Cerro de Monserrate
Cerro de Monserrate: One of Bogotas main attaractions overlooking the city with great views.
In 1650 hermitage retreat was named after Monserrat’s Morena Virgin whose sanctuary was located in Catalonia, near Barcelona, giving the entire mountain the name Monserrate.
It is positioned just above the University district near the famous Candelaria and the Museum of Gold. Monserate has restaurants, cafeteria, souvenir shops and many tourist facilities. We can see its Church from our Bogota Bed and Breakfast INN. Monserrate is Bogotas weather indicator, if theres fog and you can just see Monserate you can say theres a 50% chance of rain if you cannot see Monserrate you can almost count on it raining. The Funicular/cable car station to go up is forty minutes walk from Bogota Bed and Breakfast INN. However always ask for our special Monserrate map which has the “best” walking path from our house or downtown to the station, we have it! There is a trail to claim up, but is under repair due to heavy rains. The only way to go up is using the cable-cart or the funicular. The view is breath taking. You can see the magnitude of our great city, with residential areas, green spaces, the downtown and its tall buildings, the main roads, among other zones. It is high, very high: 10,407 feet (Wikipedia) above the sea level.
The funicular is opened from Monday thought Saturday from 7:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m; Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and hollidays rom 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The cable-cart runs from Monday through Saturday from 12 M to 12 p.m., Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and holidays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Ahh, if you want to go up on Sundays, the best time is 4 – 4:40 p.m. in terms of not toooo many people trying to go up at the same time.