🇨🇴 Funicular and Aerial Tramway to Monserrate, Bogota

Written by Peter Lauffer
May 13, 2024

Bogotá, Colombia's vibrant capital, offers a unique escape to the majestic Monserrate Hill, towering 3,152 meters above sea level. Easily accessible from the historic La Candelaria district, Monserrate promises breathtaking city views, particularly at sunset.

Reaching the Summit: Two Historic Options

  1. The Funicular:

    • Established in 1929, the funicular revolutionized the once-arduous journey to the hilltop Monserrate Sanctuary, a cherished pilgrimage site for locals.
    • Modernized in 1962 with larger, faster railcars, today's funicular carries passengers through a 252-meter tunnel, ending at the mountain station.
    • A restored original railcar stands on display at the valley station, offering a glimpse into the funicular's history.
Monserrate Aereal Tramway
  1. ‍The Aerial Tramway:
  • Introduced in 1955 to accommodate the growing number of visitors, the cable car quickly became a beloved attraction.
  • Passengers enjoy panoramic views of Bogotá and its surroundings through the cable car's large windows during the seven-minute ride.
  • Each of the two cabins can carry up to 40 passengers, offering a comfortable and scenic ascent.
Monserrate Hill, Bogota

Planning Your Visit

  • Choose the Cable Car for Views: While both options offer unique experiences, the cable car's unobstructed vistas are particularly captivating.
  • Visit in the Afternoon: Fewer crowds and the chance to witness the city lights twinkling below make the afternoon an ideal time to ascend.
  • Check Operating Hours: The funicular and cable car operate from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. Verify the last departure time to ensure a smooth return to the city.
  • Enjoy the Culinary Delights: The hilltop boasts diverse dining options, from casual eateries to upscale restaurants. Make reservations beforehand, especially if planning a dinner with a view.
  • Combine with La Candelaria: Explore the historic district in the afternoon before heading to Monserrate for a spectacular sunset.
  • Consider a Guided Tour: Several tours, like "Coffee & Rum in Colombia and Panama," include a visit to Monserrate Hill.
View from Monserrate Hill over Bogota

Whether you opt for the historic funicular or the scenic cable car, your journey to the top of Monserrate Hill is sure to be a memorable part of your Bogotá experience.

Experience the magic of Monserrate Hill firsthand on our "Coffee & Rum by Rail in Colombia and Panama" tour. This unforgettable journey combines the allure of historic railways with the breathtaking vistas of Bogotá from atop this iconic peak.

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