ride between the sea and the sacred mountains
Santa Marta is one of Colombia’s best known destinations for it’s beaches and the Tayrona park. But what few know if that it also lies in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the highest coastal mountain range in the world. Still home and sacred land to indigenous cultures who refer to it as the bellybutton of the world.
Join us to discover an unforgettable ride between the sea and the summits through amazing nature, coffee plantations, unexplored singletrack and much more while enjoying the full support and planning by Bike Colombia.
Type of experience:
Min. Physical Level:
4/9 (See levels)
Min. Technical Level:
5/9 (See Levels)
DATES AND PRICES OF THE CHALLENGE
December 3rd -7th, 2022
A deposit of 200 USD is needed to book your place. The rest is payable at a later date
See princing below at the end of the page.
The Expeditions of Bike Colombia take us to discover hidden wonders of Colombia, where a logistic of support and a good team of guides is not a luxury but a key part of the experience. The idea Is to revive the experience of the ancient explorers, to explore trails with spectacular landscapes and to share with a small and exclusive group of people who come together to meet a goal: to overcome the challenge of completing the expedition. It’s Not a competition, it’s not just a bike ride, it’s an adventure…
Among the sites we explore in this route are:
- Coffee fields
- The singletrack trail of the Hunger Ridge
- The Santa Marta old town
- The town of Minca
- The waterfalls of Minca
- The cocoa plantations
- The military base of cerro Kennedy
This adventure was a great mix of adrenaline and activities an amazing destination between the sea and the sierra.
day 1: The welcome ritual
The meeting will be in the afternoon in the city of Santa Marta, close to our place of stay. Depending on the group decision we might go for a short ride or head over to have our briefing dinner where we’ll introduce ourselves and the adventure that will lie ahead.
Day 2: into the mountains
Our adventure begins early in the morning close to Santa Marta where we will receive the trip small luggage and the get on our bikes to do a short warmup ride getting our of the city through a pavement section and then quickly head into the unpaved roads that will lead us to the Sierra. We’ll ride through dry forest and almost desert like conditions between roads and trails past the town of Bonda and then up with a view of the sierra closing in on us. The road will turn eventually into a trail passing small creeks and getting steeper but sorrounded by lush jungle. After some pushing of our bikes we’ll reach the summit and then drop on a very fast descent to the town of MInca, our destination for the day.
Day 3: trails around minca
The town of Minca is surrounded by nature and trails that are worth enjoying. Today we will do 2 loops that pass throug coffee fields, waterfalls and great views of the sea from above. We’ll stop in a coffee farm, then take a plunge in the river. We’ll have some interesting trails to discover and enjoy an the way down: the Kraken and the clockwork Orange.
Day 4: the summit
Our next challenge comes today as we will pedal up the Sierra to the Kennedy hill summit at 2850mts. As we do this, the vegetation and weather will change showing us a different take on the warm weather that we have been used to. The views are amazing. On the way up this monster climb we will stop for refreshments in one of the few fincas that are on the way and go past natural parks know for birdwatching. In the summit we will reach a military batallion that is at the very top of this mountain with a view of the snowy peaks which are the highest mountains in Colombia. We will go down the same way we came enjoying the quick ride.
Our stay will be in a different place a bit higher up in the mountains.
Day 5: The singletrack back down
The challenge today is going down. We will get an early start to tackle the Hunger Ridge Trail, an unknown trail to most that was used by the local communities to go down to the sea. Our ride will go initially past the smaller town of Tagua and the road will start becoming narrower until we reach the trail. It will be around 20KM of singletrack mostly going down and rideable in a good amount with small sections of pushing our bikes. It is a thrill of a ride that will challenge our technical skills but for sure will provide a lot of emotions and satisfaction. We will go back to sea level and reach the road leading us to the river where we will have a well deserved bath in its clear waters.
We’ll head back to Santa Marta and have a well deserved drink and meal by the sea to finish our adventure!
Day 6: Optional scuba diving or party yacht
- Transport of basic baggage during the voyage
- Logistics and preparation of a unique and exclusive experience
- 4 Breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
- Hydration and refreshment on the routes during the 5 days
- Three nigh stay in boutique country side hotels/cabins.
- 5-day Accident Insurance.
- Emergency Assistance, logistics
- Support Vehicle for 5 days
- Entry fees to the different attractions and local guides explaining the place as applicable.
WHAT’s not INCLUDEd:
- Personal Items purchased during the expedition.
- Drinks or extra meals you want to buy on the way.
- Other Activities
- Tips for your Guides
Full planThe perfect combination of riding and places to discover
- Subject to availability
- airport pickup and drop-off
- bike transportation to Santa Marta
- Minimum 5 persons
Bike rentalHardtail, full sus or ebike rental starting from
- 40 per day for hardtail
- 50 for full suspension
- 60 for ebike
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