THE ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE
Embark on an exhilarating road bike tour through Boyacá, Colombia, where echoes of the past blend with the adrenaline-fueled present. Ride through spectacular mountains, immerse yourself in colonial charm, and bask in stunning vistas. Unleash your inner Libertador and forge unforgettable memories in this extraordinary cycling adventure.
Embark on an exhilarating road bike tour through the captivating region of Boyacá, Colombia, where echoes of the past blend with the adrenaline-fueled spirit of the present. This is a land steeped in the legacy of the Independence Wars, where courageous heroes known as the Libertadores once defied the mighty Spanish army with their cunning, willpower, and intimate knowledge of the terrain.
Ride through the spectacular mountains north of Bogota, where high-altitude terrain and challenging back roads await. It was within these very landscapes that Nairo Quintana and Egan Bernal, honed his skills during his formative years, preparing them for the pinnacle of competition.
Throughout this thrilling five-day tour, immerse yourself in the charm of Boyacá as you rest your weary muscles in beautifully preserved colonial houses and cozy hotels where time seems to stand still, offering a unique blend of culture, sunshine, and breathtaking scenery that will captivate your senses.
If you yearn for a cycling adventure that seamlessly blends the thrill of the open road with the rich tapestry of Colombian heritage, all while basking in the warmth of the sun and immersing yourself in stunning vistas, then this extraordinary journey awaits you. Get ready to unleash your inner Libertador and conquer the roads of Boyacá, forging unforgettable memories along the way.
We will pick you up at your hotel in Bogotá for the transfer to Villa de Leyva. Depending on traffic the journey time is around three to three and a half hours. We will leave Bogotá in the morning to allow time for everyone to enjoy Villa de Leyva’s unique atmosphere. Our hotel for the evening is located steps away from the cobblestone square. There are endless restaurants to choose from, all of which have fantastic cuisine.
Our first day or riding will take us deep into an unspoiled landscape. Over the course of 30 kilometres we will move from an arid desert to lush green mountains. There are a handful of climbs but no extreme gradients. We will get our first taste of altitude as we rise from 2100 metres to just shy of 3000 metres. Our day ends with a fantastic descent where we will arrive in a countryside with fantastic food.
Start the day with a super fun downhill and couple of punchy short climbs to keep things interesting. About 15km into the ride we reach a short section stretch of gravel road which is passable on a road bike with care. At the 55km mark we encounter the climb of the day. We will rise 60km from the valley floor. At time the climb will feel like it will never end but at every turn you have the opportunity to rest and enjoy the incredible escarpment landscape.
We will start the ride early to give us plenty of time to make our way back to Bogotá. The ride will trace secondary roads through country that is principally devoted to potato farming. The day would be best described as a rollercoaster with three middle sized climbs along the Savanna. The day ends back in the hustle and bustle of Bogotá which will be a dramatic change from the slow pace that you will have experienced during the tour. .
We will transfer you to the airport with a lifetime of stories about the mountains and the people of Colombia