BIENVENIDOS – DAY 1
Arrival means Equipo meets your ﬂight at El Eden International Airport to travel to quaint hotel accommodations and bike preparation, followed by dinner at DarPapaya, a creative Colombian restaurant in the neighboring town, Armenia.
LOCAL FLAVORS – DAY 2
Starts with a fortifying breakfast followed by with an hour- long hike past cow ﬁelds and beautiful Andes mountains surrounded with sanctuaries of birds and miles of coffee plantations. Return to the hotel, a quick snack and jump on bikes to spin your legs towards Montenegro. Stage One starts with a warm-up ride toward Montenegro and then northwest to Quimbaya, passing small country pueblos, followed by a refreshing light lunch in a neighboring pueblo, Alcala. Return to the hotel around 3pm to explore the area called Parque Café on your own.
>Riding time is 3 hours
CHALLENGE TIME – DAY 3
Stage Two is the most extended riding day in the coffee country with energized climbing followed by favorite local Colombian treats. Ride to Armenia with false ﬂats and south to Cordoba and an intense short climb to Pijao, descending to Buenavista, to stop for 360-degree views of the Andes mountains followed by Colombian cafe and snacks. Return in the SAG cars to take us to Santo Bambu Hotel where your luggage is waiting for you and a well-earned hammock time in the afternoon. Dinner this evening is on your own.
> Riding time is 4-5 hours
BEAUTY ABOVE – DAY 4
Stage Three circles the coffee region to include the colorful village of Salento along with Valle del Cocora and its mystical, towering wax palms. We ride towards Tres Puertas to descend to Alcala, crossing fast to quiet villages of Quimbaya, Montenegro and Armenia to climb the wide open roads of Autopista del Café heading to Salento and Valle del Cocora. We ride past endless plantations of pitaya, papaya, coffee and plantain in all directions. We’ll make a stop for a typical Colombian lunch with fresh trucha or trout. We have an optional return to the hotel in SAG vehicles or get in more miles on bikes.
> Riding time is 3.5-5.0 hours
WORTHY WORK – DAY 5
On stage 4 we begin our day with a hearty Colombian breakfast and head to the road of 1,001 rollers (Quimbaya – Filandia). The tranquil journey is filled with coffee plantations and other tropical fruits, as the legs power us up and down. We’ll stop for a refreshing snack break in Filandia before continuing the loop back to the hotel. Take a break and wander the hotel grounds and we’ll head to a local favorite restaurant this evening.
> Riding time is 5.0 hours
CYCLING SENSES – DAY 6
Our final stage takes us towards the region called El Valle del Cauca. In this fast and fun ride, we pass a variety of vegetation and endless mountains in the horizon. With one 20 km climb to Sevilla Linda, we take in the final miles in our tour of Quindio. On this evening, we bring you to a local favorite for a farewell Colombian dinner at Helena Adentro Restaurant.
> Riding time is 5.0 hours
Day 7 is another chance for Colombian hospitality with a delightful breakfast before returning to El Eden International Airport.
> Travel time is 1.0-1.5 hours