Yes - thank you Quindio for the references to Ed, the hostel owner. I will be making it a point to stay there at least one night. Bogota has some advantages, being the largest (cheapest ?) airport and very cheap long term parking - $20/month. But the coffee region is surely a nicer place to be. Just for fun I wanted to look at different bikes for Colombia. In reality, motorcycles come in a lot of flavors, and all of them will get you around. Most types have been used for long distance travel, too. So I looked at a range of possibilities, mostly focused on the budget (cheap) end. One of my favorite contributors here (WileyRTW) has done long distances on a 250cc Chinese bike . He was happy with it, and it still ran at the end. But his trip was a few years ago. He paid only around $1500 for it, new. So I checked out a few similar ones for myself, starting lower on the pecking order, in order to rival that price. Here is my top (bottom) pick. For $1000 you can have a brand new 125CC AKT: https://www.aktmotos.com/motos/street/nkd-125 AKT is a Colombian company that imports parts and "kits" from China. They do assembly and sales. Currently they have about 15% of the Colombian motorcycle market. If I was riding primarily in town and had a dealer nearby, I would consider one. The best deal ? The least expensive all-rounder (can do highway with authority) would be the Bajaj Dominar. It has a similar motor as the KTM Duke 390, but is priced way lower at about $4000 new. Used, not abused, for $3000. You get a detuned, heavier, more touring oriented, more comfortable, bike for super cheap. These are built in India by the same company that makes certain KTMs. The quality is there. The power difference is 40 hp for the Dominar vs 43 hp for the Duke. The Duke is about 60 lbs lighter as well. I think Bajaj is the most popular brand in Colombia. Their top selling models are 180 and 200cc. I would prefer one of them to anything Chinese, at this point. If you do not do much mountain riding, one of them would be fine. The 400cc Dominar is rare - I never saw one - but it should do fine in the mountains. The cheapest bike you can rent would be the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The best known rental agency (Motolombia, in Cali) has one for $50/ day. There is another one in Bogota for $90/day. I would tend to stay away from them based on another ride report here by JoeMotocross, the Utah moto-fundamentalist. He rented two of them in India and had a lot of issues. At least he didn't own them. The next step up from the Himalayan are good bikes. Suzuki 650 DR can be had for $80 a day and a bit above that are the BMW 650-800s.