How Many Days In Bogota? 3 Great Itineraries From 3 To 7 days

How many days in Bogota is enough? With so many great things to do, it’s hard to know how many days to spend in this great city. Here’s an expertly curated three, five and seven day itinerary to help you plan your time in Bogota.

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How Many Days In Bogotá Is Enough?

In my opinion, three days is more than enough in Bogota to get it all done, especially if you’re on an extended tour of the country and have other places to visit. 

 

I didn’t rush around and managed to get most of it done within three days, but if you want to take it even more leisurely, spread your time over five days and take in even more sights at your own pace. 

 

Here’s a quick look at my suggestions:

 

 

  • 3 days In Bogota – With three days you’ll definitely be able to get around and get to know the city without it feeling too rushed, meanwhile soaking up all the cultural hot spots.

 

  • 5 days In Bogota – 5 days is great if you prefer to take it easy as you stroll around the city, have lazy mornings and meander around the galleries with a buñuelo in hand.

 

  • 7 days In Bogota – I wouldn’t recommend a week in Bogota unless you want to explore outside of the city. However, if you are on a short trip to Colombia I would recommend spending your time elsewhere such as Medellin or Santa Marta as there’s much more to see and do there.
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Bogotá Three Day Itinerary

Three days in Bogotá is perfect for first time backpackers on a tour of Colombia, or anyone there for a short time. 

 

  • Day 1 – Gold Museum / Monserrate 
  • Day 2 – Graffiti tour
  • Day 3 – Paloquemao Market / Usaquén 

Day 1: Gold Museum - Botero Gallery - Monserrate

Start your day at Plaza de Bolívar.

 

You can easily walk to this central square from most accommodations in La Candelaria, which is where I recommend you stay as it’s safe and very pretty!

 

From here, head to the Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), which is a short walk away, to see ancient golden artefacts from the pre-columbus era.

 

Then, have some authentic Colombian food for lunch at La Puerta de la Catedral, which is conveniently located near the Gold Museum.

 

After lunch, take a short walk to the Botero Museo to see the much-celebrated artist Fernando Botero’s characteristic ‘chubby’ artworks.

 

Later, take the funicular to Monserrate for breathtaking views of the city, but check the sunset times so you can see the city before the sun goes down!

 

Enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants on Monserrate, taking in the panoramic views of Bogotá.

Views from Monserrate, above Bogota (Colombia)

Day 2: Buñuelos - Graffiti walking tour

Time to try a traditional Colombian breakfast to start off your day.

 

A buñuelo is a fried dough fritter that pairs perfectly with a sweet milky coffee or hot chocolate.

 

The best place to try them is at Kaba Parrilla (the corner of Carrera 7 and Av. Jimenez de Quesada) before heading to the meeting point of your graffiti walking tour in La Candelaria. 

 

There are lots to choose from but here are some well-respected companies you might want to check out. 

 

They are advertised as ‘free’ but you are encouraged to pay what you feel it’s worth. Remember this is their livelihood.

 

See how you can spend a month travelling through Colombia with this epic one month itinerary:

 

 

Graffiti Art In Bogota (Colombia)

Day 3: Paloquemao market - Usaquén

Start your day with a visit to Paloquemao Market

 

You can get there by taxi (Uber is available here) or bus – just ask at your accommodation and they will let you know which bus to get. 

 

Here you’ll get the full experience of a South American market. Wander around and enjoy the sights, and smells of the variety of Colombian fruits, vegetables, and local delicacies. 

 

This is another time to enjoy a traditional Colombian breakfast at one of the market stalls. I recommend Calentao which is usually a large bowl of rice, some type of beans, eggs, or other available protein, salad, and also arepas!

 

Or if you prefer a guided food, this 5 star rated experience is worth checking out!

 

After that visit Usaquén, a charming neighbourhood known for its cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, and artisan markets.

Bogotá Five Day Itinerary

Five days in Bogota will give you the opportunity to really take it slowly and pack in even more sights, sounds and tasty delights around the city. 

