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Cycling Colombia

Rewarding cycling in a beautiful region of rural Colombia



At a glance

* 10 nights hotels, 2 nights in a finca (ranch property)
* 10 days cycling with full vehicle support
* 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved tracks
* Routes predominantly follow quiet well-paved roads
* Group normally 5 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs

Rewarding cycling in a beautiful region of rural Colombia

With Colombia’s road cyclists gaining worldwide recognition and the country
revelling as an up and coming active tourism destination, there really is no
better time for a cycling trip to one of South America’s most scenic regions.
The coffee zone of Colombia lies at the heart of the country on the Western
slopes of the Central Andes and our route takes us along paved winding roads
that traverse a lush environment populated by coffee plantations and
picturesque towns. Your effort on two wheels will be duly rewarded by
stunning views and a taste of the famously warm Latin American hospitality.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* All breakfasts and 11 dinners
* All accommodation (see accommodation section)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Local bike hire

Food:
All breakfasts and 11 dinners included.

We’ll have early breakfasts throughout the tour in order to make the most of
cycling in the cooler morning temperatures, typically there will be eggs,
bread or arepas (thick corn pancakes), local cheese, and no shortage of great
coffee! Lunch stops will be made at appropriate points each day, generally at
roadside cafes/restaurants where we can get our calorie intake from grilled
meats, rice, potato chips, fruit, chocolate, juice etc. Lunches are not
included so you should make sure you carry some cash each day for this,
preferably in low denominations that are easier to change. The tour leader
may suggest collecting a small amount of money from the group for a
collective kitty – this would be used to buy fruit and snacks for eating at
pit stops whilst on the rides.

The only evening where we don’t include the evening meal is the first night
in Bogota because there is a lot of choice and enables people to choose where
they wish to dine. For the rest of the trip we will be travelling through
remote areas where there isn’t much in the way of choice for evening meal
locations. Most days we will arrive in the afternoon to our accommodation and
have a few hours of rest before being fed by our Colombian hosts either in
the same hotel or somewhere close by.

Please note that Colombia is not particularly vegetarian friendly, especially
in rural areas, as meat forms a major part of the diet and many soups are
often made with a meat base. Bogota is an exception, as there are sufficient
options to cater to all dietary requirements.

Each day you will have the opportunity to try a fantastic array of delicious
fruit juices – some of them familiar to the UK and some of them more exotic!
We recommend you to try these as they taste much better in Colombia than
anywhere else and cost a fraction of the price.

Start destination: Bogota

End destination: Bogota

Cycling profile

Day 1

Land only passengers can arrive at the hotel in Bogota this
afternoon/evening.

*Standard Hotel*

Day 2

Passengers on our Avianca group flight will have flown overnight and arrive
today in the early hours of the morning. There will be time for a few hours
rest and breakfast before setting out with the tour leader in order to try
out your bike and cycle the car-free streets of Bogota as part of the weekly
‘ciclovia’ event. Every Sunday large parts of the city are closed to traffic
as residents cycle, jog, walk, roller-skate in a remarkable display of
utilising public space in the interest of leisure and togetherness. You’ll
have a chance to see the modern Bogota and also visit a market in the
bohemian neighborhood of Usaquen. This immediate exercise is a great way to
minimise the effects of jetlag! At a certain point after a couple of hours in
the ciclovia, the leaders will give the option of climbing ‘Los Patios’. This
is an optional ascent that is practiced by hundreds of Colombians. It is
approx a 7km climb at an ascent of 6% for most of the route. If you are
nervous about the rides later in the itinerary then completing this challenge
is a great confidence boost. Note that the road used is not closed to traffic
so you should be happy cycling on a busy road, and of course afterwards you
have a fun downhill ride with spectacular views of the city. You will have
the afternoon at leisure and we strongly recommend visiting one of the
fantastic museums the city has to offer, which all offer free entrance on
Sundays.

*Standard Hotel*

Day 3

In the morning we will visit the famous and unique Zipaquira Salt Cathedral,
located inside a commercial salt mine. After the visit we will be driven to
Bogota airport to catch a flight travelling southwest to Cali. From here we
will be driven a short distance (approx. 1 hour 15 minutes) to the town of
Buga where we stay and prepare for the point-to-point riding that will
commence the following morning.

