8 Day La Guajira Explorer Tour

For riders with experience who want to ride some remote desert trails through a rarely seen desert oasis.
Difficulty level: Advanced
Distance covered: 1200km
Riding hours: 34
Terrain: 35% paved, 65% unpaved

Day 1

Riding hours: 5
Where: Santa Marta - Buritaca
Highlights Include:

  • Riding the Quebrada del Sol loop. A goat trail that leads from sea level to 1000m above sea level. Bring a camera.
  • All-you-can-drink river tubing in Buritaca.
  • Falling asleep deep in the jungle at El Rio hostel. Voted Best Hostel in Colombia 2018.

Day 2

Riding hours: 4
Where: Buritaca - Riohacha
Highlights Include:

  • Cliff jumping at Quebrada Valencia waterfall.
  • The untouched fishing village of Dibulla.
  • Spending the afternoon ripping up the flatlands around Riohacha, or hit the beach and go kitesurfing.
  • Spending the night at Happiness Hostel, the best in Riohacha.

Day 3

Riding hours: 5-6
Where: Riohacha - Cabo de la Vela
Highlights Include:

  • Riding tour of the Indigenous salt flats in Manaure.
  • Winding trails and desert flats through the desert.
  • Entering the desert through Cabo de la Vela.
  • Fresh seafood and cheap beers for dinner.

Day 4

Riding hours: 0-3 (optional rest day)
Where: Cabo de la Vela - Cabo de la Vela
Highlights Include:

  • Kitesurfing! The guys at Kite Addict Colombia are the best in town. Lessons and gear rental available.
  • Or, getting back on the bikes to explore. Pilon de Azucar, El Arcoiris, El Ojo del Agua, and El Faro are all nearby.
  • Drinking a beer and watching the sunset over the Caribbean sea.

Day 5

Riding hours: 5
Where: Cabo de la Vela - Punta Gallinas
Highlights Include:

  • Team up with a local indigenous guide and carve a path across the desert.
  • Epic sand dunes and crystal blue beaches.
  • More kitesurfing, if you still have the energy!
  • Optional accommodation in a Wayuu hammock. Sleeping outside here is magic, and very comfortable.

Day 6

Riding hours: 7

Where: Punta Gallinas - Nazareth
Highlights Include:

  • Waking up surrounded by the desolate beauty of Punta Gallinas.
  • Navigating the maze of desert roads through La Guajira with our local guide.
  • Dinner and a well deserved sleep in Nazareth, the Indigenous capital of La Guajira desert.

Day 7

Riding hours: 7

Where: Nazareth - Riohacha
Highlights Include:

  • Challenging your enduro riding skills on the trails leading out of the desert.
  • Traditional Guajiro lunch in Uribia, the capital of La Guajira state. There's goat on the menu for those who dare.
  • A swim and a drink after a long days riding at Mayapo Beach, just north of Riohacha.

Day 8

Riding hours: 4

Where: Riohacha - Santa Marta
Highlights Include:

  • Visiting Dibulla, a secluded little fishing village.
  • The best pizza in Colombia at Prima Luna restaurant.
  • A short jungle hike to a secluded beach inside Tayrona Park.
  • Finding your own little swimming hole while exploring the trails at Paso del Mango.

Finish: 5pm

Price: $1,299 USD / 3.900.000 COP

Whats Included:

  • Honda XR150 dual sport
  • Gasoline
  • English/Spanish speaking guides
  • All Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinners
  • All Accommodation
  • All-you-can-drink river tubing
  • Entrance fees to all attractions
  • Helmet, riding gloves 
  • Medical insurance

Optional Extras:

  • UPGRADE to Honda XRE300 dual sport: 100.00 COP/Day ($35 USD)
  • Passenger: 175.000 COP/Day ($60 USD) 
  • GoPro & helmet mount: 25.000 COP/Day SD-card not included
  • Elbow & knee pads: 20.000 COP/Day
  • Riding boots:  30.000 COP/Day
  • Rain gear: 10.000 COP/Day
  • Onsite accommodation pre/post tour 

What to Bring:

  • Driver's license
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Long pants
  • Boots or closed-toe shoes
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Alcohol and souvenir money