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A Green Mountain Emerald Land. Colombia has a rich cultural heritage and is both ethnically and ecologically diverse, the people here are friendly, curious and engaging. Colombia’s difficult past is now behind them. Today the countryside of Colombia is a safe, welcoming, culturally diverse and an inspiring place to travel. Our journey starts in the capital of Colombia, Bogotá (2600m). An important cultural and educational center, with many theaters, libraries, universities and museums. To the East, North and South of the city is the worlds largest continuous Paramo (Moorland) ecosystem.

This Emerald Road’s Highlands and Mountains tour starts in Bogotá and finishes in Manizales, and takes us in 10 days into the high altitude land of Boyaca and to the Green Mountainous regions of Caldas and Antioquia. We explore the vibrant cities of Bogotá, Manizales and visit a host of beautiful small friendly authentic villages such as Choachi and Honda. Join us for this incredible road cycling tour that will challenge and reward you in ways unimaginable, in a country that loves cycling and celebrates their champion world class riders with passion. This Tour is the first 10 Days of the The Classic Five regions Emerald Roads – 19 Day – Best of Colombia Tour

Emerald Roads – Highlands and Mountains 10 Day Tour:
Days: 10 Days/9 Nights
Starts/Ends: Bogota/Manizales
Fitness Level:  Intermediate (you currently ride or can ride 200k a week with ease)
Total Cycling: 7 Days – 471k – 67k per day average
Group Size: 5 to 7* rider minimum, 10 rider maximum.
Rider Price: $3450 (USD/EUR/NZD/AUD/CAD) $345 Per Day – $2544 (GBP) $255 GBP Per Day  (everything included)
NON Rider Price: $2200 (USD/EUR/NZD/AUD/CAD) Per Person (Everything Included)

Different Currency Prices explained: Resident Currency Pricing (RCP)
Pay for this tour in the country currency and economy you live and work within. We think its fair that way. We have 6 currencies (USD/EUR/NZD/AUD/CAD/GBP). If you live in North America (USA or Canada) Great Britain, Europe or the South Pacific (New Zealand or Australia) you will pay in the currency where you live. All other residents of other countries will pay the USD price. *The Tour minimum is 5 riders if bookings paid in (USD/EUR/GBP) currency and 7 riders minimum if bookings paid in (NZD/AUD/CAD) currency. If we get a mix of both that’s ok the tour will be confirmed.

2024 Dates:
July 2nd – 11th. TBC
Close off Date May 9th:
Sign up for this tour with a $500 NZD deposit

Private Tour Dates options:
Get a group of 6 or more riders together and we will organize a private tour for you. To start the conversation contact us

Note about fitness levels:
All riders receive a (minimum 8 week) training program for the tours. If you are currently a beginner level rider (100k per week), but want to do this Intermediate fitness level tour. As long as you make a commitment to train to prepare and get to the (200k per week) level we are happy to have you join us on this tour. Prices may be subject to change on this tour.

Non Rider Option:
Yes you can bring your non riding partner to Colombia. To enjoy all of the non riding sight seeing, excursions and tourism, with additional guided tours in select locations as they join us to follow you on this tour in our 15 seater Luxury Sprinter Van.

Tour Highlights:

  • Riding the Ciclovia in Bogota.
  • Riding the Best of Colombia through the Boyaca, Caldas, and Antioquia regions.
  • Sight seeing and visiting Bogota (including 2 walking tours).
  • 3 Days at the Tour Colombia UCI Race (February Tour only)
  • Riding around Colombia’s largest natural Lake, Laguna Tota.
  • Riding the Majestic Alto Letras (the 3rd longest paved climb in the world).
  • Staying a night at a Mountain Hot springs resort at 3500m in the shadow of Nevado del Ruiz Volcano.
  • Visiting a traditional Colombian Coffee Plantation. (Optional)
  • Staying in small authentic Colombian Mountain village
  • Feel Good Factor. Making a difference. A percentage of all Tour proceeds goes back to the local communities we visit. We invite you to change other peoples lives while experiencing a trip of a lifetime

Tour Description, Bikes and Itinerary:
This is a medium to high altitude cycling trip and its important to spend some days to acclimate. So we have 4 days in and around Bogota to do this. The first few days are sight seeing with guided tours of the city. Then we begin to move a bit more and have 2 short riding days within 40k of Bogota so you ease into more activity. The Itinerary of 5th, 6th and 7th day on the (Feb 7th – 16th Emerald Roads) tour are subject to change based on the start times and locations of the Tour Colombia stages on those days.

