Colombia

ROAD BIKING ADVENTURE

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Highlights

*Bike rental included*
Bogota’s ciclovia – ride through the city with no cars
Spectacular cycling in the coffee region
Warm hospitality in lodges and B&Bs
Soak in natural hot springs
Coffee plantation tour
Hiking in famous Parque los Nevados
15-day: Finish in iconic & colonial Cartagena

11-day: $2,699

Road Bike Tour

Dates (Sat > Tuesday):
Sep 23 – Oct 3
Nov 18 – 28
Dec 30 – Jan 9
March 10 – 20
April 7 – 17
June 9 – 19

*Private groups of 6 or more select their own dates*

15-Day: $3,499

Road Bike Tour

Dates (Sat > Sat):
Sep 23 – Oct 7
Nov 18 – Dec 2
Dec 30 – Jan 13
March 10 – 24
April 7 – 21
June 9 – 23

*Private groups of 6 or more select their own dates*

Guaranteed Departures

No more worrying about whether or not a trip will run due to group size. If you book, you go.

Daily Itinerary

Nowhere in Latin America is cycling such a respected and adored sport, especially in the classic towns of the mountainous coffee region we ride through. Crafted to showcase Colombia’s legendary diversity and introduce you to its wonderful people, this road cycling trip is much more than a fantastic ride.

*Note: The 11-day riders will end in Medellin and the 15-day riders will end in Cartagena.

Days 1 & 2: Bogotá

We set the tone immediately by joining hundreds of locals as they ride through the streets of Bogota without any vehicle traffic. The famous Ciclovia offers a great way to explore the city. Some of the best food, bars, street art, and museums in South America to start the trip.

Day 3: Honda

Today we come down from the mountains and pass through multiple ecosystems on the way to Honda, a busy little town next to one of the most important rivers in the country, Rio Magdalena.

Day 4: Manzanares

The first of many historic colonial towns we pass through, this is your introduction to the famous Andes mountains as we climb out of the valley and up to Manzanares. Tucked away in the emerald mountains, Manzanares is a welcoming stopover.

Days 5/6: Manizales

We spend an extra day in Manizales to take advantage of the countless adventures it has to offer. Visit a rural coffee plantation, hike up to the famous páramo (an important and beautiful ecosystem totally unique to this region) at the base of the tallest peak in the country, or soak in one of the many natural hot springs nearby. Can’t get enough biking? We’ve got some fun optional riding lined up, too.

Days 7: Jericó

Back on the bikes today as we venture way up into the mountains. Jericó is recognized as a national “Pueblo Patrimonial” and maintains its rustic Colombian cowboy feel. Picturesque and off the beaten path, few visitors make their way up here. This is central Colombia.

Day 8: Santa Fe de Antioquia

Down to the valley below, today we have a gorgeous ride along the Cauca River en route to Santa Fe de Antioquia, another iconic town known for its original colonial architecture and beautiful courtyards.

Days 9/10: Medellín

Progressive and full of interesting history, “The City of Eternal Spring” has undergone a massive makeover since the days of drug lord, Pablo Escobar. The city has served as a shining example for urban design: green spaces everywhere and a top-notch transportation system, including the cable car lines that we’ll take up to Parque Arvi for some of the best views of Medellin.

Day 11: Departure from Medellín/Valdivia

For everyone heading out today, we’ll arrange a shuttle to the airport. For those venturing on, we get out of the city and head north as we make our way to the Caribbean. Much flatter roads and warmer temperatures – the Andes are behind us now.

Day 12: Tolú

A long ride and a long transfer gets us to Tolú, a sleepy beach town. Take a dip in the ocean and enjoy the laid back vibe after a full day.

Days 13 & 14: Cartagena

Easily one of the more picturesque colonial cities in all of the Americas, Cartagena is loaded with fantastic restaurants, history, and Caribbean sunshine. Visit the classic old town or check out one of the nearby Spanish castles. Regardless of what you do, there’s no better place to end our adventure through Colombia.

Day 15: Departure from Cartagena

Today we part ways after dropping you off at the international airport. We’ll send you on your way with an incredible cycling trip under your belt.

440 Total Cycling Miles (320 for 11-day)

Avg. miles/day 40
Cycling days (8 for 11-day) 11
% paved roads 85
% unpaved roads 15

Road biking in Colombia is unlike anywhere else in Latin America and even on a world stage, it ranks high. For this trip we use drop down road bikes and stick almost entirely to paved roads. Like always, we accommodate a wide range of speeds but come prepared to test your legs and your lungs on some impressive climbs – Colombia’s mountains are as tough as they are beautiful.

No backpacker hostels, no all-inclusive resorts. We look for clean, comfortable, and always thoughtfully selected. This trip features cozy mountain cabins, charming B&Bs, and upgraded rooms wherever we stay for two nights. All rooms are booked as double occupancy unless you opt for an individual room (single supplement) at an additional cost.

As is the case throughout South America, meat is a big part of the diet so come prepared to eat plenty of chicken, beef, pork, or fish near the coast. Luckily, Colombian food is diverse and fresh produce is not hard to come by. Most dishes come with rice, beans, and plantains. And the fruit – nowhere is the fruit as delicious and varied as Colombia. Fantastic coffee and refreshing beer always available.

For all trips, Day 1 is the arrival date and the last day is the departure date. Please note that we do not book international flights.
11-day: Arrive BOG > Depart MDE | 15-day: Arrive BOG > Depart CTG

But really, is Colombia safe?

We get this question all the time and we completely understand why. Colombia’s past isn’t exactly all rainbows and butterflies, but having been up and down the country multiple times our local team will tell you that without a doubt, the places we visit are not only safe, but incredibly welcoming. Colombians are eager to prove why their country is emerging as as a wonderful travel destination.

Included

*Bike rental*
All accommodations
All in-country transportation, including airport transfers
All breakfasts, some lunches and dinners
Support vehicle with snacks and water
Bilingual staff, including mechanic
Bogota’s famous Ciclovia
Hot Springs in Manizales
Cable car ride up Parque Arvi in Medellin

Not Included

Airfare to/from Colombia
Travel/medical insurance (required)
Trip cancellation insurance (recommended)
Single supplement for individual rooms (11-day: $275 / 15-day: $375)
Tips for guides

Difficulty Level: Challenging

In terms of the cycling, Colombia is a challenging trip but is designed to be enjoyed by the well-prepared commuter as well as avid cyclists. Regardless, the support vehicle is always there if you need a lift. Want more info? Contact us and we’ll send you the elevation profiles for each day.

Questions? Let’s talk it out…

Feeling like you need to talk to someone before booking? Never done anything like this before? Worried about flights or just curious to hear more about our approach to designing trips?

Call or email with ANY question and we’ll gladly help. Seriously, there’s a lot going on here so don’t hesitate.

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