Ruta de las mulas

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Mountain bike tour in Colombia

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.

What is included?

Two nights of lodging in “Hacienda Venecia” and one night in “Fábrica de Ríos”

Three breakfast, two dinners and two lunches

Specialized bilingual Mountain Bike guides (Spanish and English)

Snacks and hydration during the bike tour

Transfers and assistance specified in the itinerary

Basic mechanics during the rides

Photos and videos to tell the world the best experience of your life

Medical assistance card during the tour

What is not included?

Mountain Bike nor helmet. (ask us if you need one)

Glasses, gloves, knee protection and elbow protection

Advanced bicycle mechanics

Spare parts of any damaged bicycle

Transport to and from Hacienda Venecia in Manizales, Caldas

What is not specified runs on your own

Difficulty level

If you want to encourage yourself to do this adventure you need this minimum of criteria:

Physical level: you are a bike rider. You usually ride at least once or twice a week. You have already acquired at least 1 year of experience on your bike and you have no problems doing routes that have 25 to 50 Kilometers of mountain and an elevation gain of 1000 meters.

Level of technical ability: The cyclist of this level enjoys descending on single tracks. They are trails or narrow roads only one rider passes simultaneously and although there are obstacles and different terrain if done slowly enjoy them. These types of roads are only ridden in one direction.



Day 1

Welcome to Manizales!

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Our staff will be waiting for you at renowned Hacienda Venecia just 20 minutes away of Manizales. 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

Pueblos, cafetales y trochas

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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.

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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 “Fábrica de Rios”, a Glamping between the mountains of the mythical moor of “Letras”. A magical place that will make it worth the cold every moment.


Day 3

Travesía el Desquite

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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?

The “El Desquite” route is a mule and horse route internationally recognized because in just 35 kilometers away we will descend almost 2000 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. 

Mountain bike tours in Colombia

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!

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


Taking into account that our bike tours are private, the price depends on the number of riders that will be part of your group. Do not worry if you do not have a group, our bike tours are designed to be done even from a single rider.

Contact the Trail Hunters team through the forms found on the website or through the email:, tell us the number of riders who will live this adventure, the chosen bike tour and the date in what you would like to do; A Trail Hunters rider staff will contact you to send you the prices and the corresponding information.

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