Monserrate

Monserrate: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bogotá: Monserrate, La Candelaria and City Walking Tour

1. Bogotá: Monserrate, La Candelaria and City Walking Tour

Dive into Bogotá’s diversity by joining a city tour. Start by meeting your local guide at your hotel. Proceed first towards the viewpoints of Monserrate. Take the cable car up the mountain to enjoy the most breathtaking views of this city: the whole length of the valley from the best vantage point. After making your way back down La Candelaria, you will walk its cobblestoned streets, surrounded by colonial architecture to the spectacular Gold Museum. Learn about the region's ancestors through their remains of metalwork made before the arrival of the Spanish. Your guide will retell the transition from indigenous to Spanish colonization at the foundational square of Chorro de Quevedo. Taste some chicha, an ancestral corn-based fermented drink nearby, in addition to some juices and snacks. Visit Simón Bolívar Square and learn how politics and conflict relate to each other and its current challenges with a peace agreement already signed. Then, make your way to the Botero Museum and see some of the greatest works of Colombian modern painter, Fernando Botero. After a fulfilling day, finish by tasting a cup of Colombian coffee, at a place where local and friendly baristas will teach you the basics about one of Colombia's most famous exports. Choose for yourself the duration of the tour. It can be for 7 hours with Monserrate, Gold Museum and Botero Museum, or 5 hours with either Monserrate or museums.

Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Hill

2. Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Hill

A staff member from the company will meet you at the hotel to take you on a tour around the historic center of the city. From here your first stop will be to Plaza de Bolivar, where you will walk along the streets and take a close look at the most important buildings of the city. You will explore buildings such as the National Capitol, which is the center of the country's legislative life; Casa de los Comuneros; Casa de Nariño, which is the Presidential house; and the Santa Clara Church Museum. The tour also includes a visit to the Gold Museum, which exhibits about 34,000 pieces of metalwork from various Hispanic cultures. You will also visit the House Museum Quinta de Bolivar, which formerly belonged to Simon Bolivar. The tour will then continue to the iconic symbol of Bogota, the Monserrate Hill, which rises up to 3,152 meters above sea level. Once having ascended to the top of the hill, you will visit the sanctuary where you will find the statue of the Lord of Miracles. This peak will provide you with the best platform to enjoy the views of Bogota.

Bogotá: 5-Hour City and Monserrate Hill Tour

3. Bogotá: 5-Hour City and Monserrate Hill Tour

Following pickup from your Bogotá accommodation, begin your day discovering just what the biggest city in Colombia has to offer. Stroll around its historical La Candelaria district, visiting the Gold Museum and exploring the area's other prominent landmarks. The city of Bogotá is also famous for being located right next to Monserrate Hill, which offers the most incredible panoramic views of Colombia’s capital. From up there, the bird’s-eye views of Bogotá are simply unbeatable. Later on, discover more secret gems of this fascinating city whilst learning interesting facts that you will not soon forget. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide returns you to your accommodation.

Bogotá: Guided Walking Tour of Monserrate Hill

4. Bogotá: Guided Walking Tour of Monserrate Hill

Meet your guide at the base of the mountain. Begin making your way up the mountain. Listen as your guide tells you about how Monserrate became a place of pilgrimage. Uncover how it became a tourist destination due to its exceptional viewpoints of the city. Walk along the Stations of the Cross Path on Via Crucis. See religious artwork as you learn about local flora and fauna. Flip a coin in a wishing well and be a part of a local tradition that has been going for decades. Stop at a viewpoint to take photos of sweeping views of the city. Hear about local superstitions, sayings, and interesting facts about the hill. Visit the Basilica of the Fallen Lord of Monserrate at the top of the hill. Admire the architecture of this 17th-century neocolonial church. Find out about the importance of Catholicism to the Colombian identity. Return to your meeting point at the end of the tour.

Bogotá: Private Tour of Monserrate

5. Bogotá: Private Tour of Monserrate

Explore one of Colombia's most famous pilgrimage sites and visit the pilgrimage church on the 10,407 foot-high Monserrate. Learn about this important pilgrimage destination to a unique panoramic view of the entire city of Bogotá. Enjoy an excursion into the breathtaking mountainous landscape. During the tour, experience a bit of the Colombian lifestyle and try the local Canelazo drink with its unique, sweet taste. It's for you to decide how you'd like to climb the Monserrate: take advantage of the cable car, funicular or take the hiking trail. Either one offers you a wonderful view. On the way back, the Candelaria district awaits you with its historic buildings and interesting history. Take a look at the National Congress, the cathedral, the Palace of Justice, the town hall and the House of the 20th of July. Afterwards, try a typical Colombian dish and enjoy an individual cultural program in the afternoon. You have the option of visiting the Gold Museum, the Botero Museum, the Quintade Bolivar Museum, the National Museum or the Military Museum.

Bogotá: Small-Group Night City Tour by Bus

6. Bogotá: Small-Group Night City Tour by Bus

Start the tour in the late afternoon and discover more of Bogotá at night. Head up to Monserrate to admire the sweeping views of the city. Head to the north of Bogotá passing through the busiest areas at night, Chapinero, and then go to a unique and fashionable place to play a traditional Colombian game. Taste a local drink and eat a typical snack of the city. Next, head to the T Zone, one of the busiest areas in the city. Finish the tour at the famous Andrés DC Restaurant or at the Cumbia House, before returning to the starting point.

Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Skip-The-Line Ticket

7. Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Skip-The-Line Ticket

Spend a memorable day on a Bogotá private city tour. Visit Monserrate, Gold Museum, Plaza de Bolivar, Botero Museum, and La Candelaria as you learn more about Bogota's past and present. After pickup from your hotel, visit Monserrate which overlooks the entire city. Nestled in the Andean Mountains range, enjoy the beauty of nature, the sprawling city views, and the tranquil atmosphere of the Church. After visiting the hill, walk through the cobbed-stone roads of La Candelaria to uncover the city's colonial heritage and be dazzled by the beauty of Bogota's architecture. While walking around the old town, visit Colombia's finest art collection at the Botero Museum, named after the world-famous Colombian painter Fernando Botero. Next, learn more about Colombia's history with a visit to Bolivar Plaza. Pass by the Presidential Palace, Congress Building, City Mayor Building, and Justice Palace as you learn about Colombia's often turbulent history. Finally, enjoy a guided visit to the Gold Museum, home of the most impressive pre-Colombian goldsmith masterpieces. At the end of the experience, you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Bogotá: Private Grand City Tour

8. Bogotá: Private Grand City Tour

Embark on a comprehensive tour of Bogotá with a visit to the Monserrate Sanctuary on the imposing eastern hills of the city at an altitude of 3,150 meters above sea level. Ascend to the top of the mountain by cable car to reach the city's most notorious site of pilgrimage and to get the best panoramic views. Next, you will go to the historic neighborhood of La Candelaria and wander the picturesque cobbled streets that hold more than 400 years of history. Experience the student atmosphere within the campus of Universidad de los Andes, and then go downstream, following the Eje Ambiental to see how the city developed from the river that gave it life. Marvel at one of the most famous urban projects in Latin America, carried out by the architect Rogelio Salmona. Follow the San Francisco River to Jimenez Avenue to see an impressive collection of indigenous gold artifacts at the Gold Museum. Get the chance to shop at the handicrafts market at Parque Santander, and then enter the historic neighborhood of La Candelaria. Wander the cobblestone streets to the Botero Museum, where works by the eccentric Colombian artist, Fernando Botero are displayed. Stop at Chorro de Quevedo to appreciate the contrasts of the historical center, and then break for lunch at an authentic local restaurant. Continue to Plaza de Bolívar to explore the historical epicenter of Bogotá and see the administrative and government buildings. Look inside the Primatial Cathedral, and then drive towards the north of the city for a panoramic sight of the International Centre, La Macarena neighborhood and National Park. End in the cozy neighborhood of Usaquén, known for its narrow streets and weekend flea market.

Bogotá: Horseback Riding from Guadalupe to Monserrate

9. Bogotá: Horseback Riding from Guadalupe to Monserrate

Dear bold traveler: If you are up to exploring the wild side of a place, this was made just for you. The Eastern Hills are a staple of Bogotá’s outdoor activities. Great hikes, amazing views, and religious monuments look over the busy capital below. And among these hills, the twins Guadalupe and Monserrate are most well-known and visited. With us you will get to know them in a whole new way: riding! For a start our guide will pick you up at the hotel. The driver will head south through the mountains to the first destination: Guadalupe, where you’ll have the first views of the city while enjoying a typical snack. Then you will be taking the trails that connect the sister hills. The driver will drop you off right where horses will be waiting. Energized, mount your horse and ride the trail that will take you back to Colombia’s religious colonialism and the transformations it caused. Enjoy the horseback ride tour through mountain and forest into Monserrate, learn of the indigenous and rural traditions and their connection to the hills, before reaching the famous viewpoints and cathedral. Once at Monserrate you can rest your weary haunches after the ride and take in the amazing views: the whole plateau is yours to take in. Then, you are welcome to explore Monserrate with us, its myths and legends still alive today. Finally, seize the afternoon enjoying the views before descending back to Bogotá in cable car or funicular. Our team will make sure you end up this day by arriving safely and thrilled. Take the experience of visiting the most touristic spot in Bogotá to the next level, by transforming it into a memorable journey.

Bogota: Horseback Riding Tour

10. Bogota: Horseback Riding Tour

Ride on a Colombian Creole horse along the fauna, flora, rivers, creeks and lakes that make the Andean highland a perfect scenario for a thrilling day out in nature during your stay in Bogotá. On this tour, you will be driven from Bogotá to a rural location 40 minutes to the south east of the capital. There, a local cowboy will be expecting you with tame - yet powerful - horses ready for the adventure. After some instructions and advice, you'll start the ride, in the company of a guide (if option selected). Going up to 3,200 MAMSL, you will enter an Andean ecosystem, which is very different to the stereotypical image of the tropical jungle many visitors have about Colombia. After an hour's ride, you'll reach a fantastic lookout point where you'll be able to see the Monserrate Hill and even Bogotá in the distance. After a break (for stretching your legs and having a snack), you'll head back to the ranch via another path, making a loop. Get dropped off back at your hotel after returning to the ranch.

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What people are saying about Monserrate

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 168 reviews

Comenzamos el tour muy puntuales. El vehículo estaba muy limpio. El conductor, el señor Omar, condujo de forma segura y con mucha calma. Fue muy amable y nos sentimos como en familia!!! Por otra parte, Ivonne, la guía del tour fue muy amable, conocía bastante de la historia de cada lugar al que visitamos. Muy amable y profesional. Nos mostró lo mejor de cada lugar al que visitamos. Nos hizo varias recomendaciones y aprovechamos el tiempo lo mejor posible!

Luis is the best kind of guide: friendly, funny, and knowledgeable. We visited highlights of La Candelaria such as the market, Monserrate, and Chorro de Quevedo. He also made sure I knew the location of other landmarks so I could visit them later. He will answer any question, be it about history, ecology, or politics.

The guide was very good and the driver very kind. We enjoyed our time with them in Bogota. I recommend them

excelente experiencia, una guía muy experta en el tema, atención y amabilidad incomparable.

Great tour and good local guide Nataly. It is a great introduction of Bogota