Boy and his donkey off to work in Salento, Quindío, Colombia. Photo via Flickr:Maria Grazia Montagnari

Calle Real, the popular shopping street in peaceful Salento, Quindío, Colombia. Photo via Flickr:Triangulo del Cafe Travel

Bogota to Salento

Colombia Bike Tours

Biking in Colombia’s coffee district

  • Welcome to the heart of the Zona Cafetera! Colombia is a hidden jewel of South America whose doors are now opening. Once upon a time, in the not too distant past, Colombia was a country in chaos. Now, emerging from this dark period in its history, it is waiting to be discovered. There is no better way to explore any destination than on two wheels! On this bike tour through the country of magical realism, you will cycle the Unesco World Heritage Coffee Cultural Landscape. During this trip you will have the opportunity to see areas of the country not visited by foreigners and areas that will allow you to admire the beautiful lanscapes and unique natural attractions such as Cocora Valley and also the colorful town of Salento.

    Highlights:

    • Bogota, vibrant capital with La Candelaria, the historic center
    • Experience The “Ciclovia” in Bogotá and learn about the local history
    • Learn how to Dance Salsa
    • The Coffee Cultural Landscape (Declared by Unesco as World Heritage)
    • Riding beautiful and challenging roads while admiring the beautiful landscapes surrounded by different fruits and coffee plantations and magnificent mountains
    • Visit unique coffee towns like Salento
    • A chance to enjoy The Cocora Valley, home to the National Tree of Colombia, The Wax Palm Tree (tallest in the world).
    • Play “Tejo”

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    Price per person £ 1912 $ 4,238 2250 $ 3391 NOK 21192 kr 19562 $ 2,543 £ 1722 $ 3,817 2027 $ 3053 NOK 19083 kr 17615 $ 2,290 £ 1595 $ 3,537 1878 $ 2829 NOK 17683 kr 16323 $ 2,122 £ 1505 $ 3,335 1771 $ 2668 NOK 16675 kr 15392 $ 2,001 £ 1437 $ 3,185 1691 $ 2548 NOK 15925 kr 14700 $ 1,911
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    *If your group is larger than 8, please ask us for pricing. Remember, the larger the group, the less you pay per person.

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    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Bogota

    Local Travel

    Airport transfer to your first hotel

    Climate

    In Bogotá, the climate is considered a "cold climate" as it is 2 to 3 thousand meters above sea level. Average temperature ranges between 50° and 63°F (10° and 17° C). In the coffee district of this tour, around Armenia, the climate is considered temperate, located, between 1,000 and 2,000 meters (3,281 and 6,562 ft) above sea level. Temperatures remain quite consistent throughout the year with average high 83° F and average low 62°. Annual rainfall in the region is 85.4 inches. The most rain falls in October, November, and May with about 10 inches. A good website to research weather is weatherbase.com.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations provided during this tour vary in terms of standard. There are 2 star Hotels (Danubio and San Antonio del Cerro) and 3 star Hotels (BH El Retiro, Los Viñedos, La Tata and Salento Real). Just ask us for hotel list!

What’s Included

  • 9 nights accommodations
  • Daily Breakfast, 8 lunches, and 8 dinners
  • Snacks and drinks during rides
  • Local Guide (s) (One guide for groups with less than 7. Two guides for groups of 7 or more)
  • Support Vehicle with driver
  • Airport Transfers
  • Activities according to the itinerary
  • Jeep Willys transfer from Salento to Finca El Ocaso and back
  • Jeep Willys transfer to Cocora Valley and back
  • Trekking in Cocora Valley including entrance fees
  • Playing Tejo in Salento
  • Visit View Tower and Basket Shops in Filandia
  • Bike Rental (Specialized RockHopper Comp – 2016)

What’s Not Included

  • Domestic Airfare – Bogotá – Armenia – Bogotá (approximately USD $110)
  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals or services not mentioned in itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Just ask! We can arrange extra nights for you and even suggest some activities.

TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From$2290 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019

Arrivals Saturdays accept Easter week and from December 20 to January 20

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Bogotá
Day 2: Bogotá and flight to Cali
Day 3: Transfer from Cali Hotel to Yotocco, ride from Yotocco to La Unión
Day 4:  La Unión  - Cerritos,
Day 5: Cerritos - Pueblo Tapao. Hiking in the Finca, 
Day 6: Pueblo Tapao - Salento, 
Day 7: Hike Corcora Valley
Day 7:  Transfer by jeep to Cocora Valley, Hike, visit in Salento, Tejo Game, coffee Experience tour in the afternoon.  
Day 8: Departure  

Day 1: Bogotá
Arrive in Bogotá on Saturday and settle in to your first hotel, the BH El Retiro, situated less than a mile from the restaurants, bars, and nightclubs of the T Zone. Bogotá is diverse and multicultural, blending the old and the new. You will find colonial architecture, next to modern, and the many parks, and the Andes to the East add color and majesty.  You will enjoy a welcome dinner and introduction to your tour. (D)

