About Our Tours


All of our rides begin and end in the mountain town of Ajijic, a thousand kilometres south of the US border and a thousand north of Guatemala and from there we explore the heart of Mexico in all its variety. We enjoy the beautiful mountain roads full of sweepers and twisties on good two lane blacktop. On most of the days we ride at 4,000' -7,000' above sea level so the climate is cooler and less humid than in the coastal regions - perfect for riding.

All our accommodations are at the upper end of Mexican hotels, not just clean and comfortable but often beautiful. Mexico is world famous for its cuisine and we have searched out many delicious options from fresh seafood and Mexican specialties to bacon and eggs.

The courses are laid out by our veteran Mexico scouts who have had decades of touring experience here and have logged tens of thousands of miles exploring this country's seemingly endless great riding roads. The weather is reliably excellent for riding between November and April and the beautiful vistas will leave you awestruck. All our tours are led by mature, American and Canadian guides who live in Mexico and, where appropriate, are supported by a vehicle to carry luggage and supplies.

Whichever tour you choose you’ll find that the perfect climate, spectacular scenery, great riding, friendly people and the Mexican mystique all add up to an exhilarating experience. No matter how often we ride in Mexico, we still call it "Motorcycle Heaven"


What to expect upon arrival


After being greeted at the international airport in Guadalajara, you will be taken to your accommodations in the charming, cobblestoned town of Ajijic, on the north shore of Lake Chapala, a short ride of just 25 minutes.  We will provide free pick up and returns for flights arriving between 8 am to 8 pm.  

Depending on guest arrival times we often get together to walk through the cobblestone streets of Ajijic to get acquainted with the town and perhaps visit a local restaurant.

Tomorrow morning,  we meet at our tour center at Casa Sierra to complete any administrative matters. You will have the opportunity to get acquainted with your bike and fellow travelers and enjoy a hacienda-style dinner.

 

What's Included / What's Not


Your tour includes accommodations at the upper end of Mexican hotels with hearty breakfast, motorcycle rental with liability and theft insurance, transportation to and from the Guadalajara airport between 8 am to 8 pm, plus Welcome and Farewell Dinners, two experienced guides and support vehicle with driver (for Into the Heart of Mexico and Adventure Classic Tours).

Not included is airfare, riding helmet/apparel, most lunches and dinners, gasoline, sites, personal spending and tips

Hub and Spoke


6 night vacation; 5 touring days
Approx. 1,250 kilometers (777 miles)

If you´re thinking about an international motorcycling vacation but aren´t ready to commit the time and money required for a major adventure tour, the Hub and Spoke package could be the right choice for you.  It offers a great motorcycle experience and still allows time for you to be with non riding friends and family and for them to enjoy their days while you are out riding.

Here´s how it works.  As with our other tours, you fly into Guadalajara International airport where we pick you up, take you back to Ajijic and help you get settled into your accommodations.  Most choose our excellent nearby hotel but there are other options.  Some will stay with friends (thousands of Canadians and Americans have homes in the Ajijic area) others might want to rent a house for a longer stay.  In any event, you will quickly become comfortable in the friendly small town atmosphere.

The next morning we will get together at Casa Sierrra where you will have a chance to check out your bike, complete registration details and talk about riding (what else?).  Mid morning we will begin our first ride, along the north shore of Lake Chapala to Mezcala and then take a short boat ride of about fifteen minutes to a well preserved island fortress used by rebel forces in the war of independence from Spain more than two hundred years ago.  That first ride will give you a chance to get comfortable with your bike and with motorcycling in Mexico including some twisty hillside pavement and some cobblestone roads.  You will also encounter a few choppy speed bumps which are no problem for these bikes and will give you an increased appreciation for the BMW GS suspension.  Later in the afternoon we will be back in town in time for cocktails and dinner beside the pool at Casa Sierra.

