How to spend one day in Bogota

How to spend one day in Bogota

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.

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 summerise.

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

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.

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.

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! 

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

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.

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

  • San Francisco Church ( the oldest church in Bogota)
  • Museo Del Oro (the gold museum)
  • Museo Nacional (the National Museum of Colombia)

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

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.

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.

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

After dinner 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 during your one day in Bogota? I recommend staying in Chapenero over La Candelaria if you are staying longer than 24 hours in Bogota.

Hostels I recommend in Chapinero 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.

Do you have more time? Take a read of my other Bogotá guides:

2 days in Bogotá

3 day trips from Bogotá

The 6 Best Tours in Bogotá

Or if you are planning a backpacking trip around Colombia take a read of my most popular Colombia posts here

How to spend 1 day in Bogotá

 

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Book your trip now

Are you ready to book your trip?  To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.

  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
  • Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
  • Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
  • World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
  • SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
  • Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

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