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MAX-AIR Colombia Mountain Bike Adventure

Get ready to conquer Colombia’s Andes Mountains on this single day adventure from Guatapé.  On this Mountain Bike Colombia Adventure you’ll RIDE,  EXPLORE & THEN SOAR high above the mountains, jungles and waterfalls of Colombia’s Andes Mountains with your mountain bike.  It’s a single day MTB adventure, that belongs on your Bike-It-List!!  Your friends back home won’t believe their eyes when they see the amazing photos of you with your mountain bike soaring over a half a mile across the canyon and over a 1000 feet above the canopy floor!  Your family is going to think you’ve totally lost it!

Included

  • Support Vehicle Services
  • Bike handling and tech assembly services
  • Use of a well maintained hard tail MTB bike should your bike fail and our tech is unable to find the parts to fix it.
  • Bike tech services by our tech while on the adventure
  • Breakfast at Casa de Ciclistas
  • An English / Spanish Speaking Guide
  • Medical Insurance for the adventure
  • Sports Hydration and Bottled Water
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on the adventure and Bocadillos, (Colombian cycling snacks)
  • Hospitality and Accommodations

Not Included

  • Climbing Fee’s for La Piedera del Peñol
  • Fees for optional side attractions not included in the adventure.
  • Items you may wish to purchase while in Colombia
  • Bike tech labor fees, parts, or services provided by a third party shop or bike tech that may be needed while on the adventure due to a failure.

Bookable Extras

  • Airport Pickup and Drop-off
  • Hotel fees before the adventure in Guatapé or other places not included in the adventure or after the adventure.
  • Photographer / Videographer Rider

An Adventure For Your BIKE-IT-LIST!

The MAX-AIR mountain biking adventure is for extreme mountain bikers looking for an exhilarating Colombia riding adventure.  It’s not a ride for everyone, will take you on a journey through remote mountain passes, lush jungle trails, and over breathtaking waterfalls. With each pedal stroke, you’ll be treated to stunning views of exotic birds, breathtaking landscapes, and an abundance of wildlife. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we’ll finish off the journey with a heart-pumping ride on a cable 1000 feet above the jungle floor, across a stunning canyon valley.  It’s an experience like no other, and one that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.  It’s a scenic, adventure with an adrenaline pumping experience for passionate mountain bikers up for the challenge.  The MAX-AIR MTB Adventure is an extreme mountain biking adventure with a unique dimension above it all!

The journey begins in Guatapé, Colombia.  Where you’ll see La Piedra del Peñol, one of the largest rocks in Colombia.  We recommend arriving a day early so you can climb the 740 steps of La Piedra.  It’s offers a spectacular view of the archipelago of the embalse de Peñol.

From Guatapé, we’ll ride through some spectacular back country with breathtaking views of the Andean wilderness on some really fun trails.  We’ll reach a small village where we’ll board a Colombian Escalera (a very colorful Colombian open bus) for part of our trip.  Once we reach our destination, we’ll mount our bikes and ride on another amazing trail through some picturesque  mountain countryside to the end of the trail.  This is where we’ll ride the cable across the valley to the other side.  Once there we will hike down to the waterfall for a wild and wet picture before heading back up to mount our bike and returning to our Escalera for our return back to Guatapé.  It’s an adventurous day of Mountain biking that will send you home with tons of rewarding photos of your time riding & soaring in the Andes Mountains of Wild Colombia an adventure not possible any other place on earth!

What to expect

On this adventure you will be riding a mountain bike off road on rocky jeep trails.  You’ll see spectacular vistas in the Andes mountains, wildlife, and a multitude of very colorful tropical birds. Bring your camera!  Your guide will point out various points of interest, offer cultural and historical insight, as well as point out the presence of exotic wildlife spotted on the trip.  

