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  • A 9-day cycling adventure from Medellín to Cali
  • Visit to our local community partner to learn about social justice in Colombia
  • Small group experience, max 12 people
  • Mountain bikes - five days cycling of nine with full van support
Colombia. Thrust into the spotlight by shows like Netflix’s “Narcos”, it’s easy to conjure up images of druglords and ganglands when you think of Colombia. But with its darkest days long behind them, Colombia has opened up to be a haven for the intrepid traveller. Boasting incredible cycling roads and ‘off the beaten tracks’ for adventure lovers, unforgettable rhythms and beats for music aficionados and insight into coffee from the bean to the cup, Colombia is emerging as the next biggest tourist destination on the planet.

Our journey goes far beyond Colombia’s coffee regions, live music scene and majestic mountain scenery as we’ll connect with former gang members now working towards peace and urban renewal via local organizations. Get first-hand insight into the problems of yesterday, the challenges that still stand and what the solutions for tomorrow look like.

Social Cycles will take you on a journey to interact and connect with local grassroots non-government organisations (NGOs) and the beneficiaries of a funded project of your choosing. Research what really happens on the ground and out in the villages with Social Cycles in a holiday that carefully balances ethical research and local impact with cycling and site seeing.
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After arrival in Medellín, you’ll be transported to your local boutique hotel. Get to know your fellow travelers and check out the city in the afternoon. Visit one of the many bustling cafes downtown, or walk up to the viewpoint of Cerro Nutibara for a spectacular vista. We’ll meet up for dinner at a social enterprise restaurant that presents traditional dishes with a modern twist, employing former rebel fighters and demobilized soldiers as staff and using the motto “Cooking for Peace.”
Meals
  • Dinner
Hotel
We’ll start the day getting a first-hand insight into just some of the local social impact issues in Colombia with a visit to the Comuna 13 neighborhood. Amidst the vibrant colors of this barrio are the outdoor escalators that provide access to homes in marginalized areas that were formerly isolated from the city below. After lunch, we’ll make our way to the mountainside pueblo of Jericó by van arriving by early evening.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel
Today we’ll cycle from Jericó to Jardín. An early start along the compact gravel roads will see us mostly enjoying some slight downhill, before hitting the pavement for the final 11 miles. This is a great warm up day on the bike with plenty of varied terrain, epic scenery and quiet roads. An early arrival in Jardín will give us time to check out the cable car in this charming village before a late afternoon visit to a local coffee farm.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel
We’ll spend the morning exploring the beautiful surrounds of Jardin, making our way to some of the regions most spectacular waterfalls. Back to Jardin for lunch, we’ll set off on our bikes to the small town of Riosucio. The whole day is 51km from hotel to hotel, via compact gravel roads. You have the option to skip or cycle as much as you want with the support van within sight of our ride at all times. We’ll arrive into the quaint little town of Riosucio for late afternoon for a local feast and a well earned rest.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel
This is an epic 69km cycle day. We’ll transfer in the morning from Riosucio to the small town of Salamina. From there we’ll begin our cycle towards Manizales. There’s a little down in there to break up the ride, and endless mountain and jungle scenery to distract you. Some of this ride is on bitumen, some of compact gravel. The support van will be with us the whole time if you’d like a break. We’ll arrive with enough time for a rest, a stroll to the view point for sunset and an epic Colombian feast at our local guides favourite restaurant.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel
You’ve just stepped into the Zona Cafetera, also known as the ‘Coffee Axis of Colombia’! With stunning vistas in every direction, this region is the worlds biggest producer of Arabica beans. We’ll visit a small local coffee farm for first-hand insight into this incredible industry, with the opportunity to taste (and purchase) along the way! Our cycle ride today takes us away from the main roads and through some of the most remote, yet majestic landscapes Colombia has to offer. Stopping just short of Pereira, we’ll take the van to transfer us to La Union for a local dinner.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel
In the early morning, we’ll cycle out from the hotel towards the small town of Yotoco, leading us into Cali by the mid afternoon. The road, free from the heavy traffic, wanders through smaller, scenic villages as we near Cali. The 90km stretch has slight undulation, but feels quite flat, bouncing between just 900m and 1000m above sea level.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel
We start the morning with a visit to another NGO. This unique experience will put a perspective on Colombia that cannot be understood from guidebooks or museums. This is a first hand account to the social issues surrounding Colombians, and what this incredible organisation is doing to assist those in need.

From the late morning on, the day is yours to explore at your leisure. Perhaps take a taxi to the towering Christ statue atop Cerro las Cristales, Cristo Rey, check out the neo-gothic church, Iglesia de la Ermita, or wander through the working class food market, La Galeria de Alameda, for classic Colombian street food. Our dinner will focus on the ‘donation debate’ and reflect on our learnings and where, if anywhere, we would like to assist with a donation.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
Congratulations! You’ve cycled across the coffee axis of Colombia! We’ll enjoy a final breakfast together before we say goodbye to your newly formed friends! We’ll assist you with any ongoing travel plans you may need. Staying in Cali is a great option to take a break for a day or two, or you can get flights back to Medellin or Bogota for connecting international flights.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • All accommodation in comfortable hotels, based on twin share
  • Full bicycle hire
  • Local guides, support van driver and mechanic
  • Full support vehicle for the ride with water and fruit
  • Minimum two NGO presentations with local staff across Colombia
  • Multiple field trips to villages
  • All breakfasts, most dinners and lunches, as per the itinerary
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Single Supplement
what's excluded
  • Flights to and from Medellin and Cali
  • US$150 donation to NGOs (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 9 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
Minimum Participants 6 people
Age Requirement 18 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English & spanish
Starts/Ends Medellin, Colombia/ Cali, Colombia
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A deposit of 10% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationThe distances between one hotel to the next can be extensive, so we have cherry-picked the best part to cycle in between, but it may only be 40 to 60km of the route. Each Social Cycles tour is fully supported so there is an opportunity for riders to take a rest in the van. Our goal is to exhibit the beauty of travelling Colombia by bicycle. It is not to rack up thousands of kilometres. Therefore, our style is recreational and casual. We aim to cater for beginner to intermediate recreational cyclists, not professionals or Strava enthusiasts.
Cancellation10% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
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