Advantages Choice of cable car or funicular, nice views on a clear day
Disadvantages The 2 journeys are very quick
Bogota doesn't have all that many landmarks, but one thing you can see from virtually anywhere in the city is the church atop Monserrate mountain. I even used to have a view of it from my previous apartment and though I've moved now, I still see it every day as I walk to work and to the gym. At 3152 metres above sea level, it sounds ludicrously high until you remember that Bogota itself is some 2625m up. But still, that's quite a bit further up in the clouds. I wish that were just a figure of speech, but sadly cloudy days are the most common kind here, and while normally you can make out the church, sometimes the very peak is slightly or totally obscured by the puffy white things.I've wanted to go for ages, more for the trip than what's at the other end, but since it's not that cheap I thought I'd save it for when Big Sis hit town as it was no doubt something she would want to do, and we finally made the trip on Good Friday.
.... It Is SO The Journey, Not The Destination ....
Though I can see the top from just about everywhere, the base on Monserrate is a little further than it looks. The nearest Transmilenio is Las Aguas, but we just walked from my home in La Candelaria (the old town) and it took maybe 25 minutes. The slope up to the station is not the safest according to my guide book, but when we went it was overrun with police and street sellers, and felt no different from the rest of town.The station is the departure point for both forms of transport, and the tickets are the same for each so you can buy your return and then decide which one to use for each leg. The first ticket office is obvious but if it's crowded there is another one round the corner that was getting less attention. We paid $8200 return. During the week I think it is normally $14000 and on Sundays it's about $7000, so quite a difference in price for the same trip. We decided to go up on the cable car and come down on the funicular, so joined a long though quite orderly queue for the former.
The cable cars are gondola style. They hold quite a lot of people (40 max) and have no seats, but the journey is very quick and very, very steep. The only downside is you can't move around and take photos from different angles because there's no room to manoeuvre - I think we had exactly 40 squeezed into ours. The cable cars are bright orange and there are two running (up different lines). I'd seen the lines before and assumed that's what they were, but had never seen the cars on them.
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