Here’s what you can expect on this adventure:

  • Arrive a Casa de Ciclistas at 7:00AM to charge up your Caffeine system and grab some pancakes.
  • After breakfast, we’ll head out and hit the trails through the mountains.
  • We ride through some beautiful scenic mountain passes to a near by village where we will then board our Colombian chiva or escalera, a colorful open bus that will take us to our trailhead where we will then begin our ride that ultimately will take us to a point where we will cross the gorge.   
  • After our crossing, we’ll have lunch and go down to the waterfall.
  • We then mount our bikes again for our ride back to the trailhead where we once again re-board our chiva transport for our ride back to Guatapé.

All you need to know before booking

Generally speaking our multi-day MTB adventures are best enjoyed on a Full Suspension, All Mountain Trail, or Enduro style bike, or a well equipped Cross Country or hard-tail style MTB bike.  We suggest your bike be equipped with a front suspension, a dropper post if you prefer and with well maintained shifting and braking components for trouble free riding on your adventure.  We recommend you bring a spare set of brake pads and a spare derailleur hanger for your bike in case yours get bent.  Here in Colombia getting some bike parts can take more time then in other parts of the world.   All of our multi-day mountain biking excursions can be custom tailored for your group. 
Ask us anything, were here to insure this adventure is a magical experience for all of us.  We can recommend additional destinations and plans based on your preferences and help you get the most out of your visit to Colombia.  We can link your riding adventure to other regular tourism activities and we can even secure your bike for you without cost while you do other activities.
There lot’s of flexibility and options here, to build your ideal Mountain Bike Holiday in Colombia.


Fully supported Mountain Biking Adventures.

All our multi-day adventures are fully supported by a vehicle, they are there to support riders who need a rest, as well as to offer cold refreshments, carry our bags and to service bikes when needed.  Because we mountain bike off road there are times we must separate from the support vehicle.  For example on single track trails.  Our guides and drivers have safety and rider support protocols they follow for each place we ride.  We always communicate with you in advance of a departure point what the plan is for that stage of the ride.  If for example we plan to depart a main trail for a ride on a single track trail, then the driver and ride guide leader will coordinate the meet up point.  Riders are then given an instructional overview of  the upcoming trail conditions.  Riders feeling uncertain about the side trail will be given an option to continue on the route and a guide assistant will accompany those riders.   Riders also have the option to ride with the vehicle to the next point.

“DON’T WORRY BOOKING”
 We understand that booking an MTB adventure to another country has many things that need to be worked out in advance.  Our NO worries pre booking policy gives you 15 days to get everything all figured out without any deposit.  Simply let us know you wish to reserve space on an adventure.  We’ll hold it for you and in ten days  remind you that you’ll need to place your deposit on the trip to confirm your reserved space.  This will give you time to sort out flights, bike servicing, house sitters, and other details before you’ll need to place your deposit to reserve your space.  Our booking policies are fully covered HERE in the terms and conditions section of our site.

OUR CANCELLATION FEES AND POLICIES.

Your trip DEPOSIT (25% of trip cost) is fully refundable if cancelled up to 15 days after you book, and you are more then 60 days before the trip departure date.  After 15 days your Deposit is non-refundable, however it is fully transferable (you may transfer to another adventure), or place your deposit on account for a future adventure prior to your final payment date. 

If you need to cancel a trip please consider our cancellation policy below.
* 91+ days prior to your trip – No cancellation fees.
* 61 – 90 days prior to your trip – cancellation fee of $500 USD
* 0 – 60 days prior to your trip – NON-REFUNDABLE IF CANCELED.
* Travel/Cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.

