10-DAY 4WD CARIBBEAN DESERT TOUR

$2,499

This tour is for real adventurous travelers. It’s a rough, tough and incredibly revitalizing journey into the unknown. We go where no one else goes – where the cell signal ends. The Guajira desert is the least developed area of Colombia with next to no infrastructure. We circumnavigate the entire peninsula and experience a real desert and its original inhabitants – the Wayuu tribe who for centuries fought off the spanish conquistadors. We eat fresh lobster and enjoy the Caribbean beaches as we overland in strong 4×4 Toyota trucks!  

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Guided 4WD Tour in Colombia
  • Historic Cartagena and Santa Marta
  • Caribbean beaches in Cabo de la Vela and Palomino
  • Incredible off road driving
  • Sand dunes Taroa
  • Punta Gallinas, most northern point of South America
  • Capo de la Vela, option to learn kitesurfing
  • Fresh lobster meals
  • Boat trip to see pink flamingos
  • Immersion with local Wayuu tribe people
  • Ruins of Puerto Lopez contraband

 

Tour Price per person from $2,499 USD

(1 of 3 seats in Toyota FJ80 or similar)

+ Price based on max 3 passengers per 4×4 truck, single room accommodation. With only two passengers price is $3,250 USD per person.
 

BOOKING DEPOSIT $999 USD

BALANCE PAYMENT DUE 60 DAYS BEFORE TOUR START 

 
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Description

POI: MEET WAYUU TRIBE

We will visit several Wayuu communities and get a chance to hand out food for charity.

POI: PUNTA GALLINAS

Most northern point of the South American continent with beautiful sand dunes, virgen beaches and pink flamingos.

POI: CABO DE LA VELA

Kite surfers paradise. Pristine Caribbean beaches and colorful rural life.

INCLUDED

✓ 1 of 3 spots per 4WD truck (Toyota FJ80 or similar)

✓ Expert local driver/guide (1 per truck)

✓ Fuel and road tolls, taxes to indigenous Wayuu tribes

✓ 4 nights single room in nice hotels: Cartagena, Rioacha and Palomino

✓ 4 nights in single room cabin style accommodation in Guajira

✓ 1 night in hammock in Guajira

✓ 9 breakfast, 8 lunches and 8 dinners

✓ Group activities

✓ Airport transfers in Cartagena

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare
Medical Evacuation Membership (Available from Global Rescue)
Trip Cancellation Insurance (not offered by us)
Tips to guides
Any inclusion not specified

TOUR DETAILS

2 days of paved roads along Colombia’s Caribbean coast line, 5 days of desert offroad. Spectacular barren desert landscapes, virgen beaches and sand dunes. We stay in nice hotels 4 nights and very basic accommodation 5 nights in cabin style huts with one night in hammocks. Sporadic cell signal and almost no internet signal for 5 days of the trip. This trip is for travelers that are not afraid to take shower from a bucket and enjoy a fireplace at night rather than a blasting TV. Temperatures up to 100F – 40C. Air condition in trucks, but not in cabin accommodation. An experience for true adventurous travelers!

40

Difficulty

70

Off-Road

25

Comfort

100

Fun Factor

ITINERARY

Day 1: Fly-in to Cartagena. 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: Cartagena to Rioacha – After breakfast and check out we get ready for a bus ride that will takes us to Rioacha. It will follow the coastal route along the Caribbean ocean. About an hour out of Cartagena we stop at the Totumo mud volcano. Those who are up for is can take a health swim in the phosphorus smelling mud inside the volcano. Then we continue along the beautiful coast to Rioacha on the edge of the Guajira. In the afternoon we will inspect and prepare the 4WD trucks for our expedition.

Day 3: Rioacha to Puerto Lopez – The day has arrived where the true fun begins. After a short stint on pavement to the last real civilisation Uribia we hit the dirt. But first we make provisions of fuel and food for charity hand outs and to last for the entire desert stay. Finally going off-road. Its fast paces hard packed at first and then becomes loser the closer we get to the Venezuelan border and our destination Puerto Lopez.

Day 4: Puerto Lopez to Nazareth – After a night in a hammock during our most primitive stay on the tour and some breakfast we head down to the beach to visit the ruins of once smugglers paradise Puerto Lopez. And earlier Colombian government bombed the village to overcome the illegal importing and exporting to the Caribbean islands. We also visit a rack that fell from the sky. A truly interesting site, an untouched meteor. Finally lot of dirt riding for a full day to reach Nazareth.

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Day 5: Nazareth to Punta Gallinas – From Nazareth its a full day of off-roading. All type of surface will come our way and we will even enjoy some sand dunes at the end of the day near the most northern point of the South American continent Punta Gallinas.

Day 6: Punta de Gallinas to Cabo de la Vela – In the morning we have an option to go see pink flamingos on a small boat trip. And then we have some real desert driving waiting. Vast flat beach like sandy areas for miles and miles until we reach the now touristic beach village of Cabo de la Vela.

Day 7: Rest-day: Cabo de la Vela, beach and water sport day. If you have ever wanted to try kite surfing this is the place. Calm beautiful Caribbean waters and white beaches as long as the eye can reach. A well deserved day of chill with a Caribbean vibe and of course fresh caught lobster for dinner.

Day 8: Cabo de la Vela to Palomino – We end the off-road part of our tour around noon making the full circle back to Uribia and then we get on the pavement to reach our destination for the night, the super trendy Caribbean beach town of palomino. This is a great place to get a few cocktails on a beach bar and celebrate a week of desert challenges.

Day 9: Palomino to Cartagena, Our last day of driving is a relaxed paved drive back to Cartagena. We stop in historic Santa Marta and a quick visit to Minca a little up the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We arrive in Cartagena for a final supper and night of the tour.

Day 10: Fly-out from Cartagena – 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 staying in Cartagena for a day or two after the 4WD tour to enjoy some more beach and the city.

 

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.

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"It was a great trip. Dennis and Jhonner were very helpful and a lot of fun."

Edward Abramson - USA

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"My first time in South America and this was an excellently planned trip with detailed preparation and just a blast from beginning to end."

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Patrick Rickard - USA

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"Dennis the guide went "the extra mile" parking /turning / boat loading my bike where needed due short legs."

John Passfield - United Kingdom

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"This was my first tour with a tour company, the Motolombia guys and gals made it all so easy! The guide knew everything about everywhere we went, The tour itself worked perfectly; each hotel was comfortable, meals were good and inexpensive. I will return!"

Tom melesky - USA

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"The tour is very well set up and planned; just show up and RIDE! Colombia is a beautiful country and the people are extremely nice. I will be back for sure."

Andrew Scott - USA

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"Motolombia is a first class operation. We had so many worrisome questions before the trip, all of which were patiently answered. But looking back, there was really nothing worthy of worry. Overall it was the most epic of our many riding journeys."

Ken and Cinthia Wornick - USA

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"Incredible riding experience, would do it again in a heartbeat."

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"The bikes were in great shape. The staff was willing to do any request including putting new tires on when there was tread left."

Phillip David - Canada

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"Motolombia delivered on the promise of a motorcycling adventure of a lifetime. The routes provided us with some of the curviest paved roads ever!"

Pardeed Sekand - Canada

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"The whole team was superb, start to finish" .

Robert Ellis - USA

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