Guatapé Backcountry Biking Adventure
Mountain biking in Guatapé, Colombia is an exciting and exhilarating way to explore the stunning natural beauty of the region. Located just a few hours outside of Medellín, Guatapé is home to La Piedra del Peñol and a network of well-maintained trails that wind through the lush green hills and valleys of the Andes Mountains. This adventure is beginner-friendly, but whether you are a seasoned mountain biker or just starting out, a trip through Guatapé’s back country is sure to be an unforgettable adventure.
This is a 2 1/2 hour biking adventure that will take you on a paved back country loop off the typical tourist path over some small rolling hills behind the pueblo of Guatapé past the back side of La Piedra del Peñol. Here we often see beautiful colorful birds near a small coffee farms. It’s a spectacular picturesque landscape, with La Piedra del Peñol in the backdrop and the archipelago of islands surrounding the area. You’ll leave Guatapé with a camera bursting full of colorful photos and lasting memories of your adventures here in Colombia.
Skils & Fitness Level
What to expect
The tour starts at Guatapés Casa de Ciclistas, we’ll mount up and begin by passing through Guatapé, stopping at only a couple points of interests along the way before heading out to the back country. Your guide will help you with photos, and sharing their knowledge of the history and culture of Antioquia with you.
There’s a beautiful Monasterio on the route, we will visit, called Monasterio Hermanas Benedictinas El Paraclito Divino.
After visiting the Monasterio, we’ll hit the trail again passing through some lush mountain farm land, streams and landscapes as we make our way past some artisanal coffee farms located in the shadow of La Piedra. The landscape here is spectacular! You’ll definitely need your camera!
After we past the coffee farms we will make a quick stop at the base of La Piedra, for some quick photos before heading on to the rest of the route. This adventure is perfect for people who are visiting Guatape for just one day. It will leave you with a more complete appreciation for the magic of Antioquia and some of its secrets, hidden in the natural beauty of its landscapes.
Ready for a wild Mountain Biking adventure that will send you soaring across the Andes? Then look no further than Mountain Bike Colombia’s Full-Day Max-Air Mountain Bike Adventure!
Our full-day adventure packages are highly sought after by riders, roadies and adventure cyclists visiting Guatapé for a day or two. Our Max-Air adventure is one of our more popular adventures, ideal for couples or groups of up to six individuals. While we do accept bookings with a 24-hour notice on this adventure, let’s get one thing straight – we’re a small passionate and mighty cycling biz, and our adventures fill up faster than a bike tire on a hot summer day. So please be aware that our full day adventures are subject to availability and we operate on a first-come, first-served basis. We highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
- Breakfast at Casa de Ciclistas in Guatapé.
- Support vehicle and driver on the adventure.
- Use of a well maintained hard tail MTB bike if you do not have your own.
- Ride Guide Services by English / Spanish Speaking Guides
- All entry fees for any included attractions on the adventure.
- Sports Hydration, bottled water, and trail snacks
- Lunch on the adventure.
- Bocadillos, (Colombian cycling snacks)
- Medical Insurance while on the adventure.
- Items you may wish to purchase while in Colombia
- Alcoholic beverages
- Airport transfers
- Hotel accommodations
“Book now, stress later” is so last season. We’ve got a new mantra for you: “Book now and chillax, we got you covered! ” That’s right, our NO worries pre-booking policy gives you a full 15 days to sort out all the nitty-gritty details before placing a deposit. And if you’re anything like us, that’s plenty of time to figure out everything from bike maintenance to finding a pet-sitter for your furry friend.
We want you to feel as confident as a pro downhill racer when booking with us, so we lay out our cancellation policies clearly. Of course, accidents happen, but no need to sweat it. We’ll do our best to accommodate you and even recommend travel/cancellation insurance for the ultimate peace of mind.
And if by some freak chance we do have to cancel, no worries. We’ll refund your paid portion and even give you a credit towards another epic MOUNTAIN BIKE COLOMBIA ADVENTURE.
But wait, there’s more! The more, the merrier, right? Our base price is advertised for groups of four or more for trips longer than two days. But if you’re rolling with a smaller crew, no biggie. You can opt for a private adventure and split the cost. We’ll give you the heads up 45 days in advance so we can avoid any last-minute cancellations.
So come on, book with us and get ready for the ultimate MTB adventure. Because with our easy booking process and stress-free policies, the only thing you’ll need to worry about is how many sick jumps you’re gonna hit.
Here are some tips to help you have an awesome mountain biking adventure in Colombia!
Fitness and Skill Levels: To have the best time possible, it’s important to prepare in advance and improve your fitness and skills. Colombia is 85% mountainous, so be ready to climb some hills! This trip is recommended for intermediate or above riders, but don’t stress because our support vehicle is always there to provide cold drinks, refreshments, and even a ride if you’re feeling tired. We’re here to help you conquer every hill so you can focus on enjoying the ride!
Weather and Altitude: Expect hot weather with some rain and mild cold while riding in the range of 1000-2500 meters (3000 to 7500ft).
Food: Breakfasts, ride snacks, lunch and dinner are included in the trip. We carefully choose restaurants in remote areas for quality and cleanliness to prevent food illnesses. We don’t want anyone getting sick on a trip, but we are prepared in the event that should happen.
Visas: You’ll need a valid passport (with at least 6 months of validity), and citizens of some countries may require a visa.
We highly recommend travel insurance and Medical insurance is absolutely required! Once you get here we can sort out the medical insurance, so don’t stress.
