Mount Monserrate
Mount Monserrate
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Head to Mount Monserrate for some of the best views in Bogota at over 10,000 feet above sea level. You can get to the peak by riding a family-friendly train, taking a cable car, or taking a 1.5-mile hike through the Colombian forest. At the peak, the highlight is the impressive 17th-century monastery and pilgrimage site that overlooks the city. You can recharge at the hilltop cafe or explore the mountain’s open-air market, which sells Colombian crafts and souvenirs. You can check out Mount Monserrate on a tour of the Colombian capital, which typically includes a stop here. Visit early morning or late afternoon for cooler temperatures and fewer crowds. – Tripadvisor
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  • Malachy Kealey
    Preston, United Kingdom192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mountain-top views of Bogotá. Definetely worth the effort.
    Its a great walk up the mountain of Monserrate, with plenty of views of the city of Bogotá along way. There are stalls selling food and drink so you can make sure you keep hydrated along the way. Its mostly walking up steps so dont make the mistake that I did and bring your bike thinking you can cycle up there!! Once you get to the top of the mountain its a lovely little place. You are greeted with amazing views of Bogotá and a number of food stalls and gift shops + toilets. Not to mention the church which sits on top of the mountain. Looking over the city while listening to the church bells ringing is quite a fantastic feeling. Its a tough walk, but if you're up for a challenge then go ahead! Get yourself up there!!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 16, 2023
  • 4NHTraveler
    New Hampshire249 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular views!
    This experience was very interesting. When you get to the bottom of the hill you can purchase tickets (one way or round trip). It was somewhat confusing because it had hours posted for the funicular and the teleférico and it seemed that the funicular wasn’t running as most people were funneled into the teleférico line but I did see some people in line for the funicular ??? There was a line for ticket sales as well as to get on. The lines took maybe 30 minutes or so to get through. When we got on, it was drizzling rain, but shorty cleared up. The view from the top was awesome. There is also the church and some vendors for souvenirs at the top. Overall it was worth a trip and I recommend you going if you were in the area.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • ncorwyn
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Literally not for the faint of heart if you choose to walk up!
    This is a serious hike with many very steep sections. The altitude is a big factor, especially if you’re not acclimated. We loved the challenge and the forest is beautiful. The views from the top are awesome. The trail is paved with stones and can be slippery. I recommend buying some coca tea at the top for energy replenishment and relief from the effects of altitude.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Thomas_KKK
    Aalborg, Denmark38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent view, humming birds and unique means of transportation
    This is a must. Everyone seems to say so, and it is for a good reason. The view is obviously very good, but it is also worth for seeing the humming birds and the landscape in general. Both the funicular and teleférico are an experience in itself. It is possible to take the one up, and a different one down. The contrast to Bogotá is immense. Be careful of potholes and stray dogs on the somewhat steep walking path to the ticket office. There are a few places to get drinks and eat. Including tea de coca, which is good if you feel lighthearted from the height. Being a sweater, it is colder than Bogotá, but still pleasant.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Elizabeth
    Lafayette, Louisiana37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sight
    Wow!! What a beautiful sight to see. I happy I had the chance to experience it. However the wait line was long to get down the mountain. I advise being able to walk and stand for at least 1.5 hours.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • family-from-Scotland
    66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent views of Bogata
    We walked from our hotel in the centro histórico to the ticket office and bought return tickets. The walking route is closed throughout September. The views and atmosphere on a Tuesday were fantastic- hummingbirds, Spanish mass and amazing views. Great value for a first day in the city.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • blkdoggy421
    Pembroke Pines, Florida97 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful View , long wait
    Once you get up there the view was great, you can see the whole city. Santa Clara restaurant was fantastic, service was exceptional and so was the food. If you're up there and want a fancier sit down meal that is the place to go. Note it is a little pricier but wort the the money. Now for the bad side, When we bought the tickets the web site did mention that the funicular was closed and that only the Gondola lift was working, they did not mention that the wait time going up and coming down could be 1 1/2 hrs plus . We stayed because you do not get a refund, and since we were already there. They could have had a set number of people that can go and state reservations were full.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Rosa G
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Great view, great atmosphere, definitely will go back Advise buy the tickets with the skip the lines, lines can be very long and wait times to go up or down can be tiresome. The church is very beautiful, and functional so you can hear mass or confess over there. Don’t forget to make a wish in the well, and do a little shopping.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 15, 2023
  • Liane M
    Alice Springs, Australia355 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent walk down the mountain from a great height.
    We took the teleférico up and enjoyed looking at the view. However there were lots of stores all trying to sell us things which was a bit annoying. The church is lovely and there was a service in when we were there. But for us the highlight was walking down the mountain. There is a path and it’s listed as a Camino, part of the Camino De Santiago. There were lots of steps and even railings and the view was incredible!! Highly recommend it!!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 17, 2023
  • Andersonsabroad
    Paphos District, Cyprus343 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If hiking go early and be prepared
    The hiking trail is just one of a few different ways to reach the top. The other includes funicular and cable car. My son and I decided to walk up. He managed it fine until marker 6 then even he struggled. I however started to struggle by marker 1. As I live near the sea and had only just arrived in Bogotá I discovered that you can get altitude sickness. Near marker 4 I was physically sick. The positives are that the views are amazing. There are birds and nature to see going up. There are drink vendors on the way up. Lots at the top and bottom. I would recommend going earlier as cooler (wear sunscreen-I got burnt), good comfortable shoes. At times the path and steps are very uneven and slippery with leaves so be careful. I am of average fitness and was totally caught out by it. Yet, I saw a few people run up it? Just be careful if not used to the altitude.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 18, 2024
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Michelle T
New York City, NY656 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We visited Monserrate on a Wednesday around 4pm. We wanted to be up there for sunset and then have dinner at San Isidro. The restaurant arranged for our cable car tickets, so we didn't actually have to buy them ourselves. The tickets can be purchased online though, so I would recommend doing that in advance as I've heard there can be a line during busy times.

