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The Cyclotá team will meet you either at your hotel in Bogota or another predetermined location and transfer you to Villa de Leyva. The journey time, depending on traffic, is around three to three and a half hours so a morning departure is preferable in order to allow time to settle in an enjoy Villa de Leyva’s unique atmosphere. We’ll spend the evening in a beautiful hotel close to the main square and eat out together in one of the fantastic restaurants in the town where your Tour Leader will spend some time talking you through.
Villa de Leyva might be a beautiful and interesting place to start our Colombian adventure but the best thing about it is its location. The city is in Boyaca – the home state of Nairo Quintana and as such you can be assured of its cycling pedigree. The ride will take us deep into an unspoiled, varied and really unvisited landscape which changes from an arid desert to lush green fertile mountains in the course of 30km or so. There’s plenty of climbing but no extreme gradients and we get our first taste of altitude as we rise from 2100 metres to just shy of 3000. We descend from the highest point to spend the evening at a much more normal 2200 metres. It’s a beautiful ride and an excellent way to acclimatise. We spend the evening in an amazing rural Hacienda – a very special place with a fantastic restaurant
A much bigger day but with plenty of support and options for transfers if necessary. The first 50km are manly downhill with occasional challenging climbs to keep things interesting. Around 15 km into the ride we reach a 10km stretch of unpaved* road over which we offer a transfer. It is actually passable (with care) on a road bike but it certainly is not to everyone’s taste so the vehicle is on hand for anyone choosing not to ride. Whichever option you’ll be amazed at the incredible beauty of the scenery (See note below) After 55 km things we have the first serious climb of the day with 15km rising up from the valley floor. A welcome descent sets us up for the main challenge which is wonderful 45 km ascent. It feels like it will never end but that’s no bad thing considering the beauty of the landscape. Eventually we leave the minor roads and spend the last few kms cruising back in the general direction of Bogota.
Since we will be on a time constraint we will have start early and make our way back to Bogotá along some small and beautiful roads. The road surface will improve dramatically for the day. However, the first kilometres we will find ourselves on the same road we were previously. The day will feel like a rollercoaster with at least 3 middle sized climbs (3+ kms) along the Savanna. If you are bringing your bicycle with you, your bike box will be with us so we can help you pack while you get ready for catching up your flight. It will be our pleasure to take you to the airport on time.
If you wish, our team will make sure that you are back on your way by leaving at the airport, full of stories about the mountains and the characters of Colombia
- 3 Nights based on single accommodation
- 3 Breakfasts
- 2 Lunches
- 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
- Alcoholic beverages
- Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
- 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.