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Colombia

The Central Andes Mountains, Cocora Valley, and the coffee region

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Lush green valleys. Iconic climbs. And of course, heavenly coffee. Welcome to cycling's newest old friend; the undiscovered country of Colombia.

This isn't the Colombia you're used to hearing about. Here, the warm, friendly culture of a bygone era combines with sweeping terrain to provide a welcoming adventure with unbelievably good cycling. Join Trek Travel as we slowly unpeel the layers of this South American cycling heaven. Whether it’s the short, punchy climbs that test the fitness of the locals or the long ascents that have carved the Colombian champions of the European peloton, this region’s got it all. We'll discover the serpentine byways of roads that transcend perfection. By night, we'll relax in two charming boutique hotels, gems of the area, with extra luxurious touches that make all the difference. And when we're not riding, we'll still be exploring—tasting coffee and avocados, visiting farms and roasters, and hiking the Cocora Valley. This certainly isn't the Colombia you'd expect; but it's exactly what you want.

Dates:


Day
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Day
1

Today's Ride:

Cocora Valley to El Castillo
Approximately 25 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Avocado Plantation tour

Description:

As you land in Colombia, you're also stepping into a land steeped in romance, nostalgia and a culture that's inexorably bound to cycling. Your trip starts in Pereira, where you'll meet your guides and guest counterparts at 10:00 AM. We'll board a one hour shuttle to Salento, and enjoy the first views of the Cocora Valley. We'll arrive at our destination at 11:00, and prepare for our first ride of the trip. Your guides will familiarize you with your Trek bike, including an informal fit session along with safety talks and expectations for the week. We'll enjoy a bite for lunch, get an insider's look at an avocado plantation and then set off on our bikes! This first ride will give you a taste of cycling in Colombia and will take us through Circasia, a quintessential Colombian village and perfect intro to the culture. After the ride, relax on a scenic shuttle to our hotel for the next few nights. This evening we'll gather for a social hour and dinner at the hotel.

Hotel:

Hotel Hacienda Bambusa
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

Caicedonia to El Caimo
Approximately 36 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Coffee Baptism at Café San Alberto

Description:

Our second day in Colombia is sure to amaze you. After breakfast, we'll board a shuttle to Caicedonia, another small town and our point of departure for the trip's second ride. The valley in front of us has inspired authors, explorers and visionaries with its lush, arid and majestic beauty, and it is sure to leave its mark on your memories. After a challenging climb, we'll stop for lunch at a charming cafe along the way, and treat ourselves to a coffee baptism — a local ritual designed to educate travelers about the mystique of Colombian coffee while awakening their senses to its magic. Choose to ride farther or shuttle back to the hotel, and relax before tonight's dinner.

Hotel:

Hotel Hacienda Bambusa
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Hike:

Cocora Valley Hike
Approximately 7.5 miles

Today's Ride:

Arrayanal to Cocora Valley
Approximately 12 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Play Tejo, the Colombian national sport

Description:

It's rise and shine for a big day today. It's our signature hike through the famed Cocora loop. We'll start early with a 90-minute shuttle to Sarento, where you can choose to ride a steep 12-mile road to the trailhead, or transfer like a local and jump in a Jeep Wiley to the start. The Cocora Valley is definitely among one of the most unique, picturesque destinations in Colombia. 180-foot wax palms shoot into the sky and practically reach the heavens, while the valley below you is vast and undisturbed. Get some photos, watch for hummingbirds and push your legs to their limits. We'll take a Jeep back to Salento in time for lunch and a game of Tejo, a fun and frenetic local sport. Afterward you'll have time to explore Salento if you'd like. We'll board a shuttle to our new hotel late in the afternoon, and meet again that evening for dinner at our new home for the next 3 nights: Hotel Sazagua.

Hotel:

Hotel Sazagua
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Cartago to Valle del Cauca
Approximately 25 miles with 2,700 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Coffee Tasting at Café Granate

Description:

There's nothing like a ride to stretch your legs after a hike, and we've got a beautiful route scheduled for today. After breakfast, we'll shuttle to Cartago, from where we'll start our ride across fields of sugar cane. Stop to sample some sugar cane juice along the way and take in the views as we pedal to the church of Valle del Cauca. From there we'll board a quick shuttle to lunch and a tasting of this region's most authentic coffees at Café Granate. Then it's off to our peaceful hotel for some R&R and a group dinner later that evening.

