The indigenous Muisca people revered the 10,000ft mountain as it was an important marker in their solar calendar. Every summer solstice, the sun would rise from directly behind Monserrate.
Once the Spanish showed up, they destroyed the Muisca society in typical conquistador fashion. Buildings were destroyed, cultural ties severed, and populations were decimated.
In the early 17th century, religious ceremonies atop Monserrate were being conducted and eventually the ruling bodies decided to build a pilgrimage for devotees.
Today, Cerro de Monserrate and its church complex is still a site for religious devotees. But for those with no religious affiliation, the mountain offers breathtaking views of the city, restaurants, juice carts, and toilets.
To get to the top, you can brave a tiring hike, take the funicular, or take the cable car.
*Just be mindful that robberies have occurred on the trail* – it is Colombia after all.