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Cycle Colombia

Cycle Colombia


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Colombia

Cities Visited

Armenia, Bogota, Filandia, Salento

Tour Itinerary

Cycle the serene highlands of Colombia's famed coffee region and discover the sweeter, softer side to this often misunderstood country. Learn how to roast the perfect blend during a tour of a working coffee plantation, be beguiled by the laid-back pace of charming Salento, try your hand at tejo, an explosive local pastime, and of course ride through some of the most stunning scenery this region has to offer.

Day 1: Bogota
Welcome to Bogota! Stiuated at 2644 metres, Colombia's lofty capital is a charming, yet hectic, mix of old and new. You'll meet your group this evening at 6 pm and can then join them for an optional group dinner. If you arrive early, head down La Candelaria, Bogota's cobblestoned Old Town, and check out Plaza de Bolivar, the Botero Museum and the Gold Museum.A complimentary transfer from the airport to your Starting point hotel is included, please provide your booking agent with your flight details (flight number and arrival time)

Day 2: Armenia
Heard of Ciclovia? It's incredible. Every Sunday and public holiday, from 7 am till 2 pm, Bogota shuts down certain streets in the city to create over 100 km of car-free space for cyclists. There are also stages set up in parks and public areas so non-cyclists can participate in group activities like aerobics or yoga. Spend the morning riding through the flat streets with over one million locals then explore the sights with your group on an orientation walking tour.Hop on a flight to Armenia this evening, Colombia's coffee-growing centre to the west of Bogota.Cycling distance: approx. 18kms/11miles, mostly flat, with approx. 150m/490ft of elevation gain.

Day 3: Salento
Jump in the saddle for the first long ride of your trip, cycling from Calarcá toSalento. At a distance of almost 60 km, you can expect a sweaty, humid affair gliding past coffee plantations and steamy jungle scenery. Spend the afternoon exploring Salento, a colourful colonial town known, of course, for its coffee. To make sure you get the full experience a coffee tasting is included.You'll also get to enjoy a hand at the local Colombian game of tejo - which involves throwing a metal disk at small envelopes of gun powder. Seriously. Hit an envelope and it explodes and, for better or worse, tradition stipulates a beer should be drunk while playing. Cycling distance: approx. 59kms/37 miles, mostly flat for the first 30kms then climbing the last 25kms, with approx. 1340m/4400ft of elevation gain.

Day 4: Filandia
Take a hike in the Cocora Valley this morning, a beautiful, verdant landscape dotted with palm trees. Outdoor activities like camping, bird watching and mountain biking are all popular here, and the trout-filled rivers in the area are regularly visited by fishers. After lunch, ride from the Cocora Valley to Filandia. While similar to Salento in its architecture and coffee culture, Filandia is smaller and visited much less frequently. Shop for local handwoven baskets in the market or perhaps climb to the top of the observation tower for unbroken views of the surrounding countryside.Cycling distance: approx. 31 kms/19 miles, mostly downhill for the first 15km, 5km climb then undulating, with approx. 600 m/1970ft of elevation gain.

Day 5: Alcala
Today you'll cycle 30 km, mainly downhill, from Filandia to Alcala. Take a break and rest your legs in the middle of the ride for a coffee experience tour at Cafe de Altura in Quimbaya. Cafe de Altura is a family-run business and the restaurant is as good as the coffee, so this is where the group will have lunch and refuel for the rest of the ride, especially the last climb to to your hotel for the night.Check in to the hotel and maybe enjoy a different kind of adrenaline, optional zip-lining over the coffee plantation before taking it easy for the evening.Cycling distance: aapprox. 30 kms/19 miles, downhill for 25km with a gradual climb at the end, with approx. 385 m/1265ft of elevation gain.

Day 6: Cartago/Cerritos
Enjoy your final ride of the trip from Alcala to Cerritos, a distance of 75km. Ease into the day with a slight downhill before dipping into a valley, then pedal on mainly flat roads until the final 5 km, where a final ascent will have you earning your treats in Cerritos. Visit the embroidery factory in Cartago en route and learn about the region's history with the needle and thread. Check in to the hotel where an optional massage (not included) will help soothe those overworked quads, as will a soak in the swimming pool. Cycling distance: approx. 74 kms/46 miles, descend for first 17kms, steep climb for 3kms, then flat with a large climb at the end, with approx. 870 m/2850ft of elevation gain.

Day 7: Bogotá
There's potential for an early start (5 am) to sneak one extra ride in this morning before transferring to Pereira's airport and flying to Bogota. Touch down and transfer to the hotel, then maybe enjoy a farewell dinner with your group before tomorrow's departure.

Day 8: Bogotá
Your Colombian cycling trip comes to an end this morning. There are no activities planned and you're free to depart whenever you'd like after check-out.A complimentary transfer from the finish point hotel to the airport is included, please provide your booking agent with your flight details (flight number and arrival time)

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Inclusions

  • Bogota Ciclovía
  • Coffee Tasting
  • Coffee Region - Cocora Valley visit
  • Coffee Experience Tour at Cafe de Altura
  • Embroidery factory visit

Meals
7 Breakfast(s) Included
1 Lunch(es) Included
3 Dinner(s) Included

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Accommodations

Hotels (7 nights)

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Intrepid Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4.1
Value for Money
3.8

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Ratings based off 116 reviews about Intrepid Tours - currently showing 6 reviews with comments only

The trip was both both educational and exciting. I very much enjoyed the sights and culture.

The itinerary was just as I expected! The guide was very good as were the accomodations

Intrepid did such a great job. I never had to worry about where I was supposed to be and it felt so good not to worry about a thing but just to enjoy myself. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about culture and history.

Taiwan people very friendly. Accommodation were centrally located and easily accessible. Did extra activities then in brochure which was greatly.

Larus our tour guide did an excellent job and was very attentive to our needs. He is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor.

Our guide Tarang chandola was exceptional. Courteous, knowledgeable, organized, polite, professional and went above and beyond taking care of our needs and requests offen anticipating what that might be. He made sure we all had the best possible time and offered suggestions to meet the needs of everyone on the tour. This made the trip even more enjoyable.


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