Medellín Scooter Rentals has been in business for a few years in Medellín renting scooters and motorcycles to enable visitors to Medellín to explore the city and surrounding area using one of the easiest ways possible – on a scooter or motorcycle.
Jenson is the expat owner of Medellín Scooter Rentals. And he has been living in Medellín for about six years.
When Jenson first arrived in Medellín, just like everyone he was mainly taking a Medellín taxi everywhere he went in the city. If he wanted to go to anywhere he had to take a taxi or public transportation.
He wanted to rent a scooter or motorcycle because he noticed that this was the easiest way to get around the city and did not have to pay for parking in most places.
So, Jenson started searching for scooter and motorcycle rental companies. But he couldn’t find any in Medellín. He did find a place in Cali and Bogota, but they focused on long distance tours. But he wasn’t looking for this. He wanted to rent a scooter or motorcycle in Medellín.
For example, if he wanted to go to Guatapé on the weekend as in the photo above, he could rent a scooter or motorcycle and just go. And he didn’t have to take a taxi or bus and be under time constraints. A scooter or motorcycle gives you more freedom to do whatever you want.
More About Medellín Scooter Rentals
So, Jenson decided to start the Medellín Scooter Rentals business in late 2015. His goal was to offer flexibility to customers with several different models of scooters and motorcycles available and also offering flexible rental durations from hours to days to weeks and up to a month.
Jenson feels like when you arrive at a destination, of course you can rent a car. But the reason people rent scooters or motorcycles is because it can be easier to get around in the city for a lower cost. And most of all, the experience of riding a scooter or a motorcycle in a different country can be quite fun.
Also, for scooters and motorcycles it seems like they have special areas in most of the parking places in Medellín and it’s almost like VIP parking.
In addition, if you have not driven a car in a city similar to Medellín, a rental car can definitely be a challenge with the generally high costs for car rentals and insurance in Medellín, plus the traffic in the city and needing to find and pay for parking.
In comparison, a scooter or motorcycle can be much less expensive with a relatively small deposit. And insurance can be purchased at only 5,000 pesos per day and parking is much easier to find for a scooter or motorcycle.
Available Scooters and Motorcycles for Rent at Medellín Scooter Rentals
Medellín Scooter Rentals currently has the following scooter and motorcycle models available for rent: SYM CRO-X 125, KTM DUKE 200 and 390, Pulsar 200NS, Apache 200 and BMW F700GS.
The SYM CRO-X 125 is a popular and easy to ride scooter. And you don’t really need any experience. These are automatic scooters. You just get on it and give it the gas. While it isn’t a very powerful scooter, it does have enough power to take you and a passenger up a hill without any hesitation. They are also pretty lightweight scooters.
So, Medellín Scooter Rentals doesn’t require any experience. But Medellín Scooter Rentals does have a little training available for those that need it. If you can ride a bicycle then you can ride one of these scooters.
And you are only required to have a driver’s license and passport if you are a foreigner tourist and credit card for the deposit. And if you are Colombian or a resident foreigner, a Colombian drivers license is required.
Besides the scooters, Medellín Scooter Rentals also has some bigger power bikes for some customers that want to do touring around Colombia. Such customers always seem to rent the BMW’s. They currently have two BMWs and plan to get a few more in the near future. These are typically used for a week at a time for travel to Cali, Cartagena, Bogotá or wherever is a little further out.
Here is a list of rental costs for some of the scooters and motorcycles available at Medellín Scooter Rentals.
Medellín Scooter Rentals offers flexible rental times by the hour, day, week, and even by the month. Medellín Scooter Rentals also runs promotions quite often for a 10 or 20 percent discount for a group rental.
Furthermore, Medellín Scooter Rentals does not have milage limits. So, you are permitted to take the scooter or motorcycle anywhere within Colombia.
Other Rental Options at Medellín Scooter Rentals
The base rental cost includes one helmet and an additional helmet costs only a one-time 30,000 pesos fee. Additional rental options offered by Medellín Scooter Rentals include:
- GPS unit (with preprogrammed destinations) – 45,000 pesos
- GoPro video camera with 8GB data card – 45,000 pesos
- Riding gloves – 30,000 pesos
- Rain poncho – 15,000 pesos
- Bike alarm – 15,000 pesos
- Storage case that fits on the back of a scooter – 15,000 pesos
- Cargo net – 15,000 pesos
- Emergency cell phone – 30,000 pesos
- Sport backpack – 15,000 pesos
Typical Customers of Medellín Scooter Rentals
A majority of the scooter and motorcycle rental customers at Medellín Scooter Rentals are currently foreigners. Many of renters are backpackers staying at hostels in the area. Backpackers are accustomed to renting scooters.
In addition, Medellín is becoming a tourist destination for many foreigners, as the word is getting out that Colombia and Medellín has become a much safer place. People are becoming curious about what all the talk is about in Medellín and Colombia.
Some people rent the scooters or motorcycles for day trips to Guatapé and surrounding areas or for weekends. So, they can experience many of the destinations that surround Medellín like Parque Arví, Guatapé, Jardín, Santa Fe de Antioquia, Rio Claro Nature Reserve, Santa Elena, Hacienda Nápoles and many other destinations.
In addition, Medellín Scooter Rentals has maps or GPS units available for customers that aren’t too familiar with the area.
Furthermore, Medellín Scooter Rentals offers a guided tour to Guatapé and El Peñón and to other locations by request.
How to Get to Medellín Scooter Rentals
Medellín Scooter Rentals is located in El Poblado on Carrera 37 near Calle 10. It is located a short walk from Parque Lleras. Or it is located about a 15-minute walk from the Poblado metro station on Line A of the Medellín metro.
Address: Carrera 37 #10-19, El Poblado
Phone: +57 (322) 693-8581 (English and Español)
Hours: Monday to Friday: 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 6 pm. Holidays/Festivos: reservations and returns only
The Bottom Line: Medellín Scooter Rentals
Medellín Scooter Rentals has grown steadily over the past couple years, as there has been growing demand for a scooter and motorcycle rental business in Medellín.
I have talked to several customers of Medellín Scooter Rentals and they had good experiences. Also, Medellín Scooter Rentals has many positive reviews out on TripAdvisor.
So, if you are looking for a short-term or even a longer-term scooter or motorcycle rental to explore Medellín and the surrounding are, Medellín Scooter Rentals is recommended.
But take care when driving in Medellín. A recent study by the LA Network think tank ranked Medellín the 29th most dangerous city in Latin America to drive based on counts of traffic fatalities.
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