The colonial trails

If you are one of those cyclists who want an epic adventure, remote roads, mix with the local culture and shred natural trail, find these unique two riding days expedition

Ride general description

If you are one of those cyclists who want an epic adventure, remote roads, mix with the local culture and live a good ride that has aggressive descents and at the same time ascents and demanding rides, this is the perfect mountain bike tour. We will know in two days the best all mountain rides around the mountainous Colombian city of Manizales.

From the cold moors of the vicinity of the Nevado del Ruíz at almost 4000 meters above the level to the warm banks of the Cauca River, we will ride by singletracks of horses and mules, uncovered roads and stony coffee plantations in the steep mountains of the coffee region of Colombia.

This Mountain bike tour consists of two days of rides that combine technical and natural descents with relatively long rides and demanding ascents.

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!BOOK THIS ADVENTURE NOW!

To book a tour, you can pay the total value or make a deposit of at least 20% of the total value. To do this, give us your basic information and our team will provide you with an international payment link.

To custom your experience, just contact us and tell us how you want your trip? Our team will help you to customize your mountain bike adventure! We take you anywhere, anytime! There is not a problem if you have companions or family, we have customized activities off bike.

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ITINERARY

Day 1

WELCOME TO MANIZALES!

Our staff will be waiting for you at renowned Hacienda Venecia just 20 minutes away of Manizales.This is a working coffee farm near Manizales with more than 100 years of tradition. In the midst of vast coffee fields and a picturesque and exuberant environment that includes native trees and water springs, in this authentic traditional house we will live a unique experience and we will be truly immersed in the landscape and culture of Colombian coffee.

Take the afternoon to get ready your bike and go for a walk around charming trails in the middle of coffee plantations and rivers.

At night we will meet to enjoy a great welcome dinner and prepare all the details of our rides.

Day 2

Mountains of hell

Our first stop is the neighboring town of Neira. We will ride through several paths that make up the coffee cultural landscape, we will know the most spectacular scenarios that the coffee cultural landscape has to offer and of course, we will take a series of uncovered road networks that connect with some exciting singletracks in the middle of coffee plantations. It included famous trails that have been the scene of international races. Trails such as «El gordo bisoño» or «el infernal» which is the reason for the name of this tour.

After lunch, don’t forget to bundle up. Our transport will pick us up and we will depart from the warm climate of the coffee plantations in the cold splendor of the Andean páramo. We´ll reach “Termales el otoño”, a hotel between the mountains of the mythical moor of “Letras”. A magical place that will make it worth the cold every moment.

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Day 3

«EL DESQUITE» CHALLENGE

The Colombian coffee axis will be unforgettable when pedaling from the cold moor of “letras” at almost 4,000 meters above sea level until the heat of the Sub-Andean jungle (coffee zone), with the scenery perfect for mountain biking in landscapes mind-blowing and incredible descents, want more?

Nevado del ruiz mountain bike

“El Desquite” route is a mules and horses route internationally recognized because in just 35 kilometers of riding, we will descend almost 3000 meters of elevation lost. Very few places in Latin America can you get these conditions. This route includes technical single trails, pasture trails and uncovered roads.

Do not trust yourself because of the huge elevation lost that we will achieve; the elevation gain does not stay behind. We will have steep ascents, segments with “bike on the shoulder” and the dreaded “Subida al cielo”. At the end of our tour, we will have a well deserved lunch and a Transportation will take us back to Hacienda Venecia.

Day 4

SEE YOU NEXT TIME!

You can have a delicious breakfast and relax for the rest in the morning. We will be waiting for you in a new adventure!

Day 1

WELCOME TO MANIZALES!

Our staff will be waiting for you at renowned Hacienda Venecia just 20 minutes away of Manizales.This is a working coffee farm near Manizales with more than 100 years of tradition. In the midst of vast coffee fields and a picturesque and exuberant environment that includes native trees and water springs, in this authentic traditional house we will live a unique experience and we will be truly immersed in the landscape and culture of Colombian coffee.

Take the afternoon to get ready your bike and go for a walk around charming trails in the middle of coffee plantations and rivers.

At night we will meet to enjoy a great welcome dinner and prepare all the details of our rides.