Hotel:

Hotel Sazagua
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Ride:

Casa del Chorizo to Restaurante Mirador
Approximately 44 miles with 4,400 feet of climbing

Description:

Our last full day in the region will be a full-bodied sample of Colombia's best riding. Today we mount our bikes for the longest ride of the week-44 miles and 4,000 feet of climbing from Sazagua to Casa del Chorizo. This challenging route will test your legs, but we promise the views will be worth it! Our ride passes through beautiful Finlandia for lunch, a little shopping and an awe-inspiring view at the town's scenic overlook. Then, it's back on the bike if you'd like or straight to the hotel via shuttle for some downtime before a very special social hour, dinner and bonfire. We'll toast a week of adventure and the new relationships we've made!

Hotel:

Hotel Sazagua
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
6
Day
6

Today's Activity:

Exotic Fruit Tasting

Description:

What better way to say goodbye to this special country than with a flight of exotic fruit awaiting you for breakfast on your final morning? We'll sample it all before saying our final goodbyes. At 10:00 AM, you'll board a private shuttle for a 15-minute ride from Hotel Sazagua to Mateçana International Airport. Please do not schedule any flights before noon. Alternatively, choose to stay three days more for the chance to ride Alto de Letras, the longest climb in the world! See our add-on option for more information.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


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Add-On Package:

Discover Medellín

Cost

$799 per person
$200 single occupancy upgrade

Duration:

3 days, 2 nights

Description:

This option can be added before or after your Trek Travel trip. Flights to Medellin are available from other Colombia airports. Upon arrival to the Medellín airport, you'll transfer by private shuttle into the city of Medellín where you'll enjoy an afternoon tour and explore any of the following attractions: a Cable Car ride, Comuna 13, Botero Square and Antioquia Museum. On day two, we'll hike with a guide to an ecological park in the corner of the Aburrá Valley called Reserva La Romera. On the final day, enjoy breakfast at the hotel or in the city before boarding a private shuttle back to the Medellín airport.

Hotel:

Hotel Patio del Mundo
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Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts | 1 Lunch


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Add-On Package:

Climb Alto de Letras, the longest climb in the world

Cost:

$1999
$200 single occupancy upgrade

Duration:

3 days, 2 nights

Description:

The best time for this option is after your Trek Travel trip. From Hotel Sazagua in Pereira, we will transfer by private shuttle to Mariquita. After a 4.5 hour drive (during which we'll stop for lunch), hop on your included Domane SL 7 and stretch your legs in preparation for tomorrow's big ride. We'll then dine at the hotel this evening. On day two, wake early to start the climb up Letras! This climb is the longest in the world, at 50 miles in length and 13,000 feet of elevation gain. Celebrate at the top, enjoy a well-deserved lunch and then shuttle to your hotel where you can bask in the thermal hot springs to help you recover. We'll dine at the hotel this evening as well. On the final day, you'll depart on a private transfer to the Pereira Airport.

Hotel 1:

Hotel Posada Las Trampas
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Hotel 2:

Hotel Termales del Ruiz
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Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts | 2 Lunches | 2 dinners | Snacks and drinks for the ride


Dates & Pricing

The earlier you book, the greater the rewards

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book, your price and date are guaranteed.

2018


Sep
10th - 15th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3899 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
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Sep
17th - 22nd / 6 days / 5 nights
$3899 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
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Sep
24th - 29th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3899 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
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2019


Mar
11th - 16th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3899 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Mar
18th - 23rd / 6 days / 5 nights
$3899 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Mar
25th - 30th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3899 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
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Apr
1st - 6th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3899 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *
Apr
8th - 13th / 6 days / 5 nights
$3899 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Stay at Hotel Bambusa on a Colombia bike tour

Hotel Hacienda Bambusa

Armenia, Quindío, Colombia

A small boutique luxury hotel built of bamboo and clay, this hacienda is nestled in the Central Andes Mountain range among plantain, orange, and pineapple plantations. It is surrounded by lush carefully tended gardens and provides the perfect sanctuary from the daily grind.
Stay at Hotel Sazagua on a Colombia bike tour

Sazagua

Pereira, Colombia

Designed in the colonial style, this boutique hotel features antique furniture and a natural-style spa built with locally sourced materials. Its garden features palms and other tropical plants, and its rooms includes all the amenities of home, and a little something extra.

What's Included

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Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories. See more

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • Tour an avocado plantation
  • Experience a coffee baptism
  • Explore in a Jeep Wily
  • Hike the Cocora Valley
  • Play the local sport of Tejo
  • Tour a coffee plantation and taste its finest samples
  • Savor exotic, locally-sourced fruits.
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Colombia trip, both properties are small luxury boutique hotels, restored plantation homes that feature a mix of natural materials, traditional building techniques, and contemporary comforts.
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, 2 social hours, 5 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Colombia trip, lunches will be enjoyed at a variety of small locally owned restaurants en route. Dinners will feature contemporary cuisine in the hotels' restaurants. Hallmarks of Colombian food are plenty of fresh seasonal produce and locally sourced meats.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides
  • All luggage transfers
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • Comprehensive trip literature and complimentary Bontrager merchandise
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting
  • The use of GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and socks

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and 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.

