Arriero Trails

10 DAYS - 9 NIGHTS
  • Cross | Mountain | Trail Hunters | Eje cafetero
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Description

This must-see Mountain Bike Tour of All Mountain is composed of 14 demanding and challenging single tracks that together add a total of 138.6 km of descent across exciting trails. This is a Mountain Bike Tour that combines adventure, nature, history and a good cup of coffee. These are the main inputs with which the Trail Hunters team has built what is undoubtedly the longest and most demanding All Mountain tour in Colombia. The scenario of the present Mountain Bike Tour is the coffee region of the Colombian Andes. This region is known locally as “El Eje Cafetero” because its mountains produce the highest amount of coffee from the best quality in the world.

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The mountain biker who rides through the biodiverse coffee mountains of Colombia will have the opportunity to contemplate beautiful plantations of coffee, banana and sugar cane, will cross by creeks and waterfalls as in the middle of the jungle with miraculous caves, there will be giant tropical trees given over to the lasciviousness of the climbers that give shade during the tours and we will have the fortune to observe the colorful houses of the coffee farms whose unique architecture is the cultural symbol of the region. The scenario of the present Mountain Bike Tour is so unique and beautiful that UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) declared the coffee region of Colombia as a world heritage and called it the Coffee Cultural Landscape.

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The region of the Colombian coffee cultural landscape is composed of the departments of Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda, this area began to be colonized in the mid-1820s and before that date, this area was covered by vast and virgin Andean jungles.

The name of this bike Tour Caminos del Arriero! is a tribute to the “arrieros”, but what are them?. The Arriero or muleteers, were the people who during the colonization of the coffee region of Colombia were responsible for the transportation of all kinds of food and supplies using horses, mules, donkeys and oxen. In that time there were no roads and absolutely everything was transported by wild roads or trails that only the most experienced arrieros managed to tame. These bridlepaths are locally known as Horseshoe Roads! which were the highways during the colonization of the coffee region of Colombia.

Nowadays, many of the old bridle-paths that the muleteers built in the mid-1830s still persist. These roads are the valuable natural and cultural heritage that the team of Trail Hunters wants to rescue and make available to all lovers of Enduro MTB or All Mountain of the world. The Trail Hunters team is convinced that these old singletracks have the ideal conditions for the practice of the Enduro MTB in a safe and exciting way.

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How beautiful life is for the riders who gets to know Colombia! Riders will perceive the true emotions of life fullness that are generated by descending these beautiful tropical singletracks. We, mountain bikers, are true lovers of these seductive singletracks that hide the mountains of the Andean region of Colombia! If you dream of descending more than 138 km of singletracks in one of the most beautiful and biodiverse countries in the world, know descents that exceed 30 km in length and have slopes that reach 2000 meters, this tour is for you.

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There is only one life and Colombia is definitely the promised land of the All Mountain that every true rider must know. Take your bike, contact us and we will descend together the tropical Andes of Colombia.

EXPLORE THE 14 SINGLETRACKS OF THIS BIKETOUR

CRUCES

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LLANTAS

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MORENA

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EL OCHO

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INFERNAL

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DENSA

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ELVIRA

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GARRUCHA

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ALEGRIAS

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BISOÑO

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CEILÁN

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DESQUITE

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CAMINO REAL

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AMOLADORAS

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WEB MAP

How to use this Web Map?

  1. All singletracks included in the Enduro MTB Tour are within the frame shown on the map. Each singletrack is shown labeled with its respective name and identified with different color.
  2. To zoom in or out of each of the singletrack and see its details use the Zoom bar (+ or -) located in the upper left of the web map. Giving double click will get closer to the map.
  3. To know the location of the singletracks within Colombia, use the zoom button and move away from the trails until you visualize the entire Colombian territory.
EXPLORE