 

  • Day 1 – Gold Museum / Monserrate 
  • Day 2 – Graffiti tour
  • Day 3 – Paloquemao Market / Usaquén 
  • Day 4 – Botanical Garden
  • Day 5 – Tejo / Salsa 

Day 4: Bogotá Botanical Garden / Vintage Shopping In Chapinero

Begin your fourth day at the Bogotá Botanical Garden, José Celestino Mutis, the largest botanical garden in Colombia, to enjoy its vast collection of Colombian flora. 

 

After that experience vintage shopping in Chapinero (especially around the Marly area), where you can find unique items and local designs. 

Head here to read more about the best things to do in Bogota if this day doesn’t take your fancy:

 

 

Day 5: Salsa / Tejo / Nightlife

With 5 days in Bogota, you can take the time to get to know Colombian culture better.

 

Tejo is a popular sport originating from rural Colombia, which involves throwing iron disks at clay-covered boards adorned with gunpowder-packed triangles. 

 

Hit the centre of a triangle for a small explosion and  extra points. 

 

Tejo is widely enjoyed for fun in Bogotá, with popular venues like Tejo La Embajada in the San Felipe neighbourhood. This spot offers craft beers, finger food, and turns into a lively venue later in the night.

 

You can reserve a lane through their website or book this Tejo and craft beer tour if you prefer a guide.

 

Another must in Bogota is learning to salsa!

 

You can see locals showcasing their dance moves at salsa clubs throughout the city, where individuals of all ages and skill levels are dancing away.

 

In downtown Bogotá, try El Goce Pagano, a venue where DJs have been spinning classic salsa tracks from Cuba, Colombia, and beyond for the past three decades. 

 

For live performances, don’t miss Quiebra Canto, a revered Bogotá establishment that has hosted local salsa, champeta, and tropical pop bands before they achieved widespread recognition.

 

After that, it’s time to experience Bogotá’s nightlife by visiting the bars and clubs in the Zona Rosa or La Candelaria area.

La Candelaria, Bogota (Colombia)
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Bogotá Seven Day Itinerary

7 days in Bogota is only for those travellers who have to see it all and want to escape the city centre to explore the beautiful mountain regions surrounding it.

 

  • Day 1 – Gold Museum / Monserrate 
  • Day 2 – Graffiti tour
  • Day 3 – Paloquemao Market / Usaquén 
  • Day 4 – Botanical Garden
  • Day 5 – Tejo / Salsa 
  • Day 6 – Lake Guatavita 
  • Day 7 – El Chiflon Waterfall

Day 6 - Lake Guatavita

Lake Guatavita, is a beautiful natural wonder on the outskirts of Bogota steeped in legend and history.

 

The lake is part of the legend of El Dorado, where apparently indigenous tribes performed rituals involving gold offerings.

 

If you want to escape from the bustling city life of Bogotá, this stunning landscape provides the perfect opportunity. 

How To Get To Lake Guatavita From Bogota

Public Transport

 

  • From Bogotá, head to the Portal Norte TransMilenio station.
  • Take the bus towards Zipaquirá.
  • Get off at the Guatavita town stop.
  • From there, hire a taxi or walk to Lake Guatavita.

Tour 

 

Day 7 - Hike to El Chiflon and La Chorrera Waterfall

With 7 days in Bogota, it’s time for an adventure deep into the Andean jungle.

 

Parque Aventura La Chorrera Bogotá is open from 8 am to 5 pm every day.

 

You can go trekking in the park and visit two amazing waterfalls –  El Chiflón and La Chorrera.

 

La Chorrera, a 1,936-foot wall of cascading water, is Colombia’s largest waterfall. 

 

This is a full day out and requires driving an hour outside of the city and then around 4-5 hours in the park trekking and enjoying the sights.

How To Get To El Chiflon From Bogota

Public Transport



  • Take a bus or taxi to the Portal Norte TransMilenio station in Bogotá.
  • Board a bus heading towards Choachí.
  • Get off at the town of Choachí.
  • From Choachí, hire a taxi or walk to El Chiflón.
Tour

This top rated tour includes transport to and from the park. 

