July 22

Tourist Time – Monserrate

Second to La Candelaria, traveling up to the cathedral on the peak of Monserrate was another favorite outing. I have no clue as to the history of the church, as it was rainy, windy and generally miserable weather, particularly with dozens of stone steps and a stroller. Searching for informative plaques in English was not a priority that day; I remain entirely ignorant on how the elegant cathedral was built, when that impressive achievement occurred and/or any other interesting facts. What I can say is this: the view of Bogota is astounding. While the city is not usually very pretty up close and at eye-level, the sheer scope and earthy-tone of the metropolis is extraordinary from Monserrate. Additionally, there is a statue topping a peak next door, which you can vaguely make out in the second picture below. Again, I don’t know what/who it is, how to get there, or why it’s there at all. I just think it’s beautiful and like a little shout out to the Jesus above Rio. Whatever the facts, my next tourist stop will be the statue over there. And if you visit, definitely take the telefrico and not the funicular. The view from the airbound cable car is magnificent in unreal ways.

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