We recommend you bring your own road bike. But if you wish to hire a bike we have 7 Specialized Tarmac Road Bikes available.
Sizes: 52cm (2), 54cm (3), 56cm (1), 58cm (1)
Price: $225 USD (9 day hire)
Bring your own Pedals and Seat please.
If you choose this option add it when you fill out the booking form.

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Day 1: We pick you up from Bogota airport
Check into the Hotel. Welcome meeting and tour introduction with our guides, build our bikes and relax.

Day 2: Sight seeing/Acclimation day/Tour briefing
Sight seeing Bogota and guided walking tours in the morning. In the afternoon Bike/Body fit check and briefing on riding on Colombia as well as some Climbing/descending/cornering skill tips and a  Q and A on road cycling.

Day 3: Acclimation day/Famous Bogota Ciclovia Ride 30k (2hrs approx)
In the morning we celebrate the city as we ride and experience the Famous Bogota Ciclovia with hundreds of other riders (including the climb to Patios).

Day 4: 42k ride (2.5hrs approx) - 16k Ascent/22k Descent
We start the Tour real and ride the amazing road from Bogota (2723m) to Choachi (1926m). On the way we visit the Virgin Guadalupe with a panoramic view of the city. We climb up and continue across a Colombian Paramo region. This whole ride is possibly the most diverse 42k you have ever ridden. With 3 unique Eco systems and a spectacular 1700m descent to the sub tropical Choachi. In the afternoon we visit a local Finca (with an incredible history) and in the evening we bath in the Choachi Hot springs.

Day 5: 32k (3hrs approx) - 22k Ascent/8k Descent
In the morning we leave Choachi and continue on the small back roads climbing towards La Caldera.  This afternoon we transfer to the Boyaca region.

Day 6: 65k (5hrs approx) - 27k Ascent/28k Descent
Today we start at the historic Puente de Boyaca then ride the picturesque roads to Samaca and on to the outskirts of Tunja. We then climb up to visit the cafe honoring of one the current heroes of Colombian Cycling, Multiple Grand Tour Winner and Internationally renowned rider Nairo Quintana. Then we descend down to the village of Combita then make a short transfer to stay in Paipa tonight.

Day 7: 102k (5.5hrs approx) - 45k Ascent/38k Descent
We do the challenging and stunning loop around Laguna Tota. It is the largest natural Lake in Colombia at 3015m. From Paipa in the morning we ride through to Firavitoba and then climb up to ride the loop around Lake through the fields of Cebolla (Onions) before the long fast descent to Sogomoso. This afternoon we share a lunch with a Colombian family in Sogomoso. Then transfer to Facatativa.

Day 8: 95k (3.5hrs approx) - 16k Ascent/74k Descent
This is a mostly downhill day on one of our favorite roads in Colombia, with a couple of climbs in the valley to keep us honest. . Stunning scenery all the way as we descend from 2584m to j ust 229m in 95k with hundreds of corners. In the afternoon we then make a short transfer to stay in Honda.

Day 9: 105k (7.5hrs approx) - 80k Ascent/25k Descent
Today is Legendary. We ride Letras (The Letters) the 80k stair step climb from Mariquita 400m to Letras 3800m. A famous and world renowned piece of pavement with amazing changing scenery as we ascend. This by our research and calculations is the 3th longest paved climb in the world. Often wrongly listed as the longest (but that honor belongs to a road climb in Peru). Dont let that diminish the challenge. Letras is a grinding steady climb with even some downhill sections that demands respect. We start early and ride it in 4 sections to reach the top by mid afternoon before descending down the fun 25k towards Manizales. In the afternoon we then make a short transfer to stay in a Mountain Hot Springs resort in Termales at 3500m in the shadow of the majestic Nevado de Ruiz volcano. This day will be etched into your memory for Life. Tonight we celebrate with a Farewell Dinner Party.

