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A Bogota Bike Tour – A Fun Way to See the City

This lady has been serving delicious street food from the same spot for 50 years
This lady has been serving delicious street food from the same spot for 50 years
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A Bogota bike tour is the best way to discover the capital of Colombia. Join a bilingual guide for a bike tour that shows off the real Bogotá that most tourists never see. 

John and I did a five hour Bogota bike tour a few days into our Colombia visit. I had heard that Bogota was particularly well set up for bikes – with literally hundreds of kilometres of mixed use bike paths.

I’d also learned of a company – Bogota Bike Tours run by an American – Mike from California. Every day – often twice a day – he takes a group of one to twenty people out on a 12-15 kilometre (this is not a hard bike ride!!) ride that covers about 10% of Bogota – and the most interesting bits as he puts it.

For more information about this and other tours he offers, visit his website.

Mike - our guide providing us with his insights on Bogota
Mike – our guide providing us with his insights on Bogota

A great way to discover a city

I would concur about the interesting bits. We discovered parts of the city we never would have found on our own and learned about its turbulent history. Even if you’re not a biker this is a tour to take.

The pace is relaxed, it’s safe and if you’re traveling alone it allows you to discover the city with others from around the world. Mike also speaks several languages so if English isn’t your first language – no problem. And for 40,000 Colombian pesos (~$US 12) it’s a steal of a deal.

Here’s a look at the sights we saw on our Bogota bike tour

The one area that we cycled through where I didn’t take photos – for obvious reasons – was the Red Light District – which in mid-afternoon was quite busy.

Interesting colours and architecture - the building is now used for apartments
Interesting colours and architecture – the building is now used for apartments
Colourful buildings seen on the Bogota bike tour - though a little worn at the edges
Colourful buildings – though a little worn at the edges
Pigeons galore at the Plaza de Bolivar
Pigeons galore at the Plaza de Bolivar
On teh Bogota bike tour we stopped to check out the snail slime vendor
A snail slime vendor – with products to cure all manner of skin diseases
The bullfighting ring turned into an ice rink - during bullfighting season
The bullfighting ring turned into an ice rink – during bullfighting season
Statue of bull fighter Pepe Caceres (1934-1987)
Statue of bull fighter Pepe Caceres (1934-1987)
The art work is amazing that you see on a Bogota bike tour
The art work is amazing that you see on a Bogota bike tour
Lady holding up a sign that reads Nothing Won
Lady holding up a sign that reads Nothing Won
On the Bogota bike tour we caught a field hockey practice on roller blades
Catching a field hockey practice on roller blades while on the Bogota bike tour
This lady has been serving delicious street food from the same spot for 50 years
This lady has been serving delicious street food from the same spot for 50 years
Look for agapanthus blooming in gardens all over the city
Look for agapanthus blooming in gardens all over the city
I wasn't game enough to try this concoction
I wasn’t game enough to try this concoction
A 3D model in one of the parks illustrating Bogota's physical location - surrounded by mountains
A 3D model in one of the parks illustrating Bogota’s physical location – surrounded by mountains
Bogota Colombia biking
Checked out the house/grave-site of Luis Carlos Galan who ran for the presidency of Colombia on two occasions. He was shot to death by the drug cartels.
Unbelievable amount of graffiti covered all buildings at the sprawling National University
Unbelievable amount of graffiti covered all buildings at the sprawling National University
The sign reads something to the effect - Stop the enslaving of women
The sign reads something to the effect – Stop the enslaving of women
The only thing that changed is the attitude if you look closely at this drawing
The only thing that changed is the attitude if you look closely at this drawing
I don't know who the man is but loved the drawing and colour seen on a wall leading into the city
I don’t know who the man is but loved the drawing and colour seen on a wall leading into the city
Coffee stop on our Bogota bike tour
Stopped for a coffee tour and had our best cup of Colombian coffee at a little hole in the wall (most of the high quality coffee beans are exported)
The afternoon rains hit after our coffee stop on the Bogota bike tour
The afternoon rains hit after our coffee stop
A powerful image seen on the Bogota bike tour
A powerful image
Sampling unusual fruits at the market
Sampling unusual fruits at the market
A very colourful display of fruit and vegetables
A very colourful display of fruit and vegetables
Vendors happy to introduce us to new fruits
Vendors happy to introduce us to new fruits
On the Bogota bike tour stopped to admire rooftop statues in the Candelaria neighbourhood in honour of local characters
Rooftop statues in the Candelaria neighbourhood of Bogota are in honour of local characters

Do you like to discover cities via bike tours? Have you been on a bike tour on your travels?

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Discovering Bogota, Colombia via a bike tour

 

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