Known in Mexico as “El Espinazo del Diablo,” the Devil’s Backbone is one of the world’s greatest but least publicized routes for motorcyclists. We have connected a series of jaw-dropping mountain and canyon roads to create The Double Devil, a magnificent loop of almost 2,000 kilometers (1,211 miles) through western Mexico.
All roads are paved and packed full of untamed mountain riding at its best. Combined with three nights at beautiful Pacific coast beaches for some rest and relaxation, The Double Devil is without doubt a “rider’s ride,” requiring advanced mountain riding and cornering skills.
The trip begins in our home town of Ajijic, at an altitude of 5,000’, located on the edge of the Western Sierra Madre range. Our first day takes us through the farm-rich hills surrounding Lake Chapala, Mexico’s largest lake, and into the Southern Sierra Madre mountain range to an excellent hotel near the classic town of Mascota. The abundance of curves and elevation changes in this range provides us with a fitting warm-up for the days ahead.
Our second day on the road takes us past villages which, until a few years ago, were accessible only by mule train and, more recently, aircraft. Then it’s down the western slope to the Pacific playground of Puerto Vallarta and along the coast to the beautiful but little-known beach town of Guayabitos for the night. From Guayabitos we will follow the foothills to the base of the Devil’s Backbone itself and our comfortable hotel in Mazatlán, our home for the next two nights.
Aldama 31, Ajijic, Mexico
Rincón de Guayabitos, Mexico
Accommodations for day 4 and 5
Isla de La Piedra, Stone Island, Mazatlan, Mexico
El Salto, Mexico
Isla de la Piedra, Mazatlan, Mexico
Day 6 destination
Day 6 destination
Day 7 destination
Day 7 destination
In years past, the Devil’s Backbone was a remote road, difficult to get to and often blocked by slow-moving trucks making the arduous trip up the steep and narrow trail into the backcountry of Mexico. It was the only passable route in 500 miles through the jagged mountains from the coast to the interior of the country. This situation has recently changed dramatically with the completion of a $2.2 billion (US) superhighway connecting the port of Mazatlán to the industrial heartland of Mexico through 63 tunnels and over the world’s tallest suspension bridge. Our first day of riding the Backbone begins by travelling up the spectacular new highway, then looping around and down the original, beautifully maintained, twisty road to the coast.
The following day, we will ride up the original Backbone, this time continuing on to the famous city of Durango for the night. The next stop is Zacatecas, once a wealthy silver-mining town, and one of the most important colonial cities in New Spain. The United Nations has designated Zacatecas a World Heritage Site because of the spectacular architecture in the historic city center. Our final day on the road will take us home to Ajijic by way of our favorite burrito restaurant in the town of Moyahua and through the stunning canyons on the outskirts of Guadalajara.
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 * $3,242
Solo rider - solo room $3,467
Couple sharing bike & hotel $4,381
Solo rider - shared room * $3,305
Solo rider - solo room $3,530
Couple sharing bike & hotel $4,468
Solo rider - shared room * $3,430
Solo rider - solo room $3,655
Couple sharing bike & hotel $4,643
Solo rider - shared room * $3,529
Solo rider - solo room $3,754
Couple sharing bike & hotel $4,780
Reserve Your Spot
Guests arrive at Guadalajara international airport and are driven to Ajijic.
Registration, briefing and a 3.5 hour warm-up ride to Mascota.
Ride to the Pacific coast at Guayabitos.
Ride to Isla de la Piedra near Mazatlán.
Ride up the Sierra Madre Occidental on the new highway to El Salto and return to Isla de la Piedra.
Ride up the Devil's Backbone past El Salto to Durango.
Ride to Zacatecas via Sombrerete.
Ride to Ajijic and farewell dinner.
Guests are driven to the airport for departing flights.