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Tourism is about to explode in Colombia and for good reason - in another five to ten years everyone will be talking about visiting this extraordinary country, be the first of your friends to come and ride it on a motorcycle with us.
Journey from Cartagena on the edge of the Caribbean Sea to Medellin and then onwards to your final destination, the capital city of Bogota. Spend your riding days on the never ending twisty roads of the spectacular Andes mountains and rest at breathtaking colonial towns such as Barichara and Villa de Leyva.
Ride the legendary BMW F800GS or R1200GS, stay in great hotels, eat fantastic food and make memories which will last forever. This is predominately a road tour on some of the most incredible roads you will have ever ridden. In true ‘Big Adventure’ style we have thrown in some testing dirt road sections to ensure you reach the most incredible scenery and test your riding to the max. We have balanced nine incredible riding days with three full rest days so you can soak up the buzzing culture of this South American gem.
Your fully supported adventure includes 13 nights accommodation, BMW F800GS rental, transfers, meals and fuel along with expert guides and a support vehicle to carry luggage. All you need to bring are your smiles.
Flight inclusive packages also available and fully protected - please contact the office for more details.
Price based on twin share accommodation. BMW R1200GS upgrade and single supplement available on request.
Book your place now with a £500 deposit.
Day 1 - Depart London Heathrow to Colombia
A morning flight out of London (via Bogota) and late arrival into the spectacular city of Cartagena followed by a delicious caribbean influenced dinner and a few beers to celebrate arrival in Colombia at one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Day 2 - Rest day in Cartagena
A day to recover from your flight - wander the colonial streets of this UNESCO world heritage city or even hit the white sandy beach of Playa Blanca to enjoy a dip in the warm Caribbean Sea. The perfect mix of sun, sand and old world charm.
Day 3 - Cartagena to Montería
A short first day heading south across the hot plains to get used to our bikes and the riding in Colombia. We’ll rest overnight in Montería at the base of the longest continental mountain range on the planet - the Andes.
Day 4 - Monteria to Medellín
Today we climb the Andes on the fast, twisting mountain roads leading to the wonderful cosmopolitan city of Medellín, known as the city of eternal spring thanks to its moderate climate. Colombia’s second largest city does not disappoint and the best news is we get to enjoy the nightlife and full day off the bikes to explore the leafy streets and avenues of this fascinating cultural hot spot.
Day 5 – Rest day in Medellín
We’ve fallen in love with Medellín and know that you will too. The day is yours to explore the Fernando Botero Sculpture Park, the Pablo Escobar tour or hop on the Metrocable overhead public transport line which must be one of the least expensive but most comprehensive and photogenic city tours on the planet. Alternatively just kick back and enjoy the contemporary cafes, restaurants & bars.
Day 6 – Medellín to Jardín
We leave the bustling city of Medellín heading south into ‘Eje Cafetero’. This rural coffee growing region is famed for growing what many consider to be the world’s best coffee. However to us this area is more famous for some of the most downright perfect biking roads you will have ever ridden - bend after bend of fantastic twisties await as we snake alongside the mighty Cauca river.
Day 7 – Jardín to Termales del Ruiz
Remaining in the heart of the beautiful coffee region we will move away from the fast sweeping highways onto sleepy side roads which wind their way through picturesque coffee plantations. We’ll stop for delicious coffee and ‘pan de queso’ to experience life in this unique area of Colombia. We’ll end today climbing tracks and trails to our remote overnight location at 3600m on the edge of the Nevado del Ruiz national park. Hot springs will be our reward after another fantastic ride.
Day 8 – Termales del Ruiz to La Miel
We begin today on gravel roads climbing the Nevado del Ruiz volcano to 4200m surrounded by snow capped mountains. The Magdalena valley is our destination today and the near zero temperatures at the summit will rise throughout the day until we reach the 30 degree warmth of our remote jungle location on the banks of the Miel river. Accommodation is remote and basic but this is a place to disconnect and enjoy nature.
Day 9 – Rest day at La Miel
Today we rest at our simple but magical riverside location. Messing on boats, swimming in the river and washing under waterfalls… and R E L A X .
Day 10 – La Miel to Sabana de Torres
Back on the bikes we continue our adventure north along the spectacular Magdalena valley. With options on the dirt and paved roads, we can push on as hard as we wish today, taking a small diversion en route to the hacienda that was once the home of Pablo Escobar. Our final destination is the sleepy Colombian town of Sabana de Torres.
Day 11 – Sabana de Torres to Barichara
With the Magdalena valley behind us we climb the Andes mountains once again. We begin today riding along an old abandoned railroad through simply stunning scenery. The winding mountain road leads us first to Bucaramanga, from here it’s hairpin bends and pure biking joy as we cross Colombia’s deepest canyon, the Chicamocha. Nestled in the Santander mountains, Barichara is the kind of town that Hollywood filmmakers dream about. Without doubt, one of the most beautiful small colonial towns in Colombia, this place is saturated with atmosphere.
Day 12 – Barichara to Villa de Leyva
Continuing south through the lush green Colombian highlands, we opt for twisting mountain back roads with the option of long dirt routes or a mix of paved and dirt. UNESCO listed Villa de Leyva is our penultimate overnight stop - it boasts the largest cobbled plaza in South America and provides the perfect destination to reflect and share stories from our Colombian adventure.
Day 13 – Villa de Leyva to Bogota
Our last riding day is to the capital of Colombia ‘Bogota’. A short day with the option of an entertaining ‘sting in the tail’ section of dirt road. We’ll stop to visit the incredible Zipaquira Salt Cathedral which was built over 200m underground in the tunnels of a mine some 30km north of Bogota. Tonight we party in Bogota’s La Zona T, one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Latin America.
Day 14 - Departure Day from Bogota
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home. Alternatively book an additional night or two and really get stuck into the engaging and vibrant capital city Bogota - Colombia’s beating heart.
"I am still buzzing from the wonderful endurance adventure trip to Colombia with The Big Adventure Company. It was an amazing way to see this beautiful country, we were literally immersed in the sights and sounds, the local culture, the gorgeous landscape, the historic towns big and small, the lush vegetation, the rides up volcanoes and down tropical waterfalls. We also renewed old friendships and made precious new friends. All in all a must do experience!" - Marion Lawrence
"Colombia was awesome! The tour had great tarmac roads, stunning dirt road sections, plus a good mix of big cities and quaint villages. The program allowed enough time off the bikes to really get a good feel of what the country has to offer as a tourist destination. Add on the romance of traveling through Pablo Escobar's back yard, and you end up with an amazing adventure!!" - Jacques Theron
Just wanted to thank you all for making the trip such an epic, crazy, memorable adventure - a truly stunning country shared with amazing people. Missing the madness already!" - Andy Gregory
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