*Standard Hotel*

Day 4

Buga is one of the oldest settlements in the region and an important
religious place for the country as pilgrims flock to visit the Basilica which
contains an image of Christ. Buga is surrounded by sugar cane fields and is
located in close vicinity of the Cauca River. The tour starts out travelling
in a northward direction, staying parallel to the Cauca River as we pass
fields of sugar cane and fruit trees. Along the route we will stop to visit a
sugar cane farm. The vast majority of today’s road is fairly flat or with
small undulations, and the route is very scenic thanks to the proximity of
the Andean Western Cordillera and the possibility to see peaks of the Central
Cordillera on a clear day. The temperature in the valley can get very high so
be sure to wear sun cream and stay hydrated. Our destination is the town of
Roldanillo and we will spend the night at a hotel just off the main plaza.

(Ascent: 515m, descent: 530m)

*Standard Hotel*

Day 5

Another day of cycling on a predominantly flat and quiet road which will take
us through beautiful landscapes in preparation for the more mountainous rides
in the days to come. We’ll stop for some grape juice along the way and
continue to the hotel on the outskirts of a small town called Cartago for a
refreshing dip in the swimming pool!

(Ascent: 381m, descent: 394m)

*Standard Hotel*

Day 6

The first few kilometres of today’s ride are along a flat road leading to an
intersection from where we’ll take an undulating road south-eastwards to
Alcalá and up into coffee plantation region. This section will involve the
first real climb of the tour. After passing Alcalá we’ll have lunch in a
village called Quimbaya and continue through Montenegro. We’ll arrive at
the hotel and have the afternoon free to rest and enjoy the swimming pool and
surroundings. In addition to coffee plantations, the landscape is also home
to banana and plantain, bamboo trees and flowers. A short walk down the road
from the hotel there is a coffee theme park with a viewing platform at the
entrance which is definitely worth a visit.

(Ascent: 890m, descent: 530m)

*Standard Hotel*

Day 7

Today we start riding on a quiet and fairly flat road surrounded by coffee,
banana and pineapple plantations to the town of La Tebaida. After passing
this town, we’ll stop for a drink break and ride for a short section on a
busier road. At a point called ‘La Y’ we will deviate and take a secondary
road to enjoy a nice downhill to Rio Verde and then continue onwards to the
town of Buenavista. From Rio Verde there is a challenging steep uphill of
about 3km to get to Buenavista – this is the hardest climb of the tour but
very rewarding. We’ll visit a local school before having lunch in the town of
Buenavista, and then there will be an opportunity to try one of the region’s
best exported coffee brands at a wonderful terrace with a beautiful view.
After the break, there is still some climbing to be done but after reaching
the the top it will all be downhill back to Rio Verde on a different road.
From Rio Verde, you will take the same road previously ridden to the hotel
for the night.

(Ascent: 1000m, descent: 1147m)

*Standard Hotel*

Day 8

Today’s ride is 90% uphill! But don’t worry as it is not too steep. There
is a steady climb after crossing the river all the way up to Boquia (near
Salento). On the way we’ll stop for a Coffee Experience Tour at Café
Sorrento and have a chance to learn about the process of growing coffee.
After this tour the next stop will be at the Quindío Botanic Gardens where
we will learn about the local flora and we also visit a butterfly farm. Lunch
will be in the town of Calarca and then we’ll ride the last portion of the
route involving a very scenic final downhill to Boquia. The finca for the
next two nights is beautifully situated and is a peaceful place for us to be
based. After dinner some kids from the area will give a folklore performance
. It’s also a good opportunity to enjoy a beer.

(Ascent: 591m, descent: 282m)

*Finca*

Day 9

You may wish to rest today and take a well-earned break from the saddle,
remaining in the surroundings of our beautifully located ranch just outside
of Salento. Alternatively you can opt for a wonderful walk in Cocora Valley
to see the picturesque endemic Wax Palm trees. There are different walk
options varying in difficulty and duration (approx. 11km), all of which are
signposted. For those who want to cycle up to the highest point that we’ll
meet on the tour (2410m above sea level), the ride from the accommodation and
up to Cocora involves a 1000m climb.

