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Skedaddle Twaddle about our trips in South America

Customer Story: Cycling Colombia, So You Think You Can Climb?

Congratulations to Jan and Chris who are our February Customer Competition winners! One of our favourite things to do is to read stories from our Skedaddlers and we were in for a treat when this pair shared with us an overview of their time in Colombia. Featuring the challenges of the Alto de Letras (that is reputed to be the longest climb in the world), friendly locals and amazing scenery, they sure had the time of their lives. Keep reading to hear more about their cycling experience…

‘Chris and I have recently finished an organised 12 day cycling trip in Colombia with Saddle Skedaddle and, if you like climbing, take a look at this trip.

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We started in Bogota, which is at an altitude of 2,625m and finished on the Caribean coast at Cartagena. As the Andes enter Colombia they split into three cordilleras (mountain ranges) and we spent the next 10 days crossing over them – up and down.   Perhaps the highlight, if you can call it that, was climbing the Alto de Letras which climbs continuously for 82km starting at just under 500m above sea level and rising to an altitude of 3,692m and is reputed to be the longest climb in the world with a total ascent of 4,200m. We were told this was a climb of more than four vertical kilometres and wonder if this could be the climb Lucho Herrara was thinking of when he said that European mountains, such as Alpe d’Huez, were far too short for Colombians.

Apart from the cycling being first class, the scenery was wonderful. We cycled through the Zona Cafetera, stunning scenery in one of the world’s primary coffee growing regions and our rest day was in Medellin, famous for its culture and nightlife. And we cannot write this article without mentioning the Colombian people, we are now half way through our two month trip and everybody has been so friendly and helpful – we really wish we spoke more Spanish so we could fully engage with them.

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So if you are interested – here’s some more facts.

12 days cycling with one rest day. Total mileage 673 miles. Total climbed 17,716 meters. It is possible to take your own bike but we hired bikes; Argon 18 all carbon with Shimano 105 11 speed compact chain set with 11/28 cassette (not always low enough for Jan, she missed her bike).

Skedaddle have been running this trip for quite a few years now and they have certainly smoothed out all the problems that can occur in running an overseas trip. We had a well organised sleek tour from start to finish, where everything was thought of and organised. If you fancy it, have a look at their website or talk to David Hall at Skedaddle as we did on a number of occasions before we left home.’

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Huge thanks again and congratulations to Jan and Chris who have now won £250 worth of Skedaddle vouchers and are in with a chance to compete for a further £1000 in our annual end of the year draw! Have something to share yourself? Find out more about our Customer Competition.

Customer Story: A Photo Diary From Chile And Argentina

We are very excited to announce John as our first Customer Competition winner of 2017. That’s right folks, our monthly Customer Competition is back and we can’t wait to see what you get up to this year! Read on to hear all about our latest winner…

A picture speaks a thousand words, so the saying goes. Having set his sights on South America, John Hayes joined us in Chile and Argentina and came back with some amazing snaps of his cycling holiday. It turns out John is quite a traveler, spending most of his time either walking or cycling somewhere in the world, or planning his next trip. He is an author of his own blog ‘John Hayes Walks (and Cycles)’ on which he features his fascinating travel tales, including a write up of our cycling adventure too. So, without further ado, check out John’s beautiful photo diary from Chile and Argentina, a journey through the regions impressive Lake District:

‘Getting away to the sun and cycling in January is a brilliant way to escape cold grey Britain and it’s now established as a regular feature in our calendar. After three excellent trips in south-east Asia, we wanted a change from the traffic and the endless Buddha statues and decided to go to Chile and Argentina.’

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‘Apart from the cycling (I’ll cycle anywhere) and the good company, this trip was all about the landscape.’

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‘The scenery is spectacular and surprisingly varied. While huge lakes are a common theme, the landscape is lush, forested and green on the Chilean side of the Andies and like a desert in Argentina. Particularly spectacular were the snow-capped volcanoes and, on a smaller scale, the monkey puzzle forests.’

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‘The accommodation was generally speaking excellent, nice hotels in great locations. As is usual the people attracted to these trips are easy going, good fun and everyone got on very well.’

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‘The trip ended on a high with some great cycling along lovely tarmac roads with a long undulating descent.’

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Make sure to read John’s full story on his blog!

Pedal Peru: 3 reasons why Peru is perfect for a family cycling holiday

Few holidays pack in quite as much as our exciting trip to Peru! Whilst most are familiar with the lofty, impressive peak of Machu Picchu, we bet you didn’t also know this is an amazing destination for a family cycling holiday. Take a peek below to find out more:

1. Ideal for families of all ages
This trip is designed to be flexible enough to suit the whole family from ten to eighty years old! Our team in Peru have plenty of riding routes to choose from, whether you’re a confident teenager looking for a challenge, or a little-one in need of easy cycling options.

2. Kids will get one of the best history lessons going
Incan ruins, the colonial city of Cusco and of course the iconic Machu Picchu all ensure you’ll be immersed in historical wonders from the get-go.

3. It’s an awesome yet accessible adventure
If you’re looking for a holiday with an exotic postcode, this is the trip for you! It’s a world dramatically different to one you are probably used to, but we’ll help you explore in the safest and best way possible.

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Looking to stay closer to home this year?
If you’re keen to explore a more familiar destination this year, we’ve got that covered too. Popular options include our beach-hopping Asturian Coast holiday in Northern Spain, or the idyllic Lake Constance in Central Europe.