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Colombian Escarabajos

Climb like a Colombian beetle

We created the ultimate Colombian cycling adventure. Experience Colombia’s best cycling destination, from vibrant cities to breathtaking climbs. Explore rural beauty and embrace the soul of this country. Over 7 stages, including the now famous Alto de Letras, mountains will become a part of you, and you take a piece of them home. Infinite views and unforgettable moments await. Discover hidden gems along the way. Join us for the time of your life.

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We created a road bike tour itinerary that goes deep into why Colombia is the best cycling destination. It’s not only the ride between two very vibrant cities, Bogotá and Medellín, and a very well know climb, like Alto de Letras, touted as one of the longest in the world, but also exploring the rural side of Colombia, what really make us, the locals, love this country with its ups and downs. 

Imagine, the air feels shallow as you are grasping another puff of air, but you are relived and a high sense of fulfillment runs through your body. Just in sight you can see the summit. Your lungs inhale the light blue of the mountains, but your pores extrude happiness and satisfaction. That’s climbing like an Escarabajo. An intimate experience with the mountains. We take it from the name given to the Colombian cyclist in Europe during the 80’s and take it one step further.  

This tour will change your approach to the mountains: it’s a physical challenge, but it’s also a state of mind, a state of the soul. Over 7 stages we will find a way to give a part of those mountains to you, so you can take some of them home, but, at the same time, a part of you will belong to them always. 

Along the way, you will be greeted by views that extend to the infinity. The scale of the mountains, the views, the sheer beauty is hard of put into words. By the end we can guarantee you will have had the time of your life. 

But it’s not only about the bike ride: we added another layer of flavor to the cycling experience by picking the places we stay and the restaurants that we eat, and the activities that we do, to create the ultimate Colombian experience, so when you go back home feel like you are taking home a lot more than you ever though you would, and, perhaps, leaving some of your heart in those mountains. 

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  • Single accommodation
  • All meals during the trip
  • Trained guides with all the local knowledge
  • Fully Loaded support vehicle
  • Shuttle from the airport
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  •  Optional activities not scheduled
  • Gratuities are optional for your guiding team but we suggest a 10%

Basic Facts

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“Cyclotá knows how to show you the best of Colombia by bike, that can offer a lot of reasons to want to go.”
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Bogotá

Arrival to Bogotá. We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. In the evening we will go over the tour details with the group.

Day 2: Bogotá - Cachipay

Our first day is a great warm up for the upcoming days. The day’s ride is a good introduction to the changing landscapes including a couple of punchy climbs and enjoyable rolling landscape. Distance: 100 kilometres Altitude gain: 1500 metres

Day 3: Cachipay - Mariquita

Building on the expectation of the days to come, today’s stage will warm up our climbing legs. During the ride you will crown two climbs before being rewarded with great views on a long and sweeping descent. Distance: 120 kilometres Altitude gain: 2500 metres

Day 4: Mariquita - Manizales

Today’s ride is an unforgettable experience. The 82 kilometre climb is a test of patience and perseverance. Starting at 700 meters above sea level you will ride to 3800 meters while passing through several climatic zones. Distance: 105 kilometres Altitude gain: 3900 metres

Day 5: Manizales - Anserma

Today’s ride will reward you with some of the most incredible landscapes Colombia has to offer. We start with a swift descent. For 30 kilometres we will cruising to the Cauca River which sits in valley floor. But we couldn’t finish the day with out a good climb! We end our ride by climbing to 1800 meters where will edge along a ridge line which has spectacular views on either side. Distance: 85 kilometres Altitude gain: 1600 metres

Day 6: Anserma - La Pintada

La Pintada lives up to its name. “The Painting” is a lush tropical valley that sits at the foothills of the central Andean Colombian mountain range and is banked by the second largest river in Colombia. This stage is for the most part rolling and is a great way to recover from our previous mountain stages. Distance: 105 kilometres Altitude gain: 1000 metres.

Day 7: La Pintada - Medellin

A new day, a new challenge, and today’s is a really nice one. We will approach Medellin, the eternal spring city, and we couldn’t do it in a better fashion. We will go through some of the best riding of the tour, as we will be riding up and down the whole day, with some pretty spectacular places to enjoy our time. Distance: 80 kilometres Altitude gain: 2000 metres.

Day 8: Discover Medellin

Medellin, the city of eternal spring, is a great place for a rest day. Spend the day relaxing at the hotel or enjoy this cosmopolitan centre by foot. There is plenty to explore.

Day 9: Transfer to airport

On this final day we will transfer you to the airport or help you with any local arrangements you may have made.

What other customers have to say!

“Thank you for a great and challenging Colombia experience! You pushed me more than what I would ever do by myself. You truly went above and beyond to make this a week where we just got to ride, eat, sleep and have a blast.”
Ankur Tarneja
United States

Bike rentals

At Cyclota, we offer high-end bike rentals that enhance the experience of our guided tours. Our rental service is designed to complement exclusively our meticulously crafted itineraries.

We share your love for bicycles, which is why we chose the award-winning Argon 18 Krypton CS model. Renowned for its comfort and performance, it has earned prestigious accolades in the cycling industry like the test done simultaneously with other power houses by the Gran Fondo magazine. 

Colombian highlights

In this one-week tour we will visit Colombia's three largest cities, pass through several quaint small towns as we climb and descend the three branches of the Andean mountains.

Great Accommodation

We have worked hard to find the best places to rest your head each night. Each place we stay represents the unique character of the region we are riding through. Your legs will welcome the rest!

Bring your partner

We have envisioned an itinerary that can be enjoyed by riders and non riders alike. You both will have a great Colombian adventure.

Our Guides

Our guides are what truly makes our tours the best. They are know all the best places to stop along the way, what roads are the best to ride and can always provide tips on how to enjoy Colombia to its fullest.

Tropical and Mountain Cuisine

The food in Colombia is incredibly varied. Enjoy tropical fruits, drink the best coffee of your life, savour healthy meat and vegetarian plates. There is something for everyone.

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