Colombia - Chicamocha
Mixed Tracks - Guided

13 days / 12 nights / 10 stages / 2 600 km
Colombia - Mixed tracks
Motorcycle

price from 4990 €

Come and discover Colombia!
A land of contrasts where you will experience both cold and heat, where savanna and jungle lay side by side, where luscious vegetation and mineral landscapes cohabit in perfect harmony. This road trip will take you from the Eastern Ranges to the Caribbean Sea and allow you to experience a huge array of sensations.
Dive into the thick of the jungle, hop onto a canoe to cross River Magdalena, enjoy the original flavor of a lulo juice in the heart of an old forgotten colonial town, let yourself fall under the spell of the Latin American music that fills the cobblestone streets of Villa de Leyva…
Colombia is unto itself a true melting pot of Asian, African and Latin American culture. A potpourri of colonial architecture, Latin American music, a festive atmosphere, a variety of flavors and above all, the warmth of its people…
 

WEATHER CONTRASTS
It is important to be aware that the temperatures and weather conditions vary a lot throughout this trip. When driving through the mountainous regions, the temperatures are very low and the altitude can take its toll on our bodies. But when traveling through the jungle it is difficult to escape the heat and humidity.
 

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Your day by day program

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Day 1 – Arrival in Bogotá

Arrival in Bogotá.
Overnight in a hotel.

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Day 2 / Stage 1 - Bogotá – Anapoima: 150 km

The tone is set for the trip as we pick up our Ténéré motorbikes in the higher quieter areas of Bogotá.
The adventure begins, as we cautiously cross the busy city of Bogotá and start our drive down the Eastern Hills. The paved road descends 2 600 m through eucalyptus trees, coffee plantations, palm groves and banana trees in the all-encompassing heat and humidity, all the way down to Magdalena River, Colombia’s spinal cord.
A stop in Jerusalem will allow us to enjoy a glass of “guarapo” before ending this stage with a few smooth tracks.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

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Day 3 / Stage 2 - Anapoima - Volcano Nevado del Ruiz: 300 km

The itinerary zigzags between mango and orange plantations before reaching the shores of the Magdalena River where bikers and bikes will be loaded onto canoes for the crossing. Once we have reached the opposite shore, we will travel along the river, in the savanna, before starting the climb of the Central Ranges. The vegetation thickens; coffee plantations cover the hills before giving way to green pasture lands. The colorful town of Murillo marks the beginning of a fantastic track that dives right into the powerful wild mineral landscape. The pungent smell of sulfur confirms we are just a stone’s throw away from active volcano Nevado del Ruiz.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

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Day 4 / Stage 3 - Volcano Nevado del Ruiz - Doradal: 280 km

After the “Alto de Letras” climb, the landscape changes as we begin our descent. Nature takes over again, in all its luscious generosity; avocados, bananas, papayas, oranges line the roads, within reach of our fingers; in the shade of banana trees, coffee plantations cover the mountainous slopes and giant bamboo forests offer the traveler much needed shade!
In the afternoon, a track will take us to a remote and gloriously peaceful valley.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

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Day 5 / Stage 4 - Doradal - Villa de Leyva: 290 km

Our track today will first take us through farmland where you might see a man repairing his fence or another on horseback driving a herd of cows. Then the vegetation thickens yet again as we drive into the jungle. Here and there, butterflies of the darkest blue seem to float in the air. A yellow bird just misses our helmet with its wings. We will continue to drive in this tropical tunnel of vegetation a good part of the day.
In the evening, we will reach Villa de Leyva and its grand square, narrow cobble-stoned streets and colonial houses. The atmosphere is festive. It is time to roam the streets and simply enjoy the rhythmic music that will guide one’s steps from one patio to another.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

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Day 6 / Stage 5 - Villa de Leyva - Barichara: 200 km

Today’s drive takes us from one hill to the other along a gentle landscape. Suddenly, the track opens up onto a view of River Fonce. This same track then continues along river Suarez all the way to Cabrera, a wonderful little colonial village tucked away in the mountains.
Our arrival in Barichara is a well-deserved reward with a day’s rest in sight!
Overnight stay in a hotel.

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Day 7 – Barichara

A day’s rest in Barichara to take a walk along the “camino real”, to enjoy a glass of passion fruit juice at Lilia’s, to dip into the pool or to do some gift shopping in this beautiful setting. To end this perfect day, we suggest you take the time to sip a glass of Carménère wine and appreciate a delicious "ceviche", in the church square.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

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Day 8 / Stage 6 - Barichara - Sabana de Torres: 190 km

Off we go again! Not far down the track, however, a quick stop is mandatory to take a dip in the mountain river. We will ride along the Chicamocha canyon and through one pretty village after the other until we reach Zapatoca, a small but lively town.
After Zapatoca, the track becomes narrower and the vegetation thicker. It then starts its descent through a forest of cacao trees.
A relaxing road along a dam offers some spectacular vantage points onto the surrounding views before the itinerary continues along an earth track.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

