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 Bike Tour

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 landscapes and unique natural attractions such as Cocora Valley and also the colorful town of Salento.

    Highlights:

    • Bogota, a 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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    *If your group is larger than 12 or has an odd number, 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 54° and 66°F (12° and 19° 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 66°. 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

Accommodation provided during this tour is in good three-star hotels. Please see each day’s detailed itinerary for the preferred accommodation that is used. Of course in the event of lack of availability, a comparable alternative will be offered.

What’s Included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, and 8 dinners
  • Bike rental (Specialized RockHopper Comp – 2016)
  • Snacks and drinks during rides
  • Local English-speaking 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

What’s Not Included

  • Domestic Airfare: Bogotá - Cali (approximately USD $100)
  • Domestic Airfare: Pereira - Bogotá (approximately USD $113)
  • Activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals or services not mentioned in the 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
Length10 days
From$2290 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Arrivals on Saturdays

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Bogotá
Day 2: Ciclovía & La Candelaría (flight)
Day 3: Yotoco - La Unión, 56 mi. (90 km) (750 m)
Day 4: La Unión - Cerritos, 33 mi. (54 km) (500 m)
Day 5: Cerritos - Pueblo Tapao, 32 mi. (52 km) (930 m)
Day 6: Pueblo Tapao - Salento, 23 mi. (35 km) (1045 m)
Day 7: Salento and hike Corcora Valley
Day 8: Salento to Quimbaya, 26 mi. (42 km) (645 m)
Day 9: Quimbaya to Cerritos, 27 mi. (44 km) (495 m)
Day 10: Pereira - Bogotá (flight)

Day 1: Bogotá
Arrive in Bogotá on Saturday, transfer and settle in at your first hotel. 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. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel B3 Virrey

Day 2: Ciclovía & La Candelaría
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. 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 Cali which can be arranged through our partner. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Puerta de San Antonio

Day 3: Yotoco - La Unión,  56 mi. (90 km) (750 m)
Your ride today includes a stop at a grape farm and stops 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 km 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 km and then on a highway with a good shoulder to get to your hotel. Lunch will be enjoyed on the road and the afternoon will be free to relax and enjoy the pool. You will have dinner at a local restaurant.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29804081

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Los Viñedos

Day 4: La Unión - Cerritos, 33 mi. (54 km) (500m)
The day begins riding on the highway in the opposite direction from yesterday, passing through Cartago (about 17 km and mostly flat) to access a northerly route to the town of La Virginia (21 km, 8 km on gravel road mostly flat). Once you cross La Virginia you start a climb of approx 11 km to get to the hotel (medium traffic). The route will take you to a Sugar 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. In the afternoon, you will have time to relax, enjoy the pool and perhaps take in a massage.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18014391

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel San Antonio del Cerro

Day 5: Cerritos - Pueblo Tapao (via Cartago - Alcalá - Quimbaya), 32 mi. (52 km) (930 m)
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 the town you will have a chance to take a picture of pre-Colombian 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 will lead to Montenegro (medium 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).  
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/17922628

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel La Tata Campestre

Day 6: Pueblo Tapao - Salento (via Montenegro - Circasia), 23 mi. (35 km) (1045 m)
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 km on a quiet road to Montenegro and then to Circassia (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 climbing to enter town. Dinner at a local restaurant.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29617581  

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Reserva El Cairo

Day 7:  Salento and hike Corcora Valley
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, Colombia's crazy national sport. You will also enjoy a coffee experience tour at Café Jesus Martin in Salento. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Reserva El Cairo

Day 8: Salento to Quimbaya (via Filandia), 26 mi. (42 km) (645 m)
Cycling out of Salento, you will stop at Filandia. You will be able to appreciate a 360-degree view of the coffee landscape from the 27-meter-high Illuminated Hill Viewpoint, located on the outskirts of the municipality of Filandia on the road that leads to Quimbaya. You will also learn about one of the most important traditions of Filandia, the handicraft of basket making. A small industry made up of local families has dedicated themselves to transforming natural fibers such as vines and derivates from plants based on the development of decorative items such as baskets, containers or vases, among others. You will visit a traditional basket shop to learn about the process and buy some souvenirs. Tonight you will have dinner at a local restaurant.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29673515

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Casa Nogales

Day 9: Quimbaya to Cerritos (via Cartago - La Virginia), 27 mi. (44 km) (495 m)
During the last day of your cycling trip, you will travel the departments of Quindío, northern Valle del Cauca and end up in Risaralda through the hills and western slopes of the central mountain range (Andes), descending up to 1.144 meters above sea level where the “La Vieja” river separates these three states. You will enjoy the rich volcanic lands where the Quimbaya culture had its highest expression, the most important goldsmiths of Colombia. The Quimbaya civilization was a Pre-Columbian culture of Colombia, noted for their gold work characterized by technical accuracy and detailed designs. The majority of the gold work is made in tumbaga alloy, with 30% copper, which imparts meaningful color tonalities to the pieces.

Finally, you will arrive in “Cerritos”, the most desirable lands in Colombia due to its excellent climate where cold air currents that descend from the Páramo in the National Park of Los Nevados and the hot currents of the Valle del Cauca meet. Dinner at a local restaurant.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29673537

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel San Antonio del Cerro

Day 10: Pereira -  Bogotá (flight)
Today marks the end of your tour. After breakfast, you will take a private transfer from your hotel to Pereira Airport for your onward arrangements or flight back to Bogotá (scheduled at 13h42, arriving at 14:38).

Meals: Breakfast 

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