5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

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

Half-Day Trip to Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral from Bogotá

Explore Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, an incredible structure carved from walls of a Colombian mine, on this half-day, family-friendly tour departing from Bogotá. Descend inside this sprawling underground structure with the help of a guide, gaining insight into the history and construction of salt cathedrals along the way. Your visit also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel in Bogotá and all entrance fees.


  • Visit Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral on this half-day tour
  • Admire the magnificent salt cathedral of Zipaquirá
  • Learn about the history of the cathedral and mine from your expert guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Half-Day Trip to Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral from Bogotá

Town Square of Zipaquira

Even if you’ve seen plenty of cathedrals during your travels, you’ve never seen one quite like this. This half-day tour of Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral offers an opportunity to tour this fascinating underground structure, carved into subterranean walls of a salt mine near Bogotá.

Begin your visit with your choice of pickup from your Bogotá hotel at either 8am or 2pm, continuing north towards the city of Zipaquirá. Arrive at the mine and head underground to the cathedral, located more than 656 feet (200 meters) below the earth’s surface.

Once inside this impressive structure, listen as your guide provides an overview of the cathedral’s construction and history. The original 246-foot (75m) salt cathedral first opened in 1954, though it was eventually closed for safety reasons. Not to be dissuaded, the church’s creators went to work on an expanded version of the structure, carving out an additional 250,000 tons of rock for the new cathedral you see now, which opened in 1991. 

Take time to wander the eerie darkened tunnels of the site, along with the church’s three main sections, including the Stations of the Cross, its three naves and its dome. Finish your day back above ground, where you’ll have some time to explore Zipaquirá before heading back to your Bogotá hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Angela was a great guide, tons of great information and advice. Amazing views, incredible architecture and construction.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Two of us went on this trip with driver/guide Angela. She was a fund of information about the cathedral and a patient guide. We had plenty of time to absorb the atmosphere and take our pictures although the cathedral was incredibly busy the day we went. Its a long drive to Zipaquira and Angela used the time to tell us everything we wanted to know about Bogota and Colombia. Well worth going.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was excellent. Our guide picked us up and took us to the front of the cathedral. She spoke excellent English she spent time in the US. We learned a lot. This is one of the most important things to do while visiting the Bogota area. The tour saved us a lot of time because we did not have to do any leg work. It was a private two person tour which was nice because we were able to go at our own pace.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Angela was a fantastic guide... very knowledgeable and personable. The Cathedral was awesome... rarely in life to you witness a historical site like this being built in our own generation. Plus, Angela really knows and is proud of her country. She made visiting this site not only interesting but inspiring.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our tour guide was outstanding. She was very warm and personable. Angela was her name and the McKoy family from the United States was very pleased. She took the time to answer all questions using our native English language.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Again, same Tour Guide. David is excellent! so knowledgeable and so patient. This Salt Cathedral left me breathless and honestly I can say is one of the most beautiful site I have ever seen in my life.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an absolute delight of a day. Our guide was not only pleasant and very knowledgeable but great company too. The salt Cathedral itself was stunning! Not to be missed when in Bogota.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Very knowledgeable and nice tour guide and driver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was amazing, well beyond what was expected. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided many interesting facts about this beautiful country. The photographs taken were breathtaking but still don't capture the cathedral. Only suggestion is to have time in the town

United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

A thoroughly enjoyable trip to a fascinating place. The tour guide Luis Eduardo was very knowledgeable and extremely friendly.

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