Bogota, Colombia is one of the world’s highest capital cities, located at nearly 9,000 feet above sea level in a valley surrounded by some of the highest peaks of the Andes Mountains. This fantastic South American metropolis has plenty of natural areas and beautiful sights to explore in and around the city, but there is no way that you can visit Bogota without making a stop at one of the most beautiful spots: Monserrate.
Located just east of the city in the spot where the urban sprawl of the city stops at the eastern half of Colombia’s Andes begins, this mountain towers at over 10,000 feet above sea level and provides spectacular views of Bogota in a peaceful, serene environment.
There are three ways to access the summit of Monserrate: by aerial tramway, by funicular, or by foot. The aerial tramway and funicular both provide a thrilling ride to the stop with gorgeous views of the city, but hiking up is also great as an option for exercise and for smelling the fresh mountain air as you work towards the top.
At the summit, you will find a collection of vantage points from which to see the huge metropolis of Bogota as well as a small church built in the 17th century which still stands and can be visited still.
Make an afternoon of it and be sure to stay at the top for the sunset over the city if you are lucky enough to be there on a clear day. If not, any time is a great time of day to make the trek up to the top of Monserrate. Have fun!