CYCLE COLOMBIA

March 23-April 1, 2019
July 20-28, 2019

A 165 mile ride through the coffee regions and
diverse landscapes of Colombia's stunning interior.

A 9-day cycling adventure from Medellín to Cali, through the eje cafetero of Colombia’s incredibly biodiverse, rich interior. Learn about urban renewal in the city, then get deep into culture, landscape and society while experiencing backroads, coffee, incredible local food, waterfalls and community organizations along the way. This trip makes a great add-on for our Heart of Colombia itinerary in July!

$2495 per person
$500 off inaugural special for March dates!

Trip Includes:

  • Accommodations

    • 8 nights’ accommodations in boutique, centrally located hotels and farmhouse eco-cottages

  • Transportation

    • Transfers from Medellín airport (arrival) and Cali airport (departure)

    • All ground transportation between Medellín and Cali in between cycling stretches

  • Activities 

    • Full bike hire including mountain bike, helmet, mechanic, and local guide

    • Support vehicle with water and fruit

    • Medellín walking tour to learn about the history of social activism and revitalization in the city

    • Waterfall excursion 

    • Organic coffee farm visit & tasting

    • Cali experience and cultural education

    • Up to 165 miles cycling on pavement and compact gravel

  • Meals

    • Daily breakfast at our accommodations

    • Multiple dinners and lunches using traditional ingredients and local sourcing 

  • Additional

    • Visit to our local community partner to learn about social justice in Colombia + donation to their organization

    • Traverse representative 24/7 + local guides

    • Small group experience, max 12 people

Itinerary:

Day 1: Saturday - Medellín Arrival Day and Welcome dinner 

After arrival in Medellín, you’ll be transported to your local boutique hotel. Get to know your fellow travelers and check out the city in the afternoon. Visit one of the many bustling cafes downtown, or walk up to the viewpoint of Cerro Nutibara for a spectacular vista. We’ll meet up for dinner at a social enterprise restaurant that presents traditional dishes with a modern twist, employing former rebel fighters and demobilized soldiers as staff and using the motto “Cooking for Peace.”

Meals: B

Day 2: Sunday - Medellín to Jericó

We’ll start the day getting a first hand insight into just some of the local social impact issues in Colombia with a visit to the Comuna 13 neighborhood. Amidst the vibrant colors of this barrio are the outdoor escalators that provide access to homes in marginalized areas that were formerly isolated from the city below. After lunch, we’ll make our way to the mountainside pueblo of Jericó by van arriving by early evening.

Meals: B, D

Day 3: monday - Cycle Day Jericó to Jardín, 30 miles

Today we’ll cycle from Jericó to Jardín. An early start along the compact gravel roads will see us mostly enjoying some slight downhill, before hitting the pavement for the final 11 miles. This is a great warm up day on the bike with plenty of varied terrain, epic scenery and quiet roads. An early arrival in Jardín will give us time to check out the cable car in this charming village before a late afternoon visit to a local coffee farm.

Meals: B, L

Day 4: Tuesday  - Cycle Day Jardín to Riosucio, 32 miles

We’ll spend the morning exploring the beautiful surroundings of Jardín by bike, making our way to some of the region’s most spectacular waterfalls. After lunch, we’ll set off on our bikes to the small town of Riosucio. The whole day is 32 miles via compact gravel roads. You have the option to skip or cycle as much as you want with the support van within sight of our ride at all times. We’ll arrive into the quaint little town of Riosucio for late afternoon for a local feast and a well-earned rest.

Meals: B, D

Day 5: wednesday - Salamina to Manizales, 43 miles

Today is a bit longer cycle day of 43 miles. We’ll get an early start with a morning transfer from Riosucio to the small town of Salamina before cycling towards Manizales on both pavement and compact gravel. We’ll break up the ride to enjoy the endless mountain and jungle scenery. We’ll arrive with enough time for a rest, a sunset vista and an epic Colombian feast at our local guide’s favorite restaurant.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: thursday - Organic Coffee + Manizales to La Union, 42 miles

You’ve just stepped into the eje cafetero, the Coffee Axis of Colombia. With stunning vistas in every direction, this region is the world’s biggest producer of arabica beans. We’ll visit a small, organic coffee farm for a first-hand insight into this incredible industry, with the opportunity to taste (and purchase) along the way! Our cycle ride today takes us away from the main roads and through some of the most remote yet majestic landscapes Colombia has to offer. Stopping just short of Pereira, we’ll take the van to transfer us to La Union for a local dinner.