(Ascent: 1000m, descent: 1000m)

*Finca*

Day 10

Today we tackle an initially tough climb out of Boquia and the valley up to
join the main road to take us towards the pretty coffee town of Filandia. It
is claimed that because of its architecture, landscapes and hospitable nature
of the locals, that Filandia is one of the most charming and attractive towns
in the whole of Colombia. We’ll take a break here before setting off on a
beautiful stretch of road down to Quimbaya and onwards to Alcala for lunch.
This stretch from Filandia to Quimbaya is one of the tour highlights. In the
afternoon we continue in the direction of Pereira and take a left turn before
the city in order to reach Cerritos, our location for the night. 

(Ascent: 1220m, descent: 1830m)

*Standard Hotel*

Day 11

Our penultimate day of cycling has it all. We start off gently with a fun
downhill section leading to the Cauca River from where our route plateaus out
as we are flanked on both sides by sugar cane fields. After lunch at a
roadside restaurant with an adjoining trout farm, we follow a branch of the
river northwards (Rio Risaralda). As the road becomes steeper and offers up
spectacular views on our final climb into the highland town of Anserma. The
town’s location on the edge of a mountain makes it completely different
from other places seen on the tour, and several of the streets are too steep
to be cycled so it lends itself to being explored on foot in order to get the
maximum enjoyment! We will have dinner at a local restaurant and there are a
couple of nearby bars to explore afterwards.

(Ascent: 955m, descent: 375m)

*Standard Hotel*

Day 12

Our last day of cycling is another stunning ride as we navigate some hilly
sections on our way to Risaralda. From here we face a delightful downhill to
cross the Cauca River once more and stop for refreshments in nearby La
Rochela. After La Rochela we will ride to the place where we have lunch. We
will have to tackle a few more climbs to reach Finca La Romelia, where we
will stop for lunch. After lunch you will be transfered to your hotel where
you will spend the last night in Colombia.

(Ascent: 874m, descent: 1481m)

*Standard Hotel*

Day 13

After breakfast we will transfer by private bus to Pereira airport where the
tour will end and we’ll fly back to Bogota in order to connect with
international departure flights. Those who have booked the Cartagena trip
extension will fly via Bogota up to the Carribean Coast.

If there is a long wait at Bogota airport between arriving from Pereira and
departing in the evening, it is possible for the tour leader to organise
additional services for you should you wish. They will be able to organise
this locally for a small charge.

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Customer Feedback

Cycling in wonderful Colombia

Summary:
Colombia is a fascinating country and we experienced it all from bustling
Bogota with its 8 million population to the lived in non touristy Cartago and
the locally very popular Salento. When cycling, one is struck by the lush
green cultivated hills rising up on both sides of you. it could be sugar
cane, plantain, bananas, papaya or the distinctive coffee plants, all
stunning and all tended by hard working locals. Colombians are really
beautiful people and welcoming. We visited over Easter and observed the
locals attending in large numbers the various religious services in beautiful
churches.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were many magic moments but conquering the climb to the hilltop town
of Anserma probably stands out. A long steady climb to a bustling little town
like no other. My madeira cake in a little bakery near the mini bus hub was
most welcome that afternoon. Our visit to the amazingly beautiful Finca La
Romelia on our last day of cycling will also live long in the memory. I would
also have to mention the king of the mountains and drum playing Australian
from Wales who supports Liverpool and cycled with a sombrero attached to his
helmet and a poncho in Colombian colours, he inspired me too.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Andres our group leader was an absolute gentleman with a great sense of
humour. I also found him to be extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of
his country. While soft spoken he was a very competent leader of an
outstanding team who delivered time and again when they were called upon.
Whenever you needed information, help or just encouragement one of the team
would appear as if by magic. We could not have asked for more from this
special team of people who worked non stop every day to make our visit to
their country so memorable.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The cycling is classified as challenging and it was, so come prepared. Expect
some rain during your trip, it really is inevitable but does not take away
from the enjoyment. Doing the Ciclovia in Bogota on the same morning as you
arrive in Colombia is probably not a good idea, consider arriving earlier if
you can. Carry insect repellent on the cycles as there are lots of stops at
coffee plantations etc. We received an excellent booklet covering each days
cycle on our first night. It is a good idea to bring this to each briefing
and note down the coffee and lunch stop points for the next day, this helps
in pacing yourself. Some of the roads cycled are very busy and on occasions
diesel emitting trucks on uphill sections are also challenging.