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Day 9 / Stage 7 - Sabana de Torres - Mompox: 325 km

The first part of today’s itinerary is quickly forgotten once we have crossed the Magdalena River; the canoes will take us to a rural environment on the opposite shore of the river where we will be driving on a one way track along the river. We will come across a few seemingly forgotten villages and a few remote “fincas” where our Ténéré bikes spark the local inhabitants’ interest! A few daring iguanas dash across the road right in front of our wheels!
Today’s ride ends in a blaze of glory as we reach Mompox, a Unesco World Heritage site that invites the visitor to roam its streets and soak in the mixture of Spanish and Indian styles.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

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Day 10 / Stage 8 - Mompox - Albania: 355 km

After crossing the Brazo de Mompox, we will enjoy the drive along a series of easy-going smooth tracks slightly reminiscent of Africa. We are now in the birthplace of Vallenato, the popular Colombian folkloric music. In this area, each village boasts his own famous musician.
The itinerary continues resolutely towards the foot of the Sierra Nevada.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

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Day 11 / Stage 9 - Albania - Palomino: 160 km

The day begins with a smooth drive in the hills at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. The landscape is soothing. We continue along a narrow road and skirt this mountain range, too steep for our one-cylinder bikes, and arrive at the shores of the Caribbean Sea where the climate is not as tropical and the water at a perfect temperature!
Overnight stay in a hotel.

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Day 12 / Stage 10 - Palomino - Cartagena: 350 km

The ride today will take us all the way to Cartagena, a mythical city that holds its promise.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

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Day 13 – Departure from Cartagena

Trip back to your home country.

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Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Bogotá
End
  • Cartagena
Accommodation
  • One surprise after the other awaits you throughout this trip: a Jacuzzi at an altitude of 3 500 m; the elegance of a B&B only equaled by its owners’ kindness; a cocktail to be enjoyed just like in the movies, on a deck overlooking the Caribbean Sea; Robinson Crusoe’s bungalow in the heart of the jungle…
    Here are some examples:
    www.fincabarloventosantamarta.com
    www.casabarichara.com
     
Level of difficulty
  • The long distances traveled require stamina and a good physical condition but the tracks are not particularly difficult or technical except for the odd stretches of rocky surfaces that turn up occasionally. The itinerary, therefore, is within a motivated biker’s reach with a minimum off-road experience.
    The itinerary is varied and comprised of paved stretches of windy roads, mountain tracks or biker-friendly easy-going roads. It is important to stay focused at all times since the local driving habits can be off-putting or surprising, to say to least, for the unaccustomed traveler.
     
Guide and luggage
  • A TrailRando guide will supervise the team on board their own vehicle.
    At the same time, logistical support on four wheels will transport your luggage between stages every day. They will travel by road with regular meeting points along the route.
    They can also pick up a rider and vehicle in the event of breakdown or exhaustion. The team also have a basic first aid kit, tools, some spare parts and are able to lend a hand if required.
Navigation
  • PROGRESS ALONG THE ROUTE
    There's a definite feeling of freedom about this trip. And to preserve the spirit of exploration and discovery that we wanted to create, we've put you in control. For this reason, and so that everyone truly plays a part in their own journey, we provide the traveler with an uploadable detailed GPS itinerary for the entire trip.
    This technology allows you to be totally independent.
    With the wonderful tool that is GPS, everyone has the freedom to go on ahead, to be carried along by their artistic inspirations, or to stay with their friends, knowing that as a general rule the Trail Rando motorcycle guide will be looking out for the team at the rear.
    What a pleasure it is to follow your own course!
    “Free people in a structured group” is the motto that accurately reflects the reality of a Trail Rando trip.
     
    A GPS IS MANDATORY
    The route is safely stored stage by stage on the GPS...
    At the start of the trip, Trail Rando provides everyone with the detailed uploadable GPS itinerary. The entire route and its main points such as sites of interest, petrol stations, lunch meeting points and accommodation are programmed into the GPS.
    If you do not own a GPS device, Trail Rando can rent you one.
Options
  • Single room supplement : 750€
  • GPS rental (including handlebar support and uploaded itinerary) : 60€
Included
  • .• Lodging
         o hotels, in twin rooms,
         o from the evening of the first day to the morning of the last day,
    Food:
         o Breakfast, dinner
         o from the evening of day 1 to the morning of the last day,
    The complete and detailed itinerary,
    Tour leaders:
         o A tour leader on his motorcycle,
         o Support vehicle for luggage transport.
    A rented motorcycle.
Not included
  • Trasportation
         o Passenger transportation to and from tour starting point:
              - Air fares to and from tour start,
              - Transfers from the airport to the hotel and back,
    Magdalena River crossings,
    Beverages,
    Lunches,
    Fuel for the motorcycles.
Vehicles
  • Motorcycles provided
    Ténéré 660 or 700, perfectly suited for the mixed surfaces encountered throughout this trip.
    To know precisely the available makes and models, please refer to our online booking form.
     

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