Free Monserrate Tour. You can’t miss Monserrate on your trip to Bogota. And now, you can’t miss its free official walking tour. We’ll make sure you discover the best of this touristic spot and enjoy an exciting guidance along Monserrate Hill. For instance, we offer some unique experiences such as tasting traditional Colombian food and flipping a lucky coin. Above all, relish with the great views of Bogota while receiving insights of the city. In adition, learn some interesting information about Catholicism and Colombian costumes and traditions.
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!
You probably know that Monserrate is a must-do in Bogota. 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?
Find our yellow umbrella at the exit of the cable car or funicular station, at the top of the mountain. Once you have met our tour guide and the rest of the group, this hour-and-half tour will start. To begin with, he will explain you how Monserrate became a place of pilgrimage and how, overtime, it also became a touristic place due to its outstanding viewpoints of Bogotá and a hiking destination or a workout zone for those who are into exercising.
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 costume that has been there for decades) by flipping your own coin.
Afterwards you will go to Santa Clara’s restaurant and coffee to taste a traditional snack: a hot chocolate drink and cheese. Then 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.
Finally, you will have a last stop at Monserrate Parrilla Restaurant where you will try Patacon con hogao, a traditional crunchy, delicious snack, with a sugarcane-based hot drink called agua panela.
We assure you this will be a whole different way of visiting such a touristic place.
This tour has a suggestion of USD 8.