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“Follow the path of the "Arrieros" between snowy mountains and palm tree forests.”
— RAPE Región Central
You'll be very close to Los Nevados National Natural Park. Taking care of the ecosystem is mandatory. Please be especially careful not to leave any traces of trash on your way.
The Route of Temperance evokes the strength, spirit, and greatness of the inhabitants of this region; the "Arrieros". A route of 55 km distance with a certain degree of difficulty that will make any rider feel a personal sense of accomplishment at the end of the complete journey.
The route starts in Murillo, Tolima very close to the Nevado del Ruiz or Kumanday, in a route where the Cascada de la Estrella or the Grandfather, Forests of Palma de Cera, the national tree of Colombia, and several hot springs like Canaan and La Yuca. The tour heads through beautiful landscapes with some slopes that will test your ability and stamina but the surroundings will make the effort worthwhile. The route ends in the town of Santa Isabel, Tolima.
La Ruta de la Templanza evoca la fuerza, espíritu y grandeza de los pobladores de esta región. Los "Arrieros" Un recorrido de de 55 km de distancia con cierto grado de dificultad que hará que el cilclista sienta una realización personal al culminar el recorrido completo. La ruta parte de Murillo, Tolima muy cerca al Nevado del Ruiz o Kumanday, en una ruta en la que se encuentran la Cascada de la Estrella o del Abuelo, Bosques de Palma de Cera, el árbol nacional de Colombia, y varias termales como las de Canaan y La Yuca. El recorrido tiene hermosos paisajes y algunas pendientes que pondrán a prueba las habilidades de los ciclistas pero con la naturaleza hará que el esfuerzo valga la pena. La ruta finaliza en Santa Isabel, Tolima.
Need to Know
The route can take up to six hours to be completed. No hotels are found between the two main towns. Camping sites are an option. The weather is usually cold between 0° to 15° Celsius. Warm clothes are recommended.
The route starts in Murillo at close to 10,000 feet of elevation and is much colder being very close to the snow caped mountains of Los Nevados National Natural Park. It continues to descent through wax palm forests and the Recio River Canyon by your side. You go all the way to the river and then start a steady ascent towards El Bosque, a small village in the middle of the track. The route continues with panoramic views of the Magdalena River Valley towards the town of Santa Isabel, between coffee plantations and hot springs.
History & Background
The current inhabitants of these lands are descendants of people who could be considered a separate caste, people with very unique characteristics such as determination, entrepreneurial spirit, and tenacity; this special caste, which has a long tradition of more than a century, is known as Arrieros (muleteers); people from other lands who, thanks to their strenuous work, managed to colonize these mountains and modify the social and economic structures of the region.
By the year 1872, several antioqueños from the newly founded village of Líbano (1866), settled in the region called Lepanto at the foot of the Nevado del Ruiz Volcano with the intention of founding a new farmhouse and beginning to work toward constructing Lepanto as a village. Once houses, streets, roads, and other requirements were built, on October 24, 1873, Murillo was founded, and was given this name in recognition of the efforts of Manuel Murillo Toro.