||Departure||*Double Occupancy||*Single Occupancy||*Couples Package|
|October 06, 2019||October 18, 2019||$6,300||$7,200||$9,200|
|October 04, 2020||October 16, 2020||$6,300||$7,200||$9,200|
*Double Occupancy - Base Bike with a Shared Room
*Single Occupancy - Base Bike with Your Own Room
*Couples Package - Two Participants on One Base Bike in One Private Room
|Yamaha XT660 or Honda CB500||BMW F700GS||BMW F800GS||BMW R1200GS||Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L|
DAY 1 - Arrival in Cali, Colombia: Your motorcycle journey starts with your arrival in Cali by this day by mid afternoon. We will arrange transport from the airport and take you to the hotel. Incredible welcome dinner this evening, included in the tour package.
DAY 2 - Cali to Montenegro, Colombia: Head north out of Cali winding along the banks of the Cauca River. Todays views will be mountainous and the pavement twisty. This night is spent overlooking the valley floor and enjoying a small authentic Colombia town. Stay in Montenegro.
DAY 3 - Montenegro to Santa Fe de Antioquia – Twisties until we drop, all day we are in tight twisties with spectacular views of the beautiful coffee region. We visit the historic village of Jerico high on a mountain top before making our way through the Cauca River valley up to the colonial town of Santa fe de Antioquia. We have the chance to visit the wooden and steel Western Bridge built in 1800. Stay in Santa Fe de Antioquia.
DAY 4 - Santa Fe de Antioquia to Doradal – After a nice breakfast we make our way up over the mountain bowl where Medellin lays and visit a huge famous monolith rock, El Penol, in the lake district. After a hike to the top and lunch we make our way to the Magdalena River Valley and the home of Pablo Escobar’s ranch. Stay in Doradal.
DAY 5 - Doradal to Giron – In Doradal we can visit the iconic estate of Pablo Escobar’s ranch full of animals and a Pablo Escobar museum. We make our way through the cattle country and old school oil exploration to find a curvy road that will lead us up to Giron, a colonial town founded in 1631 and know by its Spanish architecture. Stay in Giron.
DAY 6 - Giron to Barichara – The road will once again be a curvy ride that takes us through the spectacular Chicamocha Canyon on switchback curves and a steep ascent before passing San Gil – a favorite vacation spot for Colombians, and spend the last part of the day on narrow back roads as we make our way up to Barichara -just on the edge of the Chicamocha Canyon. Stay in Barichara.
DAY 7 - Barichara to Villa de Leyva – We leave this awesome colonial town with a spectacular view and make our way through the mountains to end in the wonderful little colonial village Villa de Leyva. It has Latin America's biggest cobblestone square. A couple of road stretches are under construction and some gravel should be anticipated. Stay in Villa de Leyva.
DAY 8 - Free Day in Villa de Leyva – if you prefer not to spend the day relaxing there are plenty of activities to do around Villa de Leyva. Among others – a horseback or 4×4 buggy ride into the desert, visit the beautiful waterfall or dinosaur fossil museum. The Terracotta house and shopping for handicrafts in the village are something of a “must do”. Stay in Villa de Leyva.
DAY 9 - Villa de Leyva to Honda – From Villa de Leyva we continue in the high mountains to Zipaquira where we stop to see the Salt Cathedral 300 meters underground. After lunch once again we will be in tight curves and twists going back down into the Magdalena River Valley. Once a busy river port town, Honda has a nice little historic center and we stay in a beautifully renovated colonial hotel in Honda.
DAY 10 - Honda to Salento – Today’s task: ride the ascent of the Los Nevados del Ruiz volcano at 4200 meters altitude and descend on the other side. Many, many curves and incredible views. In clear weather we can see the snow capped volcano. We end up in the amazing coffee region for another night. Stay near Salento.
DAY 11 - Free Day in Salento – if you prefer not to spend the day relaxing there are plenty of activities to do around Salento. After a great breakfast we will visit a coffee plantation and go into the Cocora Valley where the world's tallest wax palm trees grow – an otherworldly atmosphere awaits. Stay near Salento.
DAY 12 - Salento to Cali – After breakfast we will make our way back through the Cauca Valley and arrive in Cali in the afternoon. Here we return the bikes before checking in at the hotel for the last night in the salsa capital of the world – Cali. A first class farewell dinner in the city tonight! Stay in Cali.
DAY 13- It is fly-out day. We will take you to the airport in time for your flight. If you wish to stay longer we are happy to help you make hotel reservations. We strongly suggest visiting Cartagena for a day or two before or after the motorcycle trip.
THE GEAR TO BRING
MotoQuest guides wear Scorpion helmets, jackets, pants and gloves, and we outfit our motorcycles with luggage and accessories from Twisted Throttle. You can view and download our complete MotoQuest packing list here.
MotoQuest Staff on Tour
Included With the Tour
- Lodging Accommodations
- Premiere Welcome and Farewell Dinners
- Professional MotoQuest Guide(s)
- Support Vehicle
- Support Vehicle Driver
- Staff Trained in First Aid with Satellite Phone
- MotoQuest Swag Bag
- Photos Taken on the Trip
- Custom Photo Book
- Automatic Enrollment in Global Rescue
- Travel Accommodations
- Meals on the Road
- Alternative Tours
- Travel Insurance
- National Park Entrance Fees