Monserrate | Bogotá, Colombia

I seriously didn't know how to write my Colombia trip so I'm letting you guys know now that the Colombia posts won't be in chronological order ⏤ I wrote the blog posts by place (city). Hopefully you won't get too confused as these posts roll out. Now that you've read my short disclaimer, let's proceed...

On our last full day in Bogotá, Colombia, the family decided to visit the famous Monserrate. If you've watched Narcos, you've probably seen this mountain from their opening billboard.
Monserrate is a mountain that can be found in the capital of Colombia, Bogotá. This place is definitely a must-see when in Bogotá for its amazing gardens, breathtaking views and the beautiful church. This place also holds so much history, and hey, how often do you find a church on top of a mountain? It was very overcast and foggy that day, but it still didn't stop us from getting nice pictures. 

When they told me that we will be riding a cable car, I didn't freak out at first because I thought it would be like crossing from one hill to another, but oh-no-no-no. It was like an elevator! And yes, you guessed it right, I freaked out and I was holding onto the bars inside the car as if I was going to fall and die. 😂

Jorge took this photo for me, obvi.

Jorge took this photo for me, obvi.

Taken by Jorge

Taken by Jorge

Taken by Jorge. I was like a Koala bear clinging onto the metal bars inside the car. I couldn't die you see. I would have asked Jorge to take a photo of me like that but I don't want you guys to see the real me. 😂

Taken by Jorge. I was like a Koala bear clinging onto the metal bars inside the car. I couldn't die you see. I would have asked Jorge to take a photo of me like that but I don't want you guys to see the real me. 😂

You purchase tickets at the bottom of the mountain and if you want more details about the place, visit their website. I just wish that the price charts could be translated to English. 

The ride was relatively short and before we knew it, we were at the top, looking over the city. It was amazing. But of course my knees were weak. 😂

We got there a little later in the afternoon so we weren't able to go inside the Sanctuary because they closed it. To be honest, I don't really like exploring the interior of churches. I do like how it looks from the outside though. The architecture and paint job are just superb!

History:
"Mr. Juan de Borja former governor of Colombia gave in 1640 the order to build a church on the mountain. The church was built in honor of Montserrat's Virgin Morena whose shrine was located in Barcelona. In 1657, there is also a monastery completed. In the monastery there is the paintingof "The fallen lord". It is the work of local artists Pedro de Lugo and Albarracín. Since that day of the opening thousands of people went to Montserrat." ⏤ colombiainfo.org

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We started exploring the area and later on, we found ourselves looking at souvenirs! Here are some that caught my eye:

Sorry about the blurry photo. :( It was really gloomy and my phone's aperture was trying really hard haha. And hello there stranger so conveniently "posed" right at the center of the arch.

Sorry about the blurry photo. :( It was really gloomy and my phone's aperture was trying really hard haha. And hello there stranger so conveniently "posed" right at the center of the arch.

I don't exactly know what these are supposed to be and whether they're real or not. 😅

I don't exactly know what these are supposed to be and whether they're real or not. 😅

It's a nice place to do some shopping and to be honest. I was so tempted to bring home a mug. 😭

It's a nice place to do some shopping and to be honest. I was so tempted to bring home a mug. 😭

Then we ended up hiking up a little hill. I'm not sure if tourists were allowed in this area but there were no guards so we just carried on. There were other people there anyway so we thought it would be fine. 

It's a really great place to visit because of the lush gardens all over the vicinity. We didn't get to explore the other areas of the place because it was getting late but I believe they also have two restaurants where you can have a quick break if you're feeling a little tired from walking. 

When it was time to leave, the sun decided to show up for a little bit. It was beautiful but of course, I wasn't able to take enough photos because I'm a scaredy-cat. I couldn't even be at the same side of the car with them because I was scared the car might tip over because of the weight. So I stayed at the other side so the car's balanced somehow. 😂  I got the crappy view. 

More Colombia posts will be coming your way. I'm just really finding it hard to write it down because our trip was kind of all over the place. 😅  I have no idea how to even start writing the rest. But trust that I will get them up one way or another. If you haven't seen my Colombia Vlog yet, then you're missing out. It's probably my most favorite vlog so far so I would really love for you to see it!