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.
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 (as of October 2014). 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.
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.
Getting to the Church
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.
At the end of the path is a stairway to the church which was built in the late 17th century.
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.