Bogotá tours and excursions
Bogotá Bike Tours runs bilingual, two-wheeled excursions – especially good on Sundays during the cyclovia, when many of the city's major streets are shut off to motorised transport. Spin around the city's parks, plazas, and historical monuments as well as taking in its graffiti and coffee factories. Alternatively, off-road mountain bike tours around the Guadalupe Hill and Frailejon forests are available. Tours usually last between three and five hours, with night routes available upon request.Tel: +571 342 7649.
Beyond Colombia offer free walking tours of the city twice daily, which last around three hours. Guides bring the city to life with entertaining stories and mini quizzes with prizes (so listen up) as groups take in sights such as the dominating Plaza de Bolivar, the Palace of Justice, National Capitol and many more interesting places of interest.Tel: +57 312 4413 171.
The beautiful area of Suesca, approximately 60km (37 miles) from Bogotá, has recently been developed into a centre for adventure activities (rock climbing, mountain biking and white-water rafting). Rock climbers should get in touch with Monodedo (tel: +57 311 5576 008; www.monodedo.com.co) to hire equipment if they want to scale the sandstone cliff.Tel: +57 314 280 5219.
Zipaquira Salt Cathedral
Located in Zipaquira, some 48km (miles) from Bogotá, the Salt Cathedral is an architectural marvel created by the miners who once excavated salt from the mines here. Located 180m (590 ft) underground, the complex is carved into the salt and lit from the back, highlighting the crosses, altars, statues and side-chapels.Tel: +571 8519 502.