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Bogota: La Ciclovia and Salt Cathedral, and Volcan de Lodo el Totumo

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Certainly have heard about major sites and places to see, which are on the hit list, but interested in learning a bit more about a few things/places:

Wondering if you can share your thoughts/opinions on La Ciclovia, the Sunday morning/early afternoon time when the streets are closed to auto-traffic and open to cyclists and pedestrians. Excited to experience it but wondering how crowded it may be and where the best places to explore on two wheels. Staying in La Candelaria. That Sunday will be our first day in Bogota (and Colombia).

Also seeking some opinions about the Cathedral de Sal/ Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira and wondering if it would be among the places to make the effort to visit if you had three full days in Bogota. Intrigued about the subterranean church built from Salt - and the surrounding town. Suggestions, too, on best way to get there?

Similarly, the Volcan de Lodo el Totumo, outside of Cartegna are known for the volcanic mud baths. Any experiences to share on what it's like. Thinking of making a day trip there - and also trying to figure out the best way to get there.

I'll search the Forum for restaurant recommendations, but if there are any you'd like to share, that would be great.


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    We stayed in La Candelaria early last January and saw ciclovia I believe on a Sunday, Jan. 1. I was actually surprised at the rather small number of people riding (at least downtown where we were) that am. I don't know if holiday (jan. 1 affected that or not). We had thought of riding but didn't.
    Do you plan to do one of Mike's bike tours? They seem to come highly recommended. We went by just as he was about to take some folks out. He's in Candelaria. We wimped out on the tour, but it sounded like fun. We're both bike riders but a bit long in the tooth and hence more wary of falling than we used to be. Nothing looked too crowded, but you'd still need to be careful in the urban area. Think Mike goes out of town too.

    Agnostics though we are, we did enjoy the salt cathedral - a rather remarkable use of the space! Can't comment on getting there as we met up with some friends who are locals and they drove us . . . .

    We didn't do the mud baths in Cartegena but I believe there are reports elsewhere here.

    We spent all of Jan and Feb last year in Colombia and loved it. Such a beautiful country. I have a long trip report posted if you click on my name.

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