EMERALD ROADS – CAFE CULTURAL COFFEE REGION TOUR – February 16th to 20th : 2020

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In the Green Mountain Emerald Land. Our Cafe Cultural (Coffee) Region Mini Tour starts and finishes in Manizales, while weaving through the Heart of the Coffee Cultural (Cafetero region) of Quindio. In just a few days we explore the vibrant city of Manizales and visit a host of beautiful small friendly authentic villages such as Filandia and Salento where we hike the beautiful Valle de Cocora.. Colombia has a rich cultural heritage and is both ethnically and ecologically diverse, the people here are friendly, curious and engaging. Join us for this incredible road cycling tour that will reward you in ways unimaginable, in a country that loves cycling and celebrates their champion world class riders with passion.

Emerald Roads – Cafe Cultural Coffee Region Tour 5 Day Tour:
Days: 5 Days/4 Nights
Starts/Ends: Manizales/Manizales
Fitness Level:  Beginner/Intermediate (you currently ride or can ride 100k or 200k a week with ease)
Total Cycling: 3 Days – 131k – 44k per day average
Group Size: 5 rider minimum, 10 rider maximum.
Rider Price: $1475 USD Per Person (Everything Included)
NON Rider Price: $900 USD Per Person (Everything Included)

2020 Dates:
February 16th – 20th
Close off Date: Sign up for this tour with a $500 USD deposit before December 8th 2019

July 24th – 28th
Close off Date: Sign up for this tour with a $500 USD deposit before May 19th 2020

Non Rider Option:

Yes you can bring your non riding partner to Colombia. To enjoy all of the non riding sight seeing, excursions and tourism, with additional guided tours in select locations as they join us to follow you on this tour.


Tour Highlights:

  • Riding through the Quindio Coffee region.
  • Sight seeing and visiting Manizales (including walking tours)
  • Relaxing in Hot Springs.
  • Visiting a traditional Colombian Coffee Plantation and staying on a Finca (Farm).
  • Hiking the Valle de Cocora.
  • Staying in small authentic Colombian Mountain villages
  • Feel Good Factor. Making a difference. A percentage of all Tour proceeds goes back to the local communities we visit. We invite you to change other peoples lives while experiencing a trip of a lifetime

 


Tour Description, Bikes and Itinerary:
This is a medium altitude cycling trip. We start in Manizales 2100m but descend to the Quindio (Cafe Cultural Region) on the first riding day to an average of 1800m. You will acclimatize easily over the first few days of cycling.

Bikes:
We recommend you bring your own road bike. But if you wish to hire a bike we have 11 Specialized Tarmac Road Bikes available.
Sizes: 52cm (4), 54cm (3), 56cm (2), 58cm (2)
Price: $100 (4 day hire)
Bring your own Pedals and Seat please.
If you choose this option add it when you fill out the booking form.



Day 1: We pick you up from Manizales or Pereira airport
Check into the Hotel outside Manizales. Welcome meeting and tour introduction with our guides, build our bikes and relax. In the afternoon we visit a 100 year old Coffee plantation, later in the day we take walk around Manizales the vibrant modern Colombian University city. In the evening we relax in a wonderful Hot Springs outside the city.
Day 2: 48k (2hrs approx) – 4k Ascent/44k Descent
This is a split ride day with 2 rides. It is also an awesome downhill day as we head south towards the the heart of the Cafe Cultural Quindio region. In the morning we descend 23k from Manizales to Chinchina. We then transfer to the beautiful village of Filandia stop for lunch and then ride the second beautiful 25k descent to Quimbaya. Tonight we stay on a traditional finca (farm)
Day 3: 53k (3hrs approx) – 22k Ascent/20k Descent
We transfer in the morning and do a challenging and spectacular loop from El Caimo to Buenavista. This day features an epic climb to 1922m, fun long descents and another climb to finish at the tiny village over looking the Valle de Cauca of Buenavista.
Day 4: Ride 30k (2hrs approx) and Hiking (3hrs) – 17k Ascent/14k Descent
We transfer in the morning to Filandia 1898m and descend at first and then climb turn towards Filandias sister village of Salento continuing on to the end of the road at 2384m where we take lunch and begin the spectacular 3hr hike of the Valle de Cocora. On the way we visit the Humming bird house and see 7 different species of humming birds. Returning to the trail head, for fun we take a (traditional transport in this area) Willys Jeep ride back to town. Tonight we stay in the colourful and vibrant village of Salento. We re-pack our bikes and have a Farewell Dinner Party.
Day 5: The Tour Ends, Farewell
We transfer early in the morning to Manizales. Then we transfer you to the Manizales Airport or other transport.

