Bogotá+Salento

THE ANDES BIKE TOUR

  • Duration 5 days Cycling days 4 

Cycling distance: 237 km - 147 miles

Cycling Climbing:5681 mt - 18638 ft

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Toche the place with the highest concentration of the wax palm ( the highest palm in the world and the national tree of Colombia)
  • Explore the valley of the Magdalena River
  • Coffee tasting

Overview

Colombia is converting into one of the most interesting destinations internationally. However it is still an unknown destination and tourism is mainly concentrated in very few areas, jumping from one place to the other by plane and missing many places on the way that are really worthwhile knowing.

On this bike tour, you'll explore what there is in between two of the most striking places in the touristic circuit of Colombia - Bogota, and Salento.

Itinerary

DAYS 1:Bogota

On the first official tour day, we’ll come to pick you up at the airport and bring you to your hotel. On this first night, we’ll welcome you with a dinner where we can get to know each other and we’ll talk to you about the adventure to come.

DAY 2:Bogotá-Valley of the Magdalena River

Today we'll have a fairly long downhill bringing us to the Valley of the Magdalena River - Colombia's most important river. Our descent will lead us from the high level of Bogota 2600m above sea level passing some tropical fog forests where you should definitely stop to take photos. Our day will end in the hot valley. This day will give you a fairly good idea of how rapidly the landscape and temperature can change in Colombia.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Cycling data: Distance 90 km,56 miles-Climbing:1500 meters,4921 feet

DAY 3:Valley of the Magdalena River – Ibague

Today we will climb gradually passing the Valley of the Magdalena River, crossing the river. At the end of the day we will arrive in Ibague, also called the musical city of Colombia - A place famous for its typical foods and its perfect climate.

 

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Cycling data: Distance 47 km,29 miles-Climbing:755 meters,2477 feet

DAY 4:Ibague – Toche

Today our 2-days climb leading us to the coffee zone starts. We will climb all day on a quiet road between local cultivators' farms until we arrive at the highest point of today's ride just in front of a volcano - the Machin.

 

Meals:Breakfast/Lunch/dinner

Cycling data: Distance 55 km,34 miles-Climbing:1772 meters,5813 feet

DAY 5:Toche-Salento

One of the biggest attractions of the Valley of Cocora is the wax palms of Quindio - the highest palm species in the world. They say that there are about 200,000 of these palm trees in the Valley of Cocora. In our stage, we will pass a forest with over 600,000 trees of this species, a truly incredible view. We will cross the mountain to find a unique ecosystem that you will only find in a few places in the country, the paramo (Colombia's water factory). Finally, we will descend towards Salento, our tour destination.

 

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Cycling data: Distance 45 km,27.9 miles-Climbing:1654 meters,5426 feet

Arrival + Departure Details

 

ARRIVE

Airport City: Bogota, Colombia
Pick-Up Location: Aeropuerto el Dorado

DEPART

Airport City: Armenia, Colombia
Drop-Off Location: El Internacional el Eden

Inclusions + Information

Accommodations

All accommodation will be in hotels or guest houses. We choose accommodation on the basis of comfort rather than luxury. Our prices are based on sharing a twin room; single rooms are available at extra cost.

Meals

  • Daily breakfast

  • Lunches and meals on riding days

  • Snacks and local fruit on riding days

  • Welcome dinner and dinner on our last night

Support

  • Expert bilingual guide with extensive cycling experience and local knowledge

  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts

  • Bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

  • Pick up and drop off at the airport.

  • Bike and Helmet

Not Included

  • Airfare

  • Travel insurance

Dates & Prices

  • Price $1100-5 days

You could get in touch with us at alejandro@colombianbeetle.com if you'd like to make a booking