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Day 1: Bogota to Zipaquira — Ruta Chingaza

Day 1: Bogota to Zipaquira — Ruta Chingaza

55.6 mi
7.9 mph
4,750 ft
4,675 ft
Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
0.38 mi


Bike Touring Highlight

3.47 mi

Páramo del Verjón (Bogotá)

Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)

12.7 mi

Alto el Verjón

Bike Touring Highlight

55.6 mi

Tour Profile


Singletrack: 0.60 mi
Path: 1.75 mi
Cycleway: < 109 yd
Street: 2.07 mi
Road: 42.5 mi
State Road: 8.60 mi


Unpaved: 17.4 mi
Paved: 9.15 mi
Asphalt: 29.0 mi
  • Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden

    You will have to dismount and push your bike.

Weather Forecast

Lael planned a bike ride.

October 15, 2020


  • Lael

    Starting at the Parque Nacional Enrique Olaya Herrara, the first day starts out with a 19 kilometer paved climb up the Bogotá-Choachi road known as El Verjon.This road is cycled regularly, but there have also been reports of bike theft along the roadway during non-peak hours. Leave early in the day, cycle as a group, or leave on a Thursday or Sunday, when the road is promoted and secured for cycling and large groups come out to climb it. An alternate is to start at Patios, but you’ll miss a wonderful arepa stop and a beautiful dirt road ride.Stop for arepas at the top of the paved climb before splitting off onto dirt to traverse a scenic ridge. From there, you’ll have an excellent descent on a series of dirt and gravel tracks before dropping into La Calera, a great spot for a hot meal and resupply. From La Calera, you’ll follow some fantastic and scenic countryside gravel roads before a fast 15 kilometer paved section into Zipaquirá.There are plenty of hotels in Zipaquirá. We stayed at the Hotel Cacique Real. If you’ve got the time, the Catedral de Sal in Zipaquirá is a very popular tourist attraction. This functioning Roman Catholic church was built 660 feet (200 meters) underground within the tunnels of an old salt mine. Admission is $18 USD per adult foreigner.

    • October 15, 2020


Day 1: Bogota to Zipaquira — Ruta Chingaza