The tour that takes you to pedal two mountain ranges
pedal two mountain ranges
And get a broader view of Colombia’s cycling highlights
pedal the central and eastern mountain ranges
This tour gives you a more in depth inmersion into Colombian riding. It allows you to discover the two main mountain ranges in Colombia where most of the famous riders come from. It is a mix of our Letras and Coffee region tours in eight days of pure cycling.
This tour is a very diverse and balanced mix of guided great cycling routes around Bogotá and its landmark towns, the challenge to the famous Letras climb and a visit to the coffee region with an optional ending in the also famous La Línea reverse Climb.
It traverses two mountain ranges and will allow you to discover a variety of landscapes and get the most out of Colombian roads.
This tour gave us a glimpse into the variety of landscapes and culture that Colombia has to offer.
Type of experience:
6/9 (See levels)
Minimum 4 Max 15
Boutique – Luxury
DATES AND PRICES OF THE CHALLENGE
November 9 to 16th (FULL)
January 25th to February 1st 2020
February 22ndth to 29th 2020
(Smaller groups or custom dates?: Contact us)
DAY 1: Welcome in Bogotá and set-up
We will pick you up in the airport (with your bike if you’re bringing yours) and take you to the hotel. You’ll have the day free to explore the city depending on your arrival time and we can recommend some plans. In the meantime we will fit the pedals onto the rental bikes or assemble your bike if you chose to bring it. We will meet again late in the afternoon to test the bikes and be ready for the riding ahead. In the evening we will have a briefing dinner in one of the delicious restaurant options that Bogota has to offer.
day 2: get strong in a famous plateau ride
Pick up in the hotel early in the morning. We will ride in one of the most famous routes for cycling enthusiasts around Bogotá going from the nearby town of La Calera to Guatavita and ending in Zipaquirá. Visit the towns in the way and enjoying views of the Tomine reservoir.
Ride distance: 54 miles (86 Km)
Optional: Visit to the nearby attraction of the Salt Mine Cathedral of Zipaquira in the afternoon.
Stay in Zipaquirá. Hotel Cacique Real.
Day 3: ride the eastern andes and head to warmer lands
We will continue our journey through the Sabana de Bogotá plateau with a ride from Zipaquirá to La Vega. We will pass through some interesting towns such as Tabio and Subachoque and el Rosal in the edge of the plateau and then head on down to warmer temperatures until we reach the town of La Vega. We’ll have lunch and then transfer to our hotel in the town of Guaduas. In the afternoon we’ll visit a sugar cane juice factory.
Ride distance: 52 miles (83 Km)
Optional: Visit the Sugar Cane factory or relax by the pool.
Stay in Guaduas. Hotel Casa Blanca.
Day 4: The warm up across the magdalena valley
Pick up early in the morning and transfer to the Historical Town of Guaduas. Visit the Town center of Guaduas for a brief guided ride on the history and then a climb and a descent stopping in the town of Honda to discover the importance of this riverside town in Colonial times. We’ll enjoy a beatiful and scenic descent into the Magdalena river valley. The ride ends in Mariquita, a town in the foothills of the Central mountain range and the start of the main course of the trip: The Letras Climb.
Ride distance: 53 Km
Visit the markets and enjoying the local fruits.
Stay in Mariquita.
Day 5: Climb Letras
Early morning start to the Letras climb with full hydration and snack supports. Aprox time 5-8 hours depending on level. Return to Mariquita to rest.
Ride Distance: 82Km (uphill)
Stay in Mariquita.
Day 6: A ride to stretch the legs
Today we will take it easy to recover from yesterday’s achievement. Starting with a Coffee plantation tour in the beautiful Hacienda Venecia grounds. Then lunch and afterwards we will get back on our bikes to do some leg stretching as we go towards Pereira at a relaxed pace. Dinner is open for your selection.
Ride distance: 22miles (35km). Hotel Casa San Carlos Lodge
Day 7: In the heart of the coffee region
A scenic ride in the heart of the coffee region from the outskirts of Pereira to Montenegro. We’ll get a chance to see visit some pintoresque towns on the way, pass through the Cauca river Valley and taste some delicious tropical fruits.
The afternoon is free to visit the famous Parque Nacional del Café (coffee national park) which is in walking distance of our hotel.