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Cycling Colombia’s coffee region

Summary:
Beautiful landscapes

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The coffee region so green and lush and the beautiful green mountains

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Found the leading guide Andres a bit arrogant and failing sometimes to convey
information. Oscar, another guide, was amazing.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Climbs are tough but very rewarding. Just need to get your rhythm. No need
for snacks as they were provided. Insect repellent and sunscreen absolutely
necessary.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Colombia is an amazing country every bit worth a visit. Lovely people,
beautiful landscapes, a lot of history and delicious fruits!

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Cycling Colombia

Summary:
Really brilliant country really brilliant staff.Weather very changeable and
cycling was challenging with in everyones abilities[im 70 and another cyclist
76]Felt safe at all times and really enjoyed the scenery which was amazing I
think vegetarians may need to be aware of limited options at some of the
remote hotels as you cycle point to point on most days.Suggest more use is
made of supermarkets during the day so as to supplement any needs.Didnt worry
me but it can be difficult for some.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Ready to throw in towel on a massive climb to our finishing town TEMP was 38c
down to last couple of gears then saw a small child struggling up the
mountain leg in plaster using a zimmer frame following her dad to get to
where ever they were going .Got up the rest of the climb in a bigger gear and
pigged out on cakes and juice at the local supermarket.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The whole crew were amazing and worked as a team Impressed with respect they
all showed to the mechanic[Hose] who they referred to as Don Hose.Brilliant
to see and we all were delived safely to the trips conclusion.No mean feat

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make use of the Supermarkets as you may not eat a given hotel meal eg Fish as
one rider didnt Was the only option.I ate everything but did buy up a few
extras from time to time All good fun loved it even if things went pear
shaped from time to time[things of my own doing eg Bumping into a car riding
off at the wrong time] Just stick to your own ability and pace When I felt ok
I went hard if not took it slowly and looked at the incredible scenery

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I will go back to see the rest of Colombia it was simply the biggest but best
surprise packet of all my travels I have ever been on

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Cycling Colombia

Summary:
Really brilliant country really brilliant staff.Weather very changeable and
cycling was challenging with in everyones abilities[im 70 and another cyclist
76]Felt safe at all times and really enjoyed the scenery which was amazing I
think vegetarians may need to be aware of limited options at some of the
remote hotels as you cycle point to point on most days.Suggest more use is
made of supermarkets during the day so as to supplement any needs.Didnt worry
me but it can be difficult for some.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Ready to throw in towel on a massive climb to our finishing town TEMP was 38c
down to last couple of gears then saw a small child struggling up the
mountain leg in plaster using a zimmer frame following her dad to get to
where ever they were going .Got up the rest of the climb in a bigger gear and
pigged out on cakes and juice at the local supermarket.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The whole crew were amazing and worked as a team Impressed with respect they
all showed to the mechanic[Hose] who they referred to as Don Hose.Brilliant
to see and we all were delived safely to the trips conclusion.No mean feat

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make use of the Supermarkets as you may not eat a given hotel meal eg Fish as
one rider didnt Was the only option.I ate everything but did buy up a few
extras from time to time All good fun loved it even if things went pear
shaped from time to time[things of my own doing eg Bumping into a car riding
off at the wrong time] Just stick to your own ability and pace When I felt ok
I went hard if not took it slowly and looked at the incredible scenery

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I will go back to see the rest of Colombia it was simply the biggest but best
surprise packet of all my travels I have ever been on

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cycling columbia – the ups with the downs

