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The salt cathedrals are in the mountains about 500m southwest of town. The first opened in 1954, then was closed in 1992 for safety reasons. The newer Catedral de Sal, built between 1991 and 1995, sits within the larger Parque de Sal complex (a sort of salt-themed playground – a bit cheesy) and is Bogotá's most memorable day trip.

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