A region waiting to be explored
A tour especially created for nature and adventure lovers. Live days filled with different contrasts, colors, smells, flavors, sounds, and climates unparalleled in one of the most beautiful, unexploited, and unexplored regions in Colombia. Live a unique experience with the culture, customs, gastronomy, people, and the landscape of this beautiful department.
7 of 10 (high)
Mountain biking (bikes Included) in rural and natural areas, visit some workshops and artisan stores, visit some rice, fruit and cacao plantations.
Neiva, Huila- Colombia
All meals, snacks and hydration (water and isotonic drinks)
- Multi sports (Rafting / Caving / Canyoning.
- Hot springs, the ideal place to rest, relax, and recover your body and mind.
- Ride under the stars in a Tropical Dry Forest - "La Tatacoa Desert".
- Delicious variety of local cuisine.
Day 1: Meet in Pereira. Transfer to Coffee Farm and the First Ride.
Pickup time: After 1:00 p.m.
Distance covered by bicycle: ~15 Km. (1,5 - 2 hours)
Altitude: Between 1.600 and 1.900 m.a.s.l.
We will go by Jeep Willys to the coffee farm, outside of Pereira. This afternoon, we will fit the bicycles, we will see the map of the journey, a technical instruction and then a warm-up ride around the Natural Park "Serranía Alto del Nudo".
Day 2: Otún River - Protected Natural Reserve
Distance covered by bicycle: ~32 Km. (4 hours)
Distance covered on foot: 4 Km. (optional)
Altitude: Between 1.400 and 2.000 m.a.s.l.
Begin the day, riding a bicycle from Pereira on a rural country road surrounded by beautiful mountains, large cultivations of vegetables, aromatic plants, and some fruit plantations. Continue the bike ride through a protected nature reserve, accompanied by the music of colorful, beautiful birds. Enjoy small creeks of pristine water, nestled between large native trees and, with luck, see and hear the howling monkeys who live in this area. Finally, walk into the woods to discover a majestic river that is born to 4.000 m.a.s.l., bound to leave you enchanted by its beauty.
Day 3: Santa Rosa de Cabal – A Route Between Great Mountains
Distance covered by bicycle: ~37 Km. (5 hours)
Altitude: Between 1.600 and 2.100 m.a.s.l.
This route is characterized by its extensive tree cultivations of eucalyptus and pine – as well as some sections of a nature reserve in the cloud forest. Pass through the municipality of Santa Rosa, a town where you can visit some workshops and artisan stores, typical in the coffee region. It’s a physically demanding day, so in the afternoon, your body will appreciate relaxing in the beautiful, natural hot springs of Santa Rosa de Cabal.
Day 4: Estación Pereira – The Route of the Local Means of Transport
Distance covered by bicycle: ~34 Km. (4 hours)
Distance covered on foot: 1,5 Km. (optional)
Altitude: Between 900 and 1.700 m.a.s.l.
This day we will go by Jeep Willys to the start point at the other side of Pereira. We will take our bikes to ride a bike through coffee cultivations in the Andes Mountains and descend to one of the most important rivers in Colombia – the Cauca River. There, embark the “Brujita” – a unique transportation system that has a wooden platform and ball bearings that displace over the rails of the antique train track – an emotion-filled journey. Next, take another native Colombian transportation system called “Garrucha” that is a basket made of metal and wood that hangs from steel cables which allows you to cross the Cauca River to the reach the banks of a town named Belalcazar, Caldas. Rest and walk approximately 30 minutes to a series of waterfalls, the ideal place to swim in cool, pristine waters.
Day 5: Ulloa/Quimbaya – The Beautiful Route of the Valley
Distance covered by bicycle: ~38 Km. (3 hours)
Altitude: Between 1.200 and 1.400 m.a.s.l.