Summary:
I absolutely loved this holiday. Have a group of like-minded people all
sweating around me and puffing and panting, made for a very cathartic
experience. At times I thought that I was going to collapse, but I also knew
(or hoped) that all the other people in our party were feeling the same way.
I would not have gone as fast or as far just off my own steam.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing or rather hearing other cyclists behind me passing me which urging me
on.
Sharing moments with other exodus travellers and guides.
Delighting in the wonderful array of fruits and fruit juices offered
inbetween our cycling efforts.
Knowing that no matter how slow we were (or rather I was), that there would
always be a guide behind urging me on).
The list goes on and is too numerous to put down on paper.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Gabriel was an inspiration with his ‘universal’ helmet and helpful insights
into the history, politics and culture of the towns and departments we cycled
through.
Axel was a great help making sure that nobody was left behind and always made
sure we were ok.
Oscar, words cannot describe how much I enjoyed his company, always showing
more concern for us than himself.
Jonathan was the quiet one but always there and an inspiration.
Cesar was such a support making sure we all had enough drinks and snacks
whenever the van stopped for a break.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t underestimate your ability even though everyone else ‘seems’ to look
fitter, faster and stronger. No matter how slow you might be, everyone
pulled together and supported those of us that struggled. It was a fantastic
opportunity to get to know a beautiful area of the world which added to the
enjoyment sometimes helped alleviate the sore ‘saddle’.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I am always impressed by the enthusiasm and effort that is put in to these
holidays. All the staff regardless of roles seem to really pull their weight
and by the time the holiday was at its end, it felt as though we were one
great big family where it felt to me as if so much had been shared and
learned.

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Cycling Colombia – quite a challenge.

Summary:
Described as challenging, this is a not a trip for the faint-hearted. Plenty
of hills but with magnificent views once you make it to the top. Rather a
lot of riding on busy roads, but may be it was because of the Easter holiday
that there was so much traffic. Excellent accommodation and support.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Getting to the top of the patios hill climb in Bogota, after thinking I was
going to die due to the altitude!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
The support team were excellent. Gabriel at the front, Oscar in the middle
and Axel at the back, all provided encouragement.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Get fit and don’t be afraid of getting wet!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
A very good group of fellow travellers.

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A Great Trip

Summary:
Columbia is a huge and varied country. This was a great trip that gave our
party a terrific view of part of Columbia in a short space of time.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The cycling was through a wonderful hilly landscape so the views achieved
through the climbs had to be the highlight of the trip. There were many ‘made
it’ moments rewarded by the fabulous landscape.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Gabriel was a novice leader who did a great job. He had a nice light touch
and was fun to be with. Potentially he could have been more definitive with
what the days cycling would involve but was always happy to answer individual
questions. In addition, we were provided with a booklet of the exact profile
of each days ride (a great innovation which I have not experienced on other
trips) so questions were more to do with reassurance than lack of
information.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Some of the climbs are quite long and some short and steep. All of our party
had done some preparation or were already cyclists therefore no one found the
challenges too hard. My advice is prepare as much as you can. For some of us
who are not cyclists spin classes really helped get the legs in gear.The team
were great at accompanying the group which was all ages up to nearly 70.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I think the local operator, Pure Columbia, had put a lot of thought into
making the best out of the local conditions. Most of the hotels were above my
expectations and where they were more simple I was confident that given we
were experiencing non tourist areas they were as good as they could possibly
be. The same went for the roads, yes there were some stretches of highway but
these were kept to a minimum and a means to get us to long stretches of
beautiful country sections. Also we did the Cartagena extension and Pure
Columbia did a great job on the organisation. If you can do it do so, the
Caribbean coast is a fantastic contrast to the interior. We loved the
boutique hotel in Cartagena’s old town. The guided tour was great and they
made available a trip to nearby islands for a bit of real Caribbean swimming.

