Riding With The IDT

In recent weeks, Bogotá Bike Tours has done outings with the city’s District Tourism Institute (IDT), designed to show off the mountain biking opportunities surrounding the city.

And Bogotá IS surrounded by beautiful countryside with small colonial towns and dramatic climbs.

 

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A Pause in Simon Bolivar Park

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On Sundays and holidays, when there’s Ciclovia and nice weather, we sometimes pedal out to Simon Bolivar Park, Bogotá’s largest public park, which has a lake, botanical gardens and other things of interest, as well as just being a pleasant place to hang out in.

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Shopping for Coffee Sacks

In Cafe de la Fonda cyclists sometimes purchase sacks from Colombian coffee. The used sacks make a nice, and authentic, souvenir.

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Trading Two Wheels for Four Legs

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The other day, when we passed through the Parque Nacional during a bike tour, Australian rider Eugenia briefly changed her two-wheeler for a four-legged beast .

It wasn’t the first time the mounted police – who are friendlier than they appear- have lent us their steeds.

 

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A New Mural for Bogotá Bike Tours

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Our new mural, by Atempo.

The past few days Diego Malaver, who also guides tours for us, and his fellow grafitero Mateo Ayala, who paints under the tag ‘calma’, and are both members of the Atempo Colectivo, replaced Bogotá Bike Tours years-old mural in with a new, more dynamic one. What do you think?

 

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Lunch at Caribe y Coco

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A KLM crew dining on fish in Maria’s place.

During our tours we usually stop in the Las Nieves neighborhood to taste fruits in the market, and then walk across the street to the Campo de Tejo Los Bucaros for a game of Colombia’s national sport: a bizarre combination of heavy metal flying objects, gunpowder and alchohol.

While we’re doing this, we often park our bikes in the rack which Doña Maria has helpfully located on the sidewalk in front of her fish restaurant, Coco Caribe, on Calle 20 between Carreras 8 and 9. And, the other day, a KLM crew decided to have lunch in Maria’s place, on her large second floor, where Maria serves cazuelas, sancochos, fish that’s fried and sudado, and of course ceviche!

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Caribe and Coco, on Calle 20, with its handsome bike rack.

 

 

 

 

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Visiting San Augustín in Bogotá

The  real San Agustín is a park in southern Colombia, not too far from the Ecuadorean border. It’s a beautiful place to visit, with mysterious centuries-old statues created by a lost civilization. But, while San Agustín is wonderful to visit, it’s also a long way away – a 15-hour bus ride, in fact.

During our bike tours, we sometimes visit Bogotá’s own ‘San Agustin’: A collection of monument reproductions in a small park in the Santa Fe neighborhood.

No, it’s not exactly the same. But it is lots closer and easier to get to.

 

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