Trans Colombia Cycle Tour

Trans Colombia Cycle Tour

Huge climbs and incredible landscapes in the most exciting cycling destination on the planet

Epic doesn’t quite do Colombia justice. Our Trans Colombia Cycle Tour offers you the opportunity to ride one of the most challenging routes in Colombia, including the famous Alto de Letras.

Overview

Details

Next Departure

November 3rd 2021

Price

USD $5,895

Duration

12 days / 11 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

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Rental Bike

Not available

Ride Program

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Overview

Not for the faint of heart, our Trans Colombia Cycle Tour features the best of Colombian cycling.

The highlight of the trip is the 80km climb to Alto de Letras, known as the longest climb in the world. And in true Thomson style you’ll ride Letras not once, but twice – from both sides!

The trip starts with 3 days of riding in Medellin, the mecca of Colombian cycling, then heads south over the Andes mountains towards Bogota. You’ll ride through the coffee plantations of the world-famous Coffee Triangle which claims to produce the worlds best coffee.

From the Coffee Triangle you’ll head over to Los Nevados National Park where the Nevado del Ruiz volcano lies under its blanket of snow and glaciers, at an elevation of over 5000m (16,500ft). Los Nevados also hosts our final challenge – the unbelievable 80km climb to Alto de Letras!

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Bienvenido a Medellin! Hotel Movich
02 Introductions & Warm-up Ride Hotel Movich
03 Abejorral Hotel Movich
04 Santa Elena & Parque Arvi Hotel Movich
05 The start of the journey! Hotel Villa Camila
06 Into Coffee Country Hotel Sonesta Pereira
07 Salento and the Cocora Valley Hotel Salento Real
08 Giro de Rigo Route Hotel Salento Real
09 Alto de Letras - the "easy" side Hotel Boutique Posada las Trampas
10 Over the Alto de la Mona to Guaduas Hotel Boutique Posada las Trampas
11 The Queen Stage - Alto de Letras Hotel Termales el Otoño
12 Adios!
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Day 1

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Bienvenido a Medellin!

The trip starts in earnest tomorrow (Thursday) but we’ve booked you into the Hotel Movich this evening so you can arrive at any time, check-in and relax. The hotel is situated just 5 minutes from Medellin Airport and a free shuttle is available.

Our staff will meet you in the Hotel Reception at 9:00am tomorrow morning.

Day 2

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Introductions & Warm-up Ride

Meet our staff in Reception at the Hotel Movich at 9:00 am for a brief Orientation Meeting where the Thomson Trip Manager will walk you through what to expect during the next 10 days. At 10:00 am our mechanics will be on hand to help with the bike build followed by lunch at the hotel pool at 12 noon.

After lunch you’ll head out on your first ride in Colombia. From the hotel you’ll head south to La Ceja, home town of Fernando Gaviria, and the start of the short climb to Los Enanos.

Day 3

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Abejorral

A challenging ride today and definitely a day where you’ll need your climbing legs. Our ride has no less than 6 categorised climbs and a total elevation gain of almost 2,900m. Your destination is the beautiful colonial town of Abejorral which was recently declared a national monument in Colombia.

The ride itself is a roller-coaster of ups and downs through rural Antioquia. Enjoy the riding along traffic-free, quiet roads that wind their way through the green fields and valleys of this beautiful part of the Andes mountains.

Map & Profile

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Climbs

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Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
3 Los Enanos 02 40 7%
3 El Tambo 03 44 6.3%
3 Alto Estadero (North side) 03 42 6.2%
3 Partidas Guaico 03 38 5.6%
3 Alto Estadero (South Side) 03 49 7.3%
3 Alto Basurero 03 39 5.4%
3 Alto Pantanillo (from La Ceja) 03 35 5.9%
2 Alto Santa Elena 04 50 5.9%
2 Alto Santa Elena 05 50 5.9%
2 La Fredonia (from Las Palomas) 05 72 7.5%
HC Alto del Tabor (from Supia) 06 81 5.3%
2 Crucero San Jose (from Viterbo) 06 58 5.6%
2 Filandia (from Quimbaya) 07 44 4.3%
3 Salento (from Quindio River Bridge) 07 46 7.5%
2 Alto de Buenavista (from La Cabaña) 08 63 6.8%
1 Salento (from Montenegro) 08 46 3.3%
HC Alto de Letras (from Manizales) 09 116 6%
1 Alto de la Mona (from Peaje) 10 85 6%
3 Alto de la Mona (from Camino Real) 10 35 5.1%
HC Alto de Letras (from Mariquita) 11 237 5.2%
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Dates & Prices

Date Booking Status Availability Price / Per Person Single Supplement Non-rider Discount
2021
Nov 3 - Nov 14
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USD $5,895
USD $1,100
USD $2,350
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    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Movich

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    Hotel Villa Camila

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    Hotel Sonesta Pereira

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    Hotel Salento Real

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    Hotel Boutique Posada las Trampas

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    Hotel Termales el Otoño

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    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 12 days / 11 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 1 sit-down lunch (Day 1)
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Drop-off at Manizales Airport (connection to Bogota)
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • Support Van
    • Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 12 days / 11 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 1 sit-down lunch (Day 1)
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Drop-off at Manizales Airport (connection to Bogota)
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • Support Van
    • Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Travel Details

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Meeting Time

    No organised pick-up. Take the free shuttle from Medellin Airport to the Hotel Movich (journey time = 5 minutes)

    Anytime

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Arrival Time

    Manizales Airport

    9:00am



    Trans Colombia Cycle Tour

    Not for the faint of heart, our Trans Colombia Cycle Tour features the best of Colombian cycling