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) while 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, the group will gather at Casa Sierra 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 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, giving 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.
Aldama 31, Ajijic, Mexico
Day 2 Tour Destination
Tlajomulto de Zuñiga
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Aldama 31, Ajijic, Mexico
For four more days we will meet each morning at Casa Sierra and set out to explore another area. Although routes may vary depending on the conditions and the preferences of our guests, we expect to include visits to alpine resort towns, a major archaeological site to the northwest, and the colonial heart of Guadalajara (on a quiet Sunday morning), followed by a great ride through the canyons to the north. The routes include lots of spectacular mountain views, twisty two-lane blacktop, colonial and pre-colonial architecture and the wonderful flavors of Mexico.
Our end-of-October Hub and Spoke features 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 email@example.com to receive more details about this holiday. This tour also takes maximum advantage of enjoying the gorgeous flora to be found at this time of year. The rains will have ended and the riotous colors of the wildflowers will pop against green fields and pastures, an enjoyable backdrop for our travels.
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’s) and latitude (similar to Hawaii’s) 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 1950s 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.
Your tour includes accommodations at the upper end of Mexican hotels with hearty breakfast, motorcycle rental with liability, theft, and limited collision 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).
What's not included?
Not included is airfare, helmet and apparel, lunches and some dinners, gasoline, personal spending and tips.
What to Expect Upon Arrival
We will greet you at the international airport in Guadalajara, and take you to your accommodations in the charming, cobblestoned town of Ajijic, a short ride of just 25 minutes. We will provide free pick up and returns for flights arriving between 8 am and 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.
Our first morning, we will pick you up with your riding gear and take you to 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. That evening the group will enjoy hacienda-style cocktails and dinner.
Solo rider - shared room * $2,297
Solo rider - solo room $2,634
Couple sharing bike & hotel $3,240
Solo rider - shared room * $2,353
Solo rider - solo room $2,690
Couple sharing bike & hotel $3,296
Solo rider - shared room * $2,465
Solo rider - solo room $2,802
Couple sharing bike & hotel $3,577
Solo rider - shared room * $2,522
Solo rider - solo room $2,859
Couple sharing bike & hotel $3,633
Reserve Your Spot
Registration, briefing, familiarization ride & welcome dinner at Casa Sierra.
Ride through farm land to a colonial hacienda and an archeological site.
Ride to Tapalpa and para-sailing.
Ride to colonial center of Guadalajara and north through the canyons.
Ride to Mazamitla, Sahuayo and Petatán, then back to Casa Sierra for a farewell dinner.