We’ll have a nice farewell dinner, a beer or two and recap on the great experience we’ve had.
Ride Distance: 46 miles (73 Km). Hotel El Eden del Parque del Café
Day 8: Farewell
A nice breakfast and then get everything ready to leave at 10:30 am in an airport shuttle towards Armenia’s El Edén airport and end of the tour.
Please schedule your flights no earlier than noon. Most flights go to Bogotá where you can stay or make a connection to other destinations in Colombia such as Cartagena, Santa Marta, Medellín. (airfare not included)
OPTIONAL Day 8: climb to Calarcá or climb to La Linea and transfer to Bogotá
Early morning start with a transfer Calarcá as the starting point of another epic climb to end your pedaling holidays with two amazing achievements: La Línea reverse climb with full hydration and snack supports. Aprox time 4-6 hours depending on level. Once we reach the top we’ll hop into the vehicle, get lunch and a shower and continue a 4 hour journey back to Bogotá dropping you in your hotel of choice.
Ride distance: 30Km Uphill
Price USD 190 for the ride plus the tranportation to Bogotá
- Logistics and preparation of a unique and exclusive experience.
- English speaking guides who are avid or pro cyclists and can really enrich your journey
- Breakfasts, Lunches and dinners
- Hydration and snacks during the routes
- Accomodation in boutique hotels with excellent comfort and amenities based on double occupancy.
- Accident Insurance.
- Emergency Assistance, logistics
- Support Vehicle
- Transfers to and from airport or hotel
WHAT’s not INCLUDEd:
- Personal Items purchased during the trip.
- Alcoholic Drinks or extra meals you want to buy on the way.
- Other Activities
- Tips for your Guides
- Road Bike (you can bring your own or rent one from us)
Don’t think twice, contact us or book now! The worst regret is not to live life to the fullest, and you will not regret this adventure.
8 day twice andes tourPedal the two most important mountain ranges in Colombia
8 day twice andes + bikeThe challenge including a Carbon Bike Rental with Shimano 105
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Frequently asked Questions and logistics
worry free policies
We want you to have the best experience with us, that’s why we have these policies:
Small Groups for a memorable experience: Our participant limit is 12 people. We Will Have 1 Guide for every 6-8 people at most.
Book with a deposit that you won’t loose if you can’t go : Book with a small deposit and we will contact you for the rest of the payment that way you can organize your agenda and flights and pay the remaining before the deadline. If for any reason you can’t go before the deadline, we’ll save the deposit for you to use it in any of our trips.
Minimum Number of participants: We need at least 4 people to carry out our scheduled tours. If we don’t get the numbers we will still do the trip with a small 10% increase in the price.
get there and back
Departure and Arrival: The Place of departure is from Bogotá. We offer you transportation in the fee to and from your hotel or airport. After completing the climb we can arrange a private transfer to Manizales.
TIPS FOR THE TRIP
Physical and technical level: One of the key points to achieve the challenge and have a great time is to be honest with your physical level. It Is a challenge that someone with intermediate level of road riding can achieve. Finishing is the goal and if your body or mind do not allow you to continue remember that we have an accompanying vehicle but you are not going to give up so easyly, or are you?
Climate and Altitude: The ride will be between a height of 400 to 3700 meters. It will be in the range from hot to cold weather.
Stay: You will be staying in comfortable hotels with a pool.
Food: breakfasts and lunches are included in the trip. At Night we leave the freedom of each one to choose their menu in local restaurants. Hydration and snacks Are included during pedaling.
Insurance: For your Safety We include an accident insurance on the trip covering the trip. In any case it is mandatory to have your own medical insurance.
Tips: Our guides are open to tips if you think you have received an excellent service and want to support them.
Security: The area where the tour will take place has no problems of public order, anyway we have coordination with the local police and we have vehicle support.
what to bring?
Bicycle: You can bring your own bike or we can rent one for you. We’ll have mechanical assistance.
Baggage: We will carry the luggage for the tour days in the support vehicle. We Suggest that they be: 3 bicycle outfits, 3 dry casual outfits and a waterproof jacket. A pair of tennis or spare sandals. Basic cleaning Material. In Addition to this everyone must wear their cycling elements: Helmet, Gloves, Tools, Glasses.