For four more days we will meet each morning at Casa Sierra at 9:00 a.m. and set out to explore another area with other special places of interest.  Although routes may vary depending on the conditions and the preferences of our guests, we expect to include visits to alpine resort towns in the Sierra del Tigre south of Lake Chapala, a major archaeological site to the west, the town of Tequila in the northwest and the colonial heart of Guadalajara (on a quiet Sunday morning). The routes include lots of spectacular mountain views, twisty two lane blacktop, colonial and pre-colonial architecture and the wonderful tastes of Mexico.

The dates of our October 11 Hub & Spoke take maximum advantage of enjoying the gorgeous flora to be found at this time of year in the surrounding area.  The rains will have just ended and the riotous colors of the wildflowers will pop against green fields and pastures. We’ll ride past dairy farms with languid cows grazing against this spectacular backdrop on the way to our normal destinations.

Our October 31 Hub & Spoke encompasses the popular Day of the Dead celebration here in Ajijic. Observed all across Mexico, it is a three-day homage to ancestors unknown as well as recently deceased family and friends. We’ll visit local sites in the evenings to take in the awe-inspiring altars and huge carpets lovingly crafted from plant material by those closest to the departed. It is truly a meaningful observance not to be missed. Please email info@ridethesierra.com to receive more details about this holiday.

In March, our Hub & Spoke tour focuses on the outdoor adventures and spectacles awaiting you in the Magical Town of Tapalpa. We’ll visit las Piedrotas (the Huge Rocks), an understatement if there ever was one. Surrounded by meadows, the colossal monoliths appear to have sprung from the earth, inspiring awe and wonder and providing climbing fun. Or we may decide to go ziplining. The choices are many in this lush and woodsy area. Come ready for some extra adventure!

Getting to know the town of Ajijic and its neighboring lakeside villages is a worthwhile experience by itself.  This is not a resort town as we normally think of them.  It is a place where North Americans choose to live year round.  Ask local ¨gringos¨(like us) why they have chosen this place to live and they will usually drag out the well-worn but very true response, ¨We came for the climate and stayed for the people¨.

The climate at lakeside is considered by many world travelers to be the best anywhere.  The moderating effect of the altitude (similar to Denver) and latitude (similar to Hawaii) along with the lake effect all combine to keep the temperature within a pleasant range.  The sun shines every day during what would normally be the cool months from October through April and rainfall is rare in that period – less than 2 inches (5cm) total in six months.  The clouds and rain showers arrive in the summer when they protect us from the hot rays of the sun and keep the region cool and green.

The English speaking community beside the lake began to gather a hundred years ago but has increased more rapidly since the 1950´s to at least 7,000 and continues to grow.  The local Lake Chapala Society has an English language library of more than 20,000 books plus a large video collection and it also hosts many lectures, classes and club meetings every week.  In addition, there are great restaurants, golf courses, tennis clubs, spas, casinos, newspapers, theater clubs, service clubs and lots of motorcyclists.

While you are out riding the non-riders will have plenty to do and lots of English-friendly restaurants and boutiques to visit.  Then there´s always Guadalajara, Mexico´s cosmopolitan second largest city is less than an hour away.

H&S   Oct 11 - 17, 2017
(6 hotel-nights;  5 riding days)
Wed (Oct 11)  Guests arrive
Thurs (Oct 12) Registration, Ride & Welcome Dinner
Fri - Sun (Oct 13 - 15)  Ride
Mon (Oct 16) Ride & Farewell Dinner
Tues (Oct 17) Guests Leave

H&S Oct 31 - Nov 6, 2017
(6 hotel-nights;  5 riding days)
Tues (Oct 31)  Guests arrive
Wed (Nov 1) Registration, Ride & Welcome Dinner
Thurs - Sat (Nov 2 - 4)  Ride
Sun (Nov 5) Ride & Farewell Dinner
Mon (Nov 6) Guests Leave

H&S   Mar 14 - 20, 2018
(6 hotel-nights;  5 riding days)
Wed (Mar 14)  Guests arrive
Thurs (Mar 15) Registration, Ride & Welcome Dinner
Fri - Sun (Mar 16 - 18)  Ride
Mon (Mar 19) Ride & Farewell Dinner
Tues (Mar 20) Guests Leave





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