The ride up is very smooth and quick. You barely feel it. The trams run pretty frequently as well, so you never wait too long.

The church at the top of the mount is pretty cool and there are a ton of nice viewpoints to see the city. It's amazing how big the city looks from up high.

There are also food and souvenir shops further away from the church, so you can do some shopping while up top as well.
Written June 17, 2022
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Nathan Smith Jr
Los Angeles, CA697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Monserrate provides some of the best views of an urban metropolis that you can see without getting in a plane or helicopter. We went on a guided city tour which included our admission to the teleferico which takes you to the top of the mountain. The only downside to the experience is that lines are quite long to get on the cable car and there's only one going each way, so it can be quite a long wait if you go during peak hours. At the top, in addition to great pictures, there's overpriced food and tourist trap shops which I'd recommend avoiding and instead just shopping in Bogota city centre near the Plaza Bolivar.
Written September 19, 2022
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WorldTvlerParker_CO
Parker, CO821 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We took the funicular up as we read various reports on the security of walking up...not that our legs could make it up that high! There is a map as you get off the funicular and am glad I read it. It showed a ‘flea market’ way to the back that our other friends never saw...we hiked all the way up and beyond the church, through the market and food stalls and out the back for additional views. Fab! Since we were there early January, they still had the Xmas lights and music going when the sun went down. Great views.... there is normally a choice to take the cable car, but it was not working at the time.
Written January 18, 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore12,841 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
Came here early in the morning and noticed quite a lot of locals come here for workout. The views of the city was beautiful and it was nice walking through the garden which has statues depicting Jesus' journey towards cruxification. There is also a church up here. Saw hummingbird up here too. A recommended must see sight in the city. I took the cable car up but I believe some people actually hike up.
Written June 6, 2020
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JohnConnerColombia
Medellin, Colombia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
Go for the view of all Bogotá and stay for lunch or dinner.
There are all levels of restaurants and small stores once you reach the top. We highly recommend the very elegant, full-service restaurant "Casa San Isidro" with the view of all Bogotá from your table.
Written May 27, 2020
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Lia H
Bogota, Colombia1,071 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Get ready to climb!!!!! You purchase your tickets at the base of the mountain, and you can go up via an aerial tram or a cable car.... and yes, some people to go all the way up walking! Once you get off, there a bit of walking until you make it to the top. In our party we had to stop a few times to catch our breath. There is a church, little shops, restrooms and just an incredible view of the city! Must do!!!!
Written February 10, 2020
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Alma W
Costa Rica6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
It is the main tourist attraction of the city of Bogotá.
It consists of a mountain with more than 3,500 meters of height from which the city of Bogotá can be seen with an impressive panoramic view.
It is ascended in three ways: walking on foot along the land access route for which you do not pay or through a cable car or a binocular for which you pay entrance: you can pay in cash or with a credit or debit card.
As you go up the view becomes more spectacular.
Once in the place, apart from the panoramic view, and various areas for photographs, you will find a temple, as well as various souvenir shops, stores, bookstores, ect. You will also find cafes and several restaurants. Prices are usually higher than those in the city.

It is recommended to wear a coat because, due to the height, the cold tends to increase, mainly at sunset.
It is recommended to go with enough time, mainly on weekends, because the lines to go up or down usually last between 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Although you can buy the VIP pass through which there are no rows.
Written November 16, 2022
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J m
New York City, NY49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I enjoyed this experience to be above the crazy traffic and get an eagle's eye view of how Bogata is nestled by a series of mountains.

Realize there are multiple lines. Look for the ticket purchase line by the office. After purchase, you go to the ticket holder line. There was a third line for what purpose, I do not know. There are two ways to ascend and descend, cable car and funicular. You MUST do at least one cable car route as it is mostly glass and you get much better views. One on top, you can walk further up to the church and peddler mall/food stands. Upon exit of the ride, there are bathrooms and restaurants. If you walk down there are sculptures depicting the passion of Christ ending at the funicular station. On a chiily day, try the aguapanela (warm sugar can juice).
Written January 1, 2020
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sara o
The Woodlands, TX45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We wanted to go up in the afternoon to see the sunset and it was beautiful. In December there was lots of lights and you can see a big part of the city. It is absolutely wonderful and the staff is very nice. We also had dinner in casa San Isidro... But it is a different review because is delicious!
Written February 23, 2020
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scottchamberlin
Seattle, WA70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Perhaps by buying a ticket in advance for the funicular or skytram, you can avoid the lines; otherwise you are in for a long line, taking up to two hours. With that in mind, I opted to walk it, along with what seemed like several thousand other people. It is a 2.3 Km walk, all uphill and mostly stairway. As of this writing it has been three days since the hike and my legs are still sore. Mind, I am 70 years old, but in quite good shape (or so I thought). And this followed a day of walking that must have covered nearly ten miles. Spectacular views.
Written January 28, 2020
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