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Adventure Riders are Touring Colombia Once Again

A new, more stable Colombia is being rediscovered by Adventure Riders.

Published on 07.03.2014

Not long ago, Colombia was considered one of the most dangerous places to tour on a motorcycle. In the early 2000’s, Colombia was still in the midst of conflict. Kidnappings, bombings and urban gun battles were a common occurrence. But a concerted effort by the government to regain control of the chaos has allowed the people to reestablish stability in the country.

As Colombia’s image has improved, the country has been “rediscovered” as a tourist destination. Tourism to Colombia has grown nearly 300% since 2002 with over 1.7 million visitors in 2013. Adventure Riders are also returning to the country, as we are seeing more Colombian ride reports and tour offerings appearing online.

There’s no question motorcyclists touring Colombia have a lot to experience. The capital city Bogata is a vibrant metropolis with modern conveniences and a bustling nightlife. The countryside is rich with Spanish colonial architecture and it’s become a hot spot for ecotourism. Colombia also boasts 300 beaches on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, not to mention some of the best cuisine and coffee in the world.

Colombia Off-Road Jamie Robinson

MotoGeo Show host Jamie Robinson is an ex-Isle of Man TT racer.


In a recent video from MotoGeo, adventure traveler Jamie Robinson rents a Suzuki V-Strom 650 and sets off to tour Colombia on his way to meet an old friend. The video displays the vast expanse of colorful green countryside that Colombia has to offer. Roads appear to be well maintained and two-wheeled travel is encouraged with free tolls. There are plenty of off-road riding opportunities as well, which Jamie takes full advantage of on his V-Strom 650.

Colombia has come a long way, but like most countries, there may be areas that are dangerous for motorcycle travel. Do your research before touring Colombia to discover the safest areas and times to travel.

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney

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