The most popular mountain biking routes for foreigners who travel to Colombia are located around such places as BogotÃ¡, Villa de Leyva near Tunja and Cartagena. Due to safety reasons, most routes are one-day only, though in some areas multi-day routes exist. For those willing to brave it, and use precautions, Colombia offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world on sierras as high as 4,000 meters (13,000 feet).
North of BogotÃ¡, mountain biking is very popular in the city of Suesca, where there are specially designed routes and trails. Many shops in that town rent bikes and offer tours. In Cartagena, you can rent a bike and ride to La Boquilla beach, Playa Blanca and other attractions outside the city. There are also relatively safe biking areas in Santa Marta, near Tayrona, as well as in the Zona Cafetera. Two- and three-day expeditions are available in Parque de Los Nevados near Manizales.
The best times to mountain bike are those months with the least amount of rainfall: November-December and July-August. Due to the high risk of theft, only a handful of places in Colombia rent bicycles. The cost is generally $4o per day, and you can hire a guide for an additional $35. However, group tours generally charge only $15 per person.
Colombia sponsors a variety of mountain biking, cross-country, downhill and biking marathons. There are a number of successful biking Colombians, such as MarÃa Luisa Calle, Olympic Bronze Medal Velodrome winner in 2004, and Fabio Parra, who came in third at the 1998 Tour de France.
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