Cyclota bike tours – Colombia road cycling, gravel and mountain bike tours

Alto de Letras


The crowning achivement of Cycling in Colombia.


This four-day tour is the crowning achievement in Colombian cycling. The ride is centred on conquering the longest climb in the world: Alto de Letras. Imagine 82 kilometres of climbing as you rise over 3700 metres (12,000 feet)! You will start the ride in the steamy tropical valley in the town of Mariquita and end the day at a small police outpost in the high Andean Plateau.

This ride is spectacularly unique. You will pass banana plantations, coffee fields, and pine forests as you climb through the changing climatic zones. The warm valley will slowly fade into the distance as you settle into your breath and focus knowing that there is much distance ahead of you. The pain and suffering will be softened by the incredible views of the valleys below will surround you with each pedal stroke.

We recommend you also check our other tours like Escarabajos or its smaller sibling Escarabajos short as they offer a great alternative to Letras.

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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
  • Lunch, Hydration and snacks
  • Gratuities are optional for your guiding team but we suggest a 10%

Basic Facts

Flexible schedule!

Contact us with your preferred dates as we run this tour at any time. Subject to availability. 

“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: Arrival

Arrival to Bogotá. We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. We will dine at a great local restaurant and go over the trip logistics.

Day 2: The Approach

We will pick you up early in the morning and transfer just outside the city. We will spend the day riding small country roads that will take us to the foot of the climb. There will be a couple of great short climbs to get the blood moving in our legs. There is also a great descent into the Magdalena River Valley. In the afternoon we will transfer to our hotel where we will get ready for the big climb the next day.

Day 3: Alto de Letras

This is what you came for! The climb of all climbs! Imagine a 82 kilometres (50 miles) road that goes from the valley floor to the sky. This amazing ride is quickly becoming “must do” in the cycling world. Once we have reached the summit we can enjoy the 30 kilometres descent into Manizales which is incredibly enjoyable in its own right. That evening we will feast on a much deserved dinner.

Day 4: Hasta Luego!

After breakfast we will drive you back to Bogotá and be back just in time to have one last lunch before you catch your flight back home or to connect to your next Colombian adventure. If you prefer to stay in the area, Manizales is a great launching pad for exploring the Coffee Region.

What other customers have to say!

"We both really enjoyed our trip with you and Oscar and felt that the whole experience gave us a very positive view of Colombia. We were impressed by its scenery and amazing cycling culture. While riding Alto de Letras was the highlight, the approach was equally dramatic. We loved meeting the locals and especially those that shared the same interest in cycling. Thank you for this"
Nick & Louise
Amazing scenery

In 4 days you will experience all the variety that Colombia has to offer from tropical valleys to the unique high altitude Andean Plateau. Combined with the small colonial towns, this tour will make you reach for your camera more than once.

Experienced Guides

Our seasoned guides know how to make your short stay with us simply the best. They are familiar with all the best local restaurants and where to find the quietest back roads to make your riding experience unforgettable.

Crowing Achievement

Alto de Letras is quickly becoming a "must do" ride in the cycling world. Everyday locals and tourists come here to conquer this legendary ride.

Weekend Getway

This short tour is an ideal weekend getaway packed with great cycling. Climb more than 5000 meters (16,000 feet) in just two days.

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