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Cycle colombia

Summary:
I have done many trips with exodus but this rates as probably the best cycle
trip I have ever been on so well organized the fantastic scenery the people
the food the cycling was just amazing although the group was ok there were 2
people on the trip that did make me feel quite uncomfortable at times
.Colombia is just a great country and it deserves more western visitors go
now before it becomes to overcrowded with tourists.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Well what can I say Oscar a fantastic guy leader person nothing was to much
trouble for this amazing man also having Gabriel and Andreas plus a great man
Axel who stayed with me pulling me up the climbs and how can I forget Adelmo
the mechanic also a former pro cyclist and of cause Augustus and Cesar the
driver supplying us with endless water which was very welcome.These men all
where a credit to the country one word EXCELLENT

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
One of the best I have ever had

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Just do it

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Brilliant cycle trip to Colombia

Summary:
Fantastic trip. 100% recommend it. Point to point cycling in beautiful
scenery with great staff.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Being part of the Bogota Ciclovia – Sunday riding through the closed streets
of Bogota with thousands of other people.
Some amazing downhills
I really liked the side trip to the salt cathedral – the main chapel was
stunning!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Tatiana is great. Very warm and friendly. She really took the time to look
after us, and share her enthusiasm for Colombia. I’d really like to give the
whole brilliant staff team, Oscar, Cesar and Jonathan, a mention as well as
it was all of them coming together to look after us that made for such a
great trip. Whether it was Oscar pointing out glaciers and sharing his
boundless enthusiasm for cycling, Cesar filling up our water bottles without
even being asked, or Jonathan sorting out the bikes and helping carry our
luggage, we were thoughtfully looked after at every point. It really felt
like nothing was too much trouble and they were all very keen to show us the
best of their beautiful country.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
We came out a day early (Friday night) and it was worth having the extra time
to look around Bogota. It was also good to have an extra day to get used to
the time difference before heading off for the Sunday cycling – otherwise you
land at 4am and then head out for a steep hill ride on just a few hours
sleep.
Make the most of all the juices – many like Loulo and Guanabana are really
delicious. We really enjoyed trying them at the different rest stops.
Recommend organising a kitty approach for lunch and rest stops. It makes it
much easier than everyone trying to find small amounts of money at each stop.
If you want to visit Coffee Theme Park at Pueblo Tapao be aware the last
entry is at 4pm.
Do the Sunday hill ride – it really boosts your confidence and it’s brilliant
to be cycling with so many other riders who are all having a lot of fun! A
totally unique experience.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This trip had the best bikes of any Exodus trip I have been on. The staff
were great, really friendly and organised so everything went very smoothly
but you never got the feeling that you were ‘being organised’.
I much preferred being able to cycle point to point – the bus transfers on
other trips I have done can feel a bit disruptive to the cycling.
I’d also say that doing the Sunday hill ride in Bogota is a real confidence
booster and although there are some long uphill rides in the rest of the
trip, the support from the staff means that they are doable and the downhills
afterwards are amazing.
We added on some days at the end (to go to Cartagena and Tayrona National
Park – highly recommend both) and felt completely safe at all times. The
people of Colombia are really friendly and welcoming and it is them that make
the trip as much as the scenery.

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Cycle Colombia

Summary:
Point to point cycling on undulating roads, in beautiful warm scenery.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing the whole of Bogota coming out for a Sunday cycle, most of it in
Lycra.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
She was lovely, very keen to show off Colombia and wanted to make us as happy
as possible. Nothing was too much trouble.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Fly out on the Fridays if you can make it to London in time as an extra day
in Bogota to recover and look around is worth it.
It’s cold in Bogota, especially at the top of the hill and the long down hill
so take a jacket. The rest of the cycling will be hot, around 30C, but not
too humid.
The evenings get cold during the two night on the Ranch so take a sweater and
long trousers.
Most of the hotels have Wifi in the communal areas, some of it quite quick.
Breakfast is mainly eggs and fruit, but Tatyana supplied those of us who
preferred cereal with oats after the first couple of days.
If you drink tea take tea bags, you can get the hot water, but the Colombian
tea is not good. Tatyana really like the English teas so take some for her to
try.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This trip is well organised, has good bikes and great staff. We added extra
days on to the beginning and end of the trip (it finishes on a Thursday!!).
Traveling both with Exodus and afterwards, independently, I felt completely
safe at all times.
Trip wise it was similar to the Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama trip, but much
better organised, with better staff and without the long bus transfers.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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