Monserrate of Bogota
The name of “Monserrate” comes from the fact that the first chapel was dedicated to Our Lady of the Cross of Montserrat 1620. There are 3 ways to get to the top, tram, railway, and by foot. Going by foot is considered a pilgrimage by the faithful. Originally a monastery.
Monserrate dominates the landscape of Bogota sitting high on a hill overlooking it. A favorite of tourists and locals alike.
Besides visiting the church there is shopping, local food & fruit, & sightseeing. Due to the increased elevation. a total of 10,300 ft above sea level, you can easily get short of breath, and once you arrive at the drop off point you still have to climb up hill to get to where everything is and your stamina is tested. However the walk is well worth it because it resembles a miniature botanical garden with an abundance of flowers, shrubs, trees, and wildlife.
There is an abundance of food to choose from and style of dinning ranging from a formal restaurant, to cafeteria style, to outdoor cafes. I found an outdoor shop that sold everything you can imagine from cocoa leaves from tea to perfumes. I tried the tea and it seemed to pick me up with a noticeable improvement in alertness and energy. At least that's what I perceived anyway. I bought some to bring home in tea bags but only after asking if it was legal.
Cost - $8 - $9 US
Site of Interest - 5
Safety - 4 -5
Ease of Location - 5 easily spotted from downtown unless a new highrise is in the way
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