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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.


  • 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.

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