LA HEROÍCA

Cycle Colombia at full length

14 Days Bogotá Diverse Climate High Altitude Advanced

COLOMBIA IN ALL ITS GLORY

La Heroíca is the quintessential Colombian cycling experience. This tour starts in the verdant green Andean mountain range and ends at the crystal blue water of the Caribbean Ocean. Over the course of 15 days we will cover over 1000 kilometres. During this journey you will visit many of the country's tourism destination highlights and explore areas that are well off the beaten path. We have selected a route that traces quiet country roads so that you can enjoy the riding to the fullest extent. The biggest challenge of the tour is riding the world's longest climb, Alto de Letras. The 82km stretch that climbs over 3700 metres will leave you with an overwhelming sense of accomplishment when you arrive at the top. Even though climbing Letras is remarkable by its own right, it definitely won’t be the only thing that will leave you breathless. This trip has been carefully crafted so that you can experience something new each day. The experience is not just limited to cycling. At each pedal along the way you will be supported by our staff to ensure each day is enjoyable. Whatever your needs or wishes, we can accommodate. Come explore Colombia by bike.

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

Tour Dates

Start date Finish date
December/08/2018 December/21/2018
January/19/2019 February/01/2019
February/23/2019 March/08/2019
March/16/2019 March/30/2019
June/08/2019 June/22/2019
July/06/2019 July/20/2019
August/03/2019 August/17/2019
October/19/2019 November/02/2019
November/30/2019 December/14/2019

Looking for anther date? Go private!

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your preferred dates.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Bogotá

Arrival to Bogotá. We will pick you up from the airport and meet in the evening to go over the trip details with all the guests.

Day 2: Bogotá - Cachipay

Our first day riding is a nice warm up. We start in flat country just outside the city limits and end the day descending into a spectacular valley. We will spend the night in cabins on a quiet bed and breakfast farmhouse. Distance: 100 kilometres Altitude gain: 1200 metres

Day 3: Cachipay - Mariquita

Today’s ride is a stage that will warm up the climbing legs. Two climbs with stunning views of the sweeping valleys below will be completed before we descend to the warm town of Mariquita. Distance: 120 kilometres Altitude gain: 2000 metres

Day 4: Mariquita - Manizales

Are you ready for the climb of your life? Imagine eighty-two kilometres of continuous climbing as you move from a steamy tropical valley through banana farms, coffee fields and pine forest to finally arrive in the unique Altiplano ecosystem at the end of the day. This ride is a test of patience and perseverance. Starting at 700 meters above sea level and climbing to 3800 meters, you’ll experience the ultimate satisfaction of completing this amazing stage. Distance: 115 kilometres Altitude gain: 3900 metres

Day 5: Manizales - Anserma

This stage will reward you with some of the most incredible landscapes Colombia has to offer. We start the day with a 30 kilometre swift descent to the Cauca River valley. We will then begin a slow climb riding through towns who subside on the coffee production. Our end destination is the quaint town of Anserma which has a picturesque town plaza. Distance: 85 kilometres Altitude gain: 1800 metres

Day 6: Anserma - La Pintada

La Pintada lives up to its name – “The Painting.” For most of this day you will ride the foothills of the central Andean Colombian mountain range which is banked by the second largest river in Colombia – Cauca. This stage is for the most part flat and downward which is a great way to recover from our previous mountain stages. Distance: 95 kilometres Altitude gain: 1000 metres

Day 7: La Pintada - Medellin

A new day, a new challenge. Alto de Minas is a 40 kilometres climb and it was in these hills that gave rise to the Colombian cyclists who were coined “Los Escarabajos” (beetles) due to their incredible climbing abilities while riding the pro cycling circuit in 1980s. At the crest of this climb, you will see Medellin, our resting spot at the end of this riding day. Distance: 80 kilometres Altitude gain: 2000 metres.

Day 8: Restday Medellin

Medellin, the city of eternal spring is a great place for a rest day. Kick up your feet and relax at the hotel or go for a walk in this lively city.

Day 9: Medellin - Santa Roda de Osos

The calm beauty of the mountains will lead us out of Medellin. The rolling agrarian landscape will lead us through quiet back roads. Our destination is a village nestled in the middle of the mountains. For many this is the most picturesque section of the tour. Distance: 100 kilometres Altitude gain: 1800 metres.

Day 10: Santa Rosa de Osos - Planeta Rica

Today we go down, down and down! We start in the cool mountain weather and descend into the warmth of the savanna. We will descend The Alto de Ventanas that is famous for the beautiful transition as the Andes Mountains opens to the Caribbean plains below. Distance: 135 kilometres Altitude gain: 600 metres.

Day 11: Planeta Rica - Tolú

Although Sincelejo might not rank high on tourism “must sees”, we love this city. From the food to the way people talk you will notice the Caribbean flare. We will ride to the Montes de Maria which is a small mountain range in the middle of the plains. Rolling pastures and cows will keep us company as we head to San Jacinto. This is a town of handicrafts, and history worthy of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel. Distance: 100 kilometres Altitude gain: 750 metres.

Day 12: Tolú - Cartagena

Our last cycling day! We couldn’t have hoped for a better way to end a trip than to end by arriving at a beach. Both our ride and the city of Cartagena have shown great bravery, perseverance and lasting history. It’s fitting that this will be our destination. Enjoy the amazing architecture and incredible sunsets while you soak in the realization that you’ve ridden over 1000 kilometres to arrive at that moment. Distance: 120 kilometres Altitude gain: 600 metres.

Day 13: Discover Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias is considered to be the most beautiful city of whole South-America. Wander through the narrow cobblestone streets, enjoy the colourful cuisine, and relax by the beach.

Day 14: Transfer to airport

We will escort you back to the airport or help you with any local arrangements you may have made.

Looking for a shorter tour?

If you are not able to join us for 15 days, but still would like to see Colombia, we have some great shorter alternatives:

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Experience of a lifetime

If you want to see everything that Colombia has to offer, this tour is for you. The riding will pass through all the country's major climatic zones and geography.

Professional Guides

Our expert guides have all the skills and experience that you will want to make this trip enjoyable. Bike in need of repair? No problem. In need of rest from an arduous climb? Jump on board the support vehicle. We are here for you.

Delicious food

Colombian cuisine is incredibly diverse. In the highlands enjoy comforting stews and in the tropical zones feast on fresh fruit. Your palate will be satisfied on this tour!

Alto de Letras

A true bucketlist item: Scale the longest mountain climb in the world! Amaze yourself by conquering this 80 kilometre feat.

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Tour Information

DEPARTURE  LOCATION
Bogotá
 

RETURN  LOCATION
Cartagena
 

NEXT PLANNED TOUR
December 8th until 22th
 

PRICE
$3900/Person
    • 13 Nights based on double accommodation
    • 13 Breakfasts
    • 11 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
    • Fully loaded support vehicle during the entire route
    • Transportation and luggage transfer during the trip
 
    • 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.

What they say about us:

“Colombia is a wonderful country, cycling is a national sport, scenery is stunning and La Heroica is the best way to explore it. From a jungle to high peaks of The Andes, ever changing landscape, endless opportunities to photograph. And the very best guides make it an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.”
Tómâs Budesinsky
Czech Republic

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