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Welcome to the high mountains of Colombia! Bogotá is an emerging metropolis with plenty of local culture and sophistication. You may feel slight effects from the altitude, but you'll soon acclimate, and the altitude assures you of drier weather without the tropical mosquitoes or humidity. Your Trek Travel guides will convene with you in the lobby at the NH Collection Bogotá Andino Royal hotel at 8:00 AM on the first day of our Colombia bike tour. You can arrive either dressed in your cycling clothes or with your gear ready to go in a handy bag separate from your luggage, as you will ride straight from the hotel into a popular Bogotá tradition since the early 1970s: the Ciclovía, a car-free cycleway that, from 7 AM - 2 PM every Sunday, makes way for cyclists, skateboarders, roller-bladers, and pedestrians. Join in the celebration that showcases local artists, yoga classes, song, and dance before starting the first climb of the week! The popular Patios climb offers four miles of climbing with a 6% average grade and a rewarding summit that's packed with cyclists and hikers. After lunch on a lake in Guatavita, we'll shuttle one hour to our first night's hotel. Later that evening we'll gather for our first social hour and a toast to the amazing week ahead before enjoying dinner in the vibrant Colonial-style town of Villa de Leyva.
Ciclovía to Guatavita
Approximately 49 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing
Ciclovía to Guatavita with Shuttle
Approximately 36 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing
Ciclovía to Puente de Boyocá
Approximately 86 miles with 7,609 feet of climbing
Hotel Campanario de la Villa
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Depart your idyllic hotel on its cobblestone street this morning and head to Ubaté. Lunch will be at a charming café along the way. After you've tackled the sweeping roads of the Andean region, we'll take a short cultural break and a one-hour shuttle to Zipaquirá, outside of Bogotá. Zipaquirá has rocketed onto the world cycling scene as 2019 Tour de France winner Egan Bernal's boyhood home and boasts an extensive architectural marvel known as the Salt Cathedral. Built into an underground, once-active salt mine, this unexpected gem remains a popular site of worship. We'll transfer one more hour to your hotel for the night, Bogotá Occidente, on the outskirts of the nation's capital, where you can relax in the full-service spa or in the comfort of your own room. Dinner tonight is at your leisure. You can choose to stay close to home and dine at one of the hotel's restaurants; or if you'd prefer to venture out into the city, a taxi can easily be arranged to transport you to any number of highly acclaimed Bogotá restaurants (you may want to make advance reservations depending on where you are planning to dine).
Villa de Leyva to Ubaté
Approximately 60 miles with 3,946 feet of climbing
Visit the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá
Hotel Bogotá Occidente
Breakfast | Lunch
Rise early this morning and prepare for an amazing day of riding and culture as we continue our cycling tour of Colombia. After a 40-minute shuttle to Facatativá, we'll tackle the dramatic hills of this lush countryside and test our legs as we ride out of the mountains and into the broad valley below, through technical roads and stunning views. Stop for a photo opportunity along the way, and recharge with a super-powered snack stop thanks to your favorite Trek Travel guides. We may find the time to pull off for a freshly-squeezed juice at one of the local towns, and then it's back on the bike for our final descent into Mariquita. You'll notice the temperature rise as you descend into the valley, with a taste of tropical humidity for a short time. Once at your boutique hotel for the evening, take a refreshing dip in the blue and white tiled pool and enjoy the popular local fare for dinner - including arepas, a delicious deep-fried staple of Colombian cuisine.
Facatativá to Mariquita
Approximately 89 miles with 4,940 feet of climbing
San Rafael Boutique Hotel
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
It's another early day as we prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride one of the most unique roads on Earth! Fuel up and gear up for one of the longest sustained road-cycling climbs in the world: Alto de Letras, which spans 65 miles and over 11,000 feet of climbing, along with three micro-climates. Don't forget to save some stamina for the end, since the last 12 miles are the steepest! You'll ride straight from the hotel, and as you turn onto the climb itself, remember the stories of Colombian pros like Egan Bernal, Nairo Quintana, and Rigaberto Uran, along with Alberto Contador, who currently holds the record on this climb. Lunch will be post-summit, but not to worry - your ever-supportive guides will make sure you don't run out of fuel along the way. After summiting and snapping a photo alongside the sign that showcases your achievement, we'll grab lunch at a popular nearby café and then board the van for a 25-minute shuttle to the special accommodations of this evening. Your hotel tonight is a thermal bath paradise, surrounded by wild gardens and a world-famous hummingbird sanctuary. There is no better, more peaceful place to soak in the triumph of a challenging, rewarding day.
