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Colombia - Emerald Mountains - Guided Road Cycling Holiday

Holiday Highlights

  • Exploring unspoiled Andean highlands
  • The historic city of Cartagena
  • The hospitality of locals, so proud to show off their country
  • The challenges offered by Colombia’s dramatic mountains
  • Cycling with the warm Caribbean breeze at your back
  • Being amongst the first to ride in this emerging destination

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Day Description Distance Ascent Meals
1 Arrival: Bogota Airport Non Riding Day    
2 Cajicá to Vianí 64 Miles / 102 Kms Approx. 1,300 Metres Approx. B L  
3 Vianí to Mariquita 62 Miles / 100 Kms Approx. 800 Metres Approx. B L  
4 Mariquita to Manizales 75 Miles / 120 Kms Approx. 4,200 Metres Approx. B L  
5 Manizales to Anserma 45 Miles / 72 Kms Approx. 1,600 Metres Approx. B L  
6 Anserma to La Pintada 67 Miles / 108 Kms Approx. 1,600 Metres Approx. B L  
7 La Pintada to Medellin 47 Miles / 75 Kms Approx. 1,900 Metres Approx. B L  
8 Rest Day: Medellin Non Riding Day   B  
9 Medellin to Santa Rosa de Osos 52 Miles / 85 Kms Approx. 2,200 Metres Approx. B L  
10 Santa Rosa de Osos to Taraza 93 Miles / 150 Kms Approx. 1,300 Metres Approx. B L  
11 Chinu to Tolu 51 Miles / 82 Kms Approx. 500 Metres Approx. B L  
12 Tolu to Cartagena 90 Miles / 144 Kms Approx. 700 Metres Approx. B L  
13 Departure: Cartagena Airport Non Riding Day   B  

Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software

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Holiday Information

This road cycling holiday in Colombia takes you to a nation that has been consistently voted one of the 'happiest places on Earth'. Now we're not entirely sure what criteria is used to determine how happy a country is but at Skedaddle we do know precisely what makes a cyclist happy.
If incredible scenery, dramatic Andean mountain passes and Caribbean beaches brought together by a network of well-surfaced roads tick your boxes, then this pioneering tour could well make you one of the happiest cyclists in the world! This tour, which includes Alto de Letras, at 52 miles reputed to be the longest climb in the world, is possibly our most ambitious and exciting road trip to date, designed to appeal to adventure seekers who live to ride and love to climb.
Colombia has been through massive changes over recent years. Politically stable with a well-developed infrastructure, Colombia is gradually opening up to tourists and is safe to visit. Whilst the rural regions remain delightfully unspoiled, traditional and rich in culture, the country's cities and larger towns are highly sophisticated. Due to the country's history however international tourism is still in its infancy and vast areas of the country have been largely untouched by foreign visitors. Beaming smiles, open arms and unrivalled hospitality await those who do make the journey.
Road cycling is Colombia's national sport and during the course of our tour we will encounter local riders out training on the roads on a daily basis. The country has produced many fine riders besides the big names such as Nairo Quintana and Rigoberto Urán. The annual Vuelta a Colombia is regarded as one of the toughest stage races in the world and a significant number of the country's top riders have gone on to do well in the Gran Tours, often contending for the King of the Mountains jersey. Obviously we'll be taking things considerably gentler than the pros but we will get a taste of the magnificent Andean mountain roads which make those guys so strong.
It's not all climbing and hard work though as our journey takes us from the high mountain capital of Bogota at 2,625m above sea level to the warm waters of the Caribbean coast. Along the way we'll pass through some of the country's most beautiful landscapes, entering the famous Zona Cafetera, one of the world's primary coffee growing regions. We'll also spend a couple of nights in Medellin, the 'City of Eternal Spring', a seductive city which will appeal as much to culture lovers as it will to those in search of nightlife.
The final stage of our road cycling tour in Colombia takes us into a coastal flatland, a welcome rest after the challenges of the Andes, and delivers us gently to the world famous Caribbean resort and historic city of Cartagena where we will relax in classic colonial style and soak up the wonderful atmosphere before we head to the airport for our return flights.

For more information download our trip notes


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