Day 7: Fomeque to Altos Patios — Ruta Chingaza
Bike Touring Highlight
Lael planned a bike ride.
October 15, 2020
The final day is a huge push. Leaving Fómeque, the ride starts with a fast descent and a gradual paved climb into Choachí. Be sure to stop for a coffee and snack before the even bigger climb starts.The 6,600 feet of climbing may sound intimidating, but is actually more manageable than we predicted. The grades can be a little steep at times, but they are generally consistent and the gravel isn’t too chunky.If you want to stop early you could check into La Gloria Reserva Forestal eco resort, which is about 10 miles from the end of the route and would save about 2,000 feet (610 m) of climbing. Or, you could stop five miles short at the hummingbird observatory and shave off about 750 feet (230 m) of climbing. Both of these places require advanced booking.After a beautiful, scenic climb with views across the valley of the mountains leading up to Chingaza, the route gives way to a final stretch of dusty gravel roads and steep double track that leads back to the capital city. After a final paved climb, you reach the finish, a large metal gate marking the top of Alto Patios.