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  • Address: Cra 7
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm, Sun Mass 1pm
  • Admission: Between 16,000-27,000 pesos ($9-15 USD)

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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

Zipaquira’s attractive Spanish Colonial center, built with the wealth of the massive nearby salt mines, was founded in the 1760s some 50km (31mi) north of the Colombian capital. Today the “City of Salt,” replete with quaint cafes and souvenir shops, is Bogota’s most popular day trip—you can even make it in an antique steam train.

You are here to see the famed Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, considered one of Colombia’s “Seven Wonders” and its architectural crown jewel. Climb to the Parque de Sal (“Salt Park”), just southeast of downtown, to enjoy the Plaza of the Miners’ great views and evocative art. From here, you’ll begin your journey 180m (590ft) into the heart of an enormous salt mountain.

The structure was carved from the mines, using both heavy machinery and the most sophisticated sculpting tools, thanks to a team led by architect Roswell Garavito Pearl and engineer Jorge Enrique Castelblanco Reyes in 1995. It is most famous for its understated Stations of the Cross, but there are finer pieces of art dedicated to both the church and those who worked here long before it was built. While most of your time is spent wandering through the chill and colorfully lit cathedral, a film at the end of the tour delves into the gritty history of the mines. For an extra fee they’ll even let you mine a bit of salt yourself.

Though still technically just a church, rather than a proper cathedral, some 3,000 of the faithful show up to Zipaquira for Sunday service, and several times that on religious holidays. Plan your visit accordingly. 

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Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Guatavita Day Trip from Bogotá

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Visit one of South America’s wonders, the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, and see the beautiful Lake Guatavita (Laguna de Guatavita) on this day trip from ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.25

Half-Day Trip to Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral from Bogotá

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

Take a trip to Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral on this half-day tour from Bogotá! Explore this unique Colombian salt mine with your expert guide and learn ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.75

Round-trip Independent Rail Tour to Zipaquirá from Bogotá on Scenic Steam Train

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Take a trip on the Bogota steam train! This fun-filled day trip allows you to admire the beautiful landscape of the Bogota savannah as you travel stress-free ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00

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