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Skill Level: Advanced

Touring Roads: 60%

Challenging Roads: 40%

Scenery:

History / Culture:

Riding Time: 6 -8 Hours

Asphalt:

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10
10

Mountains:

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8
10

Off-Road

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30%


Paved Roads

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70%

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Colombia “Dual Sport”

30% Off- Road / 70 % Paved Road

Colombia

Apr. 20 — Apr. 29, 2018 by request

Colombia Dual sport! Colombia is a country full of contrasts and boasts spectacular paved and dirt roads for motorcycling. Colombia is colorful and diverse, with the Caribbean Sea on one side, the Pacific Ocean on the other and the legendary Andes Mountains running down the middle.  Colombia is a feast for the senses with dizzying mountain passes, lush, verdant valleys, picturesque colonial towns, coffee regions, modern cities and incredible motorcycling roads.

The tour begins and ends in Bogotá the capital of Colombia. You’ll enjoy a fantastic mix of 70% paved and 30% dirt roads to really explore Colombia’s hidden secrets.  You’ll learn the history of Colombia’s colonial past, meet friendly people and experience their lively, welcoming culture. You’ll sample delicious gastronomy and drink aromatic coffee on the shores of the Caribbean.  This is IMTBIKE’s first Global Tour that offers some fun dirt roads to really offer you a unique experience!

IMTBike ROUTE rating

It is essential to know the different skill levels needed to participate in the IMTBIKE TOURS that are offered to you. IMTBIKE makes sure that it offers different tours for all riding styles and levels. The IMTBIKE team always works diligently in designing our routes. This is a laborious process which entails reviewing all road choices before selecting the best option for an IMTBIKE tour.

The most experienced motorcyclists looks for roads that require technical skill; narrow twisty roads with little traffic and endless curves. But these same roads would be too difficult for a less experienced rider.

The local driving habits, the amount of traffic, the asphalt quality and the radius of the curves vary considerably from country to country and even in different regions of the same country. They will also vary depending on the season of the year. All of these factors have been studied by IMTBIKE and have been taken into consideration when rating our tours.

IMTBIKE thinks it is also important to know about the different types of roads you will be enjoying on your tour. To understand the road types easier, IMTBIKE has divided them into two categories, and we have calculated an approximate percentage of each on all of our tours.

  1. TOURING ROADS: These are wider roads comprised mainly of larger radius sweepers. They are still curvy roads but not tight mountainous twisty curves. Please remember that you will ride very few straight roads on IMTBIKE tours!
  2. CHALLENGING ROADS: These are roads that are tight twisty turns which require more technical skill. Many times they will be narrower roads without a shoulder and sometimes with steep inclines or descents. Normally they will be mountainous roads accompanied by spectacular sceneries.

If you have never ridden a motorcycle outside of your country, or if you have little experience riding on mountain roads with many curves, we recommend that you choose a tour rated moderate or intermediate. If you have any questions or doubts please do not hesitate to call or email us. We are always happy to answer your questions to make sure that you choose the best tour for your riding level.

Moderate

This route offers wider sweeping turns that are easy to maneuver. This route may have some tighter turns in a few places but this will be the exception. Regardless, even on moderate tours you must be able to ride a large cylinder motorcycle in any condition. Never plan to learn how to ride a motorcycle on an IMTBIKE tour. We recommend having a minimum of 8.000 km (5.000 miles) of experience riding a large cylinder motorcycle to participate on a MODERATE rated IMTBIKE Tour and you should ride a motorcycle on a regular basis at home.

Intermediate

This route rating can have sections of very twisty curves on narrow roads with no center line to divide the road. There will also wider radius curves on these routes. Traffic conditions can be intense at times in some urban environments and the local driving habits may seem aggressive and unpredictable to you. It is imperative that you are an experienced motorcyclist. We recommend that you have a minimum of 12.000 km (7500 miles) of large cylinder motorcycle experience to participate on a INTERMEDIATE rated IMTBIKE Tour and you should ride a motorcycle on a regular basis at home.

