Café de Colombia
The green beating heart of Colombia
Nestled amidst the majestic Cordillera of the Andes, Colombia’s coffee plantations thrive as the vibrant core of the nation. Adorned with picturesque towns boasting colorful facades, nestled within serene mountains that bask in the sun’s warm glow, these fields have nurtured a culture that takes immense pride in its rich heritage.
Enveloped by the gentle aroma of coffee and surrounded by a kaleidoscope of greens, complemented by hues of yellow, blue, and purple as the sun sets, embarking on a bicycle tour in this captivating setting evokes a profound sense of Carpe Diem—a place where seizing life to the fullest becomes a tangible reality. Each of your senses will be profoundly touched, captivating you in ways unimaginable.
The cycling experience perfectly harmonizes the thrilling adventures of Colombia’s epic rides with an effortless and leisurely pace. Just when you feel it may have been too much to bear, you will be greeted by yet another enchanting reverie—an ancient hacienda opens its doors, welcoming you with the soothing scent of wood and coffee, panoramic views kissed by the gentle sun, and the warm embrace of the kind-hearted locals. In this magical corner of the earth, you will succumb to its irresistible allure and discover a heartwarming journey unlike any other.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal items purchased during the trip
- Optional activities not scheduled
- Lunch, Hydration and snacks
- Gratuities are optional for your guiding team but we suggest a 10%
We will pick you up at the Pereira Airport. A twenty minute drive will take you to a beautiful farm house which is situated in the middle of a coffee plantation. Here you will have your first glimpse of the astonishingly beautiful sunsets and the fresh, fertile smell of the land. At night we will cover the basics of the following days. This route is incrementally challenging that starts with a stage in the middle of the plains between the central Cordillera and the West Cordillera.
Early in the morning we will start a gentle downhill that will take us to the town of Montenegro. Placed in the middle of the valley between two major mountain ranges, the terrain is rolling hills with a small challenge in the middle of the ride which is just enough to test the legs for the upcoming days. By the early afternoon, we are expected to arrive to the town of La Virginia where we will spend the rest of the afternoon. Distance: 80 km Altitude gain: 800mts
The third day brings the first moderate climb. We will start from La Virginia in the valley bottom before tackling one of the first mountains of this trip. You will climb 10 miles up a quiet country road followed by 6 miles of rolling terrain. The reward will be breath taking views of the valley bottoms on either side as you ride along the ridge of this cordillera After a coffee break we will start our descent, and it’s fantastic. Long enough to gain some speed and plenty of small small turns to keep it quite interesting. Undoubtedly you will stop along the way because the views are just amazing. Our reward at the end of the day is relaxing at the swimming pool in an old hacienda and coffee plantation that has been transformed into a hotel. Distance: 70km Altitude gain: 2200mts
Chinchiná is a quintessential Colombian coffee town. Wherever you look you will see hills covered with these precious beans. We will start the day on a lightly traveled road while we gently ride up what feels like a hidden canyon. Our goal is the town of Marsella which sits on the top of this climb. The ride into the town of Pereira is one of the most thrilling descents in all of our tours. Our destination is an incredible farm house which has fantastic cuisine. Distance: 60km Altitude gain: 1600mts
The day will start by riding through undulating hills. After each small descent we will encounter a small river and a bamboo forest that create a green tunnel to ride through. After turning left and leaving Montenegro behind the gentle but constant 17 km climb will take us to Finlandia. This town lies just shy of 2000 metres in altitude and is one of the best preserved coffee hub towns. The heart of the activity is centred around a plaza where jeeps lumber in and out of the area weighted by coffee bags. Distance: 45km Altitude gain: 1300mts
This tour finishes in the most spectacular way. Our day’s destination is one the most beautiful places in Colombia: Salento. This town attracts visitors from far and wide who want to see Cocora Valley which is home to the 300 foot wax palm trees. By the end of the day we will ride amongst these tree giants. Distance: 45km Altitude gain: 1400mts
Today we will change cleats and lycra for hiking shoes and shorts so we can explore Cocora Valley. After almost a week of cycling, a change in the pace is always welcomed. In the afternoon, we will get you ready for the next day transfer to the airport.
Time to say goodbye. The guides will transfer you from the hotel to the airport so you can catch your flight back home.