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One must visit place in Bogota is the top of Monserrate. You can either climb, take a tramway, or take the Monserrate funicular. Normally I would climb this, but the wonderful family I was staying with wanted me to experience the funicular. For those afraid of heights, this mode of transportation is not for the feint of heart.

Monserrate funicular

Here comes the Monserrate funicular

Monserrate funicular a little scary for those afraid of heights

I used to be afraid of heights, but I have been able to overcome this as I have grown older, especially if I have control over falling. I am pretty sure footed and handed, so I will not put myself in a position where I am in danger of falling. As with flying, I think people are more afraid of being helpless and not in control than they are the actual height.

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Does not take long before you are 1,000 feet over Bogota on the Monserrate funicular

I have to say that the ride up Monserrate was a little terrifying thanks to the incline of the ascent and descent. It seemed like it was almost an 80% incline or almost straight up, and we were pulled in a little cable car only supported by a cable. Perhaps it had some back up safety feature in case something happened to the cable, but I am not sure. All I know is that I was happy once my feet hit the ground both coming up and going down. You can save a little money by walking up the mountain instead of taking the funicular. Visit this website for more saving tips.

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Felt great to get off the Monserrate funicular and be treated to these views

The ride up and down only takes about five minutes. The view is sensational from up top as Monserrate is higher than 10,000 feet. I had no idea there were 10,000 foot mountains in the capital city. Bogota is already high at around 8,300 feet or 2,640 meters. Not many travelers expect such elevation in Colombia which is known for Caribbean beaches and steamy jungles. Bogota is actually higher than Denver, the famous mile high city in Colorado.

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The clear view did not last for long

Cool temperatures prevail on Monserrate

If you are traveling to Bogota make sure you bring warm clothes including long pants and a semi warm jacket. I hear of people freezing their behind all the time thinking that all of Colombia is warm. The average temperature in the city is 58 degrees, and it is even colder a couple of thousand feet higher on top of Monserrate, so plan accordingly.

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The Monserrate funicular line and looking down on Bogota from high above

We were lucky because as soon as we got to the top of Monserrate, a huge cloud came through and made visibility pretty poor. I was able to get a good couple of shots of the surrounding scenery before we were fogged out, but the city itself was already cloud enshrouded.

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My wonderful guides who took me up the Monserrate funicular and showed me around

Monserrate is one of the major tourist areas in the city, so you get the usual shops and over priced food stops. I did not feel that anyone bothered me though, so at least it was peaceful. There is also a church at the very top. The church was a brilliant white and looked pretty cool surrounded by the enveloping clouds. We briskly walked through the tourist area, but it was not all that interesting.

Monserrate church

Monserrate church

What was interesting was how lush the environment was. The trees on the surrounding mountains and the landscape below the buildings was a radiant green. Bogota receives a decent amount of rainfall, so make sure you also pack some type of rain gear as well as the warm clothes. There were also many flowering plants in bloom along the walkways.

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Unfortunately, did not get a good shot of Bogota after riding the Monserrate funicular

The main thing to do up there is enjoy the views, and once the cloud came in and obscured it, there was not much point to hang out, so we jumped back on the Monserrate funicular and came back to ground level. I would definitely go back, but I would try and do this on a more clear day if possible, which is not easy to plan as I do not think I experience a clear day in Bogota.

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Looking back up the mountains while taking the Monserrate funicular down

Some people might be turned off by the overly touristy aspect of the top of Monserrate, but the view of the mountains and the city make it well worth the stop. For more information on rates and schedules for the various ways to get up the mountain, check out this website.

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