• 6 days, 5 nights
  • 3 and 4-star hotels
  • 6 people max. (min. 2)
  • Difficulty: 5/5
  • Total distance: 275km
  • Total elevation: 5,100m
  • Transport with an air-conditioned minibus or car with bike rack

Join us in our bike tours in Colombia

Bogota to Alto de Letras:

the longest climb in the world

 

Become one of the very few riders to have tackled Letras!

 

The Alto de Letras is one of the longest climb in the world – but in Colombia, we like saying it IS the longest climb on earth. With 82km and nearly 3900 meters of vertical ascent, it is definitely one of the most challenging climb ever. Join us in this truly amazing experience and become one of the only few cyclists who have tackled Letras.

For riders living close to sea level, we include in this tour some preparation easy rides at altitude around Bogota (2600 meters above see level) so that they have a few days to get used to high altitude (Letras stands at 3750 meters above sea level).

Prices from $1,190 USD (twin room with double occupancy)

  • $1,690 USD (2 riders)
  • $1,490 USD (3 riders)
  • $1,390 USD (4 riders)
  • $1,290 USD (5 riders)
  • $1,190 USD (6 riders)
  • Non-riders: 10% discount
  • Single supplement (subject to availability): $390 USD

Register here and pay $400 USD to reserve your spot:

Or pay 100% of your tour right now and get a $100 USD discount (email us at info@colombiabiketours.cc)

Join us in our Letras tour and try to challenge Phil Gaimon!

Watch Letras' video that Phil Gaimon did when travelling with us in February 2019!

Our Bogota to Alto de Letras bike tour is a fantastic ride that we offer in order to climb Letras in the best conditions possible. Here is the detail of what’s included in your tour, and what’s not.

What’s included:

  • 3 nights in Bogota at Hotel**** BH Parque 93 or equivalent and 2 nights in Mariquita at Hotel Brisas La Gaviota (base double occupancy)
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • 1 bike guide during all the rides
  • 1 driver/mechanics following the group during all the rides
  • 1 follow vehicle / possibility to jump-in in case of tired legs
  • All the guides’ expenses (hotels / meals)
  • Transfers Bogota airport -> Bogota hotel -> Bogota airport
  • 1 Colombia Bike Tours cycling jersey and 1 polo
  • Sports nutrition (liquid / bars / gels) and snacks (fruits, biscuits, etc.)
  • Possibility to come with a non-rider partner (10% discount on the packages)

What’s not included:

  • Anything not mentioned in the plan
  • Flights
  • Lunches
  • Bike rental (please check our prices)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during dinners (may be included from time to time)
  • Travel insurance

Day 1

  • Arrival in Bogota / pick-up at the airport / transfer to the hotel in Bogota / check-in
  • Bike fitting / assembling with a mechanic if needed
  • Or delivery of the rental bikes and fitting (if this option has been chosen)
  • Dinner (at the hotel or nearby) and night in Bogota (Hotel**** BH Parque 93 or equivalent)

Day 2

  • Meeting point: in front the hotel at 8:45am with our guide
  • Bike ride: “Flag ride” -> 86km / 450m D+ / mostly flat (lowest point: 2600m / highest point: 2720m) or “Alto el Vino” -> 72km / 750m D+ (similar with a short climb)
  • The idea is to get used to high altitude at easy pace before tackling Letras (very important for riders living at sea level)
  • Estimated ride time: around 3 hours (easy pace)
  • Dinner and 2nd night in Bogota

Day 3

  • Meeting point: in front the hotel at 8:45am with our guide
  • Bike ride: “Vuelta a la Sabana” -> 84km / 750m D+ / flat in the first 50km – hilly in the end (lowest point: 2600m / highest point: 3020m)
  • Estimated ride time: 3 hours and 15 minutes (easy pace)
  • Dinner and 3rd night in Bogota

Day 4

  • Meeting point: in front the hotel at 9:30am with our guide and driver: leaving towards Mariquita (bottom of Letras) by car/minivan -> 4h travel time (lunch on the way)
  • 1:30pm: check-in at Hotel Brisas La Gaviota in Mariquita
  • 1h to 1h30 easy ride to spin the legs
  • Early dinner and 1st night in Mariquita

Day 5

  • Meeting point: in front the hotel Brisas at 6:00am with our guide and driver
  • Bike ride: “Alto de Letras” -> 82km / 3900m D+ / climb (lowest point: 485m / highest point: 3690m)
  • Estimated ride time: 4 hours and a half to 6 hours depending on level
  • Lunch either at Letras or on the way down at gas station (excellent typical dishes!)
  • Travel back by car to the hotel in Mariquita after lunch
  • Afternoon free (possibility to go to Honda to visit the colonial city centre and have dinner -> 20km drive)
  • 2nd night in Mariquita

Day 6

  • Meeting point: in front the hotel at 8:00am
  • Travel back to Bogota / expected arrival time: around noon
  • End of circuit / transfer to Bogota airport (if needed)

Total rides:

  • 275km / 5,100m vertical ascent