Once a trip is planned we will do everything in our power to respect the departure date. However if we have to cancel a trip, then you will receive a full refund for the paid portion of your trip and a credit of $500 USD towards another MOUNTAIN BIKE COLOMBIA ADVENTURE.
FINAL PAYMENT is due 60 days prior to departure.  If you cancel your trip 60 days before departure 100% of your trip cost is non-refundable.
*It is the responsibility of participants to purchase Travel Insurance to avoid loss of funds if cancellation is necessary.  All cancellations must be made via email to info@mountainbikecolombia.com.
Minimum trip size:  We want to give you a great price, and in order to do that, on our multi-day adventures, there needs to be at least 4 people booked to run a trip longer then two days, at the advertised base price, unless otherwise stated on that trips particular trip description page.  For groups of 1 to 3 people you’ll have the option to take the adventure private by the group splitting the cost to cover the missing 4th rider position.  This is the minimum cost (which is still very affordable) we will notify you 45 days in advance to give you enough time so we can try to avoid cancelling a trip.

TIPS TO MORE FULLY ENJOY YOUR MTB ADVENTURE IN COLOMBIA
Trip extensions: Colombia is worth visiting for a longer time, so much that most people tend to come back again. We can recommend additional destinations and plans based on your preferences and help you get the most out of your visit here. We can link it to other bike or regular tourism trips as well. If you have a partner who doesn’t ride but wants to join let us know too, we have bird watching, hiking, history and other activities that can be done while you pedal.
Fitness and Skill levels: One of the key points to insuring you have a great time is to prepare in advance and improve your fitness and skill levels. There is no getting around it, Colombia is 85% mountainous, so your going to climb hill! This trip in particular can be physically demanding and recommended an intermediate or above rider. That being said, remember the goal here is to enjoy yourself even while you’re being challenged. Also the support vehicle is there for you with cold drinks and refreshments as well as a ride if you feel tired. If you have questions ask us anything at anytime, we’re here to help you get over every hill so you can enjoy the ride!

OTHER INFORMATION
Weather and altitude: The riding will be done in the range of 1000-2500 meters (3000 to 7500ft). The weather will be more to the hot side of the spectrum although rain and mild cold can be expected.
Food: Breakfasts, ride snacks and lunch are included in this trip. We select restaurants for their quality and cleanliness to avoid illness.  Meals at local restaurants average for a price around 10-15USD depending on the place.
Visas: All travelers require a valid passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity). Citizens of some countries will also require a visa.
Insurance: Your Adventure includes accident assistance insurance that covers local medical expenses in case of injury during the trip.  We encourage you to get an additional insurance for any other situations not related to the adventure.
Tipping: We encourage you to tip your guides if you feel you had a good service from them. Our guides are well payed but we also give you a very good price compared to the market so you can save a bit for your guides. A 3% to 7% of the trip total is a normal range (45 to 120 USD).
Safety and Security: Colombia is a much safer place than the news tell and the places we will visit should not pose any security risks, however you should exercise common sense and caution at all times. We recommend that you always stick to set travel arrangements, and avoid unknown areas. We also recommend that you wear minimal jewelry and that you keep valuable items safely stored. Always keep a copy of your passport, airline tickets, travelers checks and credit card numbers separate from where you keep the originals.

 

WHAT TO BRING
The Bike: Seriously, we offer for rent, well maintained good quality bikes for our guest to enjoy on our adventures.  But Honestly?!  If your coming to Colombia to ride, it is well worth the effort to bring your own bike.

Bringing your own ride.

If you’re a passionate MTB rider, you really should consider bring your bike to Colombia. You can pack your bike in a dedicated case or in a new bike box that you generally can get free from a bike shop.  If your having them service the bike before you leave just having them pack it for you in your travel container this should insure that it is done correctly and will reduce the chance of damage while in transit.  When packing your bike, you should always unmount your derailleur from the hanger and remove the hanger from the bike frame. Each bike models frame is different and if your hanger gets bent in shipping we can generally fix it, but if it can’t be fixed, finding a new one can be difficult here. This is why it’s advisable to pack a spare hanger, just in case your gets bent.

We recommend you bring a top quality hard-tail or full suspension MTB bike in solid working condition. You should definitely have it checked out by a professional mechanic before your trip. Once you’re here our professional bike technician can put it back together for you and check it out on this end. Then when you’re ready to repack it we can make sure it’s packed back up properly and ready for its return trip home.  Don’t worry about removing the brakes, but do place a shipping spacer in between the break pads.

