Road to the Coffee Lands (Gravel)

overview

Take a week to EXPLORE Colombia through the roads that hide the inner culture. This 6 Stage trip will take you through the Andes mountains and down to the Colombian Coffee area. You will ride up to an active volcano, drink a coffee that has just been picked up from the plant, sleep in the only latin hotel designed for cyclists and finally watch the mighty CONDOR fly above you. The staff of ALTOS Cycling we will be there to asure that you only have to worry about enjoying.
6
Stages
428 kms
10.880 mts of
acum ascent
*We can do it in any date you want!

INCLUded

  • 8 days / 7 nights fully acompanied trip
  • 7 nights double accomodation
  • Night in Nido del Condor
  • All breakfasts and four meals included
  • All ground transportation
  • Driver for non cyclist companions during the day
  • Bike guides
  • Support vehicles
  • 24 hour mechanical service
  • Sports nutrition GOING & ORIGAMI
  • Souvenir: T-Shirt and Bib Pocket (GRAVEL)
  • Cooking class night
  • Staff to client ratio 1:2
  • Accident insurance

not INCLUded

  • Airplane tickets

     

  • Bike rental

**Remember you can RENT a gravel bike!

1
Day

WELCOME TO COLOMBIA!

Hour: 10:00 AM

We will be waiting for you at 10 AM at International Matecaña Airport serving the city of Pereira, Colombia. After packing the luggage to our vehicles we will drive to Honda. We are going to be hosted by a private pool house where our Staff will be ready to recieve you and start taking care of your bikes in order to have them reay for the days to come. Please only worry about relaxing, at night our CHEF will be hosting a welcoming dinner for the whole group!
2
Day

Aprox Duration. 6:25:00
Distance 80 km
Acumulated Ascent 2.900 mts
Max Altitude 4.123 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de Letras Viejo (Distance: 52km, Average Gradient: 4,7%)

1
Stage
Libano
Termales del Ruiz

Stage Profile

Today we will face the mighty OLD ALTO DE LETRAS. We are going to climb to the Nevados National Park through the road that was once the original ALTO DE LETRAS. This is a 52 Km climb that will take us from the Colombian tropics to a Active volcano.

After the ride we are going ot rest in the natural hotsprings of the Termales del Ruiz Hotel. Be ready to enter the Colombian Coffee area!

Old Alto de Letras

2
Day

Aprox Duration. 6:25:00
Distance 80 km
Acumulated Ascent 2.900 mts
Max Altitude 4.123 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de Letras Viejo (Distance: 52km, Average Gradient: 4,7%)

Today we will face the mighty OLD ALTO DE LETRAS. We are going to climb to the Nevados National Park through the road that was once the original ALTO DE LETRAS. This is a 52 Km climb that will take us from the Colombian tropics to a Active volcano. After the ride we are going ot rest in the natural hotsprings of the Termales del Ruiz Hotel. Be ready to enter the Colombian Coffee area!
1
Stage
Libano
Termales del Ruiz

Stage Profile

Old Alto de Letras

3
Day

Aprox Duration. 3:55:00
Distance 71 km
Acumulated Ascent 980 mts
Max Altitude 3.375 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de Palestina (Distance: 8,1km, Average Gradient: 5%)

2
Stage
Termales del Ruiz
Santagueda

Stage Profile

Today we have a recovery ride through beautiful landscapes. We will have our first contact with the coffee lands. We will go down from the cold of the volcano to the the heat of the Colombian tropics, cross the city of Manizales and have a local coffee at the headquarters of ALTOS Cycling.

The stage ends in Santagueda where we will sleep on a private farm. In the evening a guest chef will teach us a Peruvian food class.

Alto de Palestina

3
Day

Aprox Duration. 3:55:00
Distance 71 km
Acumulated Ascent 980 mts
Max Altitude 3.375 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de Palestina (Distance: 8,1km, Average Gradient: 5%)

Today we have a recovery ride through beautiful landscapes. We will have our first contact with the coffee lands. We will go down from the cold of the volcano to the the heat of the Colombian tropics, cross the city of Manizales and have a local coffee at the headquarters of ALTOS Cycling.

The stage ends in Santagueda where we will sleep on a private farm. In the evening a guest chef will teach us a Peruvian food class.
2
Stage
Termales del Ruiz
Santagueda

Stage Profile

Alto de Palestina

4
Day

Aprox Duration. 4:55:00
Distance 75 km
Acumulated Ascent 1.400 mts
Max Altitude 1.550 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de la Cabana (Distance: 9km, Average Gradient: 4%)

3
Stage
La Cabana
Lisboa

Stage Profile

Today we will face a challenging route around CALDAS. The fist part is the biggest climb of the day and then we will face some cool downhills. We will end the ride crossing the Cauca River (The second largest river of Colombia) to get to our farm.

In the farm, our non cycling companions will have the day to go to a local coffee farm to learn the whole process of the Colombian coffee. At night we will make home made pizza in our wood oven.