 

Don’t worry about meals – breakfast and lunch are included too. You’ll meet your bilingual guide in Bogotá and enjoy a traditional Colombian breakfast. Then, hop in a private van to the park where you’ll have lunch.

La Chorrera Waterfall, Bogota (Colombia)

When's The Best Time To Visit Bogota?

When it comes to planning your adventure in Bogota, January-March and July-August are some of the best months where Colombia enjoys the best weather.

 

With sunny days and comfortable temperatures, these months offer ideal conditions for exploring Bogota. As it’s high up, it can get cold so you’ll want the best weather during the day and minimal rain.

 

Try to avoid visiting during the rainy season from April-June and October-December as it will be cold, wet and grey.

 

Additionally, the shoulder seasons of March and September can also provide favorable conditions, blending warm weather with fewer crowds, ideal for backpackers looking for the best deals on tours and accommodation.

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Bogota skyline (Colombia)

How To Get To Bogota

Bogotá’s main international airport is called El Dorado International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado).

 

International flights from the US, Canada and UK will land here. 

 

El Dorado International Airport is about 15 kilometers (about 9 miles) west of the city center of Bogotá. You can take an Uber from the airport to the city which takes around 30 minutes. 

How To Get To Medellin From Bogota

The best way to get to Medellin from Bogota is to fly.

 

Flights are cheap in Colombia and they’re the best way of getting around compared to buses.

 

The flight time from Bogota to Medellin is just under an hour. Whereas, a bus would take around 10 hours on a windy road. 

 

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However, buses are still cheaper than flights so this may still be your preferred option if you’re a budget backpacker.

 

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Funicular ride to Monserrate, Bogota (Colombia)

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Which Is Better? Bogota Or Cartagena?

This is a common question for people visiting Colombia. Both cities are great but there’s a clear winner here.

 

I would always pick Cartagena over Bogota.

 

It’s a much prettier city and the great selection of bars, restaurants and ocean views make it well worth visting.

 

And if you love the sea and the beach, then definitely go for Cartagena over Bogota.

 

Spending time at the rooftop bars looking over the ocean is always great, and your about an hour away from Playa Blanca which is one of the nicest beaches in Colombia.

 

Most travellers spend a day or two in Bogota as most international flights land here but there isn’t as much to see compared to other cities in Colombia.

For more on Cartagena and how to spend your time there, head to the itinerary post below:

 

 

Bogotá FAQ’s

How Easy Is It To Get Around Bogota?

The TransMilenio bus system is excellent and is your best bet for getting around the city affordably.

 

Taxis, or rideshare apps like Uber can be used for longer distances and are also safe and reliable.

 

Consider walking or renting a bicycle for exploring neighbourhoods like La Candelaria though as the best adventures are had on foot!

Yes, Uber is easy to use and I recommend using it in Bogota and throughout Colombia.

 

Not only is it safer as drivers are registered with Uber, it’s also a lot cheaper than using the metered yellow taxis.

While Bogotá has become much safer, always be mindful of your belongings and surroundings, especially in crowded places. 

 

During the day, keep your belongings in a bag or fanny pack that is secure and close to your body. 

 

At night, take an Uber taxi to and from your accommodation if you are travelling far, and stick to the busy places.

Bogotá is situated at a high altitude so it’s common to experience altitude sickness. Consider taking it easy on the first day to acclimatise.

 

Walk around and see how you feel. If you are okay, then you can move to higher altitudes such as Cerro Monseratte or trekking in Parque Aventura La Chorrera Bogotá.

You can easily spend 48 hours in Bogota. Most travellers tend to do this anyway as there’s much more to see in places like Medellin and on the Caribbean Coast.

 

If I was to spend 2 days in Bogota, I would follow this itinerary:

 

  • Day 1 – Visit the Gold Museum / Take the funicular up to Monserrate
  • Day 2 – Graffiti tour / Salsa in the evening

The two best day trips from Bogota are:

 

  • Lake Guatavita
  • La Chorrera Waterfall.

 

Both of these day trips are around an hour outside of the city and you can visit them self-guided or with a tour. 

 

See the links above in the 7-day Bogota itinerary as examples.

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