Land of the Freedom Tour in Boyacá, Colombia

Land of the Freedom Tour: Boyacá, Colombia

Boyacá is the place where the freedom of Colombia was forged. Road cycling through this region, in the northeast of the second most biodiverse nation on the planet, come see the history and culture that dates back to the pre-Hispanic period.

The road cycling in Colombia is endless, and Equipo has designed an unforgettable Boyaca biking vacation. We station ourselves at Hotel Duruelo in Villa de Leyva, considered the most charming town, almost frozen in time. The old-fashioned, tranquil setting combines simplicity and the friendliness of its people, churches in Baroque and Renaissance architecture, scenic mountain landscapes that are unique in Colombia.

This South American bicycle tour features altitudes between 7,000 and 10,650 feet. On Stage 2, we ride to Laguna Tota, which appears as if an ocean was dropped into the mountains and where we can admire the most beautiful mountains of Cocuy in the horizon. On Stage 3, the Queen Stage, be ready for 11,500 feet of climbing over 86 miles, passing through Jenesano, Mauricio Soler’s home, and then scaling a category 1 climb to Tierranegra. On Stage 4, we climb 7,157 feet to reach Nairo Quintana’s home, after all, this is his home region where he rides and trains.

Tour Options

STAGE PROFILES & ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrival

Equipo greets and transports you from El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia for a 2 1/2 hour drive to the town, Villa de Leyva in Boyacá.  A welcome cocktail and dinner is served at the Buganviles restaurant (international cuisine) at the hotel.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Villa de Leyva to Raquira

After breakfast, we head northwest towards Santa Sofia with a category 3 climb. We descend towards Sutamarchan to make our first stop by the Great Valley of the Dinosaurs. We head south passing by Tinjaca to reach a crafts town, Raquira with our second category 3 climb. Our ride will head back to the hotel passing by Sachica and finishing at Hotel Duruelo. After the ride, lunch is at Santa Lucia (pizza, pasta and gelatto). Rest up in the afternoon. Dinner tonight is at a French restaurant, Chez Remy, known for the best homemade crepes in Colombia.

Estimated Ride Time: 2-3 hours
Meals:
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 Laguna Tota

After breakfast, we leave the hotel in minibuses to Tunja, where our ride starts from. Today’s a hard stage that takes us to the scenic Laguna Tota. Our journey will take us by Oitacá, Combita, Tuta, Paipa, a category 1 climb. Our first stop of the day will be at Paipa. After refreshments we ride south to Lago Sochagota, back to Paipa ,Tibasosa, Sogamoso. On the outskirts of Sogamoso we will make our second stop at La Panaderia del Pueblo for almojabanas boyácenses. Our final climb, takes us to Alto del Crucero to Laguna de Tota. After a typical Colombian lunch at Parador of Laguna Tota, we return in minibuses to the hotel.

We’ll relax, take a swim or explore the lovely town and later, have dinner at Tarima – Latin/Colombian fusion cuisine.

Estimated Ride Time: 4-6 hours
Meals: 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 Queen Stage Tierranegra

Fuel up at breakfast, as we are facing down the Queen stage. We ride from the hotel, past Sachica and Cuaita then climb our first Cat 1 up to Tunja. The reward on the other side is “flat’/ rollers, and a decent to Soracato and then a cat 3 climb to Ramiriqui for our second stop, a picnic lunch of sandwiches, wraps, fruits and refreshments. Make sure to get enough food and hydration to attack the following cat 1 climb Tierranegra, (16k and average 8% inclination). The climb will start at Jenesano, hometown of former pro cyclist, Mauricio Soler. After reaching the summit, we descend to Punte de Boyaca and head northeast to Samaca and finish at the hotel.   Dinner tonight is at Giusseppe for Italian cuisine.

Day 5 Arcabuco

After breakfast, we have the opportunity to visit Nairo Quintana’s house during the ride. (No, we aren’t ringing the doorbell but no visit to Boyaca can be complete without knowing more about the cycling icon.) We head north to Arcabuco. It’s a steady, cat 2 climb. We’ll make a quick refreshment stop to continue looping southeast towards Motavita. We continue with rollers, flats and descents to the hotel. Lunch is at the hotel, Restaurante Tipica. Later in the evening, we have a farewell dinner at El Rincon, Mediterranean cuisine.

Estimated Ride Time: 3-4 hours
Meals: 
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 Departures

After breakfast, Equipo will transport you to El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia. Depart for home or continue to explore Colombia in another region with Equipo.

Meals: Breakfast

Note: Shorter loops are always possible. Groups are designed by riding level. Bike rental, single supplement and non-rider travel companion are optional. Equipo offers rental of an Alchemy carbon road bike for $200, on a first-come basis. All prices are in US Dollars and subject to change.

TOUR INFO

Duration: 6 days/5 nights

Starting At: 6 Days/5 nights $2,600 pp (Single Supplement $400)

Rider Level: Beginner to Advanced

TOUR DATES

Feb 20th - Feb 26th, 2016
7 Days / 6 Nights | $2,800

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 El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia is 3 hours from Miami International Airport. There are direct routes from Miami International Airport, New York’s JFK and many options to reach Europe and South/Central America. The region of Boyacá is approximately 2 ½ hours drive from the airport.

  • 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: $200 for 6 Day Tours (4 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.