• Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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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
  • Perfect for families

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

Ross L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent guided tour

Brett F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The tour to Zipaquira was amazing! The Salt Cathedral was a once in a lifetime visit - we came away in awe of the construction of this giant cathedral inside a hand hollowed salt mine!
Jorge was a fantastic tour guide and gave us all the information we could have wanted about the cathedral and all things Colombia! If you are in Bogota, you should definitely take the time to go to Zipaquira!

MaryAnn Sue R Mexico

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Our guide spoke perfect English and was well informed. You could tell he had a lot of training and schooling in Columbia tourism. We could ask him anything and he knew the answer. Great tour!!

Lee N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great short trip out of Bogota. Salt Cathedral has to be seen to be believed. Great guides too. Even the drive through Bogota was an experience (not for the faint hearted).

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.

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