BEST CLIMBS IN COLOMBIA
OLD LETRAS PASS
distance 82km elevation gain 3 719 metres max elevation 4 062 metres average grade 5% A rarely ridden back road between Mariquita and Manizales tacks on 40km of high-altitude dirt roads. Standard Letras is nearly as long and high, but fully paved.
ALTO EL LIMONAR
distance 8.5km elevation gain 1 100 metres max elevation 2 500 metres average grade 13% There are steeper, shorter climbs, but this wall on the north side of Medellín is perhaps the meanest, with lots of sustained climbing over 20% and a few pitches over 30.
EL SOTE DESDE MONIQUIRA ( A. K. A. DANGER CANYON)
distance 47.3km elevation gain 1 430 metres max elevation 3 100 metres average grade 3% Climbing through a quiet limestone canyon, this road is mostly forgotten, lightly trafficked, and ascends at a steady grade. And it ends just uphill from Quintana’s village.
ALTO DE CARAMANTA
distance 33.5km elevation gain 1 445 metres max elevation 2 100 metres average grade 4% What this Antioquia climb lacks in grade and elevation, it makes up for with scenery, as the road zigs and zags from the Cauca River through coffee country to the quaint brick plazas in the village of Caramanta.
distance 33.7km elevation gain 1 849 metres max elevation 3 384 metres average grade 5% You can climb this pass on the eastern hills of Bogotá, but the westerly route from the town of La Unión is longer and wilder, with sweeping hairpins and overhanging cliffs.