In the Ciclovia 16K run, we will participate in the primary sport and cultural activity of Bogotá. Since the 1970s, it is a municipal policy where some of the main roads of Bogotá are closed. And both runners and cyclists flock out for an exercise day.
We have chosen a circular route in the north of the city where we will see some of the city’s parks, restaurant, and bar areas. We will start in a colonial area of the city called Usaquen. The neighbourhood is very active on Sundays because of the flea market established in the area.
From here, we will take 7th avenue to the south, as we start gathering with the groups of people that run and cycle in the Ciclovia. After that, we will pass by Hacienda Santa Barbara, a famous shopping mall that was once a centre of agricultural production in the north of the city and some business centres, including one of the leading financial areas of Bogotá where we can see the Colombian stock exchange.
Right next to this financial sector is the G Zone of Bogotá, known as the Gastronomical area of Bogotá. We will show you around some of the best restaurants so that you can come back after the run and then move towards El Virrey Park.
Ciclovia Run: Away from the City Buzz
El Virrey Park is one of the largest in the city’s northern area. And it is well known for its extensive green areas and as a sports centre. It is also a place to rest, have picnics, take pets out and socialize. This is why we will see a lot of people as we enter this area. When the Ciclovia is active, they do various cultural events in a small plaza between the park and the road.
This run is primarily flat, with slight slopes on the way. Also, remember Bogotá is at 2,600m above sea level (nearly 8,500ft). This means the air is thinner, and you can feel the lack of oxygen, especially during sporting activities. So please make sure to have a small bite before the tour and be hydrated.