TABIO-TENJO

Iglesia Tabio

Difficulty of the route: moderate, beginner.

This is Tabio and Tenjo

Both municipalities are located in Cundinamarca, Colombia, exiting Bogotá on autopista Norte. After traveling an hour by car, we will arrive to Tabio, from which we will travel 12,4 miles (20 kilometers) by bicycle to Tenjo. These two municipalities are located where the “Muiscas” once lived. The “Muiscas” were peaceful and organized indigenous people who populated these hillsides, their history changed in the year 1600, during the Conquest.

 

Five Key Data:

Distance: 15,5 miles (25 kilometers)

The number of miles we will travel by bicycle.

Height: 2,500 meters

The maximum height that we are going to travel. There are no high slopes, but we will find unpaved road at some places.

Duration: 2 hours

The average duration of the bike route.

45 kilometers

The distance that from autopista Norte to Tabio’s central square, where the bike route begins.

1 hour

The average time of the trip by car, from Bogotá to the Central Square in Tabio. it’s the same time for the return.

Fun Facts:

Juaica is the name of the imposing hill that stands between the Tabio and Tenjo villages. It was a sacred place for the “Muiscas”; even the “Spaniards baptized it as the hill of dancing lights in the XVI century”, according to William Chavez, a Colombian ufologist.

“Chibcha” was the language of the first inhabitants and, according to some Colonial period records, they took refuge to protect themselves from the colonizers in the hills that we will be visiting and where appearances of UFOs have been claimed.

Tabio is a municipality located in the Central Savanna Province. It has a population of over 27,000 inhabitants and its territory forms a flat valley. Located 28 miles (45 kilometers) from Bogotá, the mountainous system that surrounds the municipality comprises the “Cordillera de los Monos”, the “Cuchilla Canica” and the “Peña de Juaica”, among others.

Tenjo is acknowledged as a Sacred Valley and is populated with 20,000 inhabitants. A white sword with the Maltese cross, which is the sign of the apostle Santiago, the patron saint of the municipality since colonial times, is featured in the municipality’s shield. In the Chibcha language, the word Tenjo means “the Gap” (which is a large opening), although it is placed between two mountainous areas. It is located 34,5 miles (57 kilometers) from Bogotá, after the municipalities of Chia, Cajica and Tabio.

 

How is the route?

From Bogotá we will exit by autopista Norte until we arrive to the municipality of Tabio. There we will have a small talk and tour at the central square, where there is a photographs’ exhibit that shows the municipality’s history. Then we will cross a rural road between traditional farms within the area, until reaching a paved road that goes near 5,6 miles (9 kilometers) towards Tenjo.

Altimetry is relative to the route; it begins at 2,600 MASL. Its maximum point is 2,624 MASL. and its lowest point 2,594 MASL, with a maximum elevation of 24 meters.

Once we arrive to Tenjo, we will have a healthy snack and some rest, and visit the central square’s shops and markets. Then we’ll go 5,6 (9 Kilometers back to Tabio, on a road without slopes.

 

Altimetry:

Altimetry is relative to the route; it begins at 2,600 MASL. Its maximum point is 2,624 MASL. and its lowest point 2,594 MASL, with a maximum elevation of 24 meters.

 

Our service includes:

  • Door-to-door transportation (Bogotá)
  • Chosen route
  • Bicycle (MTB)
  • Helmet
  • Glasses
  • Gloves
  • Health insurance
  • Energy drink
  • Energy bar
  • Snack
  • Photographic record
  • Assistance car
  • Gastronomic experience (Optional)
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Cost: USD $70

Our recommendations:

  • Wear comfortable clothing. If you are interested, you can contact us to purchase BIT’s cycling special clothing.
  • Use sunscreen
  • Have a healthy breakfast before leaving home.

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