Discovering Bogota, Colombia via a Bike Tour

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There is no better way – at least in my opinion to discover Bogota, Colombia then via a bike tour.

"Mike - our guide providing us with his insights while on the university campus"

Mike – our guide providing us with his insights while on the university campus

That’s just what John and I did for five hours a few days into our Colombia visit. I had heard that Bogota was particularly well set up for bikes – with literally hundreds of kilometers 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 kilometer (this is not a hard bike ride!!) ride that covers about 10% of Bogota – and the most interesting bits as he puts it.

I would concur. 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 35,000 Colombian pesos (~$US 17) 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 - 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

A snail slime vendor - with products to cure all manner of skin diseases"

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)

"Some of the fabulous street art - as opposed to the graffiti you see everywhere"

Some of the fabulous street art – as opposed to the graffiti you see everywhere

"Two cheetahs street art in Colombia"

"Lady holding up sign - Nothing won - while holding a baby"

Lady holding up a sign that reads Nothing Won

"Catching a field hockey practice on roller blades"

Catching a field hockey practice on roller blades

"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 the National Park of Bogota's physical location - surrounded by mountains"

A 3D model in one of the parks illustrating Bogota’s physical location – surrounded by mountains

"Luis Carlos Galan house and grave-site"

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 building at the sprawling National University"

Unbelievable amount of graffiti covered all buildings at the sprawling National University

"More drawing on university buildings"

More drawing on university buildings

"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

"Grafitti on a road into downtown Bogota"

I don’t know who the man is but loved the drawing and colour seen on a wall leading into the city

"Colombian coffee - the good stuff"

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"

The afternoon rains hit after our coffee stop

"Loved the colours but don't know what she represents"

Loved the colours but don’t know what she represents

"Sampling unusual fruits at the market"

Sampling unusual fruits at the market

"A very colourful display of fruit"

A very colourful display of fruit

"Vendors happy to introduce us to new fruits"

Vendors happy to introduce us to new fruits

"Rooftop statues in the Candelaria neighbourhood of Bogota are in honour of local charachters"

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 the Bogota bike tour?

Leigh McAdam

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