Mariquita to the summit of Alto de Letras
Approximately 50 miles with 13,740 feet of climbing
Hotel Termales del Ruiz
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Today provides the perfect way to decompress from yesterday's giant accomplishments. A 10-minute shuttle will get you started on the right foot. Spin through the scenic Colombian countryside and be sure to work up an appetite for a beautiful, picture-perfect lunch at La Romelia orchid farm. Boasting over 6,000 species of plants and a staggering 850 different types of orchids, this farm is an amazing exploration of the expansive biodiversity that Colombia is known for. You are free to explore and fill your eyes, nose, and heart with beauty before sitting down to your lovingly prepared picnic spread made just for the Trek Travel group. Take in the views of coffee plantations, palm trees, and hummingbirds this afternoon before boarding one last hour-long shuttle to the city of Pereira, where we'll gather one last time for drinks, dinner, and a very special send-off.
Termales to Finca La Romelia
Approximately 41 miles with 1,775 feet of climbing
Sonesta Hotel Pereira
Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
It's time to say farewell to this exotic South American country as our Colombia bike tour comes to a close. Choose to linger over breakfast or take a final quick spin to loosen up the legs after a rewarding week. A private Trek Travel shuttle with take you directly to the Matecaña International Airport, departing the hotel at 11:30 AM and arriving at approximately 12:00 PM. We advise scheduling flights for any time after 2:00 PM. If you aren't ready to stop exploring just yet, stay in Pereira or head to Cartegena or Medellín to continue your adventure.
Pereira to Cartago Out and Back
Approximately 16 miles with 800 feet of climbing
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel seeks to find quiet, paved, secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region. We avoid busy roads as much as possible, though riders should be prepared for, and comfortable with, riding alongside traffic whenever necessary. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.
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We suggest that you arrive two days prior to the trip starts to begin acclimating to the elevation and to allow for any unforeseen travel delays. From the El Dorado Airport, you can take either a taxi or an Uber to the hotel; your Trek Travel trip consultant can also help arrange for a private transfer if you would prefer (not included in the trip price). A ride from the airport to the Andino Royal Hotel takes about 35 minutes and will cost approximately $10-15/person.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Bogotá Andino Royal Hotel, Bogotá, Colombia (Ac. 85 #12-28, Bogotá, Colombia) at 8:00 AM on the first day of the trip. We recommend that you please meet the guides dressed in your cycling gear and ready to go! After the guides load your luggage into the vehicles, they will give a brief round of introductions and a bike safety talk before leading you on your first ride through Bogotá to experience the city's car-free cycleway, known as Ciclovía.
If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip starts with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hotel Campanario de la Villa, (+57) 310 5500216 or (+57) 311 4922348, and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from the meeting location to the first hotel will cost approximately $175.View our pre hotel recommendations
You'll say farewell to your guides at 11:30 AM on the last day of the trip, and will be transferred in a private shuttle to the Matecaña International Airport (PEI), arriving at approximately 12:00 PM. Please do not schedule any departing flights prior to 2:00 PM. If you need alternate timing, you can hail either a taxi or Uber at a time that is convenient for you (not included in the trip cost). The drive takes just under half an hour and will cost approximately $10-15/person.View our post hotel recommendations
We have scheduled dates to avoid the rainy season, but being close to the equator means rain is always a possibility. Laundry services will be available at an extra cost, but bring plenty of riding gear including a windbreaker for potentially foggy mornings. Highs in the mountains are unlikely to get above 70 degrees Fahrenheit and can dip below 50 at night, so bring more layers than you might think necessary for a Latin American country. Packing List
Where cosmopolitan meets colonial! Bogotá is a thriving, high-altitude city with no shortage of both modern and historical attractions. It is the capital city of Colombia, and the third largest city in South America. Feast your eyes on broad sunlit plazas, modern skyscrapers, carefully curated museums, and the surrounding peaks of the Andes mountain range. Its historical center, La Candelaria, will welcome you with its cobbled streets, well preserved colonial buildings, restaurants, and shopping. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:
When you set foot in Medellín, you'll understand why it's known as the City of Eternal Spring. Its temperate climate attracts visitors and expatriates alike. Set in the Aburrá Valley in the Andes Mountains, the city is surrounded by seven lush hills and features the bustling activity of a city twice its size. A perfect travel destination, it is an outdoor mecca and a hotbed of cultural activity where you can experience cutting edge art and architecture as well as enjoy the hottest cuisine. It was chosen as one of the world's most innovative cities in 2013, and continues to grow in popularity as more people are drawn to its blend of tradition and innovation. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:
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