Cundinamarca – Lakes of the Altiplano, the story of the Muiscas
Lakes of the Altiplano, the story of the Muiscas
The Colombian Andes is a land of majestic mountains and breathtaking vistas. While pedaling throughout this region one could only imagine that these mountains were made to enjoy riding on a bicycle. Incredible ascents with gratifying achievements, quaint little towns on the countryside with a local culture that maintains traditions that come all the way back from pre-colonial times.
The Altiplano Cundiboyacense (plateau) is located in the Eastern Andes. It is a magical place that holds incredible secrets. This is the land where the history of an ancient civilization was written. This is the story of The Muisca, the original inhabitants of this territory. The natural lakes of glacial origin up in the highlands were sacred places of pilgrimage to our ancestors. Here, they would pay tribute to life and fertility, celebrating and performing unbelievable rituals, in which, sometimes, a new Cacique (ruler) was named. Dying during this pilgrimage was considered a honorable death. The greatest heritage left by this civilization, apart from their culture and history, is this network of sacred sites which are located above 9000 fasl and that takes part of this unique ecosystem called Paramo, a true biodiverse treasure.
This trip has an incredible approach to the ancestral history of the pre-Colombian cultures in this region of the country. All through the vantage point of the bicycle, complemented with the marvelous landscape, the walks outdoors, and the mystical air of The Andes.
Point to Point Long
This format of journeys consists in starting from a point “A” and finishing on a point “B” without returning back to the initial point. Meaning by this, that typically we start riding at a given distance from where we spent the night, and that we will finish at a distant point from the start, getting us closer to our following night’s hotel. Usually, there will be one or more stops planned between the starting point and our finish line.
- Sacred lagoons of Siecha, Guatavita and Iguaque
- Story of the Muiscas the ancient civilization
- Raquira, colorful handcrafts.
- Villa de Leyva, the cobblestone streets town.
- A visit to the gold museum.
Accommodation in double rooms
Entrances to reserves, places, experiences and other as mentioned in the itinerary
All meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast of last day in Colombia as mentioned in the itinerary.
Colombian event insurance
Snacks and water
Private transfer airport – hotel – airport.
Gravel bike and helmet.
Ground transportation and support vehicle
Your best Cycling Journey
Domestic flights in economy class if needed
Fly into: Bogotá, El Dorado airport
Arrival to Bogotá
Transfer la Calera o Guasca, welcome orientation, bike fit, short ride
Ride to Siecha and hike to Siecha lagoons - 30 km / 700m gain
Ride to Guatavita, afternoon at leisure – 32km / 620m gain
Ride to Guatavita lagoon and hike around – 20km /600m gain
Ride to Suesca - 35k / 670m gain
Flexible day at leisure
Ride to Ubaté - 37km / 670m gain
Ride to Ráquira, local experience - 32 km/ 388m gain
Ride to Villa de Leyva - 28km /670m
ride to Iguaqué and hike – 15km/600m gain
Transfer to Bogotá, the gold museum