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The Colombia of today is a country of welcoming smiles, vibrant culture, delicious food, and of course, world-class riding.

Like the Canary Islands, Mallorca, and Spanish Catalonia, Colombia has awoken to the incredible potential it possesses as a world-class cycling destination. The government and people of this beautiful country have enthusiastically embarked to make Colombia a top winter destination, and our ‘locals only’ knowledge combines an exceptional training camp with a rich, safe cultural experience.

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February 18 – 25, 2024

Tour Description

Over the past few years, Colombia has exploded onto the world stage as the latest ‘must ride’ destination, and our strong relationship with one of the most influential figures in Colombia’s cycle tourism scene allows us to present a cycling holiday that distills the very best of Colombian cycling into eight incredible days.

We base our rides in the Antioquera region of Northern Colombia, commonly referred to the ‘land of eternal Spring,’ owing to it’s consistently perfect riding climate, and let there be no mistake that riding in Colombia means climbing! With the towering Andes mountains looming above, each of our six riding days will involve climbing, but at a reasonable pace that allows us to take in the stunning landscapes of coffee plantations, picturesque mountain villages, and endless vistas. As it’s the off-season for pro cyclists, we commonly meet pros such as Rigoberto Uran, Santiago Botero, and Carlos Bettancur on our rides who happily tag along with us, eager to share their beautiful country with visitors.

Our eight-day, seven-night itinerary includes six riding days exploring the incredibly varied and diverse terrain of Antioquera. Rides will range between 50 – 85km with 500 – 2200m of climbing each day, and have full vehicle support as well as nutrition, drinks, and stops to take in the incredible and vibrant culture and landscape.

Accommodations for the tour are in keeping with Magic Places high standards – boutique hotels, coffee plantation haciendas, and expansive country estancias, all beautiful and uniquely Colombian.

If you’re looking for a shake-up to your regular winter training camp that combines beautiful roads through big mountains with a rich cultural experience in a country that has a fascinating recent history, then Colombia is for you!

Tour Highlights

  • Ride through valleys of orchid-lined hillsides in Antioquera’s flower region
  • Explore vibrant colonial towns perched amid rolling coffee plantations;
  • Meet Juan Valdez! (Well, have coffee with the actual growers of the beans anyway);
  • Get lost in the beautiful mayhem of vibrant Medellin;
  • See and hear first-hand, the thrilling history of Colombia’s drug cartels;
  • Enjoy mile after mile of twisting, rolling asphalt through jungles filled with colourful birds and plants.

Package Includes

  • Airport transfers to and from Medellin airport
  • Six fully guided, van-supported daily rides with snacks and drinks to fuel your rides;
  • All necessary bike and personal transfers during tour;
  • Seven nights accommodation in boutique hotels and haciendas (double occupancy);
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners on ride days;
  • On-course vehicle support (Feeling tired? Hop aboard!) with snacks and ride nutrition;
  • 1 set of Magic Places professional-grade cycling bibs and jersey;
  • Photo package to capture those once-in-a-lifetime memories;
  • Our friendly and attentive customer service.

Optional Services Include

  • Road bike rental: $450
  • Single Room Supplement: $400

Tour FAQ

1. What does a typical day look like?

7:30am to 9:00am – Breakfast in our hotel.
9:30am – Ride departure
12:00 – 1:00pm – Lunch stop enroute at our favourite cafes / restaurants.
2:00 – 5:00pm – Arrive at our hotel/hacienda with time to relax and explore the surrounding town.
7:00  Group dinner either in our hotel or at a selected restaurant in town.

2. Where do I fly in and out of?

Jose Maria Cordova International Airport (Identifier: MDE)

3. What is the terrain like?

Quite simply: mountainous.  There are few ‘flat’ rides in the Antioquia region, so be prepared to climb and descend, but at your own pace.  And remember, if it’s too hot, too steep, or you just want a rest, we always have the SAG wagon!

4. What are accommodations like?

We’ve curated a selection of boutique guest houses, hotels, and haciendas for the tour that all offer a comfortable, uniquely Colombian hospitality in beautiful surroundings.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrivals.  We’ll pick up at the José María Airport and shuttle you to our hotel where we’ll build and size your bikes before a delicious dinner and briefing about the week to come.

Day 2: Marinilla to Guatapé 51km, 810m.  This stunning ride takes us through the heart of the valley that provides over 20% of flowers to North American shops – beautiful to say the least!   We’ll finish in colourful Guatapé with lunch at an Italian-run pizzeria in the town square, check into our hotel and enjoy exploring this charming colonial town.

Day 3: Guatapé to Santa Elena 81km, 1900m.  Returning to flowered hillsides, we enjoy 50km of rolling roads before our first big climb up to the forest reserve of Parque Avri at 2700m on the altiplano overlooking Medellin.  After lunch and a shower, we descend into Medellin via cable car where we’ll leave the forest and enter one of the most important “barrios”, or “favelas” that has been one of the symbols of social transformation and development of Medellín.  We’ll spend the night in vibrant Medellín where your guides will show you around.

Day 4: Coffee Region 60km, 1500m. After a short shuttle, we stop for a snack and local tropical juice before we begin our ride through a valley carved out by Cauca River before tackling a 15km rolling climb with 700m of climbing to the village of Fredonia, a ‘paisa village’ that looks exactly like it did when settled in the 19th century.

Day 5: Cauca Viejo to Concordia 84km, 2100m. After a 20km ride along the Cauca River, we begin the gentle 20km ascent up through sprawling coffee plantations to Concordia, one of the countries coffee hubs in a village of colourful buildings and cobbled streets.  After lunch, the winding descent will leave you grinning ear to ear!

Day 6: Cauca Viejo to Jerico 51km, 2150m.  After a short warm up, we take on Antioquia’s biggest challenge and arguably the most scenic ride of the tour.  A 12 km climb takes us to the picturesque villages of Tarso and Pueblo Rico before the final 8km climb to Jericò, known as the most beautiful village in Antioquia owing to its ‘republican’ architecture.  Here we’ll enjoy the evening and stay in a quaint hacienda with rooftop jacuzzi.

Day 7: Jerico to Fredonia 66km, 1600m.  We begin with the whooping descent from Jerico, cross the Cauca River, before our final climb of the tour to the hilltop village of Fredonia, where we’ll have a delicious lunch, a dip on the pool, and then shower and change before our short shuttle back into Medellin.  After checking into our hotel, we pack bikes before one last stroll into the restaurant region to enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 8: Departures.  We’ll shuttle you to the airport and see you off with big smiles, tired legs, and hopes of a future adventure shared!

Tour price

$4190 CAD per person

Post-ride relaxing in a Colombian hacienda.