Include any spares items you’ll need such as a field repair kit, riding accessories like your gloves and helmet, even a riding light might be helpful.  Pack your light rain gear and some favorite nutritional riding snacks. 

In summery, traveling with your own bike is not difficult.  Riding your own bike will maximize your comfort while on the trail.  Our bike tech is highly experienced working on most all premium brand bikes.  We can unpack it for you, reassemble it and have it working in for your adventure.  After your adventure we can even repack it for you before you return home.

The gear: The usual MTB gear is required such as helmet, gloves, padded cycling shorts, cycling jersey.  We prefer flat peddles with the correct type of shoes. Basic tools and a puncture repair kit.  Most rides are in temperate weather but Colombia is notorious for unpredictable rain, so plan accordingly. We’ll send you a packing list when you book.

Supplements and Energy Snacks
If you prefer your favorite brands of riding snack we suggest bring it with you. Here top brands are difficult to get out of the big cities and they are costly when you can find them.

Adventure cyclist, love taking photos. But carrying your camera while biking can be a challenge. There are two ways to carry it: on your body or on the bike. The former is certainly better for your camera but the latter allows your bike to do the heavy lifting. Which method works best for you will depend on the size and weight of your camera, as well as how solidly it’s built.

We’re concentrating on carrying solutions for the kind of cameras that appeal to Adventure cyclists- and bird photographers. This might be a small but high-quality pocket zoom, a compact fixed lens camera, a mirrorless system, or for the more dedicated image capturers, a DSLR. We’re not saying a smartphone with a decent camera can’t do a good job at documenting your ride—especially in capable hands! But as you can carry them almost anywhere, they pose less of a challenge—just make sure they stay dry and they’re not banging against your keys!

If you plan to carry larger gear then we suggest only carrying what you need for the moment on the bike and letting the support car carry the rest.

So hip bags are great for this but they have some downsides that you should be aware of before you buy one.  Rule one in Colombia, Keep it light, waterproof and accessible.

When you’re riding a mountain bike, you need to be able to access your camera quickly and easily. The best way to do this is with the help of a hip pack.

Hip packs are our camera-carrying bags of choice, largely because they provide similar protection to a backpack when riding trails and bumpy roads, but with less of the sweatyness. Most models rest above your backside and can be adjusted for stability. But some sit on the hip itself, which is inherently a surprisingly stable spot when you’re pedaling, and easier to get to when you stop. Hip packs can be tightened in when riding rowdy singletrack and when it comes to taking a photo, it’s simply a case of swinging the bag around your hips to access your camera in front of you.

On the upside, hip bags are easy to carry and come in a variety of styles and materials. They’re also easy to access when you’re on the bike, so it’s easy to grab your camera or snacks.

On the downside, hip bags don’t always suit larger cameras—especially those with long lenses—because they can be heavy. If your camera is heavy, choose one with a broad belt and make sure it has side stabilisation. It’s worth being mindful of the weight of your camera because when hip packs are overloaded, they can bounce around off-road or pull uncomfortably on your belly on climbs. We’re all different but as a rule of thumb, it’s probably best not to pack more than 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds) or so inside them. Additionally, hip bags can catch on your saddle when getting on and off the bike or pull uncomfortably on the stomach when riding downhill at speed.

You assume all risks by participating in this adventure.

 

Let’s be real..

You can get hurt riding a bike on the road or off the road.  Trail conditions in wild unmaintained wilderness areas change over time with heavy rain, plant growth, slides, etc.  In the Amazon and Andes regions of Colombia, trails that were totally amazing yesterday, can be a totally amazing technical challenge tomorrow, we’ve seen it happen!  It’s wild, raw nature complete with biting insects.  So please be prepared, add insect repellent to your cycling kit.

