4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

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  • Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
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 by train to the town of Zipaquirá, famous for its salt cathedral built in one of the salt mines, and the town of Cajicá, a typical Colombian town. The train journey (six hours in total) is filled with spectacular scenes of the Colombian countryside that you’ll enjoy while you relax and look out the window. You’ll have a little free time in each town to explore on your own.

Highlights

  • Round-trip steam train ride from Bogota
  • See the scenic savannah landscape surrounding Bogotá on the relaxing train journey
  • Enjoy free time in the towns of Zipaquirá and Cajicá to explore on your own
  • Visit the famous Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá if you wish (own expense)
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

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

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

Travel north of Bogotá by steam train on this round-trip rail journey! This unique experience is perfect for the whole family. After pickup from your hotel, head to La Sabana station to board the historic train.

Depart the Bogota station for the first stretch of the train ride. During the 3-hour ride, listen to music from a Colombian band while munching on delicious food from the onboard snack bar (own expense), and enjoy picturesque views out the window of the gorgeous landscapes that make up the Bogota savannah.

When you arrive in the town of Zipaquirá, you’ll have one hour of free time to explore on your own. Zipaquira’s most famous attraction is the Salt Cathedral (entrance at own expense). This impressive church, built within the tunnels of a salt mine, originally opened in 1954 and was rebuilt in 1991, when 250,000 tons of salt were removed. This stunning structure is truly a must-see sight in Zipaquirá.

After your hour in Zipaquirá, re-board the steam train for the ride to the town of Cajicá, where you’ll have two hours of free time. Browse the local shops and stop for a delicious Colombian lunch (own expense).

When your free time in Cajicá is up, board the train one last time for the journey back to Bogota.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

This was a wonderful outing, but because we were staying so near the station of Usaquen, we saw our 'guide' for five minutes at the beginning and end of the day. Also, he spoke no English which made communication difficult. You must have made a lot of money on our booking!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

A very good opportunity to see the Colombian countryside. Zipaquira was a very interesting city. It was also very interesting to see the Salt Cathedral as this is one of the most popular tourist sites in Colombia. However, be aware that although it is called a "tourist" train, most of the tourists are local people (not foreign tourists from other countries) and most of the people operating this speak only Spanish. I can converse in Spanish, but it might be harder for someone who doesn't.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

This tour was great. Fun and very entertaining.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

We had a good day. There were some concerns, however. First, the company was nearly impossible to reach by phone to reconfirm the trip. We were unsure until the morning of the excursion if we would be picked up at all, and were making plans to take a taxi.

Furthermore, we were surprised that we were taken to Usaquen, because La Sabana is closer to the hotel. We must have spent 40 minutes each way in the car.

The train was comfortable and the scenery interesting. We had a good walk in Zipaquira with a guide. The next stop, for lunch, was disappointing. We had no guidance about where to eat - no restaurant names or map of the town - so we just got pizza. This could be improved.

Columbia is trying to build up its tourism; attention to details is one way to

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2013

As a train enthusiast I was excited about going on a day trip aboard a vintage train pulled by a vintage Steam Locomotive. I was even more excited when I arrived at the quaint little station house. That excitement faded and a bit of disappointment set in as soon as I saw a Diesel Electric Locomotive pulling the train into the station. Although it was a vintage Diesel Electric the experience will never equal the excitement generated by a Steam Locomotive as it chugs and hisses and churns it's way into the station.
The trip itself is fun and well organized and I did enjoy the local music played by local musicians during the ride up and back and the stop for lunch and a look around in the town of Cajicá.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better October 2013

The train ride seemed much, much longer than the 3 hours each way - partly due to the train never getting above about 40 MPH. The "delicious snacks" offered for purchase were standard snack machine-type things that were brought around by people working on the train. Probably what I could have really done without was the roaming musicians - however, there were a few people in my train car that really seemed to enjoy them, so it is just my taste. The Salt Cathedral was really little more than cross after cross after cross and then finally some actual sculpture - there was a nativity scene, a few angels, etc. and they were well done.

When we were taken into the little town for lunch with stopped right in front of a restaurant where an attempt was made to herd everyone in to this particular restaurant. I declined and just roamed around on my own and found a different place for lunch. The instructions on getting back to the train and the time of the departure were unclear. One guide told me we would leave in 2 hours, another told me three.

Upon return to Bogota the driver who was to have picked me up forgot about me and fortunately I found someone with a phone that could get reception in Bogota and they called your company and the driver did ultimately show up and get me back to my hotel.

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