Ride thru Colombia's Coffee Country - Quindio

Be transported to a different world in Colombia’s lush mountain region of Quindío.

Surrounded by impressive mountain peaks, Quindío has the perfect climate to grow one of the world's best coffees - the Arabica bean.  If you've seen the famous icon, Juan Valdez, come explore that tropical mountain scene in the background.  Equipo’s Quindio bicycle holidays will guide you past charming towns, coffee plantations and the wildlife sanctuary of the Cocora Valley, tucked within the central Andes.  

Each of the 5 riding days we will cover from 29 to 83 miles.  Custom cycling holidays with longer rides are available, on each of these days for 5 or more hours!  We fuel up with traditional, delicious Colombian cuisine, tropical fruits and of course, tintos - the best coffee!

Whether you are a beginner or avid cyclist, this cycling tour is designed for all levels and paces.  Equipo's support vehicles and pro cyclist guides lead the way, and no rider is left behind.  Our bike fleet of carbon fiber bikes by Alchemy allows travellers an option to travel light on this Colombia cycling trip.

Tour Options

STAGE PROFILES & ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrival

Equipo transports you from El Eden International Airport in Quindío to the hotel. Join us for a welcome dinner tonight.

Meals: Snacks | Dinner

Day 2 - Vuelta del Café

Quindio Colombia cycling trip itinerary

After a classic, hearty Colombian breakfast, we kickoff the tour by riding from the hotel towards the charming, sleepy town of Montenegro.  Quindío is full of tropical flowers, friendly people, magical landscapes and lush tropical green mountains. We’ll return back on our bikes to the hotel for a delightful lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll experience coffee cupping at an exclusive coffee farmhouse.  Dinner is prepared by DarPapaya, a creative Colombian restaurant.

Estimated Ride Time: 2.5 hours
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 - Valle del Cocora

South American Cycling Tour Itinerary Quindio

Today’s stage takes us past the charming villages of Quimbaya, Finlandia, Alto del Roble and Salento – with it’s multi-colored, lively architecture influenced by Spanish colonization. We face down a tough Category 1 climb, about 10 miles in length, and head towards the quaint town of Salento and Valle del Cocora. Our coffee stop is in Quimbaya to try    tinto (coffee) and   deditos de queso (breaded cheese). This picturesque journey continues to an exotic, majestic and overwhelming sight of tall wax palm trees up to 196 feet in length. Today’s accomplishment is climbing 6,800 feet! Lunch is served at a restaurant in Valle del Cocora and we’ll try  trucha (trout) with   patacones and  hogao (fried plantain with salsa).  We’ll take a siesta back at the hotel and dinner tonight is at Restaurante Salamandra.

Estimated riding time: 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 - Sevilla Linda

Quindio Colombia cycling vacation itinerary

Today is a long stage and we start by fuelling up with a hearty breakfast.  We will ride past plantain trees, coffee farms, and fincas towards La Tebaida, our first stop.   We’ll pass through scenic landscapes and ascend a total of 6,815 feet!  Lunch will be at Sevilla for one of the best Colombian soups, sancocho . We head back to the hotel to get a massage, lay on a hammock or go on a hike.  Dinner tonight is at a private farmhouse, served by chefs from Bakkho Restaurante.

Estimated Ride Time: 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 - Pueblo Tapao to Cartago

Quindio road cycling tour itinerary

Today’s ride we head northwest towards Cartago, following the same route as La Ruta Colombia Gran Fondo. We pass Montenegro and ride rollers with 4-mile climb, where we have our first stop in Alcala. We continue for another 15 miles of rollers before another 3-mile climb. We reach Cartago in time for a classic Colombian lunch – bandeja paisa – (huge platter of meat, corn pancake, rice, avocado, beans, plantains and more!) We’ll have a few hours back at the hotel to rest up and head to dinner at El Solar Restaurante.

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

Day 6 - Cordoba to Pijao

Quindio bicycling vacation itinerary

Today’s ride we head northwest towards Cartago, following the same route as La Ruta Colombia Gran Fondo.  We pass Montenegro and ride rollers with 4-mile climb, where we have our first stop in Alcala.  We continue for another 15 miles of rollers before another 3-mile climb. We reach Cartago in time for a classic Colombian lunch – bandeja paisa – (huge platter of meat, corn pancake, rice, avocado, beans, plantains and more!)  We’ll have a few hours back at the hotel to rest up and head to dinner at El Solar Restaurante.

Estimated Ride Time: 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 - Departure

Equipo will transport you to El Eden International Airport in Quindio.  Depart for home or spend more time in Colombia.

Meals: Breakfast

TOUR INFO

Duration: 5 to 7 Days

Cost: $2,400 to $2,800

Rider Level: Beginner to Advanced

TOUR DATES

Jan 10th - Jan 16th, 2017
7 Days / 6 Nights | $2,800

Nov 10th - Nov 16th, 2017
7 Days / 6 Nights |

Dec 8th - Dec 14th, 2017
7 Days / 6 Nights |

Mar 16th - Mar 21st, 2017
6 Days / 5 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
  • Bike assembly and disassembly
  • 1 full Equipo cycling kit by Safetti (jersey, bib, socks)
  • Airport and luggage transfer

El Eden International Airport is located in Quindio, in the town of La Tebaida. It handles all domestic flights to major airports of the country and some international destinations.  There are connecting flights from Bogota’s El Dorado International 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 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.