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 a Saturday when we greet you at the Guadalajara airport and bring you to our home by Lake Chapala. Ajijic’s alluring 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.

8

Hotel Nights

7

Riding Days

1566km

Distance (Approx)

Starting At:

$2,753 US

Casa Sierra

Aldama 31, Ajijic, Mexico

Day 2 - day trip to Mezcala and back

Mezcala, Mexico

Day 2

Aldama 31, Ajijic, Mexico

Day 3 - day trip to the round pyramids and back

Guachimontones, Teuchitlán, Mexico

Day 4

Ahuisculco, Mexico

Day 4 destination

Aldama 31, Ajijic, Mexico

Day 4 destination

Barra de Navidad, Mexico

Day 5 destination

Rincón de Guayabitos, Mexico

Day 6 destination

Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Day 8 - day trip to the alpine village of Mazamitla

Aldama 31, Ajijic, Mexico

Day 8 - day trip to Mazamitla

Mazamitla, Mexico

Petatán, Mexico

Aldama 31, Ajijic, Mexico

waterfall

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.

After a leisurely breakfast the following day, we’ll take a restful 50-kilometre 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 Magical 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 return to Ajijic in time for cocktails and our farewell dinner at Casa Sierra.

What's included?

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.

Pricing

  • Couple sharing bike & hotel $4,105

    Solo rider - shared room * $3,053

    Solo rider - solo room $3,453

  • Couple sharing bike & hotel $4,233

    Solo rider - shared room * $3,120

    Solo rider - solo room $3,520

  • Couple sharing bike & hotel $4,505

    Solo rider - shared room * $3,253

    Solo rider - solo room $3,653

  • Couple sharing bike & hotel $4,610

    Solo rider - shared room * $3,358

    Solo rider - solo room $3,758

Reserve Your Spot

    Schedule

  • Day 1

    Guests arrive at Guadalajara international airport and are picked up and taken to their hotel in Ajijic.

  • Day 2

    Registration, briefing, familiarization with your bike, warm-up ride to Mezcala and welcome cocktails and dinner at Casa Sierra.

  • Day 3

    Ride to a colonial hacienda, round pyramids archeological site and home for cocktails at Casa Sierra.

  • Day 4

    Ride to the beach town of Barra de Navidad.

  • Day 5

    Ride to the beach town of Guayabitos.

  • Day 6

    Short ride to a beach hotel near Puerto Vallarta.

  • Day 7

    Ride through the Sierra Madre Occidental to Ajijic.

  • Day 8

    Ride to the alpine village of Mazamitla, then along the south shore of Lake Chapala and home for cocktails and farewell dinner at Casa Sierra.

  • Day 9

    Guests are driven to the airport for departing flights.