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Enduro Motorcycle Tour in Colombia

Punta Gallinas is considered to be one of the most exotic destinations in South America. Rarely visited by the average traveler, and almost never on motorcycles, experience vast, rolling sand dunes, and stunning turquoise waters while bearing witness to the sacred indigenous culture of the Wayuu people. There are plenty of attractions to keep you busy for the five days, and the enduro riding is epic. Flat out over hard, sandy plains, ducking in and out between cactus fields, and rocky, mountainous climbs are the order of the day.

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (Honda models)
  • Riding gear: included: helmet, riding gloves; available to rent: elbow and knee pads, riding boots, rain gear
  • Meals: all breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Meet the instructors

Samuel, Christian, & Brayden
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Santa Marta
  • Visiting the Manaure salt-fields
  • Fresh-caught seafood on the beach, watching the sunset in Cabo de la Vela
  • Take in the views and have a dip in the ocean at the massive, El Toroa sand dunes
  • Endless hours of world-class desert enduro riding to the northern tip of South America
  • Stargazing and spending the night in an indigenous ranch, deep in the desert
  • Swimming and cliff jumping at Mendihuaca Waterfall on the way back to Santa Marta
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 2-20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Simón Bolívar International Airport (US$ 50 per person)
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Accommodation

  • Nights 1-3 are the best available options in each location. First night is a simple, but clean and modern hotel, with night 2 and night 3 being indigenous rancherias.
  • Due to the extremely remote, desert location, electricity is only available from sunset (6 p.m.) until approximately 11 p.m. for nights 2 and 3.
  • Night 4 is a nice, clean, modern hotel in a medium-sized city. One of the best in the city.

Program

Day 1: Santa Manta - Manaure (riding hours: 6)

Start: 9 a.m.

Day highlights include:

  • Taking the back roads through Paso del Mango
  • Visit the traditional fishing town of Dibulla for a Colombian-style lunch
  • Riding tour around the salt flats of Manaure
  • Watch the sunset on the beach in Manaure

Day 2: Manaure - Cabo de la Vela (riding hours: 6)

Day highlights include:

  • Winding trails and desert flats on the way through the desert
  • Entering the desert through Cabo de la Vela
  • Ride around Cabo de la Vela and visit all the local spots
  • Fresh seafood for lunch and dinner

Day 3: Cabo de a Vela - Punta Gallinas (riding hours: 5)

Day highlights include:

  • Get ready for some amazing desert riding as you set off first thing in the morning
  • Take in the views and take a dip in the ocean at El Toroa sand dunes
  • Reach the most northern tip of South America and enjoy the late afternoon ride into the hospedaje

Day 4: Punta Gallinas - Riohacha (riding hours: 4)

Day highlights include:

  • Finish off the desert with some breathtaking views as you head out of the desert and back into civilization
  • Enjoy the rooftop pool at the hotel and have a few drinks at one of the bars on the beach

Day 5: Riohacha - Santa Marta (riding hours: 5)

Day highlights include:

  • Riding through the breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountains
  • Lunch at Journey Hostel
  • Swimming and cliff jumping at Mendihuaca Waterfalls

Finish: 4 p.m.

Skill levels required for this tour:

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

  • Tour of the Manaure salt fields
  • Visit the Cabo de la Vela lighthouse and viewpoint for sunset
  • Visit the enormous Taroa sand dunes
  • Waterfall swimming and cliff jumping at Mendihuaca swimming hole

Instructors

Samuel Smith

Christian Riesenmy

Brayden Lund

Location

You will discover Punta Gallinas:

  • Indigenous (Wayuu) hospitality
  • Well and truly "off the beaten track"
  • World-class enduro riding
  • Breathtaking sunsets where the orange desert meets deep blue ocean
  • Mad Max-esque desert landscapes for days

Food

  • Vegetarian options are always available, but sometimes limited deep into the desert.
  • All drinks are included, except for alcohol. But beer is relatively cheap and always accessible.
  • Outside the desert, you eat at higher-end restaurants, aiming for a pleasant dining experience.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Sailing trips
  • Scuba diving
  • Hike the Ciudad Perdida
  • Visit to Minca

What's included

  • Bike rental
  • Gasoline
  • English / Spanish speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to all attractions
  • Helmet and riding gloves
  • Medical insurance
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • All breakfast, lunch, and dinner

What's not included

  • Support truck: 1,000 USD (split between group)
  • Passenger: 367 USD
  • GoPro and helmet mount: 55 USD (SD-card not included)
  • Elbow and knee pads: 25 USD
  • Body Armor: 25 USD
  • Riding boots: 40 USD
  • Full Gear Kit: 55 USD
  • Rain gear: 10 USD
  • Onsite accommodation pre/post tour

How to get there

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Arrival by taxi

A taxi can be easily ordered on arrival from outside Santa Marta airport. Cost is 40,000 COP, or Adrenaline Addicts can arrange private transportation to pick you up from the airport. You can also fly into Barranquilla airport, which is 1.5 hours away, and a taxi will cost approximately 80 USD to bring you to Santa Marta, or they can organize private transport.

Airport: Simón Bolívar International Airport Airport transfer available: Simón Bolívar International Airport (US$ 50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Private tour

Solo riders can also book this program for a private tour with a 30% surcharge.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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