Advanced

This route rating has long sections of technical narrow twisty roads and sometimes single lane roads. These twisty roads will often be in mountains where steep inclines and descents will be commonplace. Some riding days can be long and challenging. Traffic conditions can be intense at times in some urban environments and the local driving habits may seem aggressive and unpredictable to you. It is imperative that you are a very experienced motorcyclist on a large cylinder motorcycle. We recommend that you have a minimum of 16.000 km (10.000 miles) of large cylinder motorcycle experience on an ADVANCE rated IMTBIKE Tour and of course you should ride a motorcycle on a regular basis at home.

IMTBIKE Average Daily Riding Hours

5 to 7 hours
6 to 8 hours
7 to 9 hours

How many hours a day you ride on a tour is important information in helping you decide on the right IMTBIKE tour for you. Some tour members want to ride as many hours as possible everyday, while others prefer to stop more frequently and dedicate more time to enjoying the scenery, visiting cultural sights and arrive at the hotel earlier to relax before dinner. The daily riding hours are calculated including the coffee breaks and photo stops but they do not include the time taken for lunch.

Normally we’ll start our riding day at 9:30am and we will take about a one hour lunch break sometime between 1pm and 2pm. So if the daily riding hours for a given tour are 5-7, then you will arrive at the hotel between 3:30pm- 5:30pm depending on the average speed of the group.

Tour Facts

  • Start / End Bogotá
    Total Distance 1700
  • Total Time 10 Days
    Riding Days 7 Days
  • Rest Days 1: Salento, Coffe Region
    Breakfast 10 Included Breakfasts
  • Dinners 8 Dinners
    Daily Mileage 200 Km
  • Hotel Overnights 9 Nights
    Riding Season Spring
  • Highlights: Bogotá, Honda, Magdalena Valley, Tatacoa Desert, San Agustín Archeological Park, The Magdalena Strait, Popyán, the White CIty, Cauca Valley and sugar cane plantations, Coffee Region, Cocora Valley, Coffee Experience, Nevados National Natural Park, Hot Springsand so much more!
    Accommodations: Amazing hotels.

From: US$ 4700

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Daily Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Bogotá
  • Day 2: Bogotá - Honda
  • Day 3: Honda-Tatacoa Desert
  • Day 4: La Tatacoa - San Agustín Archeological Park.
  • Day 5: San Agustín Archeological Park - Popayán.
  • Day 6: Popayán - Salento
  • Day 7: Salento (Rest Day)
  • Day 8: Salento - Nevado del Ruíz National Park
  • Day 9: Nevados National Park - Bogotá
  • Day 10: Return home
  • Day 1: Arrival in Bogotá

    Arrival in Bogotá

    Welcome to Bogotá. A massive city of 10 million people. Get some rest and get ready. Briefing, bike handover and welcome dinner depending on everyone’s arrival time.
    OVERNIGHT TEMPS: COLD (10-15ºC)

  • Day 2: Bogotá - Honda (100 km OFF ROAD)

    Bogotá - Honda (100 km OFF ROAD)

    Our first riding day will be a relatively short one as we make our way down the central mountain range towards the Magdalena Valley. We will have an amazing mix of paved and dirt roads as we head towards the small colonial town of Honda located on the banks of the Magdalena river.
    OVERNIGHT TEMPS: HOT (25-30ºC)

  • Day 3: Honda-Tatacoa Desert ( 50 km OFF ROAD)

    Honda-Tatacoa Desert ( 50 km OFF ROAD)

    We leave Honda behind and begin traversing the Magdalena Valley, home to Colombia’s longest river. The roads will be fast as we head towards the small desert of La Tatacoa. Our last section of the day will have us venturing into the desert on dirt roads and towards the quiet town ofVillavieja is the heart of unique ecosystem.
    OVERNIGHT TEMPS: MILD (20ºC)

  • Day 4: La Tatacoa - San Agustín Archeological Park.

    La Tatacoa - San Agustín Archeological Park.

