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Colombia

The central Andes Mountains, Cocora Valley and the coffee region

Lush green valleys. Iconic climbs. And of course, heavenly coffee. Welcome to cycling's newest old friend; the undiscovered country of Colombia. Here, the warm, friendly culture of a bygone era combines with sweeping terrain to provide a welcoming adventure with unbelievably good cycling. This isn't the Colombia you're used to hearing about, 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.
From:
$3899 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
3 - Active Non-riders Welcome
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Luxury
Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7
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Trip Wows
Ride the climbs that the world's best climbers train on
Stay in two small boutique hotels, one nestled in lush tropical gardens and one among fruit plantations in the Andes Mountains
Learn about how coffee is grown and different methods for enjoying it on private tours and tastings
Hike the gorgeous Cocora Valley, part of Los Nevados National Park, and see the iconic wax palm
Play Tejo, the explosive Colombian national sport
Watch the Experience
The Trek Travel Colombia trip is the perfect combination of challenging rides with achingly beautiful landscapes, activities to learn more about Colombian culture, charming people, and delicious food. All while staying in small boutique hotels. It's the ideal way to spend a week getting stronger as a cyclist while exploring the newest travel destination.
-Jessica Singerman, Trip Designer

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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 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 great 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.

Today's Ride:

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

Hotel:

Hotel Hacienda Bambusa

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Our second day in Colombia is sure to amaze and inspire 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 inspire you. After a challenging climb, we'll stop for lunch at a charming cafe along the way, then later treat ourselves to a coffee with a view from Cafe San Alberto. Choose to ride farther or shuttle back to the hotel, and relax before tonight's dinner.

Today's Ride:

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

Hotel:

Hotel Hacienda Bambusa

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

It's rise and shine for a big day today. It's our signature hike through the famed Corcora loop. We'll start early with a 90-minute shuttle to Sarento, where you can choose to 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.

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

Hotel:

Hotel Sazagua

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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.

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

Hotel:

Hotel Sazagua

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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!

Today's Ride:

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

Hotel:

Hotel Sazagua

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

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? After breakfast, we'll learn about sugar cane production on our private Trapiche Tour. We'll then say our final goodbyes at 10:00 AM when 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

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.

Add On Activity:

Discover Medellín
and Romera Ecological Park

Price:

$799 per person
$200 single occupancy upgrade

Duration:

3 days, 2 nights

Hotel:

Hotel Patio del Mundo

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts | 1 Lunch

First, we will transfer by private shuttle from Hotel Sazagua 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.

Add On Activity:

Climb Alto de Letras
Approximately 50 miles and 12,500 feet of climbing

Price:

$1999 per person
$200 single occupancy upgrade

Duration:

3 days, 2 nights

Hotels:

Hotel Posada Las Trampas and Hotel Termales del Ruiz

Included Meals:

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

Hotels

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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.
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Hotel Boutique 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

For us, the details matter most

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.

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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 5 dinners
  • 2 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • 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 with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. 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: 3 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
24 miles
TOTAL MILES:
142 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
2,500 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
15,000 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
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. 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.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
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. 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.

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; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. 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 "Today’s Ride" options.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Mateçana International Airport (PEI)
MEETING TIME:
10:00 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Hotel Sonesta Pereira, Pereira, Colombia

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Mateçana International Airport (PEI)
DEPARTING TIME:
10:30 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Mateçana International Airport, Pereira, Colombia

Arriving

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

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.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Hotel Boutique Sazagua and take a short private shuttle to the Mateçana International Airport, arriving around 10:30 AM. 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 itineraries for more information.

View our post hotel recommendations

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

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. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Medellín, Colombia

When you set foot in Medellin, 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:

after

After: Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá 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:

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.

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.

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