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

The Heart and Soul of Mexico


10 night vacation; 8.5 touring days
Approx. 2,100 kilometers (1,305 miles)

Into the Heart of Mexico was the first tour offered by Riders of the Sierra Madre and has become the longest running ride in the company’s history.  It has continued to fascinate us (and all those who have taken it) for some very good reasons.  The tour is based on great riding conditions—paved curving mountain roads through the Sierra Madre mountain ranges, the Thousand Hills (Mil Cumbres), the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, and Pacific beaches are at the top of the riders list.  But, great riding and beautiful landscapes are only the beginning.  The tour is also greatly enriched by our experience with the social and cultural side of the experience.  This area where the Mexican people have flourished for centuries, creating a rich history and strong cultural foundation in the arts, music and cuisine which they are proud to share with visitors.

It all starts when we greet you at the Guadalajara airport and bring you back to our home by Lake Chapala.  Ajijic’s beautiful setting and superb climate has made it a popular year-round community for thousands of Canadian and American expatriates.

The first morning of our program begins with an introduction to your bike and a poolside meeting on the art of riding in Mexico. We will talk about what you need to know to be comfortable and safe through the riding adventure ahead.  We will ensure that your bike is set up to suit your needs and then go out for a couple of hours of warm-up riding and familiarization which includes a visit to some fascinating lakeside towns and a 200 year old island fortress.  By the end of the day, any doubts and “riding rustiness” will be gone, and you will be back in your riding groove and relaxing at the welcoming cocktails and dinner at our home base, Casa Sierra.

Our first morning on the road will take us northeast into the cradle of Mexico’s war of independence from Spain—the famous and beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Guanajuato.  Here the first battle of “Independence” was fought and one of the most incredible acts of courage was performed, which turned the tide of battle and of history.  We will ride through mining tunnels under the city streets and emerge near our hotel on a beautiful treed plaza in the heart of the city.  Looking down on the plaza and our hotel is a giant monument to the heroic miner who single-handedly penetrated the Spanish stronghold under fire while wearing a slab of stone for armor.  Around the beautiful plaza, we will have our choice of European-style sidewalk cafés for a fabulous dinner. 

Not to be outdone, the next day’s destination will be another World Heritage Site, this time noted for its natural beauty and ecological importance as the wintering site of millions of migrating Monarch butterflies who come from as far away as southern Canada.  The pinpoint accuracy of the Monarch’s navigation still baffles scientists but it is known that they return to the same place as their ancestors left several generations before.

The ride from the Monarchs to our next World Heritage Site, the magnificent colonial city of Morelia, will take us through a forested mountainous area called Mil Cumbres, on a twisty road that winds through the hills and forests and is one of our all-time favorite roads.  We will stay in a restored centuries old hotel made of pink limestone, less than a block from one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the “new world.”  Morelia is an elegant example of the sophisticated European side of Mexico and a major center for universities and the arts.

After passing through Pátzcuaro and other colonial towns renowned for their artisans, we will pay a visit to one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World.”  Parícutin was the site of the birth of a modern volcano which first began to erupt from a tiny crack in a cornfield in front of an awestruck farmer in 1943 and by 1952 had buried the nearby town, leaving only the church steeple standing above the lava.  We will spend the night in the alpine town of Mazamitla before making our dash for the Pacific Coast and a two-night rest stop in the charming little beach town of Barra de Navidad.  The town offers local fishing charters and is also a good location for exploring the larger resort town of Manzanillo to the south, which bills itself as the sailfish capital of the world, or the many smaller beach towns like La Manzanilla, well-known for its impressive crocodile population.

The trip from Barrra de Navidad northward along the coast features gentle hills and plenty of curves as we carve through the foothills into Puerto Vallarta and onward to the surfing and snorkeling haven of Punta de Mita.  A nearby super luxury Four Seasons Resort has raised the profile of this friendly and relaxed beach town but not changed its easy-going ways, except to raise the quality of its restaurants to an outstanding level—a treat for our last night on the road.
The trip back to Ajijic takes us across a corner of Puerto Vallarta and then once again into mountain country as we climb quickly to 5,000’ through the Sierra Madre del Sur and related mountain ranges.  After a feast of mountain twisties and spectacular scenery, we descend into the interior agricultural valley which specializes in sugar cane farming and processing and blue agave production for the tequila industry.  It is a full day of riding but we will be back to Casa Sierra just in time for cocktails by the pool, and our farewell dinner.


Hear & Soul of Mexico   Feb 1 - 11, 2018
(10 hotel-nights; 9 riding days
Thurs (Feb 1) Guests arrive
Fri (Feb 2) Registration, Ride & Welcome Dinner
Sat - Fri (Feb 3 - 9) Ride
Sat (Feb 10) Ride & Farewell Dinner
Sun (Feb 11) Guests depart




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