RIDE ON A BICYCLE 35 KMS DOWNHILL ON AN OLD FORGOTTEN BLACK TOP ROAD!
Cost 245,000 pesos per person, all transportation, equipment, insurance and lunch included
When the new tunnel road heading west was opened in April of 2006 the original road to Santa Fé de Antioquia from Medellin was left mostly forgotten except for the extremely sporadic vehicle coming or going between its small roadside settlements and coffee farms.
This old asphalt road might be too narrow for cars and trucks to share nowadays, but for gravity mountain biking it's a dream!
Imagine coasting or gunning down a forgotten road for almost 2 hours with practically no physical effort at all, gravity does all the work. You will not break a sweat while enjoying the breathtaking views down to the western valley. This is a ride for any skill level and physical state, this is a ride for everyone, you can take it easy and enjoy the spectacular views with family and friends, or go for a more exciting ride.
Starting off early in the morning at a misty and cold Boquerón Pass 2730 meters above sea level and a 50 minute drive from El Poblado, bikers are given their bicycles, safety gear, and an instructive briefing from one of our expert guides. Safety first!
The road is mostly asphalt but in deteriorated state in some spots, making it all the more fun!
The view down to the western valley from the 700 meter drops is breathtaking. It is all downhill with the occasional rest stop at roadside campesino settlements for refreshments all the way down to the town of San Jerónimo, 35 kilometers from Boqueron Pass and a 2000 meter elevation drop.
If you are interested in coffee we can bundle a great and super interesting coffee tour where you will see first hand the whole process of growing and producing coffee and learn about its history.
The ride ends in the town of San Jerónimo, 740 meters above sea level From here we get in our air conditioned vehicle and head back to Medellin or continue to Santa Fe de Antioquia for a tour of the town and the famous Puente de Occidente, a wood and steel structure hanging bridge modelled from the Brooklyn bridge finished in 1895 by a drunk engineer. The return trip to Medellin is via the new tunnel road that replaced The Forgotten Road, but first we stop to have a delicious open fire barbeque lunch called Carne a la Llanera, prepared cowboy style over an open fire.
Cost (min 3 persons):
The Forgotten Road ... 245,000 cop
The Forgotten Road plus coffee farm ... 420,000 cop
-Transportation from hotel, hostel, apartment or pick-up point in El Poblado up to Boquerón Pass and return.
-Bicycle and safety gear.
-English speaking guide.
Pick-up is 8 am but can be adjusted. Total time of tour from pick-up to drop-off is 5-8 hours average.