Colombian Escarabajos


Challenge yourself in the mountains of Colombia.

9 Days Bogotá Diverse Climate High Altitude Advanced


The "escarabajos" or "the beetles" was the name given to the Colombian cyclists during the 1980s on the world pro circuit due to their impressive climbing skills. The name "Escabarajos" persists among the new wave of Colombian riders like Nairo Quintana, Esteban Chaves, Egan Bernal and Rigoberto Uran. This cyclists always pose a legitimate threat for a place on the podium on any of the great pro cycling tours. During this tour we will follow the training routes of these cyclists by going up and down the three distinct mountain ranges. The views on this tour are majestic and over the course of a week you will get a chance to experience what has made a lineage of great cyclists. We have structured this tour for those who like to challenge themselves. Every day will bring a new challenge to test yourself. By the end of this tour you will be satisfied by all your accomplishments over the week.

“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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Tour Dates

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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 at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. In the evening we will go over the tour details with the group.

Day 2: Bogotá - Cachipay

Our first day is a great warm up for the upcoming days. The day’s ride is a good introduction to the changing landscapes including a couple of punchy climbs and enjoyable rolling landscape. Distance: 100 kilometres Altitude gain: 1500 metres

Day 3: Cachipay - Mariquita

Building on the expectation of the days to come, today’s stage will warm up our climbing legs. During the ride you will crown two climbs before being rewarded with great views on a long and sweeping descent. Distance: 120 kilometres Altitude gain: 2500 metres

Day 4: Mariquita - Manizales

Today’s ride is an unforgettable experience. The 82 kilometre climb is a test of patience and perseverance. Starting at 700 meters above sea level you will ride to 3800 meters while passing through several climatic zones. Distance: 105 kilometres Altitude gain: 3900 metres

Day 5: Manizales - Anserma

Today’s ride will reward you with some of the most incredible landscapes Colombia has to offer. We start with a swift descent. For 30 kilometres we will cruising to the Cauca River which sits in valley floor. But we couldn’t finish the day with out a good climb! We end our ride by climbing to 1800 meters where will edge along a ridge line which has spectacular views on either side. Distance: 85 kilometres Altitude gain: 1600 metres

Day 6: Anserma - La Pintada

La Pintada lives up to its name. “The Painting” is a lush tropical valley that sits at the foothills of the central Andean Colombian mountain range and is banked by the second largest river in Colombia. This stage is for the most part rolling and is a great way to recover from our previous mountain stages. Distance: 105 kilometres Altitude gain: 1000 metres.

Day 7: La Pintada - Medellin

A new day, a new challenge, and today’s is a really nice one. We will approach Medellin, the eternal spring city, and we couldn’t do it in a better fashion. We will go through some of the best riding of the tour, as we will be riding up and down the whole day, with some pretty spectacular places to enjoy our time. Distance: 80 kilometres Altitude gain: 2000 metres.

Day 8: Discover Medellin

Medellin, the city of eternal spring, is a great place for a rest day. Spend the day relaxing at the hotel or enjoy this cosmopolitan centre by foot. There is plenty to explore.

Day 9: Transfer to airport

On this final day we will transfer you 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 9 days, but still would like to see Colombia, we have some great shorter alternatives:

8 Days

Café de Colombia

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5 Days

Los Libertadores

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4 Days

Alto de Letras

Weekend challenge

Colombian highlights

In this one-week tour we will visit Colombia's three largest cities, pass through several quaint small towns as we climb and descend the three branches of the Andean mountains.

Our Guides

Our guides are what truly makes our tours the best. They are know all the best places to stop along the way, what roads are the best to ride and can always provide tips on how to enjoy Colombia to its fullest.

Tropical and Mountain Cuisine

The food in Colombia is incredibly varied. Enjoy tropical fruits, drink the best coffee of your life, savour healthy meat and vegetarian plates. There is something for everyone.

Great Accommodation

We have worked hard to find the best places to rest your head each night. Each place we stay represents the unique character of the region we are riding through. Your legs will welcome the rest!

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What they say about us:

“Thank you for a great and challenging Colombia experience! You pushed me more than what I would ever do by myself. You truly went above and beyond to make this a week where we just got to ride, eat, sleep and have a blast.”
Ankur Tarneja
United States

Tour Information



    • 8 Nights based on double accommodation
    • 8 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
    • 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.

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