Cerro de Monserrate

The highest point in Bogotá is Cerro de Monserrate. There’s a Catholic sanctuary accessible by cable car or funicular, or a 60-90 minute walk up a path. Visiting the top of the mountain is popular with tourists for incredible views of Bogotá. There is also a restaurant.

Cerro de Monserrate in Bogotá, Colombia

Cerro de Monserrate

The ticket office is about a 20 minute walk from La Candelaria or a short taxi ride for about COP$4,500. We waited in the queue about 15 minutes to buy our tickets for the funicular to the top. We paid COP$16,800 for two rides. The cable car runs until noon on most days while the funicular runs about every 15 minutes during all working hours. Check the official website for opening hours and rates.

Funicular to Cerro de Monserrate in Bogotá, Colombia

Funicular

The ride up the mountain is very scenic with great views of the city below. We tried to get a spot up front but it filled up too quickly.

Funicular to Cerro de Monserrate in Bogotá, Colombia

Funicular

Once at the top, there is a direct path to the church or you can follow the Via Crucis, which has statues of Christ from the Stations of the Cross.

Via Crucis on Cerro de Monserrate in Bogotá, Colombia

Via Crucis

Via Crucis on Cerro de Monserrate in Bogotá, Colombia

Via Crucis

Cerro de Monserrate in Bogotá, Colombia

Cerro de Monserrate

At the end of the path is a stairway to the church which was built in the late 17th century.

Church on Cerro de Monserrate in Bogotá, Colombia

Church

Church on Cerro de Monserrate in Bogotá, Colombia

Church

Chapel in the church on Cerro de Monserrate in Bogotá, Colombia

Chapel

The views from the top are the main reason for most visits. You can see the urban sprawl of Bogotá and spot landmarks like Plaza de Bolívar from 3,152m above sea level.

View from Cerro de Monserrate in Bogotá, Colombia

View of Bogotá from Cerro de Monserrate

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