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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal) Tours

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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal)
This spacious cathedral is carved into a warren of salt mines 600 feet (183 mt) below the ground. Venture into the Salt Cathedral to see chapels and altars carved directly into solid rock, learn about the mine’s history, and see intricate statues in chapels representing the Stations of the Cross.
 
The Basics

The Salt Cathedral, located in the Salt Park (Parque de la Sal) began as a small altar where miners prayed before proceeding further underground and is now a working place of worship that holds services on Sundays. The naves, altars, sculptures, and architectural elements are illuminated by colorful lights and the space is outfitted with pews and chandeliers. The cathedral is a popular attraction of day trips from Bogotá to the charming colonial-era town of Zipaquirá.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Salt Cathedral is popular with travelers interested in architecture and history.
  • Pre-book tickets online.
  • Temperatures below ground can be cooler than at the surface, so bring an extra layer of clothing.
  • While the Salt Cathedral is technically wheelchair and stroller accessible, the ground is bumpy and may be hard to navigate.

How to Get There
The Salt Cathedral is located in Zipaquirá, in the Salt Park (Parque de la Sal), on the corner of Calle 1 and Carrera 6. To reach Zipaquirá from Bogotá, take a bus from the Portal del Norte bus station to Zipaquirá Terminal de Transporte. And walk the half mile to the Salt Park. Alternatively, you can hire a taxi from Bogotá, book a tour that includes transportation, or ride the Turistren (see below).

When to Get There
The Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral is open daily all year round from morning until evening. On Sunday, many Bogotá locals make the trip for Catholic services.
 
Taking the Turistren to Zipaquira
On holidays and weekends, you can reach Zipaquirá on the Turistren, refurbished early 20th-century trains that run along a sightseeing route. It’s a slow ride, and takes nearly three hours to reach Zipaquirá station from Bogotá: you’ll continue past Zipaquirá to Cajicá Station before looping back towards the city. Some tours of the Salt Cathedral include transportation to and from Cajicá Station.
Address: Parque De La Sal, Zipaquirá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Admission: Varies
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Skip the Line: Zipaquira Salt Cathedral Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: Zipaquira Salt Cathedral Admission Ticket

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Plan ahead with a prepaid ticket to  Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. This popular attraction features a light show, guided tours of the underground cathedral, a theme park, and a 3-D movie. Ticket valid anytime during opening hours.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$18.00
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US$18.00
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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita from Bogota (Private Tour)

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita from Bogota (Private Tour)

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Escape the city and experience two of Colombia’s top attractions on a private tour of the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita from Bogota. Descend to the otherworldly Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral; enjoy a Colombian lunch in Zipaquirá, known as the City of Salt; and discover the legend of El Dorado during a visit to Lake Guatavita, a crater lake famed for its vivid green color. Entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$107.00
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US$107.00
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Zipaquira's underground Salt Cathedral half day trip from Bogota

Zipaquira's underground Salt Cathedral half day trip from Bogota

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Explore Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, an incredible structure carved into the walls and ceiling of an abaondoned salt 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.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$114.00
Price varies by group size
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US$114.00
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Salt Cathedral Zipaquira - Group tour and daily departure

Salt Cathedral Zipaquira - Group tour and daily departure

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Step inside one of Colombia’s most unique architectural works on this half-day tour to Zipaquirá from Bogota. Venture underground to discover the vast salt mines of Zipaquirá, learn about the city’s long salt mining history and see how the salt is collected. Finally, admire the grand Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, a church entirely made out of salt. Enjoy a personalized experience with a maximum of 10 travelers.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$60.00
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US$60.00
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Zipaquirá Tour Including The Salt Cathedral, Independence Square and The Main Squares

Zipaquirá Tour Including The Salt Cathedral, Independence Square and The Main Squares

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Explore the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, one of Colombia’s most unexpected architectural wonders, during this guided tour. Head underground to the town's salt mine where you discover this unique monument to human ingenuity. Back above ground, enjoy an included Colombian lunch and a tour of Zipaquirá’s colonial center.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$81.00
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US$81.00
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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

