One of the peaks overlooking the sprawling city (Sabana de Bogota) from the east, Cerro de Monserrate towers 3,160m (10,367ft) high. There is a church on the top, which was erected when the original chapel was destroyed in the 1917 earthquake. It gets very busy on Sundays when pilgrims and tourists flood the place. Apart from the church itself, the surrounding area is very commercialised with food and souvenir stalls. But the view from the peak is magnificent. On a clear day one can spot Los Nevados, the volcano range in the Cordillera Central, 135km (84 miles) away to the west. The peak is accessible via cable car, funicular railway or by foot.
Things to see in Bogotá
The City Institute for Culture and Tourism
Palacio Liévano, first floor
Corner of Carrera 8 and Calle 10
Tel: (1) 283 7115.
There are more than a dozen other puntos de informacion turistica (information desks) around the city, including at El Dorado airport (tel: (1) 414 7935) and at the bus terminal (tel: (1) 295 4460).