Day 38 – Monserrate

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We had a quiet morning at the hotel, catching up on some washing, doing a little grocery shopping and playing with the kids.

After lunch, we caught a taxi to Monserrate, the mountain which towers over down-town Bogota.

There are two ways of getting to the top – a funicular (cable-train) and a teleferico (cable-car). Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately after I saw what it looked like!), the cable-car was not operating due to maintenance – so we only had a choice of taking the funicular. This was probably the steepest and scariest funicular I’ve ever been on (save perhaps the the Katoomba Scenic Railway, which is quite different in operation) – especially given how high up you end up getting.

The very steep funicular heading up to the top of Monserrate. The angle is much steeper than is apparent in the photo – look at the platforms to the left and right of the track – they are actually horizontal, this photo was taken looking up at a steep angle!

In the funicular heading to the top of Monserrate

The views from the top were absolutely spectacular and you can start to get an appreciation for just how big Bogota is – especially in the south (which is the poor area).

Views over southern Bogota from the top of Monserrate

Gardens around Monserrate

Leanne and Nicol at the top of Monserrate

The church and gardens at the top of the mountain were very nicely kept, and there were a number of coffee shops and souvenir shops to browse through.

Views of down-town Bogota from Monserrate

Leanne and Nicol at Monserrate

Leanne, Nicol and Andres at the top of Monserrate

One thing we did find a little out-of-place were the large tracts of eucalyptus forest around the area – you’d almost expect to see a koala or two!

The church at the top of Monserrate

Leanne, Nicol and Andres at the top of Monserrate

Given the mountain is over 3,100m above sea level, it was quite cool at the top – a good thing we remembered to take jumpers with us!

Cable-car near the top of Monserrate (not working due to maintenance)

Andres and Simon hold on while heading back down the steep funicular railway

Our driver took us back to the hotel and we relaxed for the rest of the day.

Nicol plays with Pooh bear in her cot

Nicol looks to see what Andres is doing on our bed (Answer: playing computer games. Again.)

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