Day 2

Mountains of hell

Our first stop is the neighboring town of Neira. We will ride through several paths that make up the coffee cultural landscape, we will know the most spectacular scenarios that the coffee cultural landscape has to offer and of course, we will take a series of uncovered road networks that connect with some exciting singletracks in the middle of coffee plantations. It included famous trails that have been the scene of international races. Trails such as «El gordo bisoño» or «el infernal» which is the reason for the name of this tour.

After lunch, don’t forget to bundle up. Our transport will pick us up and we will depart from the warm climate of the coffee plantations in the cold splendor of the Andean páramo. We´ll reach “Termales el otoño”, a hotel between the mountains of the mythical moor of “Letras”. A magical place that will make it worth the cold every moment.

Mountain bike tours and holidays in Colombia

Day 3

«EL DESQUITE» CHALLENGE

The Colombian coffee axis will be unforgettable when pedaling from the cold moor of “letras” at almost 4,000 meters above sea level until the heat of the Sub-Andean jungle (coffee zone), with the scenery perfect for mountain biking in landscapes mind-blowing and incredible descents, want more?

Nevado del ruiz mountain bike

“El Desquite” route is a mules and horses route internationally recognized because in just 35 kilometers of riding, we will descend almost 3000 meters of elevation lost. Very few places in Latin America can you get these conditions. This route includes technical single trails, pasture trails and uncovered roads.

Do not trust yourself because of the huge elevation lost that we will achieve; the elevation gain does not stay behind. We will have steep ascents, segments with “bike on the shoulder” and the dreaded “Subida al cielo”. At the end of our tour, we will have a well deserved lunch and a Transportation will take us back to Hacienda Venecia.

Day 4

SEE YOU NEXT TIME!

You can have a delicious breakfast and relax for the rest in the morning. We will be waiting for you in a new adventure!

Our lodging

Manizales city - 3 nights

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The only thing you need is to pack your suitcase and prepare yourself to enjoy the best scenarios of tropical America for the practice of Mountain Bike. We will take care of the rest