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Explore the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and the surrounding town on this guided tour. The popular attraction features underground tunnels and vaults that you’ll be able to wander around as you learn about the salt production process and its historical significance. Plus, visit the Zipaquira village where you’ll be able to stroll the streets and shop for souvenirs.
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  • 5 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$99.00
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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon Daytrip from Bogota

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon Daytrip from Bogota

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Experience the natural wonders of Colombia on this combined day trip to the subterranean Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita (Laguna de Guatavita). This fun-filled day of outdoor activity offers an opportunity to discover an amazing cathedral built into the walls of a former mine before checking out a lake considered by many to be the source of the famous “El Dorado” legend. Your tour includes round-trip transportation from your Bogotá hotel plus a guide, lunch, and all entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$207.00
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Private Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá Tour from Bogotá. Transportation, and ticket

Private Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá Tour from Bogotá. Transportation, and ticket

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Discover the subterranean Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá on a half-day trip from Bogotá. On arrival in the colonial town of Zipaquirá, you’ll descend to the underground tunnels of a salt mine to behold the Salt Cathedral, a magical structure illuminated by blue lighting. Learn about the history of the monument from your guide and then visit select Colombian villages renowned for their handicrafts and natural splendor. Round-trip transport from Bogotá is included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$172.00
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US$172.00
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Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá and City Tour in Bogotá (Private Tour)

Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá and City Tour in Bogotá (Private Tour)

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Enjoy the first architectural wonder of Colombia: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and discover the main squares of this colonial city. Then let yourself be amazed by Bogota, a vibrant cultural, historical and heritage metropolis.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$107.00
Price varies by group size
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US$107.00
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Combined tour to Zipaquira and Andres Carne de Res in Chia (Private tour)

Combined tour to Zipaquira and Andres Carne de Res in Chia (Private tour)

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Experience two diverse Colombian attractions in just one day trip on this tour from Bogotá. First explore the architectural wonders of the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, an underground Catholic church built in the tunnels of a salt mine. Afterward, head for the colorful restaurant Andres Carne de Res to savor hearty Colombian cuisine and take to the dancefloor to feel the rhythms of the music. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$100.00
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US$100.00
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Zipaquirá and Villa de Leyva Tour (Private Tour)

Zipaquirá and Villa de Leyva Tour (Private Tour)

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Easily combine a trip to the colonial town of Villa de Leyva with a tour of the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá on this tour from Bogotá. Travel from your hotel with the comfort and ease of private transportation, and then enjoy informative commentary about each destination from your guide upon arrival. This tour includes all entrance fees and favorite local snacks for extra value.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$125.00
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US$125.00
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One Day Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, You can not miss this Wonder of Colombia

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One Day Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, You can not miss this Wonder of Colombia

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With the help of an expert guide, we enjoy a splendid day, we will visit the Cathedral of Salt of Zipaquirá, one of the wonders of Colombia, we will visit each one of its ships, altars; It consists of three naves: the central and two lateral. In front of the central nave is the monumental cross, which can be seen before reaching the site. Attached to the cross, on the far left, is the sacristy. On the floor of this ship there is a circle of 78 meters that represents the world; in one of the ends of this circle appears the Nativity, and in the other La Piedad.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$79.68
US$88.54
US$8.86 savings
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US$79.68
US$88.54
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Tour to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá (Shared) - Hotel Pickup

Tour to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá (Shared) - Hotel Pickup

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Live the magic of the First Wonder of Colombia. The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá located just over an hour from Bogotá, will make your tour a unique and unforgettable experience thanks to the design of its interior spaces, decoration, lighting, artistic pieces, the same fact of being traveling a space nestled in the mountain and if this were not enough, the round trip to Zipaquirá will be decorated with the landscape of our Savannah, which will undoubtedly make your day something simply magical.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$80.00
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US$80.00

