POI: THE RIVER OF GODS
Incredible Cano Cristales – a river with 7 colors created by algae in certain seasons in the year..
POI: TATACOA DESERT
Strange and wonderful rock and mud formations in a cactus desert in the middle of green Colombia.
POI: SAN AGUSTIN
Visit the archaeological park with hundreds of ancient easter island like sculptures.
✓ 1 of 3 spots per 4WD truck (Toyota 4Runner or similar)
✓ Expert local driver/guide (1 per truck)
✓ Fuel and road tolls
✓ 9 nights shared room in nice hotels
✓ 9 breakfast
✓ Group activities
✓ Airport transfers in Cali
✗ Lunches, Dinners and Drinks
✗ Medical Evacuation Membership (Available from Global Rescue)
✗ Trip Cancellation Insurance (not offered by us)
✗ Tips to guides
✗ Any inclusion not specified
We use about 60% paved roads on this tour as we reach off the beaten track destinations where few tourists go. There are several sections with dirt roads, mud and rocks, but with the comfort of our top of the line 4WD trucks you will be floating right across the rougher sections. We stay in mid and top hotels with focus on giving a unique experience in the best location. The trip is ideal for couples wanting to see the rural side of Colombia and has an interest in history and nature. Temperatures varies a lot from around 10 degrees celsius in high altitudes to 35 in the lowlands.
Day 1: Fly-in to Cali. Motolombia staff pick you up at the airport and bring you to the hotel. Depending on what time in the day you arrive, we will meet all participants for a group presentation and tour briefing.
Day 2: Cali to Popayan – We leave Cali early to make the most of the first day. We pass by the artificial lake created by the dam at La Salvajina on a super scenic road, then we cross into the higher mountains and visit Guambiano Indian village Silvia before arriving in the beautiful old colonial capital Popayan. We will have time to wander around town to see the sites before dinner.
DAY 3: Popayan to San Agustin – After breakfast we get right out on the dirt. The mission is to cross the central Andean mountain range at the Purace volcano. With some luck we might see a snow capped mountain through the clouds. We stop at the hot spring in Coconuco for a dip and once we arrive to San Agustin we will make time to go enjoy the archaeological park displaying a variety of the ancient sculptors found on location. These sculptors are Easter island like and up to 7 meters tall and was there from Pre-Colombian times.
DAY 4: San Agustin to Florencia – We stay in the high Andes for a while enjoying breath taking scenery and passing through tiny mountain villages and cloys forests. After lunch we start the decent into the Amazon basin. Our destination is Florencia the last bigger city on the edge between Andes and Amazon. Most of the day is in tight curves on paved roads.
DAY 5: Florencia to La Macarena – Time to eat some dirt. We drive the eastern plains of the Amazon basin often through huge pottles of water and mud and go through what once was FARC stronghold area. Finally after many year this route is possible to do and we are some of the first to do it. We will arrive in the afternoon to the village of La Macarena.
DAY 6: Rest-day Caño Cristales – Is a day with-out driving our trucks, but not lacking adventure as we cross the river in canoes to reach Caño Cristales national park aka the world most beautiful river or the river of 7 colours. We spend the day swimming and exploring the amazing area with waterfalls and small ponds and the main river in this spectacular natural wonder.
DAY 7: La Macarena to Tatacoa desert – We leave La Macarena early to start our longest day of the trip. We return across the Amazon plains and cross the eastern Andes mountain range before reaching the Tatacoa desert in the Magdalena river valley. It s a desert in the middle of the otherwise entirely green country of Colombia and the desert conditions are created by the location between two Andes mountain ranges creating a so called rain shadow. We will enjoy a night under a clear sky watching the stars from our glamping accommodation in the desert.
DAY 8: Tatacoa desert to Salento – Leaving the desert behind and the many interesting sites like the alien landing site, the labyrinth, the natural springs and much more, we continue north along the Magdalena river. After a few hours we turn west and cross the central Andean mountain range from Ibague to Salento in the coffee region. Salento is a traditional coffee growers village now popular with local and tourists, but still extremely charming.
DAY 9: Salento to Cali – In the morning we will visit a working coffee plantation as we leave the beautifully located Salento. Then we return to the pavement heading back south towards the Salsa capital of the world Santiago de Cali for our last night on the tour. We pass by sugar plantations and cross the mighty Cauca river on a small barge before reaching our final hotel.
DAY 10: Fly-out from Cali – Motolombia staff will take you to the airport in time for your flight. If you wish to stay longer we are happy to help you make arrangements. We strongly suggest visiting Cartagena for a day or two before or after the Motorcycle trip.
OBS: Itinerary may change without further notice due to weather, road- or any other condition that the operator or its guides feel will jeopardise the safety of the group or material.
Day 1: We meet at the Motolombia facility in Cali at 8:00 AM. After sorting out paperwork and bike hand-over we make our way South through sugar cane plantations in the Cauca Valley. About 50 km south of Cali we head into the mountains on a beautiful curvy highway. We arrive early afternoon to Popayan in time to check out the sites of the city and surrounding areas.
Day 2: Popayan to Silvia to Cali – The return trip to Cali offer some nice sections of dirt road in the mountains. This is Guambiano indian territory and we’ll see many locals working the fields in their traditional colorful clothing. We’ll also go through coffee growing Morales and visit all black village Suarez before making it back to Cali in the late Afternoon.
OBS: 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.