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TESTIMONIALS

from the tour (The colonial trails)
Melanie R
Melanie R
USA
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We found Trail Hunters online and inquired - we were so impressed with the amount of guidance and attentiveness over email before the trip, answering all of our questions about the tour and the region in general. We did 2-days of downhill riding (w some climbing) on mountain roads and singletrack. The countryside is so scenic, passing through small communities, dogs and kids playing - high up on ridges descending into lush valleys. A huge highlight was the hosts along the way, stopping into people's houses to be welcomed with a cup of coffee and food - learning about their lives, with Simon to interpret. We started our second day up near an active volcano, watching it go off a bit before descending 10+ miles. Hotels were top-notch. Meals were delicious. Rental bikes were great - glad we didn't need to brings ours to Colombia. Thank you to Simon, Paula, Giovanni and all of the awesome hosts. If you're thinking about a trip with them -- do it!
Matty B.
Matty B.
USA
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My experience with Trail Hunters was amazing. I contacted them to enquire about doing two days of Downhill and Single Track and they definitely delivered. Paula responded to me super fast with all the relevant information of the trails and what would be included in the package. When I arrived in Manizales Simon and Paula met with me at my hostel the day before to discuss the plan for the following day of riding. Simon was my guide. The first day we rode the bike park in town and then a few other trails close to Manizales. The trails ranged from technical downhill to flowly fast trails and all the way to single track through coffee plantations. The second day we drove out of Manizales to ride some of the big name trails and again these were downhill, technical, flowy and single track. We also done an amazing scenic enduro ride with a climb to a beautiful mountain ridge and rode through little villages and coffee plantations and then descended the other side of the mountain. They saved the best until. The two famous trails El Infernal and El Bisono these 2 trails are the real deal. Steep, fast, flowy and with huge jumps and big features. Definitely my favourite part of the two days was riding these two trails. Epic. Most of the trails we rode get regular maintenance from the local biking community. On both days after riding we stopped for a traditional Colombia lunch. During the day we also stopped for various snacks and drinks throughout the day at different locations. Paula and Simon were very professional and are great hosts. If you are thinking about booking a ride with these guys don't think about it, just do it. Totally worth ever dollar. 👌🏼
Massimo Z
Massimo Z
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Llegué a los cazadores de senderos para un viaje de dos días en bicicleta de montaña de inmersión completa en el área de Manizales. Me gusta planificar mis viajes en detalle y luego seguir el flujo del día. Paula y yo nos conocimos antes para planear el viaje. Me encantó tanto la atención a los detalles como la flexibilidad para planificar el mejor viaje para mí. El primer día lo tuvo todo: desde escaladas desafiantes hasta senderos de flujo escénico sencillos y senderos para bicicletas con saltos y caídas. Un segundo día de puro enduro, que abarca desde senderos naturales ásperos, jardines de rocas y senderos de zanjas súper divertidos hasta las pistas de descenso más famosas de la zona. El camber especializado 27, 5 provisto fue la bicicleta perfecta para hacerlo en este viaje. Por supuesto que sufrió un poco en los senderos cuesta abajo. Si está planeando un recorrido puro de enduro / descenso, tal vez piense en traer su propia bicicleta. Aunque, realmente recomiendo no perderse los senderos de montaña de la zona, ¡impresionantemente hermosos! ¡La guía de Simon fue genial y Paula siempre estuvo allí apoyando con su hermosa sonrisa! Por último, pero no menos importante, ¡la comida y todos los gustos de la cultura local colombiana fueron increíbles! Recomiendo también alojarse en su hostal, excelente ubicación! Como guía de ciclismo, debo decir que estos muchachos son verdaderos profesionales y ofrecen una experiencia de bicicleta de montaña de alta calidad.
Jutta R.
Jutta R.
Germany
Leer más
We have been riding with Simon and Paula for three exciting days ! All was very well organized and it was a great mix of getting to know local people , trying local delicious food and good riding experience 🤗 the bikes were extremely well maintained. They are really kind and take good care for you , the bikes , food and overall fantastic experience ! Highly recommended 👍🏻🤗 thanks again !
Falk R.
Falk R.
Germany
Leer más
We had 3 wunderfull days in Manizalles and the area around. Everything was well organized by Paula and Simon. For lunch/dinner we had good food and the possibility to get in contact with local people. The bikes are in good shape. They managed to change my brakes to Motostyle easily. As this company is only 2 years we are looking forward to them growing in the next years. We will follow on Facebook. High recommendation from us Thx Falk
Melanny
Melanny
USA
Leer más
This was an unreal mountain bike tour in the Manizales area. Simon was our tour coordinator, bike guide, translator and awesome guide for the area and culture. Two days of downhill riding on mountain roads, singletrack trails, and all over the countryside with a support truck ready to pick us up when needed. This was the best way to get to know this area and the people there - we stopped each day and ate lunch with a local host. I highly recommend Trail Hunters for an adventure filled mountain bike tour in this beautiful region.
Matt Butler
Matt Butler
Leer más
My experience with Trail Hunters was amazing. I contacted them to enquire about doing two days of Downhill and Single Track and they definitely delivered. Paula responded to me super fast with all the relevant information of the trails and what would be included in the package. When I arrived in Manizales Simon and Paula met with me at my hostel the day before to discuss the plan for the following day of riding. Simon was my guide.
Melanie R
Melanie R
USA
Leer más