You will ride through three of the four departments that are part of the world heritage site, the Coffee Cultural Landscape, declared by UNESCO. It’s a day of changing landscapes that allow you to appreciate the agricultural, cultural and natural wealth of the Coffee Region. Large areas of livestock, extensive coffee cultivations, and many other cultivations, including orchards, are just a few landscapes you’ll appreciate during this bike ride. Moreover, learn about and experience the complete Colombian coffee process, icon of our country. Every sense will come alive to listen to, smell, see, and taste one of the best coffees in the world. In the same farm you will taste many Colombian fruits and you'll see a private collection of beautiful flowers.
Day 6: Filandia – The Route to the Quindío Lookout
Distance covered by bicycle: ~30 Km. (4 hours)
Altitude: Between 1.200 and 1.900 m.a.s.l.
This route, surrounded by coffee and plantain cultivations, will lead us to the municipality of Filandia, a small coffee producing, artisan village. One of the most beautiful villages in the Department of Quindió, popularly nicknamed “Colina Iluminada” (Illuminated Hill) referring to its altitude and beautiful, panoramic view of the region. In the afternoon, visit some artisan stores and walk through the streets of this traditional village.
Day 7: Valle de Cocora y Salento – The Route of the Wax Palm Tree
Distance covered by bicycle: ~36 Km. (5 hours)
Altitude: Between 1.900 and 2.400 m.a.s.l.
Ride to the municipality of Salento. In the first stage of this ride, you’ll be close to the Barbas Bremen Natural Park, inhabited by diverse species of flora and fauna of the region. The next stage of the bike ride will take you through timber cultivations – eucalyptus and pine – riding on the Coffee Highway that leads to Salento, famous for its original architecture represented in the Colonial houses and balconies of the town, as well as its artisan shops. After eating a delicious and typical lunch, perusing the streets of this beautiful town, then go to the Valle de Cocora, the door to the Nevados National Natural Park.
Day 8: Return to Pereira – Route of Happiness
Distance covered by bicycle: ~35 Km. (4 hours)
Altitude: Between 1.400 and 2.100 m.a.s.l.
Return to Pereira riding on a part of the highway, then on a rural road that will weave through many rural populations whose main economic activity is based on agriculture. You will be surrounded by eucalyptus trees, then cultivations – plantain, green onion, tomato, cilantro, and other vegetables, until you arrive to the city. In the afternoon, enjoy an afternoon of sharing stories, laughter, and talking about your adventure through the Coffee Cultural Landscape.
Day 9: Pereira - Transfer
You have a free morning to enjoy the farm, surrounded by the beautiful sound of bird and an unparalleled landscape.
We will begin our drive back to the airport or hotel in Pereira at 11:00 a.m.
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Accommodation in rural houses or coffee farms - private rooms.
Private transport from Pereira by Willys Jeep (Traditional transport of the Coffee Region). Transport by "Brujita" and "Garrucha".
We pick up and drop off the participants at the hotel or airport of Pereira.
Snacks and hydration (water and isotonic drinks).
Traditional coffee process, visits to artisan workshops, farms and admission to the above-mentioned natural attractions.
Mountain bike hire: 26”, 27,5” or 29” rim, made entirely of aluminium, Shimano® gears and front suspension.
Safety helmet hire. Antishock trekking pole hire.
Technical and safety instruction.
Waterproof layer in case of rain.
Souvenir and digital photos of the activity.
Hotel insurance and taxes.
Insurance for adventure activities/medical assistance card.
Bilingual (Spanish/English) guide specialized in nature and adventure activities.
Air transportation to Pereira City.
Expenses and services not specified in the plan.
Wear light, comfortable clothing (Dry-Fit or cotton t-shirt, shorts or waterproof trousers, and a light jacket if you think you might be bothered by some mild cold).
Wear suitable shoes for cycling and/or walking (closed shoes such as sports shoes or boots; no sandals).
Bring a small backpack.
Other optional items to bring: a hat, sunglasses, sunblock, insect repellent.
Avoid excessive drinking the day before.
Avoid staying up too late the night before.
Do not take or buy alcoholic beverages or hallucinogenic substances on the trip.
Do not drop litter or take flora and fauna home.
Follow the requests and recommendations of the guides who accompany you on the tour.
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