Today we decide to visit the iconic Monserrate Cableway, so we strike a rate with the taxi driver (prior to getting into the cab) and head up behind Candelaria. This is believed to be the first church built in the region. The local indigenous Muisca believe this mountain to have significant religious meaning to it. Name mountain quijicha caca, or ‘grandmother’s foot’.
Llamas and Alpacas
One thing that you get used to when you go to South America is that it is not uncommon for folks to walk their llama or alpaca along the street like a pet. My son cracks me up in this photo when wild is passed from his ‘butt’ as we walk to the cable-car entrance area.
We buy our tickets and it is cold! Bring your jackets as it is much cooler climate, even at the base. We were told there can be pickpockets on the trail if you walk up and it is safer to take the Monserrate Cableway. Here interestingly, the sun rises directly behind the mountain during the solstice in June.
Entering the Monserrate Cableway
My son is a bit scared when he enters the Monserrate Cableway carriage, as the staff told him he had to hang on to me. This is because the winds at the time can get strong.
Amazing View As You Ascend
Up we go. The view is amazing! Down below you can see the old and new city of Bogota. Bogota is divided into localities or regions of the city.
We head for the church which with a shrine, devoted to El Señor Caído. It is a white-washed building still in use, and markets at the entrance area. At Eastertime, this is a pilgrimage site – many people go up this mountain on their knees whipping their backs until they reach this church. Way up this path to the top of the mountain they crawl in one another’s blood so we were told.
The day is fairly clear when we get to the top and it has a lovely stone wall. Typically it is clear up here in the mornings, and it rains in the afternoons. Should you wish to hike up then remember to bring plenty of water, to allow adequate time, and that the bonus is that the trail is free.
Relaxing And Tranquil
There is lots to wander around and see at the top so ensure you allow a couple of hours. We head down the path to explore and it is so pretty! This is a very tranquil area so it might be worth coming here should you feel stressed or anxious to ease your mind.
I love this photo of Explorason as the bell tower is so quaint. The soft clouds start to roll in over the adjacent mountain tops. We head to get lunch, but it is closed till 2 pm. I find odd hours for places to eat in Colombia. We try another restaurant, but it is too formal for us in our attire of the day.
Heading Back Down
After about 2 hours of wandering around the market area near the church, we head back taking the Monserrate Cableway. We leave tomorrow to explore Colombia more, and I need to pack. Today has been a great world schooling day for Explorason. Our accommodation is in the are to the left in the second photograph below.
Many take the option of using the Monserrate Cableway to ascend and then hike down but this is NOT suggested for children. Also, parents who use a forward sling or pouch for baby have been known to fall onto their baby on such hikes, and this is also therefore not recommended.
Walking Through The Old Section
We walk back to our area and it is such a mix of old and new. The traffic is a mix of old and new. This old blue car is laden inside and out with wares and breaks down and there is a complete traffic jam.
Finally, the Colombia Policeman then comes and push start the blue car, but I note the car seems to have no brakes! They help him on his way. It cracks us up that he is even allowed on the road. We find the police are all through the city and are here to give you a very safe feeling.
Back in our street near our accommodation, there is another traffic jam. This time it is a horse who won’t move! They offer my son to feed him.
Off To Explore Colombia
We will be heading out of Bogota tomorrow to explore Colombia, and we think Bogota is a lovely city, so far. Colombia is really cleaning up as far as the country goes. You still need to be smart and we don’t venture out at night in some areas. Good accommodation is secure and gated in. Also, Colombians are generally very friendly and helpful.
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