Safety and Security: Colombia is safer than the news suggests, and the places we visit are not likely to pose any security risks at all. However, use common sense and caution at all times, stick to set travel arrangements, avoid attracting attention, please no bling and keep your valuable items safely stored. Always keep a separate copy of your passport, airline tickets, travelers checks, and credit card numbers. on you. You can leave the passport in the your bag in the car.
Adventure cyclists who love photography can face challenges carrying their cameras while biking. Two options are carrying it on the body or on the bike, with the former being better for the camera but the latter allowing the bike to carry the weight. The best method depends on the camera size and weight. Hip packs are a good option for carrying cameras while mountain biking because they provide protection similar to a backpack but are less sweaty. However, they may not be suitable for larger cameras and can be uncomfortable when overloaded. It’s best to keep the weight below 1.5kg. If you need more camera gear let the support car carry it for you.
As mountain bikers we all know the risks of riding in the wilderness! Before you hit the Colombian wilderness on your mountain bike, you need to understand the risks are greater because you’re far from home. We take every precaution to mitigate risk and keep you safe. But the fact remains, you could get hurt, trails do change unexpectedly over night due to weather, landslides happen and plant growth can hide bee nests! Insects will bite and wild animals might too – they don’t care if you’ve been nice to them! You need to be prepared with insect repellent and rainproof gear.
You need to acknowledge and accept that you’re assuming all responsibility for any harm, injury, or loss that may befall you during the adventure. Even acts of nature are beyond control, and there are no weather guarantees, in Colombia we learn to love riding in the rain! You’re riding at your own risk, and you can’t hold us the group organizer, our guides, or subcontractors liable.
Also Keep in mind that animals aren’t on our payroll, they’re not obligated to make a special guest appearance, or have good manners when you do see them. So understand you might not see the animal you’re were hoping to, and if they do make an appearance, be ready to snap a photo! Also, if a bird poops on you during any point of the adventure, consider it good luck – and for your good fortune you’ll also owe a round of drinks to the whole group!
Don’t underestimate the risks involved in this adventure. Be prepared for the worst, ride smart, and use common sense.
Before you book your flights, make sure to scope out the baggage allowance and the price of oversized baggage. Oh, and FYI, all bicycles are considered oversized, so don’t forget to factor that in before hitting the confirm button.
If you’re going to be stopping over in any countries along the way, don’t forget to check if you need a visa. Some places need one even if you’re just passing through, while others might let you chill in a special airport area. Do your research so you don’t end up stuck in airport purgatory.
Tips: Traveling with a Bike:
Depending on the appearance of your bike case, we have been successful traveling to Colombia from the states using very discreet looking black soft cases that don’t have fancy graphic branding on the outside. We declare them as a “TRADE SHOW DISPLAY” to the counter person and generally avoid an oversized luggage charge.
When you land in Colombia, fill out your customs declaration form and claim it as a bike with a declared value of less then $1500.00. You can bring in your bike and personal items tax-free, but if you’re rolling with some super fancy gear worth more than $1500, be smart, don’t exceed $1500.00 in value when declaring it. Customs agents are generally friendly and welcoming to cyclists traveling with a bike. Most of them ride as well. So coming into the country on a cycling vacay is not something new to them. But still the potential for a 15% tax on your bike does exist. Our advice is to always keep an attitude of gratitude, kindness and understanding and play it smart.
Last but not least, when you’re hopping from country to country, don’t forget that you’ll probably need to grab your luggage and go through security again. Each place has their own rules, so make sure you’re not caught with your pants down (or your luggage lost) by planning enough time for security checks and bag scans during your layover. Don’t trust that front desk person from your first airport either, they might be living in a completely different reality.
Please make sure you bring a bike that can handle the ride. We offer rides for three styles of off road cycling adventures. The majority of our clients are all mountain style MTB riders and bring full suspension equipment, All-Mountain, Trail or Enduro bikes. If you’re a Cross country rider then a configured hard tail with at least 120mm of front suspension is acceptable. If your gravel biking with us then a good quality well equipped gravel bike is all you need, but don’t even think about bringing your grandma’s old cruiser – for all mountain we need something with 140mm or more of suspension front and rear, and a tubeless tire setup with tires like Maxxis Minions, Highrollers, Aggressors, or Assegai.
For cross country riders 120mm front suspension will work nice and Maxxis Ikon, Aspens, Recon or Continental Cross Kings are a good choice. Gravel bikers should consider WTB biway or Maxxis Ramblers.
Now, when it comes to your bike, we’re not messing around. You better check that your baby is in tip-top shape before you show up. No stretched chains or dirty cables! And don’t expect to buy much on this trip – bring extra brake pads, and a derailer hanger, a spare tire (optional), and any other spare parts you might need for your brand / model of bike. Ask your bike tech!
We recommend you pack a derailer hanger, a multi-tool, and a tube – just in case. And don’t forget the zip ties, extra screws for your bike, and for your clip-less shoes if you use ’em. Oh, and make sure to bring all the liquids you may need – Reverb oil, brake oil, tubeless sealant, and chain lube. But be sure to pack them in sealed baggies so they don’t explode all over your gear. Pack it all in a small bag and place it in your bikes travel bag. That’s it your ready to go, we’ll see you on the trails!
Group Size Adventure:
Minimum Group: 2.
maximum Group: 8.
Minimum Group: 2.
Maximum Group: 8.
Minimum Group: 2.
Maximum Group: 10.
This Adventure starts at Guatapés Casa de Ciclistas Restaurant.