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

Mountains & Beaches


8 night vacation; 7 touring days
Approx.1,566 kilometers (973 miles)

Mountains & Beaches was a new tour for the 2015/16 season which has grown out of our years of touring Western Mexico and the enthusiastic recommendations of our guests. Everyone has loved the spectacular mountain scenery and twisty roads of the Sierra Madres and the lovely colonial towns and fascinating historical sites of the heart of old Mexico. But the lure of the Pacific coast—particularly during the northern winter months—and the freedom to explore by motorcycle along the delightful uncrowded beaches and small, relaxed surfer towns, is too strong to resist. This tour puts it all together into a complete vacation package, both adventurous and relaxing.

It all starts on Saturday when we greet you at the Guadalajara airport and bring you to our home by Lake Chapala. Ajijic’s allluring setting nestled between the lake and the mountains, combined with its near-perfect year-round climate, has made it a popular North American expatriate community for thousands.

Although our guests are experienced riders, they are often feeling a little rusty when they first arrive. They may also feel uncertain about the new riding conditions and an unfamiliar bike. So the first day we will pick you up at your hotel with your riding gear and take you to Casa Sierra for poolside orientation where you will meet your fellow riders. We’ll set up each bike with the right seats and settings for every rider and passenger, talk about differences in roads and driving practices, and then take a short and leisurely familiarization ride to neighboring lakeshore towns.  At the end of the day we’ll return to Casa Sierra to enjoy cocktails around the pool and dinner on the terrace.

Our first morning on the road will see us riding through farmland lush with sugar cane, berries, and the beautiful blue agave used to make tequila.  After stopping for refreshments at a spectacular restored 17th century hacienda, we’ll continue the short distance to the archaeological wonder that is Guachimontones, site of the only circular pyramids in the Americas.  Our lunch restaurant overlooks a nearby lake, and you can choose from a delicious variety of dishes including frog legs, a traditional local favorite. We’ll skirt the south side of Guadalajara on the ride home, where we’ll again enjoy cocktails at Casa Sierra before heading out to a local restaurant for dinner.

The “beaches” part of the tour will include the convenience of having our support vehicle to carry your luggage. The next morning, after packing for 3 nights and checking out of your hotel, we’ll head through farmland and over curvy mountain roads toward the Pacific coast. Our first destination will be the small beach town of Barra de Navidad, a popular seaside getaway featuring both relaxed and elegant dining choices. We’ll catch an ocean sunset from a beach bar and enjoy margaritas and beer in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.  Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant of choice.

The next morning after breakfast, we’ll head north on the coastal highway, where the pavement mirrors the curves of the foothills and coastal lowlands amid groves of coconuts and tropical fruit. We’ll pass through the famous resort towns of Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta to reach the tranquil beach community of Guayabitos. This moderate day of riding will allow ample time for relaxation at our beachfront hotel and maybe a dip in the ocean.

Following a leisurely breakfast the following day, we’ll take a restful 50-kilometer ride to the nearby beach town of Punta de Mita. Time will permit those who wish to take a water taxi out to the incredibly exquisite and geologically-unique Marietta Islands for a rare snorkeling experience. Entering the mid-island lagoon through a series of caves is a once-in-a-lifetime experience enjoyable for even the novice snorkeler.  Our hotel is nestled among ocean-view restaurants with fabulous food where you simply must try the local specialty, freshly-caught grilled mahi-mahi.

A feast of fabulous riding awaits us the following day as we experience the most mountainous and longest ride of the week. After skirting the edge of Puerto Vallarta, we’ll soon begin climbing into the stunningly magnificent Sierras. The mountain scenery is spectacular and the sweepers and twisties are endless and breathtaking as we climb back up to 5,500’. By now your riding skills and confidence will be at a high level, and mastering this road will be the reward. We’ll enjoy lunch at a rustic and funky roadside restaurant serving authentic Mexican beef and beans accompanied by hand-made tortillas hot off the grill. When we arrive back in Ajijic we’ll return you to your hotel.  This evening presents another opportunity for us to dine together or on your own if you so choose.

Our last day includes several highlights. We’ll visit a magic town, or “Pueblo Mágico,” the alpine village of Mazamitla, where we’ll enjoy a cappuccino and classic Mexican pastry on the town plaza in the shadow of the village church. Making our way through gentle mountain curves, we’ll head east while marveling at unique panoramic views created by ancient volcanic activity. Following a pleasant lunch, we’ll ride past lush farmland to a lakeside village where we’ll witness a true wonder of nature – the gathering in one place of thousands of Canadian white pelicans who winter in this spot each year. We’ll reach Ajijic in time for cocktails and our farewell dinner at Casa Sierra.

This is an excellent tour for both two-ups and solo riders.

As accomplished riders of this Mexican adventure, the following day you’ll depart for home, only to dream of your return visit.

Mountains & Beaches (Preseason - subtract $200 per bike) Nov 25 - Dec 3, 2017
(8 hotel nights, 7 riding days)
Sat (Nov 25) Guests arrive
Sun (Nov 26) Registration, Ride & Welcome Dinner
Mon - Fri (Nov 27 - Dec 1) Ride
Sat (Dec 2) Ride & Farewell Dinner
Sun (Dec 3) Guests depart

Mountains & Beaches Feb 17 - 25, 2018
(8 hotel nights, 7 riding days)
Sat (Feb 17) Guests arrive
Sun (Feb 18) Registration, Ride & Welcome Dinner
Mon - Fri (Feb 19 - 23) Ride
Sat (Feb 24) Ride & Farewell Dinner
Sun (Feb 25) Guests depart





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