Ride Thru The Tropics - Valle del Cauca

Be transported to a different world of Colombia's lush region called Valle del Cauca.

Stunning landscapes filled with mountain peaks, valleys and tropical vegetation. Equipo has designed an unforgettable Latin American cycling tour. If you seek a variety of terrain, Valle del Cauca offers a unique array of flats, rollers and climbs, all reached by being stationed in one hotel. The routes are endless and we have explored and assembled a Colombia bike tour that reflects the best of what this region has to offer.

We will see this variety as we head up "18" on Stage 2 towards El Queremal and face down two category 1 climbs. Stage 4 we head towards the tranquil area called Lago Calima, host to triathlons and water sport competitions. We climb over 8,600ft in 52 miles on this stage alone.

The Equipo Classic Cycling Tour in Valle del Cauca has a 7 day and a shorter 5 day tour option. Longer and shorter routes are available. We also offer custom cycling  tours and training camps. Whether you are a beginner or avid cyclist, this 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 makes it even easier to travel light on a Colombia bike tour.

Tour Options

STAGE PROFILES & ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrival

Equipo staff will greet and transport you from Cali’s Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport to the hotel.  Dinner tonight is at the Marriot Hotel’s The Market, for international cuisine.

Meals: Snacks | Dinner

Day 2 - Cerrito

Valle Del Cauca tour cycling itinerary

From our hotel, we drive by minibus to the city outskirts, approximately a 15 minute ride. Today’s ride gets us accustomed to the stages ahead as we head north past miles of sugarcane fields and farms towards Palmira and Ruta Los Ingenios. We have a picnic lunch. We complete this easy, flat loop and come back to Palmira via la Recta, finishing on the outskirts of Cali, boarding the support vehicles and return to the hotel for lunch. We have an open afternoon to explore. Dinner tonight is at Carambolo, known for its fusion of Carribean and Latin cuisine.

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

Day 3 - El Queremal

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Today’s hard stage begins by riding from our hotel towards the famed “Kilometro 18” – a featured climb in the Vuelta a Colombia race. We face down two Category 1 climbs and smaller climbs en route, then descend towards the Pacific Ocean. We start climbing past a tropical forest, home to many bird species. The inclination varies between 4-8%. We descend through small villages, and make our first stop at “Las Arepas” for homemade arepas (pure corn cakes, griddled on a barbeque) and agua panela (a warm or cold pure sugarcane drink offered with fresh cheese). After fueling up with local specialties on the way, we have more rollers heading to El Queremal. We stop here for lunch, a typical Colombian meal of selected meats, chicken, rice and beans. We’ll board the minibuses here and head back to Cali having accomplished a whopping 8,400 feet of climbing in 50 miles. Shorter loop is to jump in SAG vehicles at any point or upon reaching El Queremal. Tonight’s meal is at El Falso Olivo Restaurante, known for its international cuisine.

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

Day 4 - El Castillo to Hacienda la Maria

Valle Del Cauca cycling holiday itinerary

From our hotel, we will be driven by minibus about 15 minutes north to the outskirts of the city. Today’s stage is mostly flat with two small climbs. Our first stop is for fresh, sweet corn cakes and fresh juices. We head off to Cerrito, turn right to Hacienda la Maria and El Castillo to experience two consecutive climbs. Our second stop will be on the return for local pastries.  We’ll complete a loop, passing endless sugarcane plantations and the rugged Andes mountain peaks in the distance. Lunch will be in Rosso for a traditional Colombian stew, sancocho valluno. We return back to the hotel and have dinner at Salerno tonight – the best pizza.

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

Day 5 - Lago Calima

Valle Del Cauca bicycle vacation itinerary

We start today’s hard stage on our bikes from the hotel, ready to climb two Category 1 climbs. After making it up “18” again, we head to a new direction towards Buenaventura on the new road towards the tranquil area called Lago Calima, famous for water sports, triathlons and traditional, countryside fincas. We’ll pass Las Arepas, El Hueco and Lobo Guerrero. Our second stop will be for homemade sandwiches, cheeses, fruits and even a cool beer, for the second part of the climb. Our final stop is at Alto de los Pasteles for the best homemade vanilla cakes and traditional avena and kumis (oat and yogurt drinks) The challenge will be to get over Tragedias, approximately 18 miles. When we reach the summit, Alto de Calima, taking in the view of the beautiful lake, we descend towards Restrepo, where the ride finishes with Colombian food for lunch. We board the minibus to rest our legs and get back to the hotel having completed 8,625 feet of climbing in 52 miles. Dinner tonight is at Tizones, a South American steakhouse.

Estimated Ride Time: 5 hours 30 min
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 - Santander

Valle Del Cauca Cycling Holiday Itinerary

Our last stage starts after boarding the minibus and a short ride out of the city. We’ll get on our bikes and head south towards Jamundi, Villa Rica, Mondomo and Santander. We’ll stop at a local cycling stop to fuel up. We complete our loop on this mostly flat terrain, loop around. At the outskirts of the city, we stop in Ciudad Jardin, at Patio Santo, for Latin fusion cuisine. We’ll board the minibuses and return back to the hotel.  Tonight’s farewell meal will include an early evening mojito and listening to live Latin music before heading to dinner at Platillos Voladores, a well-known Colombian restaurant with creative, Latin fusion cuisine.

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

Day 7 - Departure

Equipo will transport you from the hotel to Cali’s Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport in Cali.  Depart for home or spend more time in Colombia.

TOUR INFO

Duration: 5 to 7 Days

Cost: $2,400 to $2,800

Rider Level: Beginner / Advanced

TOUR DATES

Feb 7th - Feb 13th, 2017
7 Days / 6 Nights | $2,800

Interested in other dates?

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, hydration)
  • Tourist/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 (jersey, bib, socks)
  • Airport and luggage transfer

Equipo staff will greet and transport you from Cali’s Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport to the hotel. Get settled in and we will make sure to have your requests in place. Join us for an overview of the cycling itinerary for the cycling experience.

  • 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.