Monserrate in Bogota, Colombia

Bogota is a city nestled within the mountains, like so many cities in South America, and one of its most famous landmarks is Monserrate, a small church at the top of one of the mountains on the outskirts of the city. If you make it to Bogota, this is one of the must visit attractions as it will give you a lovely view of the city below.

You have three options for reaching the fully operational church on the mountaintop: hike all the way up, take a cable car, or take a vertical trolley. Having had a lovely experience on the cable cars in Medellin, I opted not to hike and rode the cable car up and the trolley down, just to mix it up and experience both.

As Monserrate is a working church and a very popular attraction in the city, you may have to wait a bit for your turn in the cable car or trolley and you’ll be crammed in like sardines, but I think it’s worth it for the experience and the view. Once you arrive at the top there will be numerous opportunities for you to get some great panoramic shots of Bogota as well as the church itself, an artisans’ food and crafts market, and a popular wishing well.

Take a look at the short video below to get an idea for the view from the top: