Colombia

You will be fascinated by Colombia and travel with us by bike to the most exciting places in a non-ordinary travel destination!! The beauty of the diverse landscapes in Colombia and the Colombian’s friendliness is hard to beat and delights even experienced Latin American travellers.

In recent years, Colombia has become one of the economically strongest and safest countries in South America. The fact that Colombia really is a safe travel destination is slowly getting around and even big travel operators take the country back into their programmes. Nevertheless, Colombia can still be considered a real insider tip. Look forward to discovering this country together with us on our bikes: an absolute highlight tour for active travellers and nature lovers of all ages. Our e-bike trip from Bogotá to San Agustín leads you through a mountain world which could hardly be any more diverse.


 

Weitere Reiseinfos zu Colombia

After soccer, cycling can be considered as the second most popular sport of the Colombians. The first stage race in South America, the “Vuelta a Colombia”, was performed in 1951 in Colombia. We will get to know sections of the “Vuelta a Colombia” on our bike tour through the Colombian Andes with our electric mountain bikes. Ever since the 1970s, cycling has also become popular as a mass sport in Colombia.

Major events are regularly organised and the Colombian cycling teams experience success internationally. In the capital Bogotá, which declares itself as a “bicycle-friendly city”, the “Ciclovía” has been organized since 1976 on all Sundays and public holidays. For this purpose, more than 120 kilometers of the inner-city road network are closed for motorized traffic from 7 am to 2 pm, in order to clear the roads for cyclists. In addition, 376 kilometers of new bike paths have been built in Bogotá since 1998. Nevertheless, especially outside the big cities caution is required and sometimes one has to adjust one’s pace to the poor road quality.

Colombia lies in the tropical climate zone. The North, hence the Caribbean Coast, is much drier than the rest of the country. It can be divided into four climate zones. In the lowlands (Llanos) there is a tropical climate with temperatures of over 24 ° C, between 1,000 and 2,000 m there is a temperate tropical climate (17-30 ° C), between 2,000 and 3,000 m we have a cold tropical climate with temperatures of 12-17 ° C and in the mountain regions (Páramos) from 3000 m altitude upwards there is a high alpine glacier climate (below 12 ° C). The capital Bogotá lies at an altitude of 2,600 m above sea level and has an annual average of 14 ° C.

In Colombia there is a distinction between two seasons: the dry and the rainy season. The rainy season takes place in April and between October and December, which makes the months between December and March (following the dry season) the best travel time for a cycling trip in Colombia.

You should choose your clothing depending on your travel route. Be aware that even in the Amazon region warm clothing is still recommendable, especially for the evening hours. On top of that you should include breathable rainwear, solid footwear, headgear and sunglasses in your luggage.

For a cycling trip in Colombia, we also recommend the following equipment in your luggage: daypack / biking backpack, a wind- and waterproof jacket, (bicycle) gloves, legwarmers, enough additional clothing, sunscreen and lip care, sunglasses / bicycle glasses, cocoa butter or other skin creams, cycling pants, cycling helmet and suitable footwear.

In any case, you should be equipped with: a good spirit, patience, respect, humor and tolerance!

No vaccinations are currently required for an entry into Colombia. However, a vaccine against hepatitis A is recommended. Malaria risk exists only for a few regions, especially in low-lying coastal regions or in the Amazon region. Detailed information on health care can be obtained from the Travel Medicine Center.

The Colombian Ministry of Health updated its vaccination recommendations in March 2017. In principle, travellers who will visit areas below 2,300 m are advised to take a yellow fever vaccine.

According to the Ministry of Health, the yellow fever infection risk is particularly high in the following regions:

  • Amazon (Leticia and surroundings)
  • Santa Marta and surroundings (Santa Marta, Minca, Tayrona Park, Palomino, Lost City)
  • Choco (Nuquí and Bahía Solano)
  • La Macarena (Caño Cristales)
  • La Guajira
  • Yopal (Hato La Aurora)

It should be noted that the vaccination should take place no later than 10 days before departure. For travel to Nuqui, La Macarena and Leticia, the proof of yellow fever vaccination is currently controlled. Guests above the age of 60 and guests who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons and are able to prove this with a medical certificate do not need to provide proof of a yellow fever vaccination.

Likewise, no other proof of certain vaccinations is necessary at the entry, but it is recommended to protect against hepatitis A and yellow fever. A considerable risk of malaria exists mainly in the low-lying coastal provinces and in the province of Amazon in the South. There is also a medium risk of infection in some inland regions of Colombia. On the other hand, you travel almost without risk on San Andrés, Providencia and around Bogotá. Depending on the itinerary, we recommend carrying a malaria prophylaxis.

You can get up-to-date information from a tropical medicine specialist or from the Center for Travel Medicine.