  • Rider Type | 3
  • Average Daily Mileage | 24
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 2,500 feet

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Colombia is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 2 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Type 4+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is varied with some mountainous areas and occasional steep climbs. Some days the hills are short and rolling while others include sustained climbing. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Tour an avocado plantation
  • Experience a coffee baptism
  • Explore in a Jeep Wily
  • Hike the Cocora Valley
  • Play the local sport of Tejo
  • Tour a coffee plantation and taste its finest samples
  • Savor exotic, locally-sourced fruits.

September in the Coffee Region is considered to be in the "dry season," so although rain can happen, it is less likely. Temperatures vary from 63-77 degrees Fahrenheit.

Colombia is the hottest new travel destination both for locals and foreign travelers. The Colombia government's historic 2016 peace accord with the FARC and the ceasefire with the National Liberation Army ended the civil war, and the country is now safe for travel. Security has improved so dramatically that it is now safer to travel in Colombia than many other countries.

If you’re going we’re going on almost all our trips. Trips with 1 guest booked are guaranteed to run. Select trips like Cross Country, Race and Special Edition trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact your Trip Consultant for more details.

In the event that a departure has low enrollment, we will notify guests at 60-90 days before departure to give the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please do not reserve airfare before confirming your Trek Travel trip.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

Please review our packing list page for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays.

We recommend that you fly into Mateçana International Airport. From Mateçana International Airport (PEI), you can take a taxi to Hotel Sonesta Pereira for approximately $10, and it will take approximately fifteen minutes.

Hotel Sonesta Pereira | Pereira, Colombia

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Sonesta Pereira (Km 7 Vía Cerritos, Pereira, Colombia) at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip. From Hotel Sonest Pereira, we will shuttle approximately one hour to Salento. Please have your riding gear in your carry-on and separate from your luggage. When we arrive, you'll have a chance to visit an avocado plantation and have lunch. Your guides will also fit you to your bikes and before long, you'll be off on your first ride of the week!

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 start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hotel Hacienda Bambusa (+57301 639 8727), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Mateçana International Airport | Pereira, Colombia

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the hotel and take a private shuttle to the Mateçana International Airport. Please do not schedule any flights before noon. Alternatively, choose to stay three days more for the chance to ride Alto de Letras, the longest climb in the world! See our add-on option for more information.

Before: Medellín, Colombia

If you'd like to visit Medellin, we recommend our Add On option. Flights to and from Medellín are available from Pereira, Bogotá, and other Colombia airports. 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 pre-trip hotel:

Patio del Mundo

This lovingly restored villa in the heart of Medellín features a lush tropical garden and beautiful views.

Calle 5G 32-49, El Poblado (Provenza), Medellín | +57 4 3112064 | www.patiodelmundo.com | $150

Park 10 Hotel

This contemporary hotel in the city of eternal spring features spacious rooms, two restaurants and a spa.

Carrera 36 B No. 11 – 12 El Poblado | +57 4 3106060 | www.hotelpark10.com.co | $150

The Charlee

This elegant hotel in the heart of Medellín features a beautiful collection of artwork in the rooms and common areas.

Calle 9A No 37-16 | +57 4 4444968 | www.thecharlee.com/home | $210

After: Bogotá, Colombia

Most international flights will fly into and out of Bogotá. This is a vibrant and sophisticated city, great to explore for the culture, history, food and outdoor experiences. Its historical center, La Candelaria, will welcome you with its cobbled streets, well preserved colonial buildings, museums, restaurants and shopping. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina

Nestled in the Zona G, the epicenter of fine cuisine in Bogota, this stately hotel is recognized as one of the city's finest.

Avenida Carrera 7 #69a-22 | +57 1 325 7900 | www.fourseasons.com/bogotacm | $450

Sofitel Victoria Regia

This French style hotel combines the classic and contemporary in one luxurious experience located in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods of the city.

85-80 Carrera 13, Cundinamarca | +57 1 6466390 | www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-0561-sofitel-bogota-victoria-regia | $200

Mercure Bogota BH Retiro

Located close to the T zone, one of the cities most vibrant neighborhoods, this modern hotel will be a comfortable base from which to explore Bogota.

Av Cll 80 no 10-11, 110221 | +57 1 7563177 | www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-A536-mercure-bogota-bh-retiro | $100


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

Experience It

Trek Travel Difference

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.