"Go up to Monserrate!" Cerro de Monserrate Tip by Ames24

Cerro de Monserrate, Bogotá: 24 reviews and 70 photos

  View from teleférico of La Candelaria & Av.Jiménez
by Ames24

Look out for a clear day in Bogotá and go up on the teleferico to Monserrate for a great view of Bogotá. The time of day you go up could grant a distinct kind of view you get of the city. We happened to go up in the late afternoon. We got a late afternoon view of the city, the sun going down on the far horizon, followed by some dark clouds which turned purplish as they rolled in right in front of us, and put on a lightning show. As the sun slipped away behind the horizon, the city lights began to twinkle, and we got a view of the cloud-covered city at dusk.

There is the huge church up there, a walkway full of shops selling mainly products related to catholic symbolism etc. There are the twelve stations of the cross in monuments. There is a fancy restaurant in an elegant white building, which I am told is really expensive. And there's more.

Its amazing how so long ago they built all of that up there! The church and much of the market was closed when we were there, they must all be opened earlier in the day.

Because you are higher, take a sweater or jacket along, it's chillier up there. It's cool up there b/c you can look over to the next mountain or somewhere in the distance in the sky over another part of the city, and see the clouds moving in or swirling around in a different way, like there are several micro-climates hovering over Bogotá.

I'll check on the cost, and post it here in early January 03. It's not expensive and it's worth it!

Address: Carrera 2 Este No. 21-48 Paseo Bolívar
Directions: Up the hill from Avenida Jimenez area.
Phone: 1 284 57 00
Website: http://cerromonserrate.com/en/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 27, 2002
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