• Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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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.


  • Round-trip train ride from Bogota
  • See the scenic savannah landscape surrounding Bogotá on the relaxing train journey
  • Enjoy free time in the towns of Zipaquirá and Cajicá to explore on your own
  • Visit the famous Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá if you wish (own expense)
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

Round-trip Independent Rail Tour to Zipaquirá from Bogotá on Scenic Train

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

It’s time to climb ‘all aboard!’ for a relaxing ride by vintage locomotive from Bogotá to the Colombian town of Zipaquirá. Whether you’re a train-lover, or simply looking for a chance to observe Colombian life outside the big city, this 9-hour excursion offers the perfect escape. 
Start your trip with pickup at 8:30am from your Bogotá hotel, heading on to the city’s La Sabana station, where you’ll board the historic train for your trip to Zipaquirá. As you chug out of the station, enjoy a serenade of Colombian music from the onboard band, or grab a snack at your own expense from the train’s snack bar. During your 3-hour ride, spend some time gazing out the window at the sublime landscape of the Bogotá savannah, stretching to the horizon and beyond.
Before you know it, your train has pulled into Zipaquirá, where you’ll have an hour to explore on your own. Many visitors head to the city’s renowned salt cathedral, a stunning underground religious building carved from 250,000 tons of salt, which you can check out at your own expense.
After your one-hour stop in Zipaquirá, hop back on the train for the ride to Cajicá, where you can spend some time browsing the city’s intriguing shops or enjoy a mouth-watering lunch of authentic Colombian specialties.
Then climb back on your steam (or oil) -powered train for one last ride back to Bogotá, winding its way through the beautiful landscape of Colombia. Upon arriving at the station, receive a drop-off back at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Gary M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We were warmly greeted by our guide. He got us to the train on time and was there to greet when we got back. The train ride was a wonderful experience of singing and laughter. The salt mines was very interesting how ever we never understood a word the guide said but the mine was impressive on its own. There was plenty of time for nice lunch in a Mexican restaurant. All in all was fun day

Gill d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

This was a wonderful outing, but because we were staying so near the station of Usaquen, we saw our 'guide' for five minutes at the beginning and end of the day. Also, he spoke no English which made communication difficult. You must have made a lot of money on our booking!

TravelerD USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

A very good opportunity to see the Colombian countryside. Zipaquira was a very interesting city. It was also very interesting to see the Salt Cathedral as this is one of the most popular tourist sites in Colombia. However, be aware that although it is called a "tourist" train, most of the tourists are local people (not foreign tourists from other countries) and most of the people operating this speak only Spanish. I can converse in Spanish, but it might be harder for someone who doesn't.


4 star rating: Recommended January 2018

Our driver did not show up at end of tour to take back to the hotel had to pay taxi back.


4 star rating: Recommended May 2017

We were picked up and dropped off from our hotel promptly. Our drivers were very courteous, friendly and safe. We enjoyed the train ride and seeing the Colombian countryside. We hope that in the future, the tourist train company would have better instructions on meeting times/trip. We thought that we were catching the train back from Zipaquira to Cajica. We ended up rushing to the bus meeting point only to find out that we had one more hour because we were taking the bus instead of the train to Cajica.

Gillian C

4 star rating: Recommended February 2017

Very well organised, picked up on time and all went according to the description.

Elsa M

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

Muy buena experiencia y excelente atencion

Jamiel A

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

This tour was great. Fun and very entertaining.

William B

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

We had a good day. There were some concerns, however. First, the company was nearly impossible to reach by phone to reconfirm the trip. We were unsure until the morning of the excursion if we would be picked up at all, and were making plans to take a taxi.

Furthermore, we were surprised that we were taken to Usaquen, because La Sabana is closer to the hotel. We must have spent 40 minutes each way in the car.

The train was comfortable and the scenery interesting. We had a good walk in Zipaquira with a guide. The next stop, for lunch, was disappointing. We had no guidance about where to eat - no restaurant names or map of the town - so we just got pizza. This could be improved.

Columbia is trying to build up its tourism; attention to details is one way to

Lynsey F

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2017

The train was fun but it was the slowest train in the world. It wasn’t a steam train either. I think Sunday is steam train day. On Saturday we had a diesel. When you get to Zipaquirá buses take you on to cathedral (buy Tix on the train). After tour bus takes u back to train. Very brief at Cathedral

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