The Andes dominate the landscape of ten Colombian1 departments: Antioquia, Boyacá, Caldas, Cundinamarca, Huila, Norte de Santander, Quindío, Risaralda, Santander and Tolima. Within those departments, the Andes are divided into three separate mountain ranges: Western, Central and Eastern.

Not surprisingly, the majority of Colombian cyclists who have been successful as professionals come from those departments whose landscape is most dramatically influenced by the Andes.

  1. The highest peak in the Colombian Andes is the Nevado del Huila, which stands at 17, 602ft/5,635m []