I acknowledge and agree that Mountain Biking adventures in Colombian wilderness spaces come with risks that I assume all responsibility for without reservation.  I understand and acknowledge that by my participation I have agreed to assume all risks, and wave all liability, and rights to hold accountable the organizers, guides and subcontractors of this event.  As a participant in any of the offered riding programs by the Rock & Road Riders Club of Colombia,  I PERSONALLY AND VOLUNTARILY ASSUME ALL INHERENT RISKS, WHETHER FORESEEN OR UNFORESEEN, IN CONNECTION WITH MY ATTENDANCE OR PARTICIPATION IN THE EVENTS, AND RELATED ACTIVITIES FOR ANY LOSS, THEFT, DAMAGE, HARM, OR INJURY, INCLUDING PARALYSIS OR DEATH, THAT MAY BEFALL ME OR MY PROPERTY WHILE I AM ATTENDING THE EVENT AND RELATED ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING THE RISK OF NEGLIGENCE OF ANY PARTY OR PARTICIPANT, INCLUDING THE RELEASEES (ROCK & ROAD RIDERS CLUB AND IT’S EMPLOYEES AND SUB-CONTRACTORS). 

Acts of God and Nature

Outdoor activities such as Mountain Biking exposes me to nature and the elements.  By it’s nature, mountain biking is risky and sometimes dangerous.  I understand and accept that there are no  weather guarantees for multi-day adventures.  I realize Colombia is a tropical country and that it rains unexpectedly there at times.   I understand that riding in rain is sometimes part of the adventure, and that this is the reason why it’s called the Amazon “rain forest”.  We advise everyone please be prepared and bring light rainproof cycling gear as part of your kit.

And on a less serious note

I also acknowledge that wild animals have sharp teeth and can bite me!  Even if I have been nice to them!! (We advise everyone not to trust or handle snakes or other reptiles, they have small primitive brains.  No slander intended! Just remember the smaller ones can be poisonous, and the larger ones can hug you to death.)  I further acknowledge that no animals are on the payroll of the organizers, and as such are not obligated to have good manners or to refrain from biting, or even make a guest appearance on the adventure.   I understand that I may not see a particular bird or animal that I have been dying to see, even when others have seen a million of them a week before.  I also understand that if a bird poops on me that, this is a sign of good luck and fortune, and I will have to buy everyone in the group a beer at the next rest stop!   Two beers if I am caught attempting to wipe it off without being seen!  I further understand that animals move and migrate, and are not just sitting around waiting for me to arrive and snap a selfie.  I understand that often times we are rewarded with visits from other animals, so I will be flexible and prepared to photograph the amazing sighting we do make.

Group Size:

Minimum 2
Maximum 8

Deposit:

$100 COP per person

Requirment:

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What’s Included In this Adventure

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Sports Hydration & Water
  • Bike Rental
  • Helmet
  • Insurance
  • Guide Services / Bicycle Mechanic Services
  • Transport
  • All entry fees or park fees.

What’s not included

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Items you may wish to purchase from stores or vendor
  • Extras such as gratuities you may wish to offer to people you meet on the
    adventure.

What to take

  1. Comfortable clothes to cycle in, loose or stretchable materials are your
    best choice.
  2. Lightweight rain jacket, just in case the weather changes.
  3. Tennis Shoes or Cycling Shoes. Sandals and Flip-flops are not permitted on our cycling adventures due to the potential for injury
  4. Photographic gear or a smartphone with a really good camera!!
  5. Power snacks, especially if you have particular dietary needs or preferences.

What not to take

  1. No Pets
  2. No young children needing child safety seats. The ride is off road in parts and is not appropriate for infants and really young children.
  3. No drugs

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Cycling in Colombia is the best way to fully experience the country’s stunning natural beauty and warm hospitality. We invite you to join us, on a fully supported cycling adventure here in Colombia to visit places that can only be seen on two wheels.

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