THE BEST TRAILS FOR THE BEST BIKE TOUR

14 singletracks totaling 138.6 km of descent in tracks

Discover the technical details of the Enduro MTB singletracks that make up the "Caminos del Arriero" bike tour. Note the length and extreme slope that presents the singletracks of El Desquite, Las Cruces, La Elvira and Camino Real that will undoubtedly test all your technique and physical level. Also note the extreme slope of Bisoño and El Infernal, all a challenge for Enduro MTB.
TrailsDifficulty levelLenght. (KM)Highest elevationLowest elevationElevation lostMaximum slopeAverage slope
ElviraADVANCED16.738022221158153.2°9.8°
MorenaLOW9.22595204055547°7.8°
DensaINTERMEDIATE1.72336207725936.6°14.2°
CeilánINTERMEDIATE7.62120159952145.1°9.1°
GarruchaINTERMEDIATE3.11581113544634.5°10.1°
LlantasINTERMEDIATE8.42120127085038.9°8.9°
BisoñoINTERMEDIATE31632117745545.8°15.4°
InfernalINTERMEDIATE31624117544940.8°15.5°
DesquiteADVANCED35.137761624215245.2°10.6°
Camino RealADVANCED11.32922208583742.3°10°
CrucesADVANCED25.231311917121467°13.5°
AmoladorasINTERMEDIATE2.92189154664360,1°15.4°
Alegrías ADVANCED6.12775198479129.4°9.3°
El OchoINTERMEDIATE4.72519202349627.5°8.9°
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WHAT IS INCLUDED?

9 Nights accommodation

9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 9 Dinners

* Lunch is not included on days off

Snacks and hydration during the bike tour

Transfers and assistance only during the tour. Include airport pick up and dropp off from and to Pereira or Armenia international airport

Specialized bilingual Mountain Bike guides (Spanish and English)

Basic mechanics of the bike

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

Medical assistance card during the tour

Support sticker for the collective Manizales Bike Park

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

Contact us if you require a bike

Helmet, glasses, gloves, knee protection and elbow protection

Spare parts of damaged bikes during the tour

Maintenance and advanced mechanics of the bike

Transportation to and from Manizales, Pereira or Armenia, Colombia

What is not specified runs on your own 

Itinerary

1

Day 1

Welcome to Manizales!

We will be waiting for your arrival at the airport or coach station of Manizales. We will take you to the accommodation site where you will be comfortable and we will help you assemble your bike and leave it ready for the first expedition. At the end of the day we will be in one of the best coffee shops in Manizales where we will finalize details for this great adventure.

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Day 2

“El Desquite”: the best kept secret of the Colombian Andes, one of the longest MTB Enduro trails in all of South America

Early in the morning we will travel by car from the city of Manizales to reach the top of the central mountain range in the vicinity of Nevado del Ruiz, a place known locally as “Páramo de Letras” which is located at about 3800 m.a.s.l. In this place we will begin our adventure in bike riding by uncovered paths and roads that cross a unique ecosystem of the tropical Andes, with a bit of luck and a good eye we will be able to observe wildlife such as the Andean Bear, the Andean Condor, Bearded helmetcrest hummingbird, etc. After a few kilometers of road we will start one of the most exciting descents of Colombia: “El Desquite”, which with its 35.2 km of length is considered one of the longest trails for the Enduro MTB (All Mountain).

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We could consider El Desquite as a complete and integral singletrack for the Enduro MTB due to the diversity of its terrain and topography; rock gardens, slides, closed curves, slippery areas and slopes that can exceed 45.2° of inclination will fill this day with pure adventure and adrenaline. However, the most unique and surprising of El Desquite is its difference of more than 2152 meters (2.1 km). We will go from the cold of the paramo to the heat of the Sub-Andina jungle (coffee zone).

At the end of our tour of El Desquite, on the shore of the majestic Rio Guacaica we will have a good lunch and recover energy. Then we will travel by car to one of the most beautiful heritage towns in the country: “Salamina” (department of Caldas), where we will take a well-deserved rest and prepare ourselves for the emotions of the next day. 

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Day 3

Cruces day.

Our second day of riding starts early in the morning where we will ascend by car from Salamina to the town of San Felix, a town that is also quiet and beautiful, it is amazing because it has the largest forest of wax palm in the world. Wax palm is considered the highest palm in the world reaching a maximum height of 70 meters and only inhabit the Andean region of Colombia. After crossing the Samaria Valley and knowing first hand the giants of the Andes, we will ride until we reach the entrance of the singletrack known locally as “Las Cruces” which will take us back to Salamina. 