Day 10: The Tour ends.
Farewell. We re-pack our bikes and then transfer you to the Airport or other transport. If it works with your travel plans on this day you can stay a little longer and visit with us a 100 year old Coffee plantation in the afternoon.

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Rider Price Includes:

    • All Transportation and Airport transfers
    • Technical support: Unpacking/packing bike plus bike assembly/disassembly
    • Professional Local Colombian guides (Bilingual Spanish/English)
    • 10 riders to 1 Support vehicle ratio
    • Meals (All Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners)  Light picnic style Lunch on the rides (sometimes we stop at restaurants also)
    • Healthy snacks and hydration during the rides
    • Cycling training program and advice by ex Professional rider and Cycling Coach ($600 USD value)
    • Body/Bike fit check and Climbing/Descending/Cornering instruction on Tour ($200 USD value)
    • Advanced Oxygen Enhancing Nutritional Supplements and Drinks ($100 USD value)
    • Daily after ride Yoga/Stretching classes
    • Beyond Andes Cycling Jersey
    • 9 nights accommodations at Hotels, Eco lodges, and Luxury B+B’s. Accommodations are Twin shared – (Single Room Supplement add $300 USD)
    • Farewell Dinner Party
      Other activities:
    • Bogota Walking Tours of City and the Candelaria with Colombian guides.
    • Bogota Museum de Oro entrance tickets.
    • Termales Santa Monica Hot Springs entrance tickets.
    • Plantation Coffee Tour entrance ticket.
Non Rider Price Includes:
    • All Transportation and Airport transfers
    • Meals (All Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners)  Light picnic style Lunch (sometimes we stop at restaurants also)
    • Daily Yoga/Stretching classes
    • 9 nights accommodations at Hotels, Eco lodges, and Luxury B+B’s. Accommodations are Twin shared
    • Farewell Dinner Party
      Other activities:
    • Bogota Walking Tours of City and the Candelaria with Colombian guides.
    • Bogota Museum de Oro entrance tickets.
    • Termales Santa Monica Hot Springs entrance tickets.
    • Plantation Coffee Tour entrance ticket
    • Guided tours in select Colombian Tours and Cities.

Not included:

    • Flights (International and domestic)
    • Insurance – Travel, Personal and Equipment
    • Hotel charges such as mini bar and phone
    • Tips in restaurants and hotels
    • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
    • Any other items not listed as included

Booking and other important Info:

  • The close off date to book this Tour is TBC.
  • Bookings are open. To book this Tour please click through to fill out the Booking Form and submit.
  • Once you have submitted the form you will be redirected to pay your $500 NZD tour deposit (+ $30.25 active processing fee) by Credit Card with our secure payment system using Active Network Endurance.
  • Your reservation of a place in your chosen Tour will be confirmed by email along with other detailed information once we have received your deposit.
  • The Deposit is Fully Refundable (less any Transaction fees) if the Tour minimum bookings are not reached by the Close Off Date or the Tour is canceled or postponed due to issues related to Covid 19 and travel restrictions. We will refund your deposit within 3 weeks following the close off date.
  • We have a minimum of 5 to 7 riders to Guarantee this tour. Please Do Not Book your Plane Tickets until you have received notification from us that we have Guaranteed this tour.
  • If You Cancel your booking the Tour deposit is not refundable. It is however transferable and maybe applied to other later date tours (with the payment of a $300 NZD re – booking fee).
  • This tour is for Intermediate and advanced fitness riders only, NOT for recreational cyclists. You have a road bike and you ride it regularly. All riders are requested and expected to follow the training program to prepare for this tour. We want you to come on this tour prepared so you will enjoy it more. You must be able to easily ride multiple back to back 250k weeks before you get to Colombia.
  • Insurance. You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. We recommend that you take out a policy once you have received confirmation that the tour is Guaranteed, which covers trip cancellation, your bike, baggage and equipment.
  • Flight Information. We will email you flight information and recommended bike and equipment set up details.
  • Full tour payment is due 1 Month before the tour.

Photo credits: Antonio ‘alitas’ Juan. except the second photo in slider Caley Fretz (Cycling Tips ‘Road to Nairo’s house) and the 3rd photo of the Tour Colombia UCI Race (Cycling Tips)