Alto de la Cabana

4
Day

Aprox Duration. 4:55:00
Distance 75 km
Acumulated Ascent 1.400 mts
Max Altitude 1.550 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de la Cabana (Distance: 9km, Average Gradient: 4%)

Today we will face a challenging route around CALDAS. The fist part is the biggest climb of the day and then we will face some cool downhills. We will end the ride crossing the Cauca River (The second largest river of Colombia) to get to our farm.

In the farm, our non cycling companions will have the day to go to a local coffee farm to learn the whole process of the Colombian coffee. At night we will make home made pizza in our wood oven.
3
Stage
La Cabana
Lisboa

Stage Profile

Alto de la Cabana

5
Day

Aprox Duration. 5:25:00
Distance94 km
Acumulated Ascent 2.300 mts
Max Altitude 2.050 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de la Ofrenda (Distance: 8km, Average Gradient: 5%)

4
Stage
Santagueda
Filandia

Stage Profile

Today we will move to another part of the Colombian coffee region. We will leave Santagueda through the emerald electrical dam and then we will go up the ALTO de la Ofrenda, this is a secret climb not very known to local cyclists, making this to be our little secret!

We will go out on a paved road and arrive in Filandia where we will sleep in the only Latin American hotel designed for cyclists

Alto de la Ofrenda

5
Day

Aprox Duration. 5:25:00
Distance94 km
Acumulated Ascent 2.300 mts
Max Altitude 2.050 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de la Ofrenda (Distance: 8km, Average Gradient: 5%)

Today we will move to another part of the Colombian coffee region. We will leave Santagueda through the emerald electrical dam and then we will go up the ALTO de la Ofrenda, this is a secret climb not very known to local cyclists, making this to be our little secret!

We will go out on a paved road and arrive in Filandia where we will sleep in the only Latin American hotel designed for cyclists
4
Stage
Santagueda
Filandia

Stage Profile

Alto de la Ofrenda

6
Day

Aprox Duration. 3:45:00
Distance 65 km
Acumulated Ascent 1.600 mts
Max Altitude 2.339 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de la Patasola (Distance: 9km, Average Gradient: 8%)

5
Stage
Filandia
Santa Rosa

Stage Profile

We will leave Filandia and head to Salento on a paved road. In Salento we will go back into the central mountain range of the Andes to cross to Santa Rosa de Cabal. Today we will go up the ALTO de la Patasola which has constant ramps of more than 20% of inclination.

In Santa Rosa we will rest in a hotel with hot springs, it will be useful to rest your legs on them to face the last effort of our trip!

Alto de la Patasola

6
Day

Aprox Duration. 3:45:00
Distance 65 km
Acumulated Ascent 1.600 mts
Max Altitude 2.339 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de la Patasola (Distance: 9km, Average Gradient: 8%)

We will leave Filandia and head to Salento on a paved road. In Salento we will go back into the central mountain range of the Andes to cross to Santa Rosa de Cabal. Today we will go up the ALTO de la Patasola which has constant ramps of more than 20% of inclination.

In Santa Rosa we will rest in a hotel with hot springs, it will be useful to rest your legs on them to face the last effort of our trip!
5
Stage
Filandia
Santa Rosa

Stage Profile

Alto de la Patasola

7
Day

Aprox Duration. 3:10:00
Distance43 km
Acumulated Ascent 1.550 mts
Max Altitude 2.511 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de Potreros (Distance: 5km, Average Gradient: 9,5%)

6
Stage
Santa Rosa
Nido del condor

Stage Profile

Last effort! We start our last stage by climbing and entering the mountain. We will face the ALTO of Potreros to get to the place we came to look for, finally we reach the NIDO DEL CONDOR.

In the afternoon we will enjoy this wonderful place hidden in the Colombian mountains, hopefully we can see the couple of CONDORS approach their nest to spend the night. At night we will do a closing event surrounded by a campfire and shooting stars!

Alto de Potreros

7
Day

Aprox Duration. 3:10:00
Distance43 km
Acumulated Ascent 1.550 mts
Max Altitude 2.511 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de Potreros (Distance: 5km, Average Gradient: 9,5%)

Last effort! We start our last stage by climbing and entering the mountain. We will face the ALTO of Potreros to get to the place we came to look for, finally we reach the NIDO DEL CONDOR.

In the afternoon we will enjoy this wonderful place hidden in the Colombian mountains, hopefully we can see the couple of CONDORS approach their nest to spend the night. At night we will do a closing event surrounded by a campfire and shooting stars!
6
Stage
Santa Rosa
Nido del Condor

Stage Profile

Alto de Potreros

8
Day

¡Hasta pronto!

After breakfast we will say goodbye to the whole group we will take you to Manizales’ Airport. We hope you had a geat week, see you soon!

Hotels

PRIVATE HOUSE IN HONDA – 1 NIGHT
HOTEL TERMALES DEL RUIZ – 1 NIGHT
SANTA ANA DEL PALMAR – 2 NIGHTS
HOTEL CASA DU VELO – 1 NIGHTS
TERMALES DE SANTA ROSA – 1 NIGHT
NIDO DEL CONDOR ECOLODGE – 1 NIGHT

Dates And Prices

*We can do it in any date you want!
$1.990 USD per person (30% down payment)
Add-Ons
*Bike rental 50 USD per day
*Single accomodation: 200 USD per person (Subject to availabilty)
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