Route: The Cacique’s Challenge

Destination: Guatavita, Cundinamarca

Difficulty Level 3/5– Availability: All days of the week, all weeks of the year.

Route description

Ride dirt trails from ridge to ridge and take in majestic views of the Andean ranges of Cundinamarca as we make our way from the Tomine Water Dam located in the municipality of Sesquile, to the ancient Guatavita Lagune both located in the Cordillera Oriental on the High Lands of Los Andes.  On this Colombian mountain biking tour, we explore the culture and pageantry of the tiny colonial town and sacred land of the Muiscas, Guatavita, before heading off to Bogota. We visit one of the sacred lakes of the Chibcha that gave name to the Muisca  legend of “El Dorado” and learn of it’s Casiques and how the story tells of glorius rituals, where the Zipa would bathe fully dressed  in gold and sumerge inside the ancient waters of the lake. The bike tour ends back again in the town of Guatavita.

For lunch you can enjoy of any of our oustanding partner restaurants along the shore of the Sesquile Dam or you could just choose a healthy sandwich along some of the most  breath-takinging scenery in the world.  We try riding through areas that are less frequented and unspoiled.

Technical info

Route Information

Altitude: Aprox/average 2.773 mts above sea level.

Distance from Bogota: 55 K, north east.

Climate/temperature14º C Average.  Easy to strong wind, precipitations are expected trough some hours of the day. You can check the actual weather here.

Route Description: Most off road, single track, paved road.  Hard with some moderate-technical descends and a couple of  strong 2-3 mile long. 1.5 mile single track-moderate.  


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Length: 17,6 kM

Duration: 3-5 hours

Maximum altitude: 2955 m

Minimum altitude: 2592 m

Sweeper car: Available only on specific parts of the trail and/or with exetreme necesity at an average distance of recovery area 20k /20 mins. aprox.  responce time depending on topography and climate of the area, radio support at all times.

  • Shuttle.
  • Bilingual guides.
  • History reviews.
  • Mechanical assistance.
  • Health insurance (Colasistencia).
  • Bike rental(Cross-country mountain bikes with hydraulic disc brakes,  front suspension, rim 27,5, frame sizes 18 and 19).
  • Local Police surveillance.
  • Radio support.
  • First aid assistance.
  • Sweeper car (depending on weather conditions and terrain).
  • Snack
  • Hydration (power drinks).
  • Nomads water canteen – Souvenir.


  • Lunch (We can arrange a typical colombian menu) It’s approximately cost is 10 dollars per person). For more information write us at contact@nomadsbiketours.com.
  • Alternative activities like fishing or spa.
Pricing and payment methods


We pick up the riders in their respective hostel or hotel in Bogota city and bring them back after the ride.


To confirm attendance and be officially registered each person must:

1- Book by filling the form at the bottom of this page.

2- When receive our email confirming availability, please send a screenshot of the transfer or legible picture before the route to contact@nomadsbiketours.com or pay in cash the same day of the trip.


Payment by transfer: Enter the rate shown on the savings account number 209-057257-83 (Bancolombia) in the name of Nomads Bike Tours.

If you have an account on Bancolombia you can make the transfer without having to register another account, entering “Transfers” / “A non-registered accounts” in the phone application. 

Recommendations before the route and during the ride
  • Do not drink alcohol, it can cause an accident and respiratory and / or digestive complications.
  • If you smoke try to avoid it.
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before the trip.
  • Whenever possible, avoid a diet high in fat and red meat the day before.
  • always carry with you identification documents and insurance info.
  • Helmet is a must.
  • Use sneakers with good grip.
  • Wear comfortable and light trousers. The best are the lycras, it can be a drill, a sweatshirt or bermuda (though it does not protects from vegetation) avoid wearing jeans.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirt.
  • Take a second change of clothes (protected in a plastic bag).
  • Wear a hat or cap, sunscreen, sunglasses and waterproof jacket in case it rains (The chance of rainfall in the High lands is quite high).
  • Take whistle to alert when an occasion demands.
  • Bring snacks; peanuts with raisins, granola bars. It is the most recommended for the road, also take panelitas, snacks, etc.
  • It Could come in handy to bring some fruit. For lunch you could eat a tuna sandwich, chicken or ham.
  • For hydration you should bring 1 to 2 small packs of sports drink and a water bottle or plastic bottle with water.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for extreme sports. Do not wear tight clothing that could rest mobility or that can shrink with water.
  • Always follow safety protocols that the guides and instructors give you.
  • If you have any special health condition, ask the instructors and guides if you can perform the activity without risk.
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