Zipaquira Salt Cathedral Tours

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Zipaquira's attractive Spanish Colonial center, built with the wealth of the massive nearby salt mines, was founded in the 1760s some 31 miles (50 km) 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 590 feet (180 meters) 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 you can even mine a bit of salt yourself.

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Admission to the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral for non-residents costs USD $18.50 for adults and USD $12 for seniors. 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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Address: Cra 7, Zipaquirá, Colombia
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Hours: Mon–Fri: 9am–4:30pm; Sat–Sun: 9am–5pm; Sun Mass: 1pm
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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita from Bogota

Escape the city and experience two of Colombia’s top attractions on a 10-hour 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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$85,00
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Salt Cathedral Tour

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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$39,00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Half-Day Guided Tour of Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral from Bogotá

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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$60,00
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Private Round Trip Transportation to Zipaquira and Salt Cathedral

Enjoy this private pickup from your hotel in Bogotá. Your friendly, Spanish-speaking driver will meet you at your desired time to drive you to the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and the town of Zipaquira. This service is idea for independent travelers who do not need a tour guide.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$32,00
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Zipaquirá Tour Including The Salt Cathedral, Independence Square and The Main Squares

Explore the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, one of Colombia’s most unexpected architectural wonders, during this 6-hour excursion. Head underground to the town's salt mine where you’ll discover this unique monument to human ingenuity. Back above ground, enjoy an included Colombian lunch and a tour of Zipaquirá’s colonial center.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Guatavita Day Trip from Bogotá

Experience the natural wonders of Colombia on this combined 8-hour 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, plus a visit to the nearby Tominé Reservoir. Your tour includes round-trip transportation from your Bogotá hotel plus a guide, lunch and all entrance fees.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$101,34
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Round-trip Independent Rail Tour to Zipaquirá from Bogotá on Scenic Train

Hop aboard a vintage steam (or oil) train to admire the beautiful Colombian landscape on this 9-hour journey to the scenic town of Zipaquirá, with round-trip locomotive journey from Bogotá. Start with a relaxing train ride, taking in majestic views of the Colombian landscape along the way. Then spend a few hours on your own exploring the town of Zipaquirá, famous for its salt cathedral, and nearby Cajicá, an idyllic Colombian village, before returning by train to Bogotá. Your excursion includes a train ticket and round-trip transportation from hotels in Bogotá.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá Tour from Bogotá

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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$119,00
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Bogotá City tour and Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$88,00
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Private Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira Tour from Bogota with Lunch

Explore the underground Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira with this 7-hour private tour from Bogota. Tour the tunnels of this subterranean wonder and learn all about its history with a bilingual audioguide. Return to the historic center of Zipaquira for a traditional Colombian lunch of soup, salad, plantains, and more. Enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of Zipaquira before your return to Bogota.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$112,00
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Bogotá City Pass

Get the most out of your trip to Bogotá with the Bogotá Pass, offering a more than 50% discount off regular prices at 10 of the city’s top attractions and activities. This convenient, money-saving pass provides access to fun Bogotá activities like a walking tour of the historic Candelaria district and a premium Colombian coffee tasting, plus entrance at popular attractions like the Botero Museum and the Monserrate mountaintop monastery. Your pass can be purchased for 1- and 2-day access and also includes skip-the-line access at several sites plus special shopping discounts at city businesses and eateries.
  • Duration: 3 days
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US$50,00
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Zipaquirá & Guatavita Tour - 9 hours

Marvel at the incredible architecture of the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral during a 9-hour private tour of this famous underground landmark and the small towns outside Bogotá. Descend 650 feet (200 meters) underground to this fascinating attraction, learning about the gradual evolution of this subterranean religious sanctuary into a full-blown cathedral. After a lunch of Colombian cuisine, check out the charming atmosphere and local handicrafts of villages like Nemocón and Guatavita. A private guide, transport, lunch and entrance fees are all covered.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$239,00
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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