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Las Cruces Trail has a length of more than 25 km, which begins at 3131 m.a.s.l and ends at 2332 m.a.s.l, so it has an amazing height difference of 1214 meters. Like El Desquite, Las Cruces trail is considered one of the longest and most uneven singletracks.

However, the most exciting thing about this singletrack is its sections with areas of extreme slopes that reach great inclinations and that will undoubtedly test your agility and dexterity on the bike. At the end of our tour of Las Cruces trail we will move back to Salamina to rest and prepare for the adventure of the next day. 

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Day 4

Get to know the trails of the MTB Enduro National Cup of Colombia

This day we will make two recognized singletracks that together have a total of 14.2 km of pure fun, smiles and adrenaline. These are the singletracks known locally as “Camino Real” and “Amoladoras“. The quality and suitability of these roads for the practice of All Mountain has been proven since these have been the scene of the National Enduro Cup of Colombia. 

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Prepare your camera because we will descend through one of the stages of the Colombian Enduro Cup, starting at Camino Real where we will have the opportunity to cross through a part of the forest of wax palms of the region, we will be lucky if we can spot the yellow-eared parrot that surprise us occasionally in our rides. We will descend by fun slopes, curves, slides and livestock farms.

It is a delight to go through that pine forest where we started this dreamed trail of Amoladoras, it is one of the most pleasant tracks, because it is like an amusement park for riders who love the MTB enduro, going from one place to another with those curves through peasant farms dedicated to planting coffee and bananas and ending in a satisfying rock garden where we will finish this excellent day.

At the end of our tour of Camino Real and Amoladoras we will go back to Salamina to rest and prepare for the return to Manizales.

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Day 5

 Rest day: a good coffee in Manizales

This will be our first day of rest. There will be several tourist options so you can visit around the city and know something of the Coffee Cultural Landscape, proclaimed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. When the Chilean poet, Nobel Prize for Literature Pablo Neruda visited Manizales, he renamed the city as the “factory of sunsets”; It is not difficult to realize what he was referring to. We will know its steep streets, its majestic cathedral or take a great coffee tour that will show us how we sow and prepare the best coffee in the world with a magical sunset in the background!

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Day 6

The best of Manizales Bike Park

On this exciting day, a total of three high mountain single tracks will descend, which together make a total of 27.6 km. of pure descent on the trail. Early in the morning we will travel by car from the city of Manizales to reach the top of the central mountain range in the vicinity of the  Nevado del Ruiz, a place known locally as “Páramo de Letras”, which is located at about 3800 m.a.s.l. In this place we will begin our adventure by bike riding along uncovered paths and roads that cross a unique ecosystem of the tropical Andes. After a few kilometers of riding we will start one of the most exciting, complex and long descents “La Elvira Singletrack“. This singletrack of 16.7 km. in length will take us back to the city of Manizales. 

La Elvira is an ancient path loaded with history and culture because it was used by the settlers to cross the central mountain range from the inter-Andean valley of the Magdalena River to the Cauca River valley. The Elvira is a complete singletrack for the practice of Enduro MTB due to the diversity of its terrain and topography; rock gardens, slides, closed curves, slippery areas and slopes that exceed 53.2 ° inclination will fill this day with pure adventure and adrenaline. However, the most surprising thing about La Elvira singletrack is its difference of more than 1581 meters (1.5 km). We will go from the cold of the paramo to the heat of the Sub-Andina forest (coffee zone) in a few hours.

During the descent through the Elvira we will pass by the surroundings of Nevados National Natural park and we will cross important natural reserves of Colombia such as National Natural Reserve of Rio Blanco and the Natural Reserve of the “Licorera de Caldas”. Paramos, Andean forests and creeks will be the scene of one of the best adventures of your life and numerous species of birds and wild mammals will be your best traveling companions. 

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After descending the Elvira and return to the city of Manizales we will realize two singletracks known locally as Morena and the “Densa“. These roads are so exciting and of such high quality for the practice of the All Mountain that they have been the scene of numerous national Enduro MTB and Downhill races and even, international races like the Enduro World Series.

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Day 7

¡Día de Downhill!

