Trans-Colombia

Trans-Colombia

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

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

Overview

Details

Next Departure

March 5th 2021

Price

USD $3,995

Duration

10 days / 9 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

No ?

Rental Bike

Not available

Ride Program

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Overview

Not for the faint of heart, our Trans-Colombia Challenge features the best of Colombian cycling.

The highlight of the trip is the 80km (50 miles) 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!

Starting in Medellin, the mecca of Colombian cycling, our route takes us south over the Andes mountains. 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 (50 miles) 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 The start of the journey! Hotel Villa Camila
04 Into Coffee Country Hotel Sonesta Pereira
05 Salento and the Cocora Valley Hotel Salento Real
06 Alto de Letras (from the easy side) Hotel Brisas la Gaviota
07 A hidden gem - only with Thomson! Hotel Brisas la Gaviota
08 Over the Alto de la Mona to Guaduas Hotel Brisas la Gaviota
09 The Queen Stage - Alto de Letras Hotel Termales el Otoño
10 Adios!
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Day 1

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Bienvenido a Medellin!

The trip starts in earnest tomorrow (Saturday) 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 week ahead. 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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The start of the journey!

Your journey across Colombia starts today. Medellin is the mecca of cycling in Colombia and you’ll join the local pelotons through the centre of the city (on closed roads). We’ve rarely seen so many cyclists, even at the Tour de France, and this short ride through Medellin really highlights the astonishing boom in Colombian cycling. From Medellin you’ll head into the Andes and your first major climb, the Cat. 2 climb to La Fredonia.

Tip: if you live at lower altitudes, don’t push too hard on these first couple of rides. It will take you a few days to get acclimatised to the altitude. You’ll note a shortness of breath on the climbs and if you ride with a powermeter, you’ll be surprised at you’re overall drop in power.

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%
2 Alto Santa Elena 03 50 5.9%
2 La Fredonia (from Las Palomas) 03 72 7.5%
HC Alto del Tabor (from Supia) 04 81 5.3%
2 Crucero San Jose (from Viterbo) 04 58 5.6%
2 Filandia (from Quimbaya) 05 44 4.3%
3 Salento (from Quindio River Bridge) 05 46 7.5%
HC Alto de Letras (from Manizales) 06 116 6%
2 La Victoria (from Llano Grande) 07 41 5.4%
2 Marquetalia (from Guacas) 07 35 3.9%
1 El Recreo (from San Juan) 07 77 6.4%
1 Petaqueros (from Puente Guarino) 07 75 7.2%
1 Alto de la Mona (from Peaje) 08 85 6%
3 Alto de la Mona (from Camino Real) 08 35 5.1%
HC Alto de Letras (from Mariquita) 09 237 5.2%
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Dates & Prices

Date Booking Status Availability Price / Per Person Single Supplement Non-rider Discount
2021
Mar 5 - Mar 14
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USD $3,995
USD $750
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Aug 7 - Aug 15
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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 Brisas la Gaviota

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    Hotel Termales el Otoño

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    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
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    • 10 days / 9 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 2 sit-down lunches (Day 1 & Day 4)
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
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    • Drop-off at Manizales Airport (connection to Bogota)
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • 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
    • 10 days / 9 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 2 sit-down lunches (Day 1 & Day 4)
    • 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
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • 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

    Not for the faint of heart, our Trans-Colombia Challenge features the best of Colombian cycling


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