highlight: Coffee triangle
Visit a working coffee farm and taste the world best coffee where its made in the heart of Colombia.
highlight: Villa de Leyva
Beautiful Colonial era village with the world largest cobblestone square and wonderful atmosphere.
highlight: Salt Cathedral
Go several hundred meters into an old salt mine to find the incredible Zipaquira underground salt Cathedral.
95% pavement, up to 5% on gravel driveways or possible road construction detours. Hundreds of curves and extremely scenic well maintained roads. Rookie to expert riders and couples are very welcome on this tour. We stay in mid- & high-range hotels. We always opt for the best option available – clean, safe and practical location. Temperatures can vary between 12 to 40°C (53.6 F to 104°F). Temperatures can drop for a short period going over the mountains passes. It is recommended to ride with ventilated riding gear. A pull over rain suite is a good idea to carry against mountain temperatures and possible short rain showers that can occur year round.
✓ Professional Bilingual Tour Leader
✓ Accommodation with Breakfast in Shared Room
✓ Small group sizes (Min 2 / Max 10)
✓ 500cc or 660cc Rental Motorcycle (Upgrades available)
✓ Fuel and Road Tolls
✓ Mandatory 3rd Party and Rider Medical Insurance
✓ Motorcycle Liability Reduction Insurance
✓ Group Activities and Entry Fees
✓ Pre-tour Preparation Materials and Briefing
✓ Transfers to / from nearest Airport
✓ Price Match Guarantee
✓ All Taxes
✓ Gift Bag
✓ Support Vehicle & Driver included with 5+ Riders
✗ Lunches, Dinners and Drinks
✗ Bikes are NOT available on rest-days
✗ Medical Evacuation Membership (Available from Global Rescue)
✗ Trip Cancellation Insurance (not offered by us)
✗ Tips to staff
✗ Any inclusion not specified
» Valid Driver’s License with MC Endorsement
» Valid Passport with at least 6 months left upon entry
» 1 year of +500cc Riding Experience
» Minimum 20 years of age
» Credit Card with sufficient funds to cover Security Deposit
Mandatory Insurance Included:
Mandatory third party liability insurance is included for all rentals and tours. This insurance covers all assistance in case of injure to third party, rider and passenger. It does not cover third party property damage.
Motorcycle Liability Reduction Insurance Included:
Motorcycle Damage and Theft Liability Reduction Insurance is included on all guided tours.
How does it work?
This insurance will limit your responsibility towards loss, damage or theft of the rental motorcycle. A Security Deposit is held on your credit card to cover the insurance deductible. Size of deductible depend on the motorcycle model. The Motorcycle Liability Reduction Insurance will cover damages that exceed the deductible. The insurance reduces, but does not eliminate responsibility for damage or theft and it will not protect you if you provide fraudulent information, use the vehicle in connection with conduct that could be properly charged as a felony, drive under influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, use the vehicle in a speed test or contest, or if the vehicle is driven by a person other than the driver authorized on the contract. The rider must additionally comply with all terms and conditions in the rental contract and the local laws. Police or other authorities might demand a blood test in connection with an accident. Result here of might also be used by the insurer to determine insurance settlements. Personal and third part property is not covered by this insurance. The insurance does not cover recovery of the bike in case of un-repairable damages and the renter is solely responsible for all costs involved with returning a damaged bike to Motolombia in Cali, Colombia. Motolombia will go above and beyond to help recover damaged bikes at as low cost as possible and often at no cost at all.
Trip Cancellation Insurance:
We strongly recommend that you take out Trip Cancellation Insurance with your Travel Insurance. Some Credit Cards also offer such coverage if the trip is paid by card.
Emergency Evacuation Insurance:
For complete peace of mind some travelers prefer to have Emergency Evacuation set up in case of an accident. Motolombia is recommending a short or long term membership with Global Rescue if your normal travel insurance does not cover extraction.
A fully refundable Security Deposit equal to approximately 10% of the motorcycle’s commercial value in Colombia will be held to your credit card for the duration of the tour.
The size of the Security Deposit depends on the bike you choose to rent:
- Honda CFR250 Rally = $500 USD
- Royal Enfield 500 = $500 USD
- BMW G310GS = $1000 USD
- Honda CB500X = $1,000 USD
- Yamaha XT660R = $1,000 USD
- BMW F700GS = $2,000 USD
- BMW F800GS = $2,000 USD
- Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L = $2,000 USD
- BMW R1200GS LC = $3,000 USD
(BE AWARE: No bike leaves the premises before the Security Deposit hold has been approved on your card. We do not accept cash deposits.)
We strive to handover motorcycles in near showroom condition and to ensure that you always ride a latest model bike, we renew the fleet often. Motorcycles will have a maximum of 50.000 km on the clock or 2 years of age at the time of handover and many aftermarket protective accessories installed. You will be offered an opportunity to inspect the bike before signing off on the condition. Our staff should be informed immediately if there are any issues that seems irregular. Vehicles must be returned in the same condition with only normal wear and tear.
