I have cycled over most of Dili itself, and cycled, run or walked numerous other parts of the surrounds. Dili is surrounded by hills so as long as you know up from down, you are unlikely to get totally lost. However, you may find yourself cornered on really steep and slippery slopes – slippery as most of the hills are very gravelly.
I would not recommend mountain biking on the hills unless you are experienced and have lots of tyre repair gear. For the visitor who really wants fresh air, views and exercise, I have added 5 possible walk/run/cycle routes to my Google Earth file which includes the “must-do” trip up to see Jesus. These 5 trails are on well-defined paths with little likelihood of getting lost. Just don’t forget to take plenty of water.
They are :
Dare to Dili – take a vehicle up to the Dare turn-off called “Fatuk Nava”. Take the road to Dare from the turn-off and after about 600 metres take the pathway downhill (shown as a sharp dogleg to the right). Follow this old roadway (called Fatuk Laran) all the way to Vila Verde Cathedral. This is all downhill and tough on knees but has speccy views.
Seeing Jesus – a typical walk/run from Caz Bar (or one of the other bar/restaurants in the vicinity) to the Jesus statue and back. This is the tourist guide “been there done that” tick it off walk/run.
Daisy’s Loop – the loop from Caz Bar up “Ramos-Horta hill” over the top and diown to the sea on the other side with scramble up the hill to join the “Seeing Jesus” track.
Seeing the Pope – a much shorter walk (or even a car trip to the top) to see the Pope and yet more views of Dili from the western end.
City to Bars walk/run – from the Palacio (or anywhere really) to the Caz Bar/Atlantic Grill/Sol e Mar restaurant area and back. A flat seaside walk with numerous refreshment stops possible.
There are numerous variations and one or two more that I could add.