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South American Epic section 1

Summary

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The Undiscovered Country This is the first section of the South American Epic. For many years the beautiful country of Colombia was avoided by travellers as it suffered through civil war. Times have changed for the better and we are excited to start the South American Epic Bicycle Expedition in this magical land. Mountains, jungles, waterfalls, coffee, beaches and thriving cities are just a few of this country's gifts.

Recreational, Road bike, Mountain bike
15 days
1180 km / 733 mi
$ 2,950.-
  • 6 Nights in hotels 10 Nights of camping, bring your own camping gear
  • Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee.
  • Bring your own bike and camping gear.
  • Included most dinners, most breakfasts, all roadside lunches and afternoon soup on riding days.
  • We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.
  • Double occupancy rooms on hotel nights, we pair each rider with others of same gender
  • Deposit 25%

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Details

Type
Recreational, Road bike, Mountain bike
Duration
15 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Challenging
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
100-120 km / 62-75 mi
Total distance
1180 km / 733 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Camping, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Not included
Dates
05 Jul 2020 - 19 Jul 2020
Start
Cartagena
Finish
Bogota
Airport at start
Rafael Nunez CTG
Airport at finish
El Dorado BOG

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,950.-

Itinerary

The Undiscovered Country
This 1,180 km cycling adventure begins in the stunning colonial jewel of Cartagena whose old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We bike down the coast, stopping for cervezas in Tolu's seaside bars. Turning inland, we'll then cross cattle pastures and rushing rivers before beginning to climb up into the stunning Sierra de San Lucas Mountains. Following little known backroads we emerge at 1500m above sea level in the city of Medellin, where the cyclists will enjoy a well-deserved rest day.
From Medellin, we spin east and spend a night at Guatape, next to a man-made reservoir, before speeding downhill and across the impressive Rio Magdalena, which drains about 1/4 of Colombia's area. Then it is a challenging climb up into the Cordillera Oriental, including one 2000m ascent over 50kms. Then the SA Epic riders will have the opportunity to join local Bogota cyclists as they enjoy their weekly Ciclovia, with many of the city's streets closed to motor traffic, a fitting end to this exciting and rewarding section.
5-Jul - Cartagena - Maria La Baja 90 km
6-Jul - Maria La Baja - Tolu 87 km
7-Jul - Tolu - San Marcos 133 km
8-Jul - Rest Day - San Marcos
9-Jul - San Marcos - Caucasia 62 / 122 km
10-Jul - Caucasia - Ventanas 137 km
11-Jul - Ventanas - Via Lactea 108 km
12-Jul - Via Lactea - Medellin 50 km
13-Jul - Rest Day - Medellin
14-Jul - Medellin - Pipinta 92 km
15-Jul - Pipinta - Manizales 118 km
16-Jul - Manizales - Mariquita 117 km
17-Jul - Mariquita - Viani 99 km
18-Jul - Viani - La Vega 71 km
19-Jul - La Vega - Bogota 75 km

Map & Routes

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