Unforgettable Mountain Highs - Antioquia

The City of Eternal Spring, Medellin and the surrounding region of Antioquia is a cycling mecca in South America.

This region has a near-perfect climate, cosmopolitan atmosphere and 360 degree scenic views of the Andes Mountains. Don’t be surprised to find the pros –Team Sky, Astana, BMC, Etixx- Step, Movistar, Garmin, Lampre, Trek Factory Racing - on the world circuit head down here for training camps and off-season riding.

For Equipo’s Classic tours in Antioquia, we station ourselves in Oriente, a 40-minute drive from the city of Medellin, and near to the airport.  The neighboring countryside is a spectacular sight of endless highland tropics with lush green vegetation, native fruit trees and a phenomenal variety of flowers.  On stage 2, we will experience this first-hand as we ride to the top of an ecological reserve, Parque Arvi.  Join one of our group tours or contact us if you are interested in training camps or customize your own trip.

Tour Options

STAGE PROFILES & ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrival

Equipo transports you from Jose Maria Cordoba International Airport in Rio Negro to the hotel. Join us for a welcome dinner tonight at one of the top restaurants in the area- Mundos, a South American steakhouse.

Meals: Snacks | Dinner

Day 2 - Los Topos to Tequendamita

Antioquia cycling tours itinerary

Today’s stage takes us to the mountains surrounding the second largest city in Colombia – Medellin. The green mountains and views from the top of this city are phenomenal as is the eternal spring temperatures that this city is known for. After breakfast, we leave the hotel on our bikes and head toward Alto Las Palmas. Our first stop is to refuel with delicious pan de quesos and pan de quesos (typical corn and yucca breads). We continue to ride towards La Ceja, passing San Antonio and looping back to the hotel. Lunch is at Pakita, a new plaza filled with a variety of delicious local Colombian cuisine. Relax back at the hotel, take a swim, book a massage. Tonight we drive down to Medellin for dinner at La Bicicleta, a cycling-themed, casual restaurant in the popular Parque Lleras.

Estimated Ride Time: 2 hours 30 min
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 - Santa Elena to Parque Arvi

Colombia cycling tour Antioquia itinerary

Today’s stage starts by riding from the hotel about 12 miles of rollers towards Don Diego. We have a short, taxing 5-mile climb up Carrisales and our first stop we try unbeatable pasteles de maize. We follow the Airport Road towards Santa Elena, for the next climb of the day, approximately 5 miles up Santa Elena, reaching the top of Parque Arvi, an tranquil, ecological reserve, after another 10 miles of hard rollers. The average gradient is 12%-18%. The reward for reaching the top is a picnic of homemade tamales, chorizos, arepas and treats at the cyclist corner, called El Tambo. After lunch, either board the support vehicles or ride towards Guarne and hit more hard rollers for about 2 miles and finish with about 18 miles of “flats.” Dinner tonight is in Medellin at Origen, a Mediterranean restaurant.

Estimated riding time: 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 - El Peñol and Guatape

Latin America cycling Antioquia itinerary

Don’t let today’s 35-mile stage fool you. We start by leaving the hotel on our bikes to Maranilla, El Penol and Guatape. Guatape is home to an endless array of scattered islands – in a beautiful lake district. Close by is El Penol, a granite rock formation from 70 million years ago that juts out from the ground and is 650 feet tall.  We have our first stop enroute at El Chocho for refreshments and food and continuing on our ride. We reach this picturesque town of Guatape, with beautiful pastel-colored paintings in the town’s historic center with cobblestone streets. We have a classic Colombian lunch, bandeja paisa (a huge platter of beef, pork, beans, rice, plantain, and rice). We return back to the hotel in minibuses where we have a few hours free to wander or relax. Dinner tonight is at Ole Ole, for a taste of authentic Spanish food.

Estimated Ride Time: 3 hours
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 - La Union

Antioquia road cycling vacation itinerary

Today’s ride is a local favorite called La Union. Leaving the hotel on our bikes, we head towards Llanogrande, Rionegro, San Antonio. Our first stop is in San Antonio for pasteles de arequipe and buñuelos, classic Colombian appetizers.  We continue on towards the scenic climb of La Union and make our second stop at Alto La Union, the summit, for a picnic lunch.  We return back to the hotel in minibuses. After a short break, we take the group down to Medellin for Colombian coffee at Café Pergamino, where we have waiting a private coffee cupping class. Walk around Parque Lleras, a popular tourist attraction with lush greenery, cafes, boutiques and restaurants. Later tonight we have dinner at La Cantine, a wonderful French bistro.

Estimated Ride Time: 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 - Medellin to Oriente

After breakfast, today’s stage we leave the hotel in minibus and head for the iconic climb of Las Palmas, where you can find cyclists making the ascent at virtually any time of day and even at night!  The reward for making it up almost 10 miles, with an average gradient of 6% comes at the top with homemade arepas de mote con queso, our only stop of the day. We continue to ride back towards the airport, Llanogrande and our second stop is for dedos de queso and refreshments (if you’re hungry, of course.) We return back to the hotel for lunch.  Tonight’s meal is where we bid farewell at Ocio, in El Poblado, Medellin.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

TOUR INFO

Duration: 7 days/6 nights or 5 days/4 nights

Cost: $2,400 to $2,800

Rider Level: Beginner to Advanced

TOUR DATES

Jan 21st - Jan 25th, 2017
5 Days / 4 Nights | $2,400

Feb 18th - Feb 22nd, 2017
5 Days / 4 Nights | $2,400

Mar 2nd - Mar 6th, 2017
5 Days / 4 Nights |

Apr 21st - Apr 25th, 2017
5 Days / 4 Nights |

Jun 16th - Jun 20th, 2017
5 Days / 4 Nights |

Jun 23rd - Jun 27th, 2017
5 Days / 4 Nights |

Dec 1st - Dec 5th, 2017
5 Days / 4 Nights |

Interested in other dates?

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks)
  • Luxury/Boutique hotels with double occupancy
  • Supported by a team of pro cyclist guides and mechanics
  • Van support/ SAG vehicles
  • Bike assembly and disassembly
  • 1 full Equipo cycling kit by Safetti (jersey, bib, socks)
  • Airport and luggage transfer

The Jose Maria Cordova International Airport is the principal airport. It is 40 to 45 minutes outside of Medellin, in the municipality of Rionegro. There are direct routes from Miami International Airport, New York’s JFK and options to reach Europe and South/Central America.

  • Inquire to turn any group date into a private, custom tour.
  • Inquire about our custom training camps.
  • Custom tours can be organized for your group of minimum 6 cyclists, typically and we can handle groups of 30-35 cyclists, depending on availability.
  • Shorter loops are always possible.
  • Groups are designed by riding level no more than 16 cyclists. Bike rental, single supplement, extending your tour and non-rider travel companion are optional.
  • All prices are in US Dollars and subject to change.
  • We do our best to uncover the best hotels in each region we travel, however based on season we sometimes need to accommodate changes for hotels, restaurants or routes due to weather, road closures or availability.
  • Contact us if you wish to continue your trip or need assistance on booking air travel.

Rent a Xanthus and Helios carbon road bikes by Alchemy Bicycles, with Shimano 11 speed 105 and Shimano components. Please bring your own pedals and helmet.

Cost: $250 for 7 Day Tours (5 riding days)
Cost: $150 for 5 Day Tours (3 riding days)

While we have a full fleet of Alchemy bikes in Colombia, rental availability is based on first come basis. While making your reservation, please inform us if you wish to rent a bike for the tour and your size.