Monserrate: Million-Dollar Views Over Bogotá
Usually, for a view like this, you’d have to spend a couple of million dollars on a hillside mansion. In Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, for only a few thousand pesos, or about five greenbacks, you can marvel at the seemingly endless city as it disappears into the hills from the top of the picturesque Monserrate Mountain, 10,000 feet above sea level. Monserrate’s fame began from humble beginnings, when the brotherhood of Vera Cruz frequented this peak for prayers in the early 1600s. The site has been a popular destination for residents, tourists, and pilgrims for well over a century now. On Sundays and holidays, it’s not uncommon for the more ardent Catholics to make the trek on foot.