Mount Monserrate, Bogota

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Ascend to the top of Mount Monserrate, which towers over Bogota. From the summit--3,152 m (10,341 ft) above sea level--enjoy panoramic views of the city and the surrounding landscape. A 17th-century church perches atop the mountain, dedicated to El Señor Caído (The Fallen Lord), a name derived from a statue depicting Jesus after he was removed from the cross. Christians have used the site of the church as a place of worship since the 1620s, and it remains a popular destination for pilgrims. Nearby, various restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops provide refreshments and shopping for religious visitors and tourists alike. Get to the top by cable car or funicular, or join those on pilgrimage and make the tough trek on foot. Be wary of overexerting yourself on the mountain, as the high altitude can have adverse effects. Plan a trip to Bogota easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • Super nice visit... a must visit in bogota and a unique view of the city. in addition enjoy the craft part for purchases
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  • Must be the best views in Bogota. Well organised cable car and a great ride to the top. Restaurants and shops at the top.  more »
  • If you only go to one place in Bogota, make it Monserrate. It has the most amazing view of the city, and it's a beautiful location. Take one transport up, and the other down. Have lunch (ajiaco!) at C...  more »
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  • On top of the world. We took the cable car up and down this amazing mountain. As we headed up this 10,000 foot high destination, it was covered with heavy clouds. By the time we were heading down, the sun came out and we were treated to a gorgeous and expansive view of Bogota below. Pace yourself a bit as the air is thinner here. There are two restaurants at the top. One is a french restaurant and the other, a more traditional Colombian oriented restaurant. We chose the latter and had a wonderful lunch there. It is a beautiful restaurant and is reasonably priced. Mount Monserrate is highly recommended as a must do when in Bogota.
  • Incredible view of the city. Definitely a must if you’re in bogota. We took the cable car up on a Sunday and it was quite busy so expect a queue. However, prices are cheaper on a Sunday which was great and there were a ton of locals.
  • On the top, there are lots of restaurants and yes the view is pretty nice but I think the most fun part of this mountain is hiking. It is not the hardest one since the path is well maintained. I saw lots of kids doing this. I didn't take the cable car so I can't say which is better but seeing the city getting smaller as you walk higher is very nice and of course you can take as much time as you want. There are some tiendas on the way if you forget water or drank it all. They have beer as well
  • If you're looking for a sky high view of the city with lush foliage and mountains around you, this is worth the visit. There's a few restaurants, a church and marketplace with alot of souvenir shops. Aside from that, there's nothing else to see. Try to schedule your visit during a time when it's not raining. As you walk around, the incline and decline could be slippery if it were wet.
  • Must-visit place in Bogota! You can see a gorgeous view of the entire city from the top. I highly recommend walking up (if you're able to). The path to the top was recently re-opened (Apr 2017) and it's a relatively easy walk up. It's about 3KM of walking (incl. 500m of altitude). It takes about 1 hr 15min (including a few breaks). There's a huge police presence at the base of Monserrate and all the way up at every checkpoint (every 300-500m), so there are no issues with safety. We went on a Saturday and it was quite crowded. The weekend is the safest time to walk up (especially if you're going up alone). There are plenty of vendors on the way up selling water, fresh fruit and beer (only $2,000 COP = $1). :)

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