Full-Day Guatavita and Salt Cathedral Group Tour from Bogotá

Full-Day Guatavita and Salt Cathedral Group Tour from Bogotá

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This is undoubtedly one of the best combinations of tourist attractions near Bogotá; the day begins with a visit to the Guatavita Lake, famous for being the place where the Muiscas performed the ritual that gave rise to the legend of El Dorado; this place possesses an overwhelming beauty that can only be understood when visiting it. Then, cross the savannah to reach the municipality of Zipaquirá; you will know the First Wonder of Colombia, the Salt Cathedral, one of those places that you will not want to miss when coming to Colombia. ** It may take longer than usual for road arrangements. ** At the moment Guatavita doesn't have guides in English, you can take the tour in Spanish.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$85.00
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US$85.00
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Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira Daily Departure

Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira Daily Departure

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We want our travelers to know the first wonder of Colombia in a calm and unhurried way. During the tour we will provide detailed and accurate information of the most important places in the region.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$58.00
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US$58.00

SHARED Tour to the Laguna de Guatavita and Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

SHARED Tour to the Laguna de Guatavita and Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

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In our shared tour you will meet 2 fabulous places, one symbol of the legend of El Dorado and the other the first wonder of Colombia. From the agreed point in Bogotá you will be transferred to the magical Laguna de Guatavita located in Sesquilé. Where accompanied by the native guide, you will walk learning about its history and importance to reach the viewpoint where you will contemplate the lagoon and exotic landscapes. Then, we will arrive at Zipaquirá, a municipality declared historical and cultural heritage for its architecture and for keeping the history of our ancestors, where we will stop at a typical restaurant in the region and you can have lunch and then contemplate the colonial beauty of the municipality through its historic center . Finally, in the Salt Cathedral you will live a unique experience, descending 180 meters underground through tunnels with stops representing stations of the Viacrucis you will reach the only underground temple in the world and second most impressive place of worship on the planet.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$114.14
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Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira Day Trip + Optional Lunch

Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira Day Trip + Optional Lunch

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Visit the popular Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá on this day trip from Bogotá. Wander around this Colombian architectural wonder, which is the only underground Catholic church in the world, and learn about the salt production process and its significance. Afterward, stop in the town of Zipaquirá where you can enjoy lunch, if option is selected.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$114.00
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Salt Cathedral—First Wonder in Colombia— & Zipaquira Colonial Town

Salt Cathedral—First Wonder in Colombia— & Zipaquira Colonial Town

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A guided tour to the famous Salt Cathedral is the easiest way to visit this globally-recognized attraction from Bogota. All transportation is included so you don't have to plan a thing, plus a guide takes you on a thorough tour of the cathedral that lets you in on its fascinating history. Afterward, take a guided sightseeing tour around the town of Zipaquira and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to Bogota.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$149.34
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Bogota City Sightseeing tour with Gold Museum and Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

Bogota City Sightseeing tour with Gold Museum and Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

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Explore the Bogotá fascinating history and rich culture and visit the amazing Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, begin your urban adventure by traveling by cable car to Monserrate Sanctuary, strolling through the city’s historical center, and gazing at the Gold Museum’s impressive collections. Then, descend 590 feet (180 meters) into an awe-inspiring cathedral carved into a salt reserve.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$197.00
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US$197.00
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Guatavita Lake & Salt Cathedral Tour.

Guatavita Lake & Salt Cathedral Tour.

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Explore Guatavita Lake and the Salt Cathedral, two of the area's top attractions, in a single tour from Bogota. You'll travel with a guide dedicated to your private party only, which means you'll enjoy plenty of personalized attention and a flexible itinerary. Take in the scenery of Guatavita Lake on a sightseeing tour, then explore the Salt Cathedral with a provided audio guide. Round-trip private transportation makes for a convenient door-to-door experience.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$130.00
Price varies by group size
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US$130.00
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Private Salt Cathedral and Nemocón Salt Mines + In & out Transfer + (8 hours)

Private Salt Cathedral and Nemocón Salt Mines + In & out Transfer + (8 hours)

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With this skip-the-line tour, you'll spend a day exploring the incredible Salt Cathedral with a private guide and audio guide*. Then we will ride to Nemocón where you will visit an authentic Salt Mine. We make affordable private tours so that you can actually learn and have fun. *Four parties of 4 or more you will have a Private Certified Salt Mine Guide.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$132.31
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US$132.31
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Guatavita Lake - Salt Cathedral