We found Trail Hunters online and inquired - we were so impressed with the amount of guidance and attentiveness over email before the trip, answering all of our questions about the tour and the region in general. We did 2-days of downhill riding (w some climbing) on mountain roads and singletrack. The countryside is so scenic, passing through small communities, dogs and kids playing - high up on ridges descending into lush valleys. A huge highlight was the hosts along the way, stopping into people's houses to be welcomed with a cup of coffee and food - learning about their lives, with Simon to interpret. We started our second day up near an active volcano, watching it go off a bit before descending 10+ miles. Hotels were top-notch. Meals were delicious. Rental bikes were great - glad we didn't need to brings ours to Colombia. Thank you to Simon, Paula, Giovanni and all of the awesome hosts. If you're thinking about a trip with them -- do it!
Matty B.
Matty B.
USA
Leer más
My experience with Trail Hunters was amazing. I contacted them to enquire about doing two days of Downhill and Single Track and they definitely delivered. Paula responded to me super fast with all the relevant information of the trails and what would be included in the package. When I arrived in Manizales Simon and Paula met with me at my hostel the day before to discuss the plan for the following day of riding. Simon was my guide. The first day we rode the bike park in town and then a few other trails close to Manizales. The trails ranged from technical downhill to flowly fast trails and all the way to single track through coffee plantations. The second day we drove out of Manizales to ride some of the big name trails and again these were downhill, technical, flowy and single track. We also done an amazing scenic enduro ride with a climb to a beautiful mountain ridge and rode through little villages and coffee plantations and then descended the other side of the mountain. They saved the best until. The two famous trails El Infernal and El Bisono these 2 trails are the real deal. Steep, fast, flowy and with huge jumps and big features. Definitely my favourite part of the two days was riding these two trails. Epic. Most of the trails we rode get regular maintenance from the local biking community. On both days after riding we stopped for a traditional Colombia lunch. During the day we also stopped for various snacks and drinks throughout the day at different locations. Paula and Simon were very professional and are great hosts. If you are thinking about booking a ride with these guys don't think about it, just do it. Totally worth ever dollar. 👌🏼
Massimo Z
Massimo Z
Leer más
Llegué a los cazadores de senderos para un viaje de dos días en bicicleta de montaña de inmersión completa en el área de Manizales. Me gusta planificar mis viajes en detalle y luego seguir el flujo del día. Paula y yo nos conocimos antes para planear el viaje. Me encantó tanto la atención a los detalles como la flexibilidad para planificar el mejor viaje para mí. El primer día lo tuvo todo: desde escaladas desafiantes hasta senderos de flujo escénico sencillos y senderos para bicicletas con saltos y caídas. Un segundo día de puro enduro, que abarca desde senderos naturales ásperos, jardines de rocas y senderos de zanjas súper divertidos hasta las pistas de descenso más famosas de la zona. El camber especializado 27, 5 provisto fue la bicicleta perfecta para hacerlo en este viaje. Por supuesto que sufrió un poco en los senderos cuesta abajo. Si está planeando un recorrido puro de enduro / descenso, tal vez piense en traer su propia bicicleta. Aunque, realmente recomiendo no perderse los senderos de montaña de la zona, ¡impresionantemente hermosos! ¡La guía de Simon fue genial y Paula siempre estuvo allí apoyando con su hermosa sonrisa! Por último, pero no menos importante, ¡la comida y todos los gustos de la cultura local colombiana fueron increíbles! Recomiendo también alojarse en su hostal, excelente ubicación! Como guía de ciclismo, debo decir que estos muchachos son verdaderos profesionales y ofrecen una experiencia de bicicleta de montaña de alta calidad.
Jutta R.
Jutta R.
Germany
Leer más
We have been riding with Simon and Paula for three exciting days ! All was very well organized and it was a great mix of getting to know local people , trying local delicious food and good riding experience 🤗 the bikes were extremely well maintained. They are really kind and take good care for you , the bikes , food and overall fantastic experience ! Highly recommended 👍🏻🤗 thanks again !
Falk R.
Falk R.
Germany
Leer más
We had 3 wunderfull days in Manizalles and the area around. Everything was well organized by Paula and Simon. For lunch/dinner we had good food and the possibility to get in contact with local people. The bikes are in good shape. They managed to change my brakes to Motostyle easily. As this company is only 2 years we are looking forward to them growing in the next years. We will follow on Facebook. High recommendation from us Thx Falk
Melanny
Melanny
USA
Leer más
This was an unreal mountain bike tour in the Manizales area. Simon was our tour coordinator, bike guide, translator and awesome guide for the area and culture. Two days of downhill riding on mountain roads, singletrack trails, and all over the countryside with a support truck ready to pick us up when needed. This was the best way to get to know this area and the people there - we stopped each day and ate lunch with a local host. I highly recommend Trail Hunters for an adventure filled mountain bike tour in this beautiful region.
Matt Butler
Matt Butler
Leer más
My experience with Trail Hunters was amazing. I contacted them to enquire about doing two days of Downhill and Single Track and they definitely delivered. Paula responded to me super fast with all the relevant information of the trails and what would be included in the package. When I arrived in Manizales Simon and Paula met with me at my hostel the day before to discuss the plan for the following day of riding. Simon was my guide.

!BOOK THIS ADVENTURE NOW!

To book a tour, you can pay the total value or make a deposit of at least 20% of the total value. To do this, give us your basic information and our team will provide you with an international payment link.

To custom your experience, just contact us and tell us how you want your trip? Our team will help you to customize your mountain bike adventure! We take you anywhere, anytime! There is not a problem if you have companions or family, we have customized activities off bike.

Fields marked with an *are required.

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