Colombia- hinterlands

We,  a group of intrepid bike adventure seekers, traveled to Colombia to bike in the hinterlands among the coffee plantations and sugar cane fields. The adventure took us from Medellin to Bogota.  The towns we went to were: Medellin, Sant Fe, La Pintada, Aguadas, Salamina, Neira, Manizales, Padu, Manzanares, Victoria and then Bogota a 470 mile event.  The event was provided by “Redspokes” adventure tours and it was truly an amazing adventure.  I would recommend Redspokes as the company and I would recommend this event for ” for the experienced biker that is an intrepid traveler”. We biked on long challenging mountain climbs everyday.  The trip comprised about 470 miles of riding with a total climb of 32,000 feet and taking us to an elevation of 12,070 feet over a ten day period. On one day we rode from 1,500 feet to 12,070 feet wow smoking tired

Every morning before we ride, we would practice morning exercises outside our hotel

Warming up for the days  ride above and getting ready for the killer hills below

(Phot0 is not mine) This bike adventure took up the Altro de Letras which is reported to be the “Worlds Longest Climb”.  We started at 1,535 feet and rode to 12,067 feet (about 10,500 feet of elevation gain) over about 52 miles.  It was hot and humid on the start and cold at the top. Total climbing for the entire  route was 12,464 feet = wow. Along the way we were surrounded by incredible scenery.  This was very remote and we traveled through coffee and sugar cane plantations

We followed many rivers, crossing many yellow bridges and then would ride to the summit, a very exhausting adventure with many hills. I loved all the hills – if they don’t kill you they make you stronger.

Awesome rivers above and yellow bridges below

We were surrounded by flowering plants

We rode through dramatic Andean scenery above and below

and we passed many farms below

Riding through the farm below above and below

Riding through farm belt above and coffee and sugar cane plantations below

Eventually we rode into town

Most towns were similar

with a central square dominated by the Catholic Church (I went to church everyday)

Another shot of the central square below

I walked to the top of a town and look what I found a rainbow

The towns were lined by many small shops proving food and other consumer products below

From the town we would go to the hotel (One of our hotels below)

After cleaning up we would dine in a local resturante

and after lunch we would head out to walk the town and many towns had attractive art below that lined their streets below

We would meet the locals and they loved their dogs below

The Colombians loved their dogs

Yes they do

We would also visit the museums which housed some great art below

We also took trips to coffee and sugar cane plantations below (see special section highlighted) Getting to the plantation below = wow a little scary

Making the juice from the Sugar Cane below

and trying it out

The picking the coffee below

and crushing the beans below

Then brewing it up below

and finally confusing it

it was a great adventure taking us about 470 miles through the hinterlands of Colombia. It was comprised of long huge challenging hills and mountain climbs. Thank you Redspokes for doing a great job.