Rider Price Includes:

    • All Transportation and Airport transfers
    • Technical support: Unpacking/packing bike plus bike assembly/disassembly
    • Professional Local Colombian guides (Bilingual Spanish/English)
    • 10 riders to 1 Support vehicle ratio
    • Meals (All Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners)  Light picnic style Lunch on the rides (sometimes we stop at restaurants also)
    • Healthy snacks and hydration during the rides
    • Cycling training program and advice by ex Professional rider and Cycling Coach ($600 USD value)
    • Body/Bike fit check and Climbing/Descending/Cornering instruction on Tour ($200 USD value)
    • Advanced Oxygen Enhancing Nutritional Supplements and Drinks ($100 USD value)
    • Daily after ride Yoga/Stretching classes
    • Beyond Andes Cycling Jersey
    • 4 nights accommodations at Hotels, Eco lodges, and Luxury B+B’s. Accommodations are Twin shared – (Single Room Supplement add $140 USD)
    • Farewell Dinner Party
      Other activities:.
    • Hiking the Valle de Cocora.
    • Plantation Coffee Tour entrance ticket

Non Rider Price Includes:

    • All Transportation and Airport transfers
    • Meals (All Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners)  Light picnic style Lunch (sometimes we stop at restaurants also)
    • Daily Yoga/Stretching classes
    • 4 nights accommodations at Hotels, Eco lodges, and Luxury B+B’s. Accommodations are Twin shared
    • Farewell Dinner Party
      Other activities:..
    • Plantation Coffee Tour entrance ticket
    • Hiking the Valle de Cocora.


Not included:

    • Flights (International and domestic)
    • Insurance – Travel, Personal and Equipment
    • Hotel charges such as mini bar and phone
    • Tips in restaurants and hotels
    • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
    • Any other items not listed as included

Booking and other important Info:

  • The close off date to book this Tour (Feb 16th to 20th) with a deposit is December 8th 2019.
  • To book this Tour please click through to fill out the Booking Form and submit. This is an email booking, we will reply to you with information on how you can make payment of the deposit and confirm your booking (using Direct Credit or Credit card)
  • A $500 USD per person deposit is due within 7 days of you receiving the booking/payment information from us. The deposit confirms your spot on the tour.
  • This deposit is fully refundable (less any transaction fees) if the Tour minimum bookings are not reached by the close off date. We will refund your deposit within 3 weeks following the close off date.
  • We have a minimum of 5 riders to Guarantee this tour. Please Do Not Book your Plane Tickets until you have received notification from us that we have Guaranteed this tour.
  • If You Cancel your booking the Tour deposit is not refundable. It is however transferable and maybe applied to other later date tours (with the payment of a $250 USD re – booking fee).
  • This tour is for Beginner/Intermediate fitness riders only, NOT for recreational cyclists. You have a road bike and you ride it regularly. All riders are requested and expected to follow the training program to prepare for this tour. We want you to come on this tour prepared so you will enjoy it more. You must be able to easily ride multiple back to back 100k weeks before you get to Colombia.
  • Insurance. You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. We recommend that you take out a policy once you have received confirmation that the tour is Guaranteed, which covers trip cancellation, your bike, baggage and equipment.
  • Flight Information. We will email you flight information and recommended bike and equipment set up details.
  • Full tour payment is due 1 Month before the tour.
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Photo credits: Antonio ‘alitas’ Juan.