    We have a wonderful day ahead of us! A beautiful combination of long sweepers, as we continue to hug the banks of the Magdalena river, with an amazing twisty mountain section towards the end of the day. Our destination today is the Archeological Park of San Agustín. Home to ancient ruins and archeological sites, full of cosmic energy and history.
    OVERNIGHT TEMPS: MILD TO COLD (17-23ºC)

  • Day 5: San Agustín Archeological Park - Popayán. (70 km OFF ROAD)

    San Agustín Archeological Park - Popayán. (70 km OFF ROAD)

    We will take time in the morning to explore the archeological site and its surroundings. After this we will have an early lunch at the hotel and head out on our days ride. We will be crossing the Central Mountain range from east to west and head towards Popayán: The White City. A lovely colonial city in the mountains of the Eastern range. A short but very enjoyable ride through a mix of paved and dirt roads.
    OVERNIGHT TEMPS: MILD TO COLD (17-23ºC)

  • Day 6: Popayán - Salento

    Popayán - Salento

    We depart Popayán in the morning and ride down into the Cauca Valley, home to Colombia’s largest sugar cane crops. As we traverse this valley keep an eye out for the road trains: tractors pulling 5 or 6 trailers filled with sugar cane. Time permitting we will stop for a typical lunch in a lovely location and then finish off with a short climb towards the heart of the Coffee Region. Salento is our destination. A typical Colombian coffee town where we will experience first hand the life in these towns. We will enjoy dinner in the main square.
    OVERNIGHT TEMPS: MILD TO COLD (17-23ºC)

  • Day 7: Salento (Rest Day)

    Salento (Rest Day)

    We have in Salento a well deserved rest day! For those interested our main guide will be taking a group for a day ride in the surrounding areas of the coffee region and its amazing
    roads. You can also go explore on your own and visit the Cocora Valley where you can plan a hike or horseback ride. For those that just want to rest you can hang out at the hotel and
    the town of Salento.
    OVERNIGHT TEMPS: MILD TO COLD (17-23ºC)

  • Day 8: Salento - Nevado del Ruíz National Park ( 30KM OFF ROAD)

    Salento - Nevado del Ruíz National Park ( 30KM OFF ROAD)

    We have such an amazing day today! It might be a short one in terms of KMS but jam packed with things to see and do. We will ride out of Salento mid morning and head towards Hacienda Venecia, a beautiful coffee farm in the outskirts of Manizales. Here we will stop for a typical lunch and a coffee experience, were we will learn about the coffee process from farm to table. After this experience we get back on the bikes and have an amazing ride as we climb higher and higher towards the Nevados National Park, from 1600 mts we climb to 3600 mts, where out hotel is located. A magical destination in
    the middle of the mountains with a natural hot spring pool. This is indeed the perfect place to finish off this day.
    OVERNIGHT TEMPS: COLD (5-10ºC)

  • Day 9: Nevados National Park - Bogotá (70 KM OFF ROAD)

    Nevados National Park - Bogotá (70 KM OFF ROAD)

    We always tell people that if they only had one day to ride in Colombia this is the route we would suggest. Sensory overload. This route is Colombia in its best expression: high mountains, diversity of vegetation, rapid change of climate, hot valleys, national parks and the city. We head out of the hotel and begin climbing all the way up to 4,200
    mts. At the top we get to ride bordering the national park of Los Nevados, if we are lucky we will see the volcano with its snow covered peaks and smoking crater. We continue the ride descending the mountain towards the Magdalena Valley once more. Down at the bottom we start our ascent towards Bogotá. We finish off in Bogotá with a farewell dinner and stories to tell for a lifetime.
    OVERNIGHT TEMPS: COLD (10-15ºC)

  • Day 10: Return home

    Return home

    We say goodbye, but we are certain we will meet again. We hope to have exceeded your
    expectations, we hope that Colombia showed you its true and wonderful colors.

Pricing

The base price of every tour is calculated for a single rider on a BMW F700GS and sharing a double room

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  • Single Room Supplement

    + US$ 600

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    + US$ 150

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US$ 4700

Included in Tour:

  • Airport pickup on the first day of the tour- your guide will be waiting to welcome you at the gate.
  • Overnight accommodations in high quality hotels.
  • Complete breakfast every morning.
  • A gourmet evening meal (8 dinners) every night (except on rest days).
  • New model BMW motorcycle fully equipped with BMW cases.
  • Insurance with a deductible of maximun 3,200 US $.
  • Tour handbook (normally about 70 pages-very comprehensive) and highlighted map.
  • Support vehicle which will carry your luggage, any oversized purchases you make; or even a passenger or two.
  • Custom T-Shirt.
  • All taxes included.

Not included in Tour:

  • International airfare.
  • Lunches and Snacks.
  • Fuel.
  • Dinners on rest days.
  • Drinks during meals.
  • Medical Insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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