Ride through different weather and landscapes. Challenge yourself with long challenging climbs and thrilling descents. Discover Cartagena de Indias, the Colombian Caribbean and the Cultural Coffee Landscape (Coffee Triangle).
iding from Bogotá through the middle of the Andes Mountains to the Caribbean city of Cartagena is all you imagine and more! It’s an epic adventure, a challenge and the best way to experience Colombia.
Our tour has been named by “The National” as one of the 10 BEST Cycling tours in the world!
And in 2014 we are improving it by adding incredible stages: over the three Andes mountain ranges of Colombia, impressive high plateaus, coffee highlands and haciendas, long and challenging climbs, thrilling descents and warm and sunny valleys.
Usually 2 people in a shared room. Single supplement is available upon request. All our hotels are clean and pleasant, perfect for ending your riding day.
Safety is our highest priority. The guide’s decisions will always have your safety in mind. We notify local authorities of activities and we do all we can to minimize any accidents. Our Guides are First Aid Certified.
We highly recommend bringing and using your own road bike, previously checked by a mechanic. Helmets are mandatory. Recommended is also a basic repair kit.
Given the variety of altitude gains and drops we will experience, the weather will be variable. We will check forecasts daily, but be prepared for unpredictable weather.
Carrying large amounts of cash is not necessary as the necessary expenses are covered. Alcoholic beverages and anything not specifically covered on the tour should be allotted for.
All luggage will be transported by the support vehicle. We recommend also carrying a spare change of clothing with your luggage.
We start with a peaceful and pleasant ride as we warm up for the coming climb. After 40 kms of very little action, well have our first descent of 30 kms before climbing 10 kms to the small town of Viani. Enjoy the incredible landscapes as we begin to enter warmer climates.
After a short stage of short climbs and descents, the Magdalena River Vally opens, with a long descent to reach the valley floor. A great way to give some rest to your legs before the great challenge coming up the next day – Alto de las Letras.
A magnificent monster of a stage, 82 kms of continuous climbing and 20 kms of descent separate Mariquita from Manizales. This is one to experience, it is indescribable. A test of patience, perseverance from which comes great rewards. Starting at 700 meters above sea level, climbing to 3800 meters above sea level, you’ll experience all possible climates and the ultimate satisfaction of completing this amazing stage.
Following our monster stage the previous day, this day provides some challenge, but rewards you with some of the most incredible landscapes Colombia has to offer. We start with a swift descent, nearly 30 kms of it will be cruising down to the Cauca River valley, which we will see for the next few days. We couldn’t finish the day with out a good climb! Climbing from 800 meters above sea level to our destination at 1800 meters above sea level will have our spirits high.
La Pintada lives up to its name – “The Painting.” At the foothills of the central Andean Colombian mountain range, is a jewel of a town, banked by the second largest river in Colombia and lush tropical vegetation. This stage is much less demanding, rather flat and downwards, a great way to recover from our previous mountain stages.
A new day, a new challenge – Alto de Minas (Height of the Mines). This legendary climb, which forged the story of “Los Escarabajos” or The Beetles, during the big cycling routes of the 1980s. We will have 40 kms of climbing to overcome. At the crest of this climb, you will see Medellin, our resting spot at the end of this riding day.
The route we take between Medellin and Yarumal is off the main rode a welcome change to the extensive climbing we’ve been doing. The still beauty of the Colombian “cold land”, per Colombian standards, welcomes us. Yarumal is an intriguing and completely overlooked town, a mountain village, completely different from what we’ve experienced so far. Perhaps, it will be one of the most picturesque places on this tour.
Today we go down, down and down! The Alto de Ventanas (Height of the Windows) is where the Andes Mountain range begins to open to the Caribbean plains.
Although Sincelejo might not rank high on tourism “must sees”, we love this city. Perhaps it’s the way the people talk, or their Caribbean flare. It’s the perfect starting point as we ride to the Montes de Maria, The Maria Hills, an elevation in the middle of the plains. Rolling pastures, tons of cows and other livestock, leads us to San Jancinto. A town of handicrafts, and history worthy of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel. Here, ancient slave’s chants found fertile ground and grew the traditions of what is now one of Colombia’s musical centers.
Our last day! It’s an (almost) painless day. Only 100 kms to go before we reach, “La Heroica”. Both our ride and the city of Cartagena have shown great valor, perseverance and lasting history. It’s fitting that this will be our destination. Enjoy the amazing architecture, incredible sunsets, warm days and nights and the self-realization that you’ve ridden over 1000 kms to be there in that moment.
A day at the beach is a well deserved reward.
The next day, we’ll have one last meal as a group, to share our experience, or joys and struggles and remember that we all did it, we rode over this amazing country, Colombia.
It’s simple. We love Colombia. We love the planet. We love what we do. We have traveled Colombia in search of authentic experiences which meet our global standards for quality service, ecological stewardship and social responsibility. We collaborate with travel outfitters and foundations to preserve Colombia’s vast biodiversity, rich cultural heritage and local economies. We create the perfect travel experience for our clients every time, with the highest level detail and service from start to finish.