Nov 24 2014
South America continues to be a prominent destination for today’s motorcycle touring enthusiast, attractive due to its stunning geographical diversity, colorful traditions, layered cultural heritage and an inviting Latin charm. With two prominent players in the adventure motorcycling travel world entering into a unique collaboration, MotoDiscovery and Motolombia announce a fresh offering for adventure riding enthusiasts with the first running of the Trans Amazonian Challenge slated to gather in Cartagena, Colombia in August of 2015.
MotoDiscovery is an early pioneer in masterminding epic South America excursions going back to the early 1990’s. The Texas based company founded by Skip Mascorro and supported by a legendary staff team, enjoys a nearly unrivaled 34 year history in the world of organized motorcycle tours and expeditions hosting countless “mega” journeys on the South American continent. Groundbreaking events includes licensed travel of Cuba, intriguing moto tours of Iran and more recently, a successful adventure into the remote Caucuses of Dagestan, Russia during their first Black Sea to the Caspian Tour.
Motolombia, piloted by Danish expat Mikkel Thomsen now calls Cali, Colombia home, and has earned success tearing away at the myths and perceptions associated with travel in the country of Colombia with guided, and self-guided tours and a blossoming motorcycle rental operation. With a growing fan base of motorcycle touring enthusiasts testifying to the wonder and magic of motorcycling Colombia, Thomsen admirably has helped put this once volatile, but now peaceful country on the map for adventure riders.
Motolombia-MotoDiscovery collaboration/ Trans Amazonian Challenge 2015
The Trans Amazonia Challenge, a 45 day 8,700 mile (14,000 km) adventure ride, is the first venture generated by the teaming of Motolombia-MotoDiscovery. The focus of the event is the 3,000 mile Trans Amazon Highway, stretching from the border with Peru through Brazil. The roadway was intended as a massive social project in the 1970’s providing “land without people for people without land”, and access from the mountainous Andean region to the jungles of the Amazon and Brazil. Surrounded in controversy, the highway did little to solve the social ills. Yet it has served well as a means of accessing the Amazon jungle regions and as an alternative to river barges and water transport. Only partially paved the Trans Amazon Highway will certainly in time rival the notoriety of Argentina’s Ruta 40 in the world of adventure motorcycling.
The Trans Amazon Challenge will permit riders to use their own motorcycles or rentals can be provided and will be fully supported with riding staff and a chase vehicle. It begins and ends in Cartagena, Colombia and will earn passports stamps from that country as well as, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana and Venezuela. Approximately 20% of the route can be expected to be unpaved. With areas of the route lacking in traditional tourist services riders should anticipate accommodations, on occasion, to be rustic.
Additional highlights include the mountain top ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu, the mysterious Nazca Lines and Angel Falls, the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall. Group size will be limited to 10 bikes plus staff, encouraging interested adventurers to make an early commitment. Preplanning and preparation for such an event is considerable and creating a cohesive team of riders even before the rubber hits the road can be considered part of the fun and magic of the Trans Amazonian Challenge.