Colombia

$3,970.00

February 16 – 24, 2019
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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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 seven 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 nine-day itinerary includes eight riding days exploring the incredibly varied and diverse terrain of Antioquera.  Rides will average just under 100km with about 2000m of climbing each day, and the hghlight of our camp is an ascent of the infamous Alto de Lletras, an 80 km climb that holds the dubious honour of the longest climb on earth, amassing a whopping 4000m of continuous elevaton gain!

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!

Are you ready for the ride of your life?


Trip Highlights:

  • Share coffee and a casual ride with the likes of Rigoberto Urán;
  • Ride through valleys of orchid-lined hillsides in Antioquera’s flower region
  • Ride the world’s longest climb;
  • 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

Package includes:

  • Arrival transfer from Medellín airport and departure transfer to Pereira airport; 
  • All necessary bike and personal transfers during the tour; 
  • 8 nights accommodations in 3-4 star boutique hotels and haciendas (double occupancy); 
  • Fully guided rides with on-course van support, including on-ride and post-ride nutrition; 
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners; 
  • 1 set of Magic Places professional-grade cycling bibs and jersey; 
  • All tourist activity fees, park fees, and tolls; 
  • Our attentive and friendly customer service.

Optional Services Include:

  • Rental Bike: Handcrafted Tinno custom race bike w/ discount purchase option: $380 
  • Massage: Recovery massage from our soigneur for $75 per session;
  • Single Occupancy room supplement for $600.

Dates:

February 16 – 24, 2019

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