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Colombia: Pilgrims Robbed on Road Up Monserrate

By Larry Habegger | Permalink | 1 comment | January 12th, 2011 | Trackback

The 17th-century Monserrate church is a pilgrimage site and popular tourist attraction atop Monserrate mountain overlooking Bogota. There are three ways to get there, by aerial tram, funicular railway or climbing an old road to the summit. One is not safe, a group of 30 tourists discovered recently when they were calmly and efficiently robbed by heavily-armed men as they walked up the steep road. The road to the summit was closed in 2009 because of the threat of landslides, but many climb anyway and become easy targets for bandits.




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George | April 22nd, 2012 at 11:55 am
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Just robbed by 4 armed colombians inside monserrate, april 20, 2012. There were 4 of us and we took the cable car up for safety reasons, which obviously didnt help. Highly possible the police were in on the robbery. ” Welcome to colombia” is the reaction we get from Colombians.


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