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How to spend one day in Bogota

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If you are backpacking Colombia you may be tempted to skip Bogotá. Don’t! I would suggest spending at least 2-3 days in Bogota if you have the time. But if you only have one day in Bogotá then here is my Bogotá itinerary to help you make the most of your 24 hours.

Bogota Itinerary for one day in Bogota

Hike up to Monserrate

Get up early and head to Monserrate before the crowds.

How to spend one day in Bogota

It will take around 1 hour to walk up the steps to Monserrate in Bogota. Aim to start at 6 am and you should have reached the top by 7 am. Take some time to soak up the view.

There is a market area just behind the church where you can get a great breakfast for a reasonable price so I suggest eating here.

Do the Bogota Bike Tour

If you only have one day in Bogota this is the tour you should do. I have written a whole post on it that you can read here, but to summarise.

Claire's Itchy feet | Colombia Guides | The Bogotá Bike Tour

Need to book transportation in Colombia?

I highly recommend booking all of your Colombia transportation with GottoGo. You can search for buses, shuttles, ferries, and Flights on their website. What I love most about them is their customer service. I know these guys personally from my time living in Guatemala and they really do look after their customers. So if anything happens and you get delayed and miss your bus, you can just call them and they are always there to help.

If you book through them you will pay a little more than if you book in person at the bus station. But it’s worth it for the ease and security in my opinion. Click here to search for transportation in Colombia.

Because you are on a bike you will get to see much more of the city than you would be doing a walking tour.

The tour covers the following: Graffiti, fruits, Tajo (a Colombian game with explosives and beer), A coffee tour and so much more. Doing this tour means you will get to see a lot of the city in a relatively short space of time. The tour starts at 10:30 am.

Take a look at this short video to see some highlights of the tour.

Did You Get Travel Insurance Yet?

The Insurance companies I recommend are Hey Mondo, Safety Wing, and Travel Insurance Master

Hey Mondo is great if you are looking for a great value flexible policy. They offer single-trip cover, annual multi-trip cover, and long-term travel cover. Safety Wing is great value, with monthly coverage starting at $39. It’s super easy to use, and it just renews each month. I currently use them as they offer me free cover for my son as part of my policy. I also use Travel Insurance Master for short trips.

Read my full travel insurance post here, where I go into detail about all companies. 

Eat a traditional Colombian lunch – Ajiaco

After your bike tour, you will be famished I’m sure. So the next step of your Bogotá itinerary is to eat a traditional Colombian lunch. From the shop, turn left and walk to 11th Street. Turn right and on this street between 6th and 7th you will find many traditional Colombian restaurants.

The traditional lunch in Bogota is Ajiaco which you have to try. Be warned it is filling though!

Ajiaco is a soup made with 3 types of potato, corn, chicken, avocado, rice, and cream. If you are a vegetarian don’t worry the chicken normally comes on the side or you can ask for no chicken.

How to spend one day in Bogota

Take a walk along 7th Street

After lunch take a walk down the most popular street in Bogotá 7th street. To get here turn left onto Bolivia Square (Plaza de Bolívar). You can’t miss the square, it’s the one with all of the pigeons! 

How to spend one day in Bogota

Plaza de Bolivia is the main administrative square in Colombia with the congress building, Palace of Justice and Cathedral.

How to spend one day in Bogota

If you continue walking south passing through security you can walk past the president’s residence.

Turn around and walk back the way you came and keep walking up 7th Street. In each city in Colombia, there is a ‘walking street’. This is a street closed to cars where the street art of all kinds is encouraged. I love walking 7th and watching all of the performances and looking at the art drawn on the pavements.

Depending on time walk as far up the street as you can. If you have the time walk right up to the Museo National.

Good places to stop on the way are (in order as you pass them):

As you only have one day in Bogota you may not be able to stop at all of them.

How to spend one day in Bogota
Museo de Oro

See some graffiti in Bogotá

On your way back down 7th turn left at Macdonald’s onto 19th Calle. When you get to the roundabout at the top of the road turn right.

How to spend one day in Bogota

You will walk past Universities  (where you can get a bus direct to the airport FYI) and Las Aguas Transmilenio stations. Just after Las Aguas, there is a market on your left and on your right is some graffiti that goes right around the corner.

How to spend one day in Bogota

Cross through the park towards the OXXO shop where you will see some more.

Have dinner at one of Bogotá’s best restaurants – Sant Just

Look for this road with the cool cat graffiti (ps make sure you find the right spot to stand in so you can get the full effect see image above), walk up that road.

Just on the right side, you will see a restaurant called Sant Just. If you are on a tight budget, BLOW it! This place is worth it. Honestly, it is hands down the best meal I have eaten in a long time. Fresh local produce with a French twist. I went all out and had 2 courses, a juice, and coffee and it set me back the grand total of $14 haha. That is pretty pricey as far as Colombia goes but it was so worth it!

If that is out of your price range you will find Arepas and Empanadas outside Las Aguas so grab a bite to eat on the street.

Nightlife in Bogota

How to spend one day in Bogota

After dinner take a walk back towards OXXO and up the road towards the main bar area of La Candelaria. Here you will find many bars and places to spend the evening partying. Be sure to drink some local beer and Chichi!

Wondering where to stay in Bogota? I recommend staying in Chapenero over La Candelaria if you are staying longer than 24 hours.

Hotels I recommend are:

Hotel Morrison
Selina Chapinaro
Republica Hostel Chapinero
Hotel Living 55
93 Luxury Suites & Residences

If you are only in town for 1 night then I recommend staying in one of these places in La Candelaria:

Selina La Candelaria
Casa artistica 
Arche Noah Boutique Hostel

If you need a hotel close to the airport then I recommend the Radisson AR Bogota Airport.

Concerned about safety in Bogotá? Take a read of my safety guide to Bogotá.

How to spend 1 day in Bogotá


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