CAFE DE COLOMBIA

8 Days Pereira Medium/High Altitude Intermediate

FOR THE COFFEE LOVERS

Placed between the central and west branch of the Cordillera of the Andes, and washed by the Cauca river, coffee plantations are the beating heart of Colombia. Those fields have inbreeded a culture that takes pride in their charming towns decorated with colourful facades placed in mellow mountains sun facing the valley below them. Hypnotized by the soft smell of coffee, the vivacious tones of varying green, the yellow, blue and purple shade of sunset, there’s this feeling to this bicycle tour that the motto Carpe Diem can make full sense here. Only in a place like this, seizing life to the fullest could be fulfilled. All your senses will be deeply touched. The riding will be to the same measure to those feelings. When you would think that it has been way too much, you will be greeted into another fantasy, an old hacienda opens its doors for you. And you will haven fallen for the soft smell of wood and coffee, the mellow sun bathed views, the softly spoken and gentle people and the heart warming riding of this corner of the earth. That’s a promise.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Perreira

We will pick at the Pereira Airport and transfer to the hotel. Is a 20 minutes drive to our first stop, a beautiful farm in the middle of the coffee plantations, over watching the valley will be our place to greet you. We will have our first glimpse at these astonishing beautiful sunsets, the fresh smell of the land. At night we will cover the basics of the following days. This route is an incremental challenge, that starts with a stage in the middle of the plains between the central Cordillera and the West Cordillera.

Day 2: Montenegro - La Virginia

First day of riding is all about getting used to the bicycle. Early in the morning we will start gently 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 composed by rolling hills with a small challenge in the middle just enough to test the legs for the upcoming days. The weather is warm and pleasant the whole time. 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: 70 km Altitude gain: 600mts

Day 3: La Virginia - Chinchina

Today will be a little bit more challenging, and this means climbing. We will start from La Virginia with some rolling terrain before tackling one of our first mountains of this trip. It’s going to be a 15 km (9,5 mile) climb followed by 10 kilometres of rolling terrain. The reward will be a breath taking view of the region, as we ride on the edge of the cordillera. After a coffee break we will start our descent, and it’s fantastic, it’s long enough to gain some speed, with the plus of lots of small turns to keep it quite interesting. Remember though to keep your eyes on the road because the views are just amazing. The challenge is far from over and from the moment we reach the river up to the hotel we will be riding upwards at a gentle constant rate. Is a massive day that will get a reward in the afternoon as we stay in an old Hacienda and coffee plantation turned into a hotel. The swimming pool isn’t bad either. Distance: 86km Altitude gain: 2500mts

Day 4: Chinchina - Pereira

Chinchina is the heart of the coffee region. If we would say that this is a sea of coffee, we wouldn’t be making anything up. Hill after hill of this area are covered with the precious grains. The road we will be on is a rather small with little to no traffic at all. The climb of the day is like riding into a hidden canyon. Whle the rest of the ride, after reaching the town of Marsella will be more like riding on a balcony to the Cauca river, with endless views. The descent into the town of Pereira, will be a beautiful view of the great time spent in this absolutely charming corner of the earth. At night we will enjoy the charming and beautiful hotel we will be staying, and their top notch cuisine. Distance: 76km Altitude gain: 1500mts

Day 5: Pereira - Filandia

It’s impossible to get enough of this beautiful sights, and today isn’t any different. Just shy of 2000 mts lays one of the best preserved coffee hub towns: FIlandia. The day will start nice and easy, with plenty of rolling hills: at the bottom of each one of those hills there’s usually a river sided by small bamboo forests that create a green tunnel to ride through. After turning left and leaving behind Montenegro the gentle but constant 17 km climb will take us to this extremely picturesque town, with colorful balconies, and old jeeps parked in the town square. Distance: 55km Altitude gain: 1500mts

Day 6: Filandia - Salento

Time to finish in a spectacular way. It’s all set up for our attack to one of the most beautiful natural places and pointed as a must see place for a good reason: just a little bit further from the of Salento: lays the spectacular the Cocora Valley home of the endemic palm, and national tree, the wax palm. We will reach there with our bikes and get a glimpse of them. Tomorrow we will go deeper into it.

Day 7: Cocora valley

We will change cleats and lycar, for hiking shoes and pants to have the opportunity to explore in depth the cocora valley. After almost a week long of cycling, a change in the pace is always welcomed , and this won’t be any different. In the afternoon, we will pack your bicycle, if you didn’t go for our great rental bicycles, and get you all set for the next day transfer to the airport.

Day 8: Farewell

Time to say goodbye. The team will transfer you from the hotel to the airport so you can catch your flight back home.

Amazing scenery

This tour might be the most photogenic one we can offer. Around every corner is yet another amazing view, and the hotels are beautiful.

Professional Guides

Guiding you on this tour is a team of experiences guides with local knowledge and love for the bike.

Delicious food

Enjoy the most delicious local dishes and fresh fruits in restaurants not even known by most of the locals. And of course don't forget the fresh gourmet coffee.

Great riding

Climb the most amazing and demanding climbs you can find in the mellower and charming side of Colombia.

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Additional tour information

DEPARTURE / RETURN LOCATION
Pereira
 

NEXT PLANNED TOUR
Fall 2018
 

PRICE
$2500/Person
 

Included
  • 7 Nights based on double accommodation
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Assistance before and during your trip to solve all the travel related doubts you may have
  • Detailed trip information
  • Professionally trained guides
  • Support during the entire route
  • Transportation and luggage transfer during the trip
 
Not Included
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Single accommodation
    • Bicycle and equipment. Bicycle hire is available
    • Lodging before and after the trip
    • Personal items purchased during the trip
    • Optional activities not scheduled
    • Gratuities for your guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.
"The views were amazing travelling through the Zona Cafetera. The climbs were challenging and the descents thrilling. Organizing a trip like this in Colombia is challenging logistically to say the least and David and his local helpers did a great job. We were provided with good quality hire bikes.”
Phil Bitis
United Kingdom

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