Outdoor Activities in Bogotá
Find out about the walking and cycling opportunities in and around Bogotá, as well as popular parks, gardens and nearby towns and villages to visit...
Bogotá offers a diverse range of outdoors activities from bike tours to walks in the many parks around the city. There are more adventurous opportunities in the outskirts of the city, where sightseeing and outdoor sports such as hiking, climbing and paragliding are common.
Parks and Gardens
Bogotá has many parks and botanical gardens where people go to walk and relax. Some of the popular ones include:
- Parque Nacional Enrique Olaya Herrera
At: Calle 35 Nº. 33-50, Zona Centro
- Parque Simon Bolivar
At: Between Calle 63 and Calle 53 with Carrera 48 to Carrera 68, Zona Occidente
- Jardin Botanico Jose Celestino Mutis
At: Calle 57 No. 61-13, Zona Occidente
Open: Monday to Friday 08:00-17:00, Saturday and Sunday 09:00-17:00
- Parque El virrey
At: Carrera15 Nº. 86A-50. Zona Norte
Open: 24 hours daily
Cycling and Walking
Ciclorutas are an alternative transportation system, offering cyclists in Bogotá an exclusive and secure path to ride their bikes. The most used ciclorutas are in Avenida Ciudad de Cali, Avenida Boyacá, Avenida NQS and Avenida 19. The national traffic regulations are the point of reference for rules and laws applying to bicycle riders.
On Sundays and public holidays, 120 Km of main streets and avenues in the city are closed off to cars and turned into Ciclovías, where pedestrian, bikers and people with pets and children can walk, skate or ride their bikes at a leisured pace. Along the way there may be other activities such as outdoor yoga and dancing groups. The roads are closed off between 07:00 and 14:00.
Another popular activity is hiking in Cerro Monserrate on the top of the mountain, where there is a very famous tourist spot, church and panoramic views of Bogotá. There is a walking path and different trekking trails to discover the area.
- Find out more about Cerro Monserrate
There are also biking and walking tours around the city; this is a very good way to get to know some neighbourhoods and hidden spots.
Activities Outside Bogotá
Bogotá is surrounded by many small towns and natural park reserves, situated just a few hours away, which offer sports such as rock climbing, trekking, rafting, horseback riding and more.
Guatavita Lake: A colonial small village with a lake located two hours away from Bogotá. It is a sacred and ceremonial place for the Pre Colombian Muiscas, the local inhabitants of the region, and it is here where the legend of El Dorado was thought to have taken place.
Choachi (website in Spanish): Located an hour away from Bogotá it is home to many beautiful lakes and hot springs as well as Colombia's tallest waterfall, Cascada La Chorrera.
Parque Natural Chicaque: A cloud forest located 45 minutes away from the city, with over 10 Km of ecological paths and bird watching opportunities.
Suesca: Small town located 45 minutes from Bogotá, renowned for its lagoon and big rock formations, which attract climbers and hikers from around the world.
Paipa (website in Spanish): A colonial town famous for its hot springs, spas and trout farms.
It is a very important part of the culture and tradition for people living in cities to take day trips or weekend trips to these small towns. Many people also have farms or town houses just outside the city, to break away from the big-city routine and the climate, as within just an hour and a half drive the weather can change to warm, tropical and sunny.
Outdoor Sport Associations
- Colombian Golf Federation (Federación Colombiana de Golf) (Spanish)
- Colombian Tennis Federation (Federación Colombiana de Tennis) (Spanish)
- Colombian Cycling Association (Asociación Colombiana de Ciclismo) (Spanish)
- Colombian Equestrian Association (Asociación Colombiana de Equitación) (Spanish)