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 best hotels of teh country and finally, with some luck, 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
430 kms
8.508 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
  • 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: 2:00 pM

Welcome to Colombia! We will be waiting for you at 2:00 PM in the SAFETTI CLUB HOUSE located in Rionegro, Antioquia. We will have a short welcome brief and our mechanics will help you assamble your bike. Later in the afternoon we will host our welcoming dinner!
2
Day

Aprox Duration. 2:34:15
Distance 45,82 km
Acumulated Ascent 1.230 mts
Max Altitude 1.355 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto bodegas (Distance: 4km, Average Gradient: 6%)

1
Stage
Llanogrande
Guatape

Stage Profile

Today we have our first contact with the Colombian roads. We are going to do an extended version of what locals call the VUELTA AL ORIENTE. This is a ride that many colombian pros do everyday and with a little bit of luck we will cross some of them.

This stage will lead us to Guatapé, one of the most beatiful landscapes of Colombia. In here you can rest and meet the colorfull streets of the downtown.

HOTEL guatape

2
Day

Aprox Duration. 3:46:44
Distance 65,82 km
Acumulated Ascent 1.230 mts
Max Altitude 2.358 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto Bodegas (Distance: 4km, Average Gradient: 6%)

Today we have our first contact with the Colombian roads. We are going to do an extended version of what locals call the VUELTA AL ORIENTE. This is a ride that many colombian pros do everyday and with a little bit of luck we will cross some of them.

This stage will lead us to Guatapé, one of the most beatiful landscapes of Colombia. In here you can rest and meet the colorfull streets of the downtown.
1
Stage
Llanogrande
Guatape

Stage Profile

Hotel Guatape

3
Day

Aprox Duration. 4:18:02
Distance 110,11 km
Acumulated Ascent 2.133 mts
Max Altitude 2.147 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de monteloro (Distance: 9,4km, Average Gradient: 5,3%)

2
Stage
Guatape
Doradal

Stage Profile

We will have a huge day moving down to the Magdalena Valley.

This long ride is going to start in the outskirts of Medellín and take us to the Colombian Jungle. Don’t let the stage profile fool you, even though it looks like is always downhill this is going to be a really hard stage.

At night we will sleep in a natural premium hotel!

HOTEL doradal

3
Day

Aprox Duration. 4:56:01
Distance 106,88 km
Acumulated Ascent 2.010 mts
Max Altitude 1.152 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de Monteloro (Distance: 9,4km, Average Gradient: 5,3%)

We will have a huge day moving down to the Magdalena Valley.

This long ride is going to start in the outskirts of Medellín and take us to the Colombian Jungle. Don’t let the stage profile fool you, even though it looks like is always downhill this is going to be a really hard stage.

At night we will sleep in a natural premium hotel!
2
Stage
Guatape
Doradal

Stage Profile

Hotel Doradal

4
Day

Aprox Duration. 1:52:16
Distance 47,90 km
Acumulated Ascent 592 mts
Max Altitude 397 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de honduras (Distance: 1.5km, Average Gradient: 4%)

3
Stage
Doradal
Rio Manso

Stage Profile

This is really special day as experience, will be a full day gravel in the Colombian jungle and rivers.


We will jump in a boat to cruise La Miel river and then a short spin to get into the hotel. With some fortune we will see monkeys and birds!!!

HOTEL libano

4
Day

Aprox Duration. 2:33:37
Distance 55,46 km
Acumulated Ascent 708 mts
Max Altitude 401 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de Honduras (Distance: 1.5km, Average Gradient: 4%)

This is really special day as experience, will be a full day gravel in the Colombian jungle and rivers.

We will jump in a boat to cruise La Miel river and then a short spin to get into the hotel with fortune you can see monkeys and birds!!!
3
Stage
Doradal
Rio manso

Stage Profile

Hotel Norcasia

5
Day

Aprox Duration. 2:34:15
Distance 65,16 km
Acumulated Ascent 531 mts
Max Altitude 245 Msnm
Climb of the Day  n/a

4
Stage
La miel
Honda

Stage Profile

After our wild night, we will ride a short part in gravel and then will arrive to Honda to enjoy this colonial town. This town was very important to the economy of the country back in the days.

In the afternoon we will have a car transfer to the base of our queen stage!

hotel norcasia

5
Day

Aprox Duration. 3:02:17
Distance 65,81 km
Acumulated Ascent  531 mts
Max Altitude 245 Msnm
Climb of the Day N/A 

After our wild night, we will ride a short part in gravel and then will arrive to Honda to enjoy this colonial town. This town was very important to the economy of the country back in the days.

We will see buildings with almost 300 years old!!
4
Stage
La miel
Honda

Stage Profile

Hotel Libano

6
Day

Aprox Duration. 2:54:37
Distance 74,51 km
Acumulated Ascent 3.006 mts
Max Altitude 4.123 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto del sifón (Distance: 52km, Average Gradient: 5%)

5
Stage
Libano
Nevado 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 he Colombian tropics to an active volcano.

After the ride we are going to rest in the natural hotsprins of the hotel.

Today you can celebrate with some wine!

HOTEL NEVADOS

6
Day

Aprox Duration. 4:16:41
Distance 74,51 km
Acumulated Ascent 3.006 mts
Max Altitude 4.141 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto deL Sifón (Distance: 52km, Average Gradient: 5%)

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 taje us from Colombian tropics to a active volcano.

After the ride we are going to rest in the natural hotsprins of the hotel.
5
Stage
Libano
Nevado del Ruiz

Stage Profile

Hotel Nevados

7
Day

Aprox Duration. 2:24:09
Distance 61,51 km
Acumulated Ascent 1.023 mts
Max Altitude 2.144 Msnm
Climb of the Day  Alto de rioseco (Distance: 2.7km, Average Gradient: 7%)

6
Stage
Manizales
Santagueda

Stage Profile

Although it`ll be difficult to get back on the bike, today we have a recovery ride going through terrific landscapes, we finally have reached the coffee lands. After drinking an authentic Juan Valdez coffee and getting to know Manizales we´ll get in our way.

We will have our first contact with the Colombian coffee plantations and at the end of the ride we will rest in a private pool house.

CASA PRIVADA SANTAGUEDA

7
Day

Aprox Duration. 3:31:53
Distance 61,51 km
Acumulated Ascent 1.023 mts
Max Altitude 2.144 Msnm
Climb of the Day Alto de Rioseco (Distance: 2.7km, Average Gradient: 7%)

Although it`ll be difficult to get back on the bike, today we have a recovery ride going through terrific landscapes, we finally have reached the coffee lands. After drinking an authentic Juan Valdez coffee and getting to know Manizales we´ll get in our way.

We will have our first contact with the Colombian coffee plantations and at the end of the ride we will rest in a private pool house.
6
Stage
Manizales
Santagueda

Stage Profile

casa privada santagueda

8
Day

¡Hasta pronto!

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

Dates And Prices

*We can do it in any date you want!
$2.450 USD per person. To book (30% down payment)
Add-Ons
*Bike rental 50 USD per day
*Single accomodation: 500 USD per person (Subject to availabilty)
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