SiCLas: Medellín Biking Tour: Food, Nature, and History Converge

Medellín Biking Tour: Food, Nature, and History Converge

Medellin, Colombia

SiCLas

Non-profit organization

3-4 hours
From$37 USDper person

Corporación Colectivo SiClas is one of Medellin's leading proponents of urban cycling as a sustainable means of transportation and as a way to better communities.

Tour Highlights

  • Ride with SiClas through different districts of Medellin and help support sustainable transportation.
  • Take time to discover the local treasures this city has to offer.
  • Join a predefined tour or let SiClas plan a special itinerary just for you.

Tour revenue will be invested in promoting cycling as a sustainable daily mode of transport and in SiClas' bike education programs and local initiatives.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Monday to Saturday with appointment

  • Start Time

    9 am

  • Duration

    3-4 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals

  • Languages

    English, Spanish

  • Tour Participants

    2 to 6

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Backpack, Camera, Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion, No sandals

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

A guided half- or full-day bike tour with SiClas is one of the best ways to explore Medellín at your own pace. Much of the city’s appeal lies in the residential neighborhoods that you will be cycling through. These tours highlight the best of Medellín food, history, nature, and culture and offer different routes showcasing local favorite sights in the city. Grab life by the handlebars and come bike with SiClas!

The Paths:

Floresta and La America Tour:
This tour takes you through traditional neighborhoods where you can appreciate the churches, parks, and vibrant local life. You'll also visit the Plaza de La America market, where you will be greeted by innumerable exotic flowers and fruits you can treat yourself to.

Laureles Tour:
Owing its name to a type of tree, this beautiful and enchanting neighborhood was designed in the late 1930's by engineer and artist Pedro Nel Gomez and remains one of the most traditional residential neighborhoods in the city. The giant trees lining its streets shade you from the tropical sun as you pedal through. The tour will take you through the Atanasio Girardot sports complex, past the cafés, restaurants, and bars of La 70 Boulevard, and across the ever-evolving neighborhood of Laureles.

Ventiadaro Tour:
Named after a spot frequented by locals to watch planes take off and land, this tour mixes history and modernity as it leads you through the neighborhoods of Barrio Antioquia, Fatima, and Belen. Highlights include the Manuel Mejia Vallejo Library Park, the domestic airport Olaya Herrera and its Plaza Gardel (a must-see for tango fans), the Southern Bus Terminal, the Maria Luisa Calle sports complex, and Aeroparque Juan Pablo II.

Prado Tour:
Cycling through the historic neighborhood of Prado, you will have the opportunity to admire a wide variety of architectural styles and see some of the beautiful facades that have been preserved as part of Medellin's architectural heritage. Not surprisingly, many arts and culture nonprofit organizations are based in this peaceful and charming neighborhood lying just outside the buzz of the city center.

Vetted & Visited By

Ribbon ambassador
Alex y Sarah
October 12, 2015
Ribbon ambassador
Meagan Fischer
July 5, 2016

2 Visitor Reviews

  •  
    Susan K ●  Aug 3, 2016

    or my last day in Medellin I wanted to do something fun. I decided last minute to try and book The Forgotten Road tour. After filling in the form through the website I quickly received a reply and was able to book the tour right away. As a traveler I always appreciate immediate responses so I don't have to waste time waiting. My guide, Juan, was very prompt when picking me up. It really showed that he valued my time. Juan is very engaging and funny, which made the car ride to the starting point go by quickly. Before we started he made certain to explain the bike gears to me and gave me safety tips, which put me at ease right away. I liked that you set the pace for the ride, which I think reflects Juan's commitment to making it an enjoyable and memorable experience for the client. Throughout the ride Juan made sure that I was safe and directed me when a car or motorcycle was coming. We talked the whole way down because he is very personable and answered the million questions I asked him. Along the way we would stop and look at our surroundings, which were breathtaking! I feel like it might be easy to take for granted the beauty of Colombia when you have lived there all your life, but Juan definitely has a deep appreciation and passion for his country. After the bike ride we stopped to eat lunch. It was probably one of the best meals I had in Medellin. My one regret is that I didn't take this tour sooner because I would have booked more tours with Guanabana. Juan is someone you wish were your friend. You can immediately tell that he loves what he does and wants to share his country with others. Don't be like me and regret not booking with Guanabana as soon as possible. Take all their tours if possible!

  •  
    Lucian V ●  Aug 3, 2016

    Great experience paragliding in Medellin. Very professional, safe and good fun with Juan who is a great guy and extremely passionate about the sport. Would go again!

Tour Start Address

Barrio Carlos E. Restrepo, Calle 54 N. 64BB, Medellin, AN, Colombia

How To Get There

It is easily accessible through taxi or public transportation.

More About SiCLas

Mission

To encourage the improvement of the quality of life in society by promoting sustainable mobility and respect for public space by means of a participatory, analytical, critical, proactive, and humane exercise, as well as through activities focused on culture, education, and marketing of bike-related products and services.

Main Programs

  • Urban cultural bicycle tours through the neighborhoods of Medellin.

  • Weekly bike rides (SiCleadas) on Wednesdays nights through different parts of the city

  • Bicycle-riding lessons.

  • Design and manufacture of bicycle racks.

  • Sale of bike merchandise and accessories from local businesses.