Visit Transmicable

Another idea is to visit the cable car (teleferico) in Bogota.

Colombia has a long history in terms of cable cars.  This all started  with overhead cables to transport coffee. The first was built near Manizales with a length of 72 kilometers, in 1922 and was in use until 1961. Other known cable cars in the country are those of Medellin (2004) and the cable car to Monserrate (1953) in Bogota. A great idea is to visit transmicable cable car in Bogota.

The newest cable car in Bogota is Transmicable. This project focuses on better integration of public transport in the city of Ciudad Bolivar.  An area characterized by low incomes, informal land ownership and social complexity.

The construction of the cable car was completed in August 2018 and will  start operating in December 2018.

Ciudad Bolivar is a city extension on the south side of the city. Families have been living there since the 1940s. Since the 1980s, many families people settled here from other parts necause of the armed conflict in the country. The city grew more and more on the slopes of the mountains, in an uncontrolled way. This caused uncontrolled growth, with problems with erosion, waste and poor accessibility. Making it very difficult to reach work.

Ciudad Bolivar is considered one of the most problematic neighborhoods in Bogotá, where poverty, low level of education and poor infrastructure are concentrated. Especially in the peripheral neighborhoods built on the slopes that border the city in the extreme south.


Against this background, the Transmicable project was developed in 2015.  Now it is in the testing phase and is being opened at the end of the year. It has 4 stations: Portal Tunal, Barrio Juan Pablo II, Barrio Manitas and finally Barrios Mirador y Paraíso. The 163 cabins have a capacity to carry 10 comfortably seated passengers, enabling the system to mobilize a total of more than 3,600 passengers per hour. The travel time between Portal Tunal and Paraíso is reduced from 50 minutes to 13 minutes. The route is 3.34 km; The system has 24 towers and the maximum altitude reached is 2827 meters above sea level.

Aspects of the project:

The purchase of 175 parcels in the zone was complicated. This due to the lack of ownership documents from the residents

Meetings with social groups, including young people from the sector and representatives of the gangs.

– In 2016 facades were painted facades and an integral intervention took place with, among other things, the layout of roads, water and sewerage.

– From this project “The city is the people” approach continued with the aim of the participation of the residents in the construction and sustainability of the project.

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-The construction of a municipal center, a center for elderly care, a sports center and a library center including an auditorium, children’s room, dance and music, football field, the areas of business enterprise, and the museum, among others.

-The construction of a touristical watch-tower.

The cable car is a dream that has been fulfilled for many residents of Ciudad Bolívar, which gives a much better connection with the rest of the city. This will improve the quality of life and reduce the negative stigma of the sector, generating processes of physical, social renewal and attract tourists.

There are several examples of cable cars that are integrated in public transport, which aims to better integrate public transport in high and isolated parts of the city. Examples in Latin America are: Medellin (Colombia), Caracas (Venezuela), La Paz and El Alto (Bolivia) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).


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