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Visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá, Colombia

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Any trip to Bogotá contemplates visit the hill of Monserrate. A mountain more than 3150m high from where you can see the best views of the capital of Colombia. In addition, its summit houses a monastery in honor of Santa María de la Cruz de Monserrate, whose origin dates back to the 17th century when Don Pedro Solís de Valenzuela sent to create a chapel in honor of the virgin virgin of Montserrat, whose original location is the Monastery of Monserrat in the province of Barcelona (Spain).


Visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá

Visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá

He Monserrate Hill Next to the Plaza de Bolivar are undoubtedly two of the most frequented places by tourists in the city of Bogotá. Quiet, safe and visually spectacular places.

To visit the hill of Monserrate it is recommended to do it in the morning and provided that the hill is not covered by clouds. Bogotá is a place where rain is frequent, especially in the afternoon and the location of this hill pushes us to visit it always in the early hours, about 10AM. If the day seems to be clear, a beautiful evening can be seen from the hill as well as all illuminated Bogotá.


Visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá

Climbing the hill of Monserrate can be done walking in less than an hour along a well-marked but very busy path. Another option is to do it by a funicular or by cable car. The first opens early and the second later. However, the small train (funicular) is the quick option to get on a larger number of passengers.


Visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá

Once the funicular is taken, it goes up a fairly steep lane to overcome the 400 meters of elevation that separates the hill of Monserrate from Bogotá. A perfect time to contemplate the views that will await us above.


Visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá

After reaching the top, we will leave a building constructed of stone to give a completely subtropical place. Forests full of ferns and leafy trees, where thousands of birds roam freely.


Visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá

The road to the sanctuary follows a viacrucis In very good condition. On its sides we will see indications of the birds that we can see, such as hummingbirds. Also when there is Mass, the nearby speakers will not miss the homily for a second.


Visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá

We are at 3150m high and for those who have less than 24 hours in Bogotá, it shows and it will cost less to breathe. Therefore, the road has to be done slowly without trying too hard.


Visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá

Upon arriving at the Sanctuary, the first thing that comes to mind is how austere it is. The proportions are large but the building is not especially beautiful. The beautiful thing is its location, a really spectacular site.


Visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá

The views from the sanctuary to the city of Bogotá are incredible, especially the skyline that looks towards the financial district. To see it there is no special viewpoint, just join the roadside that goes down to Bogotá and anywhere will be great.


Visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá

The day we visited the sanctuary they were at Mass, so we stayed at the door to take a single picture. Then we go to the right side of the church where there is an information point and a road that leads to a market.


Visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá

It is a tourist market, where you find any type of souvenir, including details about the figure of Pablo Escobar…. At the end of this there are several food stores and restaurants, almost all of them with views towards the mountains. The prices are not very high.


Visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá

At the end of the restaurants, the road ends and is divided into several paths to the surrounding mountains. Good time to turn around and contemplate the entire complex of the hill of Monserrate.


Visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá

Even so, if we want to walk a little, at the end of the main path, there are very beautiful views towards the mountains. A good place to take a picture and return the same way.


Visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá

Practical data

Before leaving for Colombia

  • Guide of the Lonely Planet of Colombia
  • Airport Transfers
  • Car rental in Colombia with a 15% discount

How much does it cost to visit the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá?

The cost is 10000 pesos per way, with Sundays a little cheaper, 8000 pesos per way. Pets 7000 or 14000 pesos depending on size.

What time is the hill of Monserrate?

The funicular has a schedule from 6:30 AM to 11:45 AM, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays the funicular returns at 16:00, while on Sundays and holidays it returns at 17:30. The cable car has a schedule from 12:00 to 23:30, from Monday to Friday. On Sundays it leaves at 10:30 and ends at 16:30.

On weekends there are usually queues at the box office where we will have to wait at least 15 minutes to buy tickets and another 15 minutes to get to the funicular.

When to go to the hill of Monserrate in Bogotá?

Generally the mornings show better weather as well as lower cloud density. If the day promises to be clear, in the afternoon you can see a beautiful evening and contemplate the entire illuminated city.

Where to sleep in Bogotá?

It all depends on the type of neighborhood to use. The north is modern and quiet, although it is normal to stay in the Candelaria (historic center) where the main monuments are located and the offer is immense.

  • Selina la Candelaría: option with multiple prices, economic and medium / high price. Very careful hotel with a lovely patio.
  • Hotel Casa de la Vega: located in a renovated colonial building. Spacious and clean rooms.
  • Arche Noach Boutique Hotel: hostel with different room types, very careful and with good prices.
  • Yepeto Hostel: very economical and great option. The only but is that it is a little removed from the historic center but can be reached without problems walking.

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