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  • Address: Bogota, Cundinamarca, Colombia

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Mount Monserrate

Mists permitting, you’ll be able to see the gleaming white Basílica del Señor de Monserrate high above the city, beckoning from the thickly forested mountains that form Bogota’s spectacular backdrop. Originally built as a monastery in 1657, it is no wonder that this glorious spot has been a site of pilgrimage ever since.

The original stone path marked by statues depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross still leads from the colonial Candelaria district up to the sanctuary. It is a steep climb to a chilly 3152m (10,339ft) still used by pilgrims (and exercise buffs), particularly on weekends and religious holidays. Most tourists take advantage of either the funicular, a steeply pitched train, or teleferico, a cable car system, which both make the trip inexpensively throughout the day. If you do choose to walk, note that there have been muggings, so it might not be the best choice if you’re alone with an expensive camera. 

And you’ll definitely want your camera with you, as the fantastic city views are worth remembering. If the mountain mists pour in over your visit, obscuring the city below, you’ll still enjoy exploring the whitewashed sanctuary and its unusual icons, the Black Virgin and Fallen Christ. Wandering through the simple yet inspiring compound, with its cobbled plazas and red tiled roofs, all wrapped in luxuriant high Andean forest, is a treat no matter what the weather. Two upscale onsite restaurants offer the option of enjoying a little more ambiance with your visit.

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Bogotá City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Lunch and Cable Car Ride, Bogotá, null
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Bogotá City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Lunch and Cable Car Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 54 Reviews

Explore the city of Bogotá on this guided sightseeing tour to some of the most famous attractions in the city! Walk through the cobblestone streets of La ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 5 or 8 hrs

From USD $67.50
Bogota Historic Tour: La Candelaria, Monserrate and Gold Museum, Bogotá, Full-day Tours
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Bogota Historic Tour: La Candelaria, Monserrate and Gold Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Enjoy a personalized tour of Bogota's historic city center and get to know the most important places and their history. Visit Monserrate and La Candelaria ...  Read more

Location: Bogota, Colombia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Bogotá City Pass, Bogotá, Half-day Tours
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Bogotá City Pass

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

The Bogota Pass Card is the smart tourism card that gives national and international tourists the opportunity to explore the city in an easy, safe and ...  Read more

Location: Bogota, Colombia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $50.00
La Candelaria and Monserrate Walking Tour, Bogotá, Sightseeing & City Passes
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La Candelaria and Monserrate Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

This "La Candelaria" and Monserrate walking tour is the best introduction to the historical center and most important mountain of Bogotá. You'll ...  Read more

Location: Bogota, Colombia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00

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