If you damage or lose the vehicle or parts of the vehicle or accessories or need vehicle recovery or assistance due to damages, all repairs and replacements and/or lost time and business and/or price of recovery will be deducted from the Security Deposit or charged to the Credit Card provided as guarantee. Damages are identified as parts that are either broken, bent, dented or profoundly scratched in paint or other materials penetrating the surface to a point where it can not be polished out. Additionally your Credit Card will be charged with no delay for any traffic infraction obtained during the rental or tour, plus a $50 USD administration fee. Such traffic infractions can arrive up to 6 month after the rental. Legal documentation will be provided upon request.
After return of the Motorcycle:
1) Once the bike is returned to Motolombia, our in-house mechanics will wash and inspect the motorcycle within 3 working days. If you are returning the bike at any other destination the time for inspection will start as soon as the motorcycle arrives at Motolombia’s premisses. Consult for transport times.
2) If the motorcycle is returned unharmed, the Security Deposit hold will immediately after inspection get cancelled.
3) If damages to the motorcycle are registered, a damage-report with pictures of damages and a quote for the cost of repairs and/or replacement parts will be worked out as fast as possible. Depending on the damage report and the insurance plan chosen, funds to cover damages will be charged to your credit card or deducted from the Security Deposit before a partial refund is issued.
Itinerary may change without further notice due to weather, road- or any other condition that Motolombia or its guides feel will jeopardize the safety of the group or material.
Arrival to Cali. Motolombia staff pick you up in airport and bring you to the hotel. Depending on what time in the day you arrive, we will meet to sort out paperwork and prep the bikes. A group briefing meeting will be arranged once the last rider has arrived.
Cali to Montenegro – We leave Cali at 8:00 AM and make our way through sugar cane plantations in the Cauca Valley. The coffee region is all shades of green and coffee and banana plantations stretch as far as the eye can see. We ride on small back roads before making our way the hotel near Montenegro.
Montenegro to Medellin – Twisties till 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 into Medellin. We dine in the popular area of El Poblado.
Medellin to Doradal – After a nice breakfast buffet 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 Magadalena River Valley and the home of Pablo Escobar’s ranch.
Doradal to Villa de Leyva – In Doradal we stop in front of the iconic gate of Pablo Escobar’s ranch displaying his first drug trafficking plane. Then we make our way up the high mountains to the east and end in the wonderful little colonial village Villa de Leyva. It has Latin Americas biggest cobble stone square. A couple of road stretches are under construction and some gravel should be anticipated.
Rest 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 Terracota house and shopping for handicrafts in the village are something of a “must do”.
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 twisties going back down into the Magdalena River Valley. Once a busy river port town, Honda has a nice little historic center and we stay a beautifully renovated colonial hotel.
Honda to Salento – Today’s task: ride the accent 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.
Salento to Cali –After a great breakfast we will visit a coffee plantation and go into the Cocora Valley where the worlds tallest wax palm trees grow – an other-worldly atmosphere awaits. We’ll also visit the cosy square of Salento. After lunch we will make our way back through the Cauca Valley and arrive in Cali late afternoon. Here we return the bikes before checking in at the hotel for the last night in the salsa capital of the world – Cali.
It is fly-out day. 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 hotel reservations or organize flights to other national destinations. We strongly suggest visiting Cartagena for a day or two before or after the Motorcycle trip.
“Perfect in every detail! Bikes in excellent conditions, very good service and a local knowledge out of this world. Mike takes very good care of you and he knows where to find any kind of riding, and designs a route with a perfect mix. I will come back really soon, and bring my friends!”
“Probably the best roads in the world! I don’t remember when I had so much fun riding the bike before. Thanks Mike!”
"It was a great trip. Dennis and Jhonner were very helpful and a lot of fun."
"Best bikes in Colombia, the competion doesn't have that choice of bikes."
"My first time in South America and this was an excellently planned trip with detailed preparation and just a blast from beginning to end."
"Riding a motorcycle in Colombia must be a bucket list item for every one."
"Yamaha XT 660 R. The bike was in great shape with only 5,000 kilometers on it. I drove it on and off road about 800 kilometers."
"Dennis the guide went "the extra mile" parking /turning / boat loading my bike where needed due short legs."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"Incredible riding experience, would do it again in a heartbeat."
"There is more to Colombia than most non-residents know: pretty, lush countryside, great views from the hills & mountains, & plenty of interesting roads to ride."
"The bikes were in great shape. The staff was willing to do any request including putting new tires on when there was tread left."
"Motolombia delivered on the promise of a motorcycling adventure of a lifetime. The routes provided us with some of the curviest paved roads ever!"
"The whole team was superb, start to finish" .