Central/South America

Bogotá, Colombia

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Bogotá

Pedro Szekely

Bogotá is the capital and largest city in Colombia, perched 2,640 metres above sea level in the eastern cordillera of the Andes. While it has always been Columbia’s domestic center of politics, economy, and culture, recent years have seen an explosion of international business, meetings, and tourism in Bogotá. There is an emerging scene for running in Bogotá, though you do have to choose your spots, given the city’s congestion and lack of large-scale green space.

In the past couple of decades, Bogotá has spent millions of dollars revitalizing public parks, streets, and bikeways — a boon to both local and visiting runners. City streets are somewhat cramped and smoggy for running, but with the continuous development of one of the largest cycling networks in the world, traffic and pollution are decreasing. Runners are welcome on bike paths at any time, and on Sundays and holidays from 7 am until 2 pm, they are free to use the 120 kms (76 miles) of select streets that are closed to vehicular traffic. Aside from those options, most runners flock to Bogotá’s city parks, many of which include jogger friendly tracks. Some local favorites include Parque Virrey, Parque Simon Bolivar, Parque Fontanar, and Parque San Andres. Note: Bogotá is at 8,661 feet, which can make it challenging for running. Be cautious and hydrate!

The main method of public transportation in Bogotá is the TransMilenio, a citywide bus system that functions similarly to a subway service. While coverage is good, the routes are numerous, crowded, and somewhat confusing. A good alternative is to take advantage of Bogotá’s ciclorutas with a bike rental!

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Some of our favorite runs in Bogotá, Colombia

Ciclovia

In an effort to promote citywide recreation, Bogota closes 76 miles of main streets to car traffic... more...

Ciclorutas

In recent years, Bogota has invested significant money in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of public spaces, including... more...

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Ciclovia

Bogotá, Colombia

In an effort to promote citywide recreation, Bogota closes 76 miles of main streets to car traffic every Sunday and holiday from 7 am until 2 pm. We've recommended a few sections that are a particular treat to run.
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Ciclorutas

Bogotá, Colombia

In recent years, Bogota has invested significant funds in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of public spaces, including over 300 km of runnable bike paths. These Ciclorutas offer a 'runnable' bike path from nearly anywhere in the city.
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Parque Virrey

Bogotá, Colombia

This narrow linear park between Calle 87 and Calle 89 in the Chapinero neighborhood of Bogota runs along the green El Virrey creek corridor. A full circuit is about 1.4 km (.8 miles).
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Ciclovia

Bogotá, Colombia

In an effort to promote citywide recreation, Bogota closes 76 miles of main streets to car traffic every Sunday and holiday from 7 am until 2 pm. We've recommended a few sections that are a particular treat to run.
Explore

Ciclorutas

Bogotá, Colombia

In recent years, Bogota has invested significant funds in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of public spaces, including over 300 km of runnable bike paths. These Ciclorutas offer a 'runnable' bike path from nearly anywhere in the city.
Explore

Parque Virrey

Bogotá, Colombia

This narrow linear park between Calle 87 and Calle 89 in the Chapinero neighborhood of Bogota runs along the green El Virrey creek corridor. A full circuit is about 1.4 km (.8 miles).
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Bogota has a relatively uniform climate throughout the year. It never gets particularly hot or cold. Average high temperatures are in the 18-20C range (65-70F), and with nights in the 8-10C (45-50F) range. About 1,000mm (40 inches) of rain falls throughout the year, with some drier and wetter months. NOTE: There is fog on 2/3 of days, and very few clear days. Always bring a layer!

For tourism info: Colombia.Travel

STORES

With the growing running culture in Colombia, there are several running stores in the Bogota area.

Running Balboa Colombia is a centrally located store, next to our Parque el Virrey route.

There are also several outlets of the Fourpoint sporting goods store, which features a good selection of running gear. See our overview map.

GROUP RUNS

Running groups have become quite popular in Bogotá. Here are some to check out:

21 Korredores

Runners Lab

Bogota Running Company

For all sorts of running info, ColombiaCorre.com is a great source.

Runners can find a calendar of upcoming races throughout Colombia here.