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Colombia Bike Tour

Tackle the longest climb in the world surrounded by lush scenery and cyclist-friendly locals

There's a reason why Colombia has rocketed onto the professional cycling scene, and why its riders are winning the Tour de France. The Colombian countryside is practically tailormade for exceptional riding, with lush, beautiful hills, epic climbs, great weather, and a culture that is cycling-crazy. Join Trek Travel on our Colombia bike tour for a unique glimpse into another side of cycling as we travel the roads in and around Bogotá, including a visit to 2019 Tour de France winner Egan Bernal's boyhood home of Zipaquirá, a trip up "the world's longest climb," and a Sunday Ciclovía experience, when several of Bogotá's main thoroughfares are open to cyclists and foot traffic alone. In between, we'll stay in quiet villages, sample local cuisine like the humble arepas, and experience high mountain riding. You've never been anywhere like Colombia. Its people are passionate. Its art and culture are rich. And its cycling is downright outrageous.
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Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
4 - Avid
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Trip Wows
Climb Alto de Letras, the longest road-cycling climb in the world!
Experience Bogotá's Ciclovía, when several of the city's roads are closed off to motor vehicles
Explore the architectural marvel of Zipaquirá's underground Salt Cathedral
Enjoy lunch on an orchid farm, where over 800 species of these finicky tropical flowers flourish
Relax and recharge in the hot springs at Hotel Termales del Ruiz
Watch the Experience
This trip was designed for hearty travelers who are intrigued, fascinated, or possibly obsessed with the recent outpouring of Colombian talent onto the world stage of professional cycling. It is a trip for all senses, with stunning beauty and wildlife, rural accommodations, and local cuisine; with enough mileage and elevation to challenge even our most avid riders. Hydrate heavily, rest well, and gear up for one of the most unique and exciting adventures you will find in South America.
-Grace Timmerman, Trip Designer

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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 our 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 right 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.

Today's Ride:

Ciclovía to Guatavita
Approximately 49 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Ciclovía to Guatavita with Shuttle
Approximately 36 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Ciclovía to Puente de Boyocá
Approximately 86 miles with 7,609 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Campanario de la Villa

Included Meals:

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).

Today's Ride:

Villa de Leyva to Ubaté
Approximately 60 miles with 3,946 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Visit the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá

Hotel:

Hotel Bogotá Occidente

Included Meals:

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.

Today's Ride:

Facatativá to Mariquita
Approximately 89 miles with 4,940 feet of climbing

Hotel:

San Rafael Boutique Hotel

Included Meals:

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.

Today's Ride:

Mariquita to the summit of Alto de Letras
Approximately 50 miles with 13,740 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Hotel Termales del Ruiz

Included Meals:

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.

Today's Ride:

Termales to Finca La Romelia
Approximately 41 miles with 1,775 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Sonesta Hotel Pereira

Included Meals:

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.

Today's Ride:

Pereira to Cartago Out and Back
Approximately 16 miles with 800 feet of climbing

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Hotel Campanario de la Villa

Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Located in the center of town on a classic cobblestone street, this charming Colonial-style establishment boasts thoughtful design, an indoor pool, and wellness center. It's just a quick walk down the street to the energized center of this small town, where you'll find a pretty plaza, enticing shops, and a modest variety of local restaurants and cafes.
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Hotel Bogotá Occidente

Bogotá, Colombia

This expansive hotel is located on the outskirts of the city and is easily accessible for the purpose of our routes. Boasting an excellent breakfast buffet and covered patio dining, the Occidente provides modern amenities, king-sized beds, and unique views of the countryside surrounding Bogotá. A 20-40 minute taxi ride will deliver you to popular downtown eateries such as Casa Matilde, Osk Peru, Castanyoles, Harry's, and Andres D.C.
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San Rafael Boutique Hotel

Mariquita, Colombia

Located in convenient proximity to the start of the Alto de Letras climb in Mariquita, this whitewashed hotel is pleasantly accented with vibrant blues and checkered tile. They take great pride in providing clean and comfortable accommodations for all types of travelers, with simple, Scandinavian-style decor and an inviting outdoor pool and jacuzzi. Relax poolside in the afternoon with a cocktail, a coffee, or a freshly squeezed glass of juice.
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Hotel Termales Del Ruiz

Caldas, Colombia

Known for its natural hot springs and thermal baths, this oasis high up in the hills offers spectacular views and comforting relaxation far from the path of most other tourists. Looking out over the lush Villamaria Valley, the property is flanked by Los Nevados National Park, which is known for being home to expansive varieties of hummingbirds, parrots, eagles, and condors.
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Sonesta Hotel Pereira

Pereira, Colombia

A 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice establishment, this modernist hotel is surrounded by gardens and has a terrace restaurant with exciting views of Pereira. Conveniently located in close shuttling distance to both the airport and downtown Pereira, the rooms pop with bright colors balanced by large black and white photography. Take advantage of the sauna or jacuzzi in the hotel spa on your final afternoon of your Colombia bike tour.

What's Included

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Trek Domane SL 7

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • 2 social hours with drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7 with rim brakes (not disc brakes)
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a mount for a Smart phone, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, and a Bontrager saddle
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts, and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike (please note that in Colombia these will have rim brakes, not disc brakes)
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Bontrager helmet and men's and women's specific saddles
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • For the most comfortable ride, you may choose to bring your own saddle and helmet on the trip. Please plan to bring your own pedals. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

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.

More Information

Rider Level: 4 - Avid?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
60 miles
TOTAL MILES:
302 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
6,500 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
26,040 feet
TERRAIN: MOUNTAINOUS
The mountains outside of Bogotá offer challenging climbs and rewarding vistas. Well known as training grounds for some of the world's newest cycling professionals, this still-developing South American country requires strong technical and bike-handling skills, an open mind, and a generous heart. This trip starts at 8,600 feet of elevation (and gets up to 15,000+ feet), so we recommend that you arrive at least a full day ahead of the trip start and hydrate well in advance.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
This destination is best suited to guests who want to cycle every day. Because of the terrain and/or remoteness of the hotels and riding routes, there are few, if any, non-riding options available. If a non-rider wants to accompany a rider guest on this trip, they would need to spend many hours in the van and/or at the hotels on the trip. Due to this, we strongly discourage non-riders from this destination. As an alternative, call a Trek Travel Trip Consultant at 866.464.8735 for trip suggestions where more non-rider activities are available, such as:
  • Peru
  • Costa Rica
  • Blackberry Farm
  • Ireland
  • Iceland

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives 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.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Avid Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
El Dorado International Airport (BOG)
MEETING TIME:
8:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Bogotá Andino Royal Hotel, Bogotá, Colombia

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Matecaña International Airport (PEI)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:30 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Matecaña International Airport, Pereira, Colombia

Arriving

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. 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) (8) 7320755, 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

Leaving

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

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

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

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Bogotá, Colombia

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:

after

After: Medellín, Colombia

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:

Why Trek Travel

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.

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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.

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