COLOMBIAN ESCARABAJOS

Up in the mountains

9 Days Bogotá Diverse Climate High Altitude Advanced

CLIMB LIKE A COLOMBIAN ESCARABAJO

The Colombian escarabajos or beetles was the given to the Colombian cyclist during the 80’s given their impressive climbing skills in the mountains. During this one week tour we will be up and down the different mountain ranges, among hot valleys and majestic views, getting a feel of what has made a lineage of great cyclists, while we also enjoy a little bit more chilled pace from time to time. Although the nickname is now part of the cycling tradition, the new wave of colombian riders like Nairo Quintana, Esteban Chaves, Sergio Henao and Rigoberto Uran have brought a lot of attention to the current state of affairs of the Colombian cycling, and now you can also immerse yourself in the experience. Wake up and smell the coffee (quite literally). This tour is the most climb intensive part of La Heroica Tour. If you still have the energy we have some amazing initial 3 days for you to explore other parts of the country.

Tour Dates

Start dateFinish date
August/10/2018August/18/2018
September/10/2018September/18/2018

 

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Bogotá

Arrival to Bogotá.

Day 2: Bogotá - Cachipay (+/-100km)

Our first ride it’s a nice warm up for the upcoming days. It will be a nice introduction to the changing landscapes, some of the climbs and the descents of the trip.Distance: 100km Altitude gain: 1800mts

Day 3: Cachipay - Mariquita (+/-120km)

Building on the expectation of the days to come, we will have a stage that will warm up our climbing legs. We will have to crown two climbs before being rewarded with great views on a long and sweeping descent. It’s a nice and challenging day ahead of the challenges to come. Distance: 120km Altitude gain: 1800mts

Day 4: Mariquita - Manizales (+/-102km)

A magnificent monster of a stage, 82 kms of continuous climbing and 20 kms for today’s stage. This is one of a kind cycling experience. A test of patience, perseverance from which comes great rewards. Starting at 700 meters above sea level, climbing to 3800 meters, you’ll experience all possible climates and the ultimate satisfaction of completing this amazing stage. Distance: 102km Altitude gain: 3900mts

Day 5: Manizales - Anserma (+/-85km)

Following our monster stage from the previous day, this day will be a tough challenge, but rewards you with some of the most incredible landscapes Colombia has to offer. We start with a swift descent, nearly 30 kms of it will be cruising down to the Cauca River valley, which we will see for the next few days. We couldn’t finish the day with out a good climb! Climbing from 800 meters above sea level to our destination at 1800 meters above sea level will have our spirits high. Distance: 85km Altitude gain: 1800mts

Day 6: Anserma - La Pintada (+/-105km)

La Pintada lives up to its name – “The Painting.” At the foothills of the central Andean Colombian mountain range, banked by the second largest river in Colombia and lush tropical vegetation. This stage is much less demanding, rather flat and downwards, a great way to recover from our previous mountain stages, but one of those stages everybody really enjoys. Distance: 95km Altitude gain: 1200mts.

Day 7: La Pintada - Medellin (+/-90km)

A new day, a new challenge – Alto de Minas (Height of the Mines). This legendary climb, which forged the story of “Los Escarabajos” or The Beetles, during the big cycling routes of the 1980s. We will have 40 kms of climbing to overcome. At the crest of this climb, you will see Medellin, our resting spot at the end of this riding day. Distance: 73km Altitude gain: 2800mts.

Day 8: Discover Medellin

Medellin, the city of eternal spring is a great place for a rest day. Enjoy the wellness area at the hotel, or go for a walk through the city center

Day 9: Transfer to airport

Final day, we will take care of taking you back to the airport or help you with any local arrangements you may have.

Action packed tour

In this one week tour we will visit Colombia's major cities and interesting small towns. Climb over 3 Andes branches, and reach two valleys.

Professional Guides

Our expert staff will make the experience more compelling, taking care of all your needs, and going out of their way to make sure that you have a great time on and off the bike, catering to all your needs.

Coffee Culture

Ride through the Eje Cafetero, the coffee zone of Colombia. See the origin of your cup of coffee

Alto de Letras

A true bucketlist item: Climb the longest mountain in the world! Amaze yourself and your friends by reaching the top of the Alto de Letras

Does this look like fun? Request your date today!

Tour Information

DEPARTURE  LOCATION
Bogotá
 

RETURN LOCATION
Medellin
 

NEXT PLANNED TOUR
August 10th until 18th
 

PRICE
$2399/Person
Included
    • 7 Nights based on double accommodation
    • 7 Breakfasts
    • 6 Lunches
    • Airport shuttle service
    • 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
    • Airplane tickets
    • Bicycle and equipment. Bicycle hire is available
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Single accommodation
    • 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.
“Great experience and a lot of fun! Superb logistics and organisation of Cyclota. The beauty of Colombia and friendliness of the people were key take aways and the cycling was merely the vehicle and only a small part of the wonderful experience.”
Nick Stephenson
South Africa

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