This 8k run will take you through downtown Bogotá and its surrounding areas, including La Candelaria. It is the colonial centre and El Centro Internacional, the neighbourhood that represents the beginning of modernity for Bogotá.
We will start our tour just outside the city centre, in front of the Planetarium of Bogotá, where we will take 7th avenue and start running southwards towards La Candelaria. The 7th avenue is one of Bogota’s first major roads and continues to be one of its main arteries. Vehicle traffic constitutes the majority of the road. But the portion in the downtown area was converted into a pedestrian avenue. Here, we can visit some of the main colonial churches, theatres, museums and plazas. It takes us further to Bolivar Square: the government centre of Colombia.
From here, we will move towards the mountain and enter the colonial Candelaria, where we will explore Spanish architecture and street art. We will pass by El Chorro de Quevedo, considered one of the possible foundation points of Bogotá. And from here, we will continue north towards La Perseverancia.
La Perseverancia is a neighbourhood slightly north from the downtown where we can find a lush gastronomical area, a marketplace and some graffiti art. We will continue north from here to the National Park and start our way down, back to the 7th avenue and El Centro Internacional and National Museum. Meanwhile, you’ll learn about the city’s modernisation, and we’ll finish the tour right where we started: in front of the Planetarium of Bogotá.
This run is primarily flat, although it will have some inclined slopes close to La Candelaria and when coming down from the National Park. Also, remember Bogotá is at 2,600m above sea level (nearly 8,500ft). It means the air is thinner, and you can feel the lack of oxygen, especially during sporting activities. Please make sure to have a quick meal before the tour and be hydrated.