Guatavita Lake - Salt Cathedral

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Indigenous economy activities, religious, art, and other determined the settlement of the Spanish and the foundation of Bogotá. In this tour you will understand the relation between the nature, the salt, the Dorado Legend, the Salt Cathedral, Gold Museum, the gold, the cooper and the Bogota population. Since we met, I began to explain some general details about Bogotá, then when we leave the city I will speak about the valley around the city, I will provide information about the original indigenous habitants called “ Muiscas” , their customs, some of their words and how all this heritage is included now in our society and in our food. We will meet a guide of the lake that speaks about the native culture and will explain why is so popular the Dorado Legend?, we will discuss the meaning of this ceremony. We will feel the mystic of the place, its energy and the relationship between nature and this space. In Guatavita town we will enjoy architecture, food, deserts and also handicrafts shopping. In Zipaquira I will speak some details of the Salt Cathedral and I will conduct the traveler to the underground Cathedral, this construction is unique because of its magnificence, the content of every sculpture, the representation of the way to the cross and the cross.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$100.00
Price varies by group size
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US$100.00
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Zipaquira town & Salt Cathedral from Bogota Private Tour ALL INCLUDED

Zipaquira town & Salt Cathedral from Bogota Private Tour ALL INCLUDED

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In this Private Tour live this engineering piece where the Muisca culture, the catholic tradition and the modern advances will introduce us The Salt Cathedral. In the deep mountain go 180 meters inside, through the structures created by the artist, sculptors and decorators that use the illumination to accentuate the magnitude of this work. Enjoy this jewel of Colombian architecture that is cultural, religious and environmental patrimony. Visit Zipaquira´s down town to get to know its colonial architecture and its squares that are surrounded by some of the national monuments. Feel the Andean environment at every corner and know the mix of cultures that make us Colombians. We will visit the handcrafts market and we will have a great “of the day” lunch, very typical from this very Colombian town.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$145.28
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US$145.28

Private tour to the Salt Mine of Nemocón and Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

Private tour to the Salt Mine of Nemocón and Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

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Enjoy 2 wonders underground; the first, a mystical and amazing place, the Mina de Sal de Nemocón and the only underground cathedral in the world, the first wonder of Colombia, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. Starting from your place of lodging you will be transferred to Nemocón where 80 meters underground you will find the second largest salt mine in Colombia with more than 500 years of history to know the process of salt production used since pre-Hispanic times and enjoy 1,600 meters amazing tunnels and cameras, with spectacular attractions such as the salt waterfall, the well of desires and the brine mirrors, among others. Then you will be transferred to Zipaquirá, a municipality declared a historical and cultural heritage where you will enjoy a typical lunch of the region and descend 180 meters underground through tunnels with stops representing the Stations of the Cross, you will reach the second most impressive place on the planet, the Salt Cathedral
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$153.00
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US$153.00
Price varies by group size

Tour to Jaime Duque Park and Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira

Tour to Jaime Duque Park and Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira

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Te recogemos en tu hotel o lugar de alojamiento y desde allí te llevamos al parque Jaime Duque rumbo al municipio de Tocancipá, ubicado a unos 35 minutos de Bogotá. Saliendo de Bogotá hacia el norte, el parque Jaime Duque muestra una diversidad de atracciones que pueden ser disfrutadas por todos, disfrutaras de un recorrido guiado y todo incluido en el parque temático más grande de Colombia con escenarios históricos, arquitectónicos, tecnológicos y ambientalistas. Al visitarlo ofrece al visitante información educativa y divertida. La Catedral de Sal de Zipaquirá es declarada la Primera Maravilla de Colombia y considerada uno de los logros arquitectónicos y artísticos más notables del turismo colombiano. Disfruta de una interesante visita a Zipaquirá recorriendo la Catedral de Sal y descubriendo las principales plazas de la ciudad colonial.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$152.00
Price varies by group size
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US$152.00
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 97 Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal) costs USD 18.00. Guided Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal) tours start around USD 18.00 per person. See all 97 Zipaquira Salt Cathedral (Catedral de Sal) tickets and tours on Viator.
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