Day 1: Bogota to Zipaquira — Ruta Chingaza
Bike Touring Highlight
Road Cycling Highlight (Segment)
Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden
You will have to dismount and push your bike.
Lael planned a bike ride.
October 15, 2020
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.