Meals: B, D

Day 7: friday - La Union to Yotoco, transfer to Cali, 56 miles

In the early morning, we’ll cycle out from the hotel towards the small town of Yotoco, leading us into Cali by the mid afternoon. The road, free from the heavy traffic, wanders through smaller, scenic villages as we near Cali. We’ll cycle 56 miles today in the rolling hills about 3200 feet above sea level. The support van will be with us the whole time if you’d like a break, and we’ll transfer into Cali together on the last stretch. We’ll enjoy dinner together in this incredibly vibrant city, and likely catch some music while we’re at it!

Meals: B, D

Day 8: saturday - Cali Community Partner Visit

We’ll start the day with a visit to our non-profit partner learn about the social issues surrounding this area and what this incredible organization is doing to assist. The afternoon is yours to explore at your leisure. Perhaps take a taxi to the towering Christ statue atop Cerro las Cristales, Cristo Rey, check out the neo-gothic church, La Iglesia la Ermita, or wander through the food market, La Galeria de Alameda, for classic Colombian street food. We’ll enjoy a fabulous Farewell Dinner together and discuss all that we learned about this incredible country through our journey.

Meals: B, D

Day 9: sunday - departure

Congratulations! You’ve cycled across the coffee axis of Colombia! We’ll enjoy a final breakfast together before we say goodbye to your newly formed friends. Depart from Cali or consider adding on a few days in Cartagena, Medellin or Bogotá. We’ll gladly assist with any ongoing travel plans you may have. 

Meals: B


Trip Price:

$2495 per person, double occupancy  

Grouped by same gender unless requested otherwise.

 +$495 “my own room” option

$500 off special for March dates!

Combine with our July Heart of Colombia and receive a $200 off bundle discount!

Trip Does Not Include:

  • International airfare

  • Alcohol

  • Additional excursions and activities

  • Additional meals not specified

  • Required travel insurance

ABout Your Hosts:

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Your Cycling Hosts

This ride is a joint collaboration between Social Cycles and Traverse Journeys. In 2019, the Cycle Colombia adventures will be hosted by either Brett or Ashley, or both! Each adventure will also have a local team of support driver, cycle guide and mechanic.

Ashley Blake, Traverse Journeys founder, is an avid traveler, cultural consultant and outdoor enthusiast with a background in tourism, entrepreneurship and project management. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and has worked and traveled in 40+ countries.

Brett Seychell, Social Cycles founder, is an Australia based traveller, passionate about responsible travel, cycling and taking travel to new depths by exploring and learning from NGOs about local social impact issues and the influence of local culture.


Both Ashley and Brett are incredibly excited about contributing to sustainable development through tourism in Colombia.


Terms & Conditions

Please refer to registration for complete terms.

Deposit
A $250 non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler to secure the booking.

Payment
Payments can be made either by 1) full payment on booking 2) $250 deposit on booking + payment schedule per registration. Payments will be invoiced via e-mail for credit card or Paypal payment online. To pay by check, please indicate on registration and make check payable to Traverse Journeys and send to PO Box 40516, Austin, TX 78704.

Payment Terms
$250 deposit due on booking. 50% remainder due 30 days from initial invoice. Balance due 30 days prior to trip start.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations, less the trip deposit ($250), are refundable up to 90 days before trip start date. Please refer to the full Payment Plan for details.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is required for all trips with Traverse, and must cover injury, medical, evacuation, and repatriation as well as trip cancellation and trip interruption. Most insurance companies require purchase to be made within 2-3 weeks of booking for full benefits (in particular, trip cancellation). Once insurance is obtained, a copy must be sent to Traverse. Failure to provide proof of insurance within 30 days of booking will result in trip booking suspension until proof of insurance has been provided. We suggest using Wanderwell, a B-Corp Certified provider, or you can choose from any carrier that meets our requirements.

Documents, Personal Identification, Vaccinations
Traveler is responsible for all required travel documents including passport, visas, entry or exit fees, and vaccinations. Traverse does not cover the cost or assist in obtaining any of the above, and reserves the right to collect information on all.