|An environmental menace? The San Isidro Restaurante, |
in a 60-year-old building on Monserrate.
But the summit of Monserrate, one of Bogotá's most popular tourist destinations, is pristine forest, a court just ruled, and the San Isidro, as well as other restaurants and handicraft shops located there, will have to close.
The businesses' closing will throw hundreds of people out of work, and deprive visitors of a meal
|Dining with a view. |
(Photo from Trip Advisor)
The San Isidro, which is fighting this absurd ruling, is ranked 11th among Bogotá restaurants on Trip Advisor and says it employs almost 50 people, who would lose their jobs if the ruling is carried out. More importantly, one of Bogotá's most important icons will lose part of its attraction.
|This French dish Chateaubriand Portobelo - whatever it is - |
will disappear from Monserrate's summit
if the restaurants close.
|Pristine natural territory? The summit of Monserrate, with the church.|
|The Externado University cut down forest to |
build these towers, which block residents' view
of the hills. That apparently does not count
as environmental damage.
While they're worrying about Monserrate, the city might also consider reopening the hiking trail to the summit. The trail was closed for a long time for reconstruction, then reopened briefly, only to be closed again early this year because of supposed damage from forest fires. The trail provided exercise, good family recreation - and free access to the summit for many Bogotanos.
|Prohibited! The popular hiking trail has been closed most of this year, and shows no sign of reopening.|