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You can’t miss Monserrate on your trip to Bogotá. And now, you can’t miss its free official walking tour. We’ll make sure you discover the best of this tourist spot and enjoy exciting guidance along Monserrate Hill. For instance, we offer some unique experiences such as flipping a lucky coin. Above all, relish the great views of Bogotá while receiving insights into the city. In addition, learn some interesting information about Catholicism and Colombian costumes and traditions.
You probably know that Monserrate is a must-do in Bogotá. But, instead of going to see it and taking pictures just because, what about giving yourself the chance to immerse in this citizens’ sanctuary with its official walking tour?
Once you have met our tour guide and the rest of the group, this hour-and-half tour will start. First, he will explain to you how Monserrate became a place of pilgrimage and how, over time, it also became a tourist place due to its outstanding viewpoints of Bogotá and a hiking destination or a workout zone for those who are into exercising.
We assure you this will be a whole different way of visiting it. If you fall in love with this important hill, you can ask about our other tour there: Birdwatching at Monserrate.
Meeting Point: Find us on the base of the mountain just next to the ticket office. Just look for the yellow umbrella to start the Monserrate Free tour!
Starting time: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10:00am.
You will walk along the Stations of the Cross Path (Via Crucis) while you learn more about our characteristic flora and fauna. You will be part of the wishing well tradition of flipping coins and making wishes (a tradition that has been there for decades) by flipping your own coin.
Afterwards you will be able to stop in the viewpoint where photos of the imposing views of the city will be taken. You will get to know all the superstitions, sayings and interesting though most of the times unknown facts about the hill.
You will walk inside the Basilica of the Fallen Lord of Monserrate to understand the importance of Catholicism for Colombians’ identity. We assure you this will be a whole different way of visiting such a touristic place.
Monserrate is one of the most tourist places in Bogotá. Usually, it has a waiting line to buy the tickets. We recommend you arrive 30 or 40 minutes before the scheduled tour, so you get on time to the top of the hill.
The most advisable thing is that you wear layers of clothing that you can remove as the day progresses. Hoodies, cotton t-shirts, sneakers, sunglasses, and a cap are the most used items of clothing for this activity.
The weather in Bogotá tends to change abruptly during the day, so it's best to be prepared for both rain and sun as the tour operates in all weather conditions. Bring a jacket, comfortable shoes, water and wear sunscreen.
If you want to walk up the hill, you can do it with no problem. Keep in mind the trail is 3.2-mile long (both ways) and it takes approximately 4 hours to complete by foot.
Taking the funicular takes just 7 minutes. The distance you cover going up this way is 880 m (2887 ft).
Although you don't have to pay for this free tour in Monserrate, leaving a tip is a good sign of appreciation. This tour has a suggestion of $8 USD, however it depends on your level of satisfaction.
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