What is Monserrate?
Monserrate is a 3,152 meter high mountain that dominates the Bogotá skyline. It towers over half a kilometer above the elevation of Colombia’s capital city. The most striking feature of the (currently) green mountain is the white church that stands on top. The church was built in the 17th century with a shrine devoted to “The Fallen Lord” (El Señor Caído).
The picture below doesn’t do it justice, with the white clouds behind the white church. Believe me it is one of the first things you notice when are out and about in Bogotá during the day. For those of you who want more information, you can get your fix on the Monserrate wikipedia page.
The TransMileno, a Bus Rapid Transit system in Bogotá, passes right by our apartment. We rode it to the Universidades station at the end of the J line. From there it was a 15 minute walk to the funicular and cable car station. We passed through Parque de Los Periodistas on the way from the station. The church stands out a little better against the sky in this picture of the park.
What is a funicular?
From the upper terminal of the funicular, it was time to walk again. This took us past stations of the cross and a stone cross covered with moss.
On the way back to the funicular for the trip back down we saw hummingbirds as we passed some flowers. They are quick, but I managed to capture a couple of sends of them flitting about.