Lost Emerald City Colombia Motorcycle Tour

Deep in the eastern portion of the Colombian Andes lies the world capital of emeralds. Formerly the most dangerous place in the world, the region was sealed off from the outside world for decades due to intense fighting. The area is now open for the first time in decades after a peace treaty with the guerilla groups was signed. Drive from Medellin through the heart of the Colombian Andes to this remote area. Cross mountain ranges, and streams. See amazing vistas and waterfalls and finally get the chance to talk with and photograph Colombian emerald miners known as "guaqueros" as they scour the riverbeds in search of emeralds. You can also pick up your own shovel and boots and try mining for your own emeralds!

Trips are led by professional travel and wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer. Before moving to Medellin, Jeff worked as a photographer in the Peruvian Amazon for six years and has had his work featured in National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Wired Magazine, and the BBC.

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  • What's included :
    • Accommodation included: 3 nights
    • Accommodation as per itinerary
    • Bilingual Adventure Guide / Professional Photographer
    • Medical insurance
    • Breakfasts
    • Breakfast
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Gratuities

  • Day 1: Landazuri, Santander

    Stop At: Landazuri, Landázuri, Santander, Colombia
    Leave Medellin in the morning and head off through Bello, Antioquia as we wind our way through the mountains of Colombia. After coming down from one mountain range we cross the hot plains as then begin our ascent into Colombias wild Cordillera Oriental mountain range. 
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in hotel

    Day 2: Muzo, Boyaca

    Stop At: Muzo, Muzo, Boyaca Department
    Today we take the trip to Muzo, Boyacá, the world capital of emeralds.  Muzo is known not only for the quantity of emeralds in produces, but also for their superb quality and color with the Muzo mine producing the world's highest quality gems known for their warm, grassy-green color, with hints of yellow. 
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in hotel

    Day 3: Emerald Mining

    Stop At: Muzo, Muzo, Boyaca Department
    Today we visit the Emerald mining area.  In the 1980’s drug dealers fought the country's leading emerald mining families for rights to the emeralds. 

    Now Muzo is a peaceful and beautiful place where we will be able to watch informal emerald miners known as guaceros scour the river beds along the Itoco river in the Muzo valley in search of the precious stones.  This is a great opportunity for documentary photography as well as a chance to speak with emerald miners about life in the mining camps and surrounding areas. 
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in hotel

    Day 4: Return to Medellin

    Stop At: Medellin, Medellin, Antioquia Department
    The adventure isn't over yet. We leave from Muzo and drive through the heart of the Colombias Emerald mining zone passing through the towns of Coscuez  and Otanche. The area is extremely remote but at the same time very beautiful and awe inspiring. We drop down from the mountain range and cross the plains of colombia again before winding up into the mountain range of Medellin and ending the trip back home in the beautiful Aburrá valley.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    62, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Itinerary and accommodations subject to change without notice.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Colombia Moto Adventures

Activity ID: V-85643P5

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