Motolombia has been offering guided motorcycle tours and multi-brand motorcycle rentals in Colombia and South America since 2008 – a serious Danish/Colombian owned family run business dedicated to providing top quality tours and rental services for international motorcycle riders in Colombia and beyond.
Motolombia was founded in 2008 by married couple Mike Thomsen and Diana Carolina Puerto. The business has grown from a small side project with two bikes in the garage of a backpackers hostel to a full blown operation counting 40+ adventure ready touring bikes, several annual South American Expeditions and a year around Colombian touring program.
Management & Sales, Owner
Mikkel is a Dane who has traveled overland to 90 countries and finished the Intercontinental Rally from Spain to Dakar – all on two wheels. A 8 month solo motorcycle trip brought him to Colombia. Mike was blown away by the country, its people and its many adventures. He found true love and is now married to Diana Puerto and the couple have two daughters.
Diana is a diligent Colombiana with a university degree in business and economy. Diana is in charge of the administration and development of the fast growing business and the currently 15 staff. Everything is run from Motolombia’s HQ in Cali, Colombia where Mike and Diana also live full time with their girls. Diana is in the process of learning to ride motorcycles again.
Julieth is in the octopus of the operations. After working as logistics Julieth moved to take care of anything and everything that goes on behind the scenes of a tour operation like Motolombia. No task is to big or small for Julieth to find a suitable solution.
Born and Raised Caleño, who used to rode streetbikes for fun, in 2017 quit his 9 to 5 job in a private company, he sold everything and started a backpacking trip for +10 countries including Europe. when he is not at Motolombia´s office he does free walking tours to visitors. Salsa Lover with a Specialized degree in Marketing. He will definitely give you a five-star treatment. Tour Guide Candidate.
Logistics and Reception
Karen is the first person to welcome customer and always ready to give a helping hand to make sure everyone is ready. She handles logistic, hotel reservations, airport transfers and make sure all the paperwork is in order before customers head on on their tours.
Industrial and web designer, passionate about showing Colombian beauty to the world, using the media strategy. He is the guy who handles Motolombia designs both in print and online. Goes by Fran-Co.
Latest addition to the Motolombia team is accountant William who's job is to make sure the economy is on track for more adventures.
Leidy is a great help in accounting. Leidy does book keeping, invoicing, payments and help organize the ever growing stack of paperwork in Motolombia. No receipt gets left un turned.
Tour Leader / Instructor
Esteban spent 5 year in England studying. He lives and breathes motorcycle. He is an authorized motorcycle instructor with KTM and has worked with BMW Motorrad before setting up his own training program. He now applies this knowledge in leading Motolombia's training program and many our tours.
Tour Leader / Guide
Dennis has come to Motolombia with a bag full of experience guiding tours in Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil the last few years for our colleagues at Compass Expeditions. Dennis has a background in Germany as a trial rider competing and winning championships both as a solo rider and with sidecar. He is also a very skilled motocross rider and most of all an around likable guy. Dennis is now leading many tours for Motolombia
Tour Leader / Guide
Hailing from Brooklyn, David currently calls Cali home. Following a one-year solo motorcycle journey from Denver to Argentina in 2014, he decided to hang up the traditional ‘suit & tie’ in search of a more laid back lifestyle. David has traveled to 50+ countries, raced motorcycles professionally, sailed through the Caribbean, and most recently rode a bicycle for 100 days across the United States alongside his father.
Support Truck Driver
Luis used to drive long distant tractor trailers all over Colombia for more than 30 years. Now he is enjoying a more laid back job as support truck driver for his daughter and son-in-law when the need is there. No one is more experienced with Colombia's roads than Don Luis.
Workshop Manager / Mechanic
Alvaro previously worked 7 years as a professional mechanic for Honda Motorcycles in Cali, Colombia. Nothing is too big of a technical problem for Alvaro and he now works on all bike types and models in the Motolombia fleet with ease. On a daily basis Alvaro rides a Suzuki DR650.
Mechanic & Support Truck Driver
Jhoner is a professional mechanic with years of experience with Honda Motorcycle in Cali, before starting to work for Motolombia. Jhoner doubles as support truck driver for bigger group tours and is just an all round great guy. Jhoner is quick to help out with anything necessary to keep the tour rolling.
Jerry has been with Motolombia since he could crawl. Starting as an apprentice learning everything from scratch and growing his mechanical skill along side with Motolombia’s growth while studying part time at mechanical school. Now he works full time for Motolombia and is quick to help out with any issues.
Sancho is a pretty cool guy. In fact he don't say much except at 4:00 AM when he wakes the entire neighbourhood.