Day 2: Bogotá
On the schedule today is the Ciclovia. Each Sunday and public holiday from 7 am until 2 pm, certain main streets of Bogotá and other cities and municipalities are blocked from traffic for runners, skaters, and bicyclists. At the same time, stages are set up in city parks. Aerobics instructors, yoga teachers, and musicians lead people through various performances. Bogotá's weekly ciclovías are used by approximately 2 million people (about 30% of the population) on over 120 km of car-free streets. After this unique experience, you will take a flight to Armenia and upon arrival, you will be transferred to your Hotel in La Unión, either the Hotel Casa Blanca or Hotel Los Viñedos. Optional in Bogota is participation in the Los Patios, a climbing route of medium difficulty that is a favorite of the locals.  For those who do not want to get on the bike quite yet, you could participate in a city tour of Bogota, including the historic district of La Candelaria.  Afternoon flight out to Armenia which can be arranged through our partner. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your Hotel in La Unión, either the Hotel Casa Blanca or Hotel Los Viñedos. (B, L, D)

Day 3:  La Unión - Zaragoza, 32.5 mi. (52 km) (B, D)
Your ride today includes a stop at a grape farm and stop at an embroidery factory, the best in Colombia. You will cycle a mostly flat surface on pavement in good condition with some speed bumps (and perhaps a few potholes), enjoying the scenery of the Cauca River Valley, a fertile área of the country with plantations of different fruits and products  The first 43 kms is on a road with very little traffic, then, the route leads through the town of Cartago. From here, cycling is on a bike path for about 4 kms and then on a highway with good shoulder to get to your hotel. Cumulation: 321 m of total elevation gain. Lunch will be enjoyed on the road and the afternoon will be free to relax and enjoy the pool. Dinner at hotel.
Accommodations: Hotel Danubio
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18014327      

Day 4: Zaragoza to Cerritos, 34 mi. (54 km) (B,D)
The day begins riding on the highway in the opposite direction from yesterday, passing through Cartago (about 17 kms and mostly flat) to access a northerly route to the town of La Virginia (21 kms, 8 kms on gravel road mostly flat).  Once you cross La Virginia you start a climb of approx 11 kms to get to the hotel (médium traffic). The route will take you to a Sucar Cane plantation and you will see the processing plant for this product.   Your hotel for the night is located not far from the city of Pereira, one of the main cities in the coffee región.   499 m of total elevation gain. In the afternoon, you will have time to relax, enjoy the pool and perhaps take in a massage. 
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18014391

Day 5: Cerritos - Montenegro (via Cartago – Alcalá – Quimbaya), 32 mi. (52 km)  (B, D)
1 km away from the hotel you start riding on a highway, downhill  with a good shoulder for about 10 km to go back to Cartago.  Before entering this town, you will take the road to Alcalá (approx 20 km – with 2 uphill sections) where you will enter coffee country!! You will see the first coffee plantations on this trip.   Then you will ride to Quimbaya and just before entering town you will have a chance to take a picture of precolombian objects carved on the side of the road, replicas of original pieces from the Quimbaya Culture that are now in the Gold Museum in Bogotá.   Your final  ride wil lead to Montenegro (médium traffic) and then to Pueblo Tapao to the hotel (low traffic).   Once settled at the hotel you will have a chance to walk a trail in the premises to learn about the local plants/flowers and birds (Colombia is #1 for bird species in the world).   905 m total elevation gain.
Accommodations: Hotel La Tata 
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17922628

Day 6: Montenegro - Salento, 23 mi. (37 km) 
You will continue to gain altitude and go to Salento, the oldest and one of the most beautiful towns in the coffee región.  On the road to this amazing town you will enjoy an authentic coffee experience tour at Finca El Ocaso, where you will learn everything about Colombian coffee and will have a chance to enjoy the best coffee in the world.  In the morning you begin riding 4 kms on a quiet road to Montenegro and then to Circasia (climb of approx 15 km) followed by 2 km of gravel road downhill and then 12 km to Salento on gravel road including 5 km of climb to enter town.  1020 m total elevation gain.
Accommodations: Hotel Salento Real
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18038751 
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18038783        

Day 7:  Transfer by jeep to Cocora Valley, hike, visit in Salento, Tejo Game, coffee experience tour in the afternoon.  
Today is very special because you will have the privilege of visiting a unique place, the Cocora Valley (Valle de Cocora), which is a natural cloud forest, where the wax palm trees are the tallest in the World, unique to Colombia and are the national tree  as well.   You will have a chance to hike in the valley and beyond with lots of photo ops.  You will ride a Jeep Willys from Salento to the Valley and back, just as the locals do and then you will have a chance to visit Salento and play Tejo, Colomiba's crazy national sport. Flight to Bogota in the evening (not included)  for clients flying out of Bogota early in the morning.
Accommodations: Hotel Salento Real 

Day 8: Morning flight to the US or Canada (Via Bogota, Armenia or Pereira)

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