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  • Address: Cra 7, Zipaquirá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
  • 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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Half-Day Trip to Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral from Bogotá

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 200 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
Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Guatavita Day Trip from Bogotá, Bogotá, ... 
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Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Guatavita Day Trip from Bogotá

4.5 star rating: Recommended 128 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

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Private Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá Tour from Bogotá, Bogotá, Day Trips
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Zipaquirá Tour Including The Salt Cathedral, Independence Square and The Main Squares, ... 
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Zipaquirá Tour Including The Salt Cathedral, Independence Square and The Main Squares

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The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is declared First Wonder of Colombia and considered one of the most remarkable architectural and artistic achievements of ...  Read more

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Full Day Tour to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and the Lagoon of Guatavita, Bogotá, Day ... 
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Get to know the first wonder of Colombia, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and the birthplace of the Legend of "El Dorado, the Sacred Lagoon of ...  Read more

Location: Bogota, Colombia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Private Full Day Tour to Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá Including Lunch, Bogotá, Full-day ... 
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Private Full Day Tour to Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá Including Lunch

Join this 9-hour tour departing from Bogotá and visit The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá with lunch and another attraction like Nemocón, ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
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Salt Cathedral Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

This tour will take you to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, an architectural structure built within a salt mine that is considered as the first marvel of ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Bogotá Religious Private Tour Including Lunch, Bogotá, Day Trips
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Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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The Bogotá Pass is the smart tourism card that gives you the opportunity to explore the city in an easy and personalized way. Enjoy more than 40 benefits ...  Read more

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