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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.


  • Visit Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral on this half-day tour
  • Learn about the history of the cathedral and mine from your bilingual guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Half-Day Guided Tour of Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral from Bogotá

The town Square in Zipaquira

Even if you’ve seen plenty of cathedrals during your travels, you’ve never seen one quite like this. This half-day tour of Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral offers an opportunity to tour this fascinating underground structure, carved into subterranean walls of a salt mine near Bogotá.

Begin your visit with your choice of pickup from your Bogotá hotel at either 8am or 2pm, continuing north towards the city of Zipaquirá. Arrive at the mine and head underground to the cathedral, located more than 656 feet (200 meters) below the earth’s surface.

Once inside this impressive structure, listen as your guide provides an overview of the cathedral’s construction and history. The original 246 foot (75 meter) salt cathedral first opened in 1954, though it was eventually closed for safety reasons. Not to be dissuaded, the church’s creators went to work on an expanded version of the structure, carving out an additional 250,000 tons of rock for the new cathedral you see now, which opened in 1991. 

Take time to wander the eerie darkened tunnels of the site, along with the church’s three main sections, including the Stations of the Cross, its three naves and its dome. Finish your day back above ground, where you’ll have some time to explore Zipaquirá before heading back to your Bogotá hotel.

Customer Reviews

Lucy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great and knowledgeable tour guide - highly recommended!

Douglas Ray K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.

Eric M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a great tour with great explanations and context given along the way. The guide spoke excellent English and answered our questions with a lot of knowledge. He gave us many recommendations for restaurants and other sights to see on our visit. The parents and kids all loved the tour.

rosa c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A must see!! Our tour guide Fabian was friendly and knowledgeable !!

Kathleen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour. Very informative

Ryan e

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Angela was a great guide, tons of great information and advice. Amazing views, incredible architecture and construction.

sheila k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Two of us went on this trip with driver/guide Angela. She was a fund of information about the cathedral and a patient guide. We had plenty of time to absorb the atmosphere and take our pictures although the cathedral was incredibly busy the day we went. Its a long drive to Zipaquira and Angela used the time to tell us everything we wanted to know about Bogota and Colombia. Well worth going.

David T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was excellent. Our guide picked us up and took us to the front of the cathedral. She spoke excellent English she spent time in the US. We learned a lot. This is one of the most important things to do while visiting the Bogota area. The tour saved us a lot of time because we did not have to do any leg work. It was a private two person tour which was nice because we were able to go at our own pace.

David N USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Angela was a fantastic guide... very knowledgeable and personable. The Cathedral was awesome... rarely in life to you witness a historical site like this being built in our own generation. Plus, Angela really knows and is proud of her country. She made visiting this site not only interesting but inspiring.

Alvin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our tour guide was outstanding. She was very warm and personable. Angela was her name and the McKoy family from the United States was very pleased. She took the time to answer all questions using our native English language.

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