What does the tour cost and may I pay with a credit card?
The cost per person is $50 USD or 100,000 COP. For groups of three or more, the price drops to $40 USD or 80,000 COP per person. You may pay with with cash or use PayPal to purchase the tour with a credit card. Pay via PayPal
Where do we meet to start the tour?
The tour begins in Laureles, Calle 34, #77-20 in a building called Bahia LeblĂłn. Dan will meet you in the lobby and guide you to the garage area where all the equipment is located. Unless you are familiar with the public transportation system, itâ€™s probably best to take a cab. Google Map
How long does it last and how physically demanding is the tour?
The tour is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) and takes about 4 hours. Although most of the tour is flat, there are two challenging climbs that are rewarded with fantastic views. Also, you will need to be able to lift your bike to occasionally climb stairs so we can use walking bridges to avoid dangerous highway crossings.
How far in advance do I need to book my tour?
You should book at least the day before and fill out the attached form. You can add an additional person who may decide to join at the last minute, but it will delay our departure time a bit in order to secure his or her insurance.
What is required?
Of the most important items is a copy of your passport or Colombian identification.
Does my guide speak English?
Yes, Dan is North and South American in decent; he speaks fluent Spanish and English. If another guide is designated for your tour, Dan will make sure that the guide is fluent in English and/or Spanish.
How many people on each tour?
MedellĂn Bike Tour currently owns three bikes, but additional bikes are accessible with advance notice. For safety reasons and quality of tour experience, the size of the group is limited to 6 people.
What if I would like a more personalized tour?
Yes, we can arrange a tour in the outskirts of MedellĂn, but it will involve additional transportation, planning and costs.
What if I have an accident?
If you have an accident, your guide will patch you up. If it is more serious, you will be transported to the hospital or clinic. All medical and transport costs are covered. Prior to the ride, you will need to fill out and return the short PDF insurance form mentioned above.
What do I need to bring?
In addition to bringing the passport and insurance form above, plan to work up a sweat, which means you might be more comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt. Feel free to bring a compact camera, but make sure it can fit in your pocket or carrying case that is strapped to your waist or in a backpack so you can ride freely. Also, it's a good idea to wear closed-toe footwear such as tennis shoes.
What kind of equipment/bike will I be using?
All bikes are brand new 29ers; cross-country hardtails. This means each bike has front suspension but not rear suspension and the size of the wheels are 29 inches. Although we are riding through the city, MedellĂn is an urban jungle and the safest way to go is on all-terrain equipment. Helmets, gloves, water bottles and rain jackets are provided. We also use radios with optional headsets to ensure complete communication and safety among tour participants.
What is the food situation?
There will plenty several opportunities to stop for a snack, but itâ€™s best to eat a good breakfast and wait until the end of the tour to eat a big meal.