No doubt this day will be a great adventure, because we will descend five awesome singletracks that together add 25.1 km of pure descent. Early in the morning we will travel by car to an old town near the city of Manizales called Neira. This town is extremely interesting because it has a main square that preserves houses with the typical architecture of the Antioqueña colonization. Neira is located in the vicinity of a hill called “Cielito lindo”. From this top you have a beautiful view of the city of Manizales and even if we have clear skies we can see the high mountains of the central mountains such as El Ruiz, Santa Isabel, Tolima and El Cisne.

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From “Cielito Lindo” we will start our bicycle adventure riding on uncovered roads that cross coffee and cattle farms. After a few kilometers of road we will take the entrance of three recognized singletracks for the practice of All Mountain in the region. These are “El Ceilán“, “La Garrucha” and “Llantas“. 

The first singletrack that we will descend is El Ceilán, this is a beautiful singletrack that crosses numerous coffee farms, has a total length of 7.6 km and a vertical drop of 521 meters.

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After performing El Ceilán we will have the privilege of descending La Garrucha, a singletrack that crosses livestock and fruit farms. This singletrack has a total length of 3.1 km and a vertical drop of 446 meters. 

Then we will descend Llantas a singletrack in which you will be able to appreciate the coffee culture, since you will pass through many houses and farms with the typical architecture of this region. This singletrack has a total length of 8.4 km and a vertical drop of 850 meters.

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Finally, we will finish the day with a finishing touch because we will descend the famous single tracks of “El Bisoño” and “El infernal“, these are trails with extreme slopes and closed curves that will put to the test all your technique and knowledge of the Enduro MTB.

El Bisoño and El Infernal are characterized by presenting the largest slopes of all the singletracks that will be covered in this Mountain Bike Tour. Bisoño and El Infernal are tracks that have been the scene of numerous national Enduro MTB and Downhill championships.

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Day 8

Goodbye Manizales, hello Salento!

This will be our second day of rest. We will take the opportunity to rest our legs and relax a bit, there are several options to know, enjoy and rest. We will also take advantage of the well-deserved maintenance service to our warriors bikes. Finally, at the beginning of the afternoon, we will leave Manizales behind and we will move to one of the most beautiful and most visited towns of the coffee region: Salento.

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Salento is a small and pleasant town in the Andean region of Colombia that is located in the department of Quindío. It is known for its coffee farms and the vegetation of its surroundings, particularly with the very beautiful Cocora River Valley. This unique town, with its colorful houses and balconies offers one of the best scenarios of Colombian tourism. In our case, we will travel trails and high quality singletracks that have hosted several downhill and enduro competitions among others to the Colombian Enduro Cup.

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Day 9

 

Salento trails

We will close our mountain days with a finishing touch. We will start with one of the most fun trails of the route: “el ocho“; Downhill slopes, banks, rock gardens are the order of the day. Hold on tight to the handlebars to not waver in this rock gardens singletrack that will vibrate your entire body. We will skirt mountains and admire the immense scenery of Quindío, descend through steep paths and advance through gutters between green walls, ravines and curves, you will have to keep your balance so as not to lose the technique required by this fun singletrack.

We will finish our day with one of the most complete and recognized trails in the country: “Alegrias“. Speak of Salento and not to name Alegrías is impossible, this road has been one of the singletrack most remembered by all the downhill and enduro riders of the country.

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In Alegrías national and international races have been organized for their technical qualities. This is one of the most diverse singletracks we have to offer: we will start in pine forests that will surely make us have fun while dodging the many roots of the trees. After the pine forest, funny paddocks will come; do not neglect, you have to have enough balance to stay on the path. At the end, we will end up in a rocky area that will test all your technical capacity.

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Day 10

“Riders we are and on the way we will see each other” We will miss you!

This day we have finished our trip with our best companion of adventures “The Bike”. We have lived nine days of fulfillment. Our cerebral cortexes are excited and unbridled and the singletracks traveled have filled our lives with emotion. Trail Hunters crew hopes to ride with you in future adventures.

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THIS BIKE TOUR?

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 for a single rider.

Contact the Trail Hunters team through the forms found on the website or through the email: contacto@trailhunters.com.co, tell us the number of riders who will live this adventure, the chosen bike tour and the desired date. A Trail Hunters rider staff member will contact you to send you the prices and the corresponding information.

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