LETRAS – THE LONGEST CLIMB IN THE WORLD!
Experience with us the overwhelming beauty of Colombia! During this 15-day road cycling holidays, you will ride on incredibly beautiful routes through the Colombian Andes, climbing epic passes and ascents, and gaining an insight into the Colombian life far away from the usual tourist paths.
The first week of our road cycling holidays we spend in the Oriente of Antioquia, one of the best and among professionals most popular cycling regions in Colombia. Here we find optimal training conditions, a wide range of routes of varying degrees of difficulty in a beautiful mountain landscape and a year-round pleasantly warm climate. Our hotel for the first week is located at an altitude of 2,100 meters. From here we start our tours, which lead us through varying terrain in the mountains around Medellin. During the first few days, the body acclimatizes and gets used to the altitude, so that our rides are getting longer and more challenging during the week
Well prepared we will then tackle a real challenge: The absolute highlight of our road cycling holidays and certainly one of the highlights in the life of every cycling fan – is our ride to the Alto de Letras, the longest mountain pass in the world. About 81 kilometers long and almost 3.700 m high, we climb nearly 4.000 m! These numbers may frighten you, and in fact any pass in the Alps looks like a dwarf in comparison. But don´t worry! Above all, it is important not to start too ambitious and to overexert yourself too soon. Our experienced guides will accompany you and assist you in mastering this challenge. And if your legs don’t want to go to the end or you need a breather, you can always get on the support vehicle. For our effort, we are rewarded with gigantic views. As we gain altitude, landscape and vegetation change completely. At the starting point of our tour, at less than 500 m above sea level, the climate is tropical. On the Páramo, at an altitude of 3,700 m, it is already very frosty and the landscape almost surreal.
Afterwards, our cycling tour takes us to the coffee region in the south-west of Antioquia. In this region, the most tasty and most expensive traded coffee in Colombia is grown. The area is breathtakingly beautiful, you could stop at any corner and take photo… We stay in small, pretty villages that have retained their original charm and are among the most beautiful villages of Antioquia.
On the last tour of our road cycling holidays we ride from the southern Antioquia back to Medellin. From there you fly back home or you can take the opportunity to enjoy a few more days in this exciting metropolis, considered one of the most attractive cities in Latin America.
As always with Elite Cycling Colombia you will stay only at the best hotels and enjoy first class service. Also all restaurants have been selected very carefully (all meals are included in the travel price!). We want to give our guests really personalized attention. This is only possible in small groups. The maximum number of participants for this tour is thus limited to 10. So better be fast and discover this fantastic and emerging cycling destination!
If you don’t want to bring your own bike, you don’t need to! Our guests have the opportunity to rent one of our absolutely top rental bikes from Germany’s carbon specialist and one of the world’s most exclusive bicycle manufacturers STORCK.
|Duration||15 days/ 14 nights|
|Type of Trip||Group travel|
|Distance (total)||850 km|
|Ascent (total)||19.630 m|
|Accomodation||9 nights in
5 nights in
|Price (excl. flight)||from 3,199 €
These road cycling holidays are suitable for all cyclists that are in good physical condition. You should have a good endurance and you should be able to climb even long passes. Climbs with longer passages with gradients in the double-digit percentage range must be conquered. The tours in the second week are sometimes challenging to difficult. But during these tours there is always the possibility to get into the support vehicle and drive part of the route (or on request also a whole tour) in the support vehicle.
When selecting our accommodations, only the best is good enough. We place great emphasis on quality, comfort, a special ambience and cleanliness.
The first week we stay at our 5-star partner hotel, the Movich Las Lomas Hotel. It is located at about 2,100 m altitude in the midst of a beautiful landscape. The hotel offers every imaginable comfort and an excellent service. In addition to a very nice pool area, there is a well-equipped gym with spa, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, as well as exquisite restaurants and a bar. Here you can really enjoy your holidays before and after our tours.
In the second week of our road cycling holidays we stay in very nice 3- and 4-star hotels with a very special charm, mostly decorated in the typical Colombian style. The last night in we stay at the InterContinental Medellin.
The prices include:
- 9 nights in 5-star hotels
- 5 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels
- 14 x breakfast, lunch and dinner (excluding beverages)
- Airport transfer on arrival and departure
- English-speaking tour guide and personal assistance by Elite Cycling Colombia
- 10 guided tours
- When bringing your own bike: Assistance in building and packaging
- Accompaniment by service vehicle and luggage transport in the second week
- Transport Medellín – Mariquita with stopover and visit of Hacienda Nápoles;
- Transport Manizales – Coffee Region
- Entrance fee Hacienda Nápoles
- Mobile phone for the duration of your road cycling holidays (1 mobile per room)
- Pick-up service in case of emergencies and defects
- Energy bar / gel (1 piece / tour), fruits and water for the tours
- Elite Cycling Colombia jersey in pro quality
- City tour in Medellín on the first rest day
- Financial protection in accordance with German/European law
What’s not included:
All services not listed above. In particular: flights, departure tax, insurance, bike rental, beverages at meals (lunch and dinner), tips, entrance fees (except the above mentioned) and personal expenses.
Dates and Prices
Prices per person, including the services described above, excluding flights
Single Room (double room for single occupancy)
*Alternate currency displayed (USD) is an approximate conversion. All bookings and payments will be made in Euro (EUR).
15.06.2019 – 29.06.2019
10.08.2019 – 24.08.2019
11.01.2020 – 25.01.2020
Prerequisite for the realization of this trip is a minimum number of participants of 4 persons 28 days prior to commencement of the journey. See section 7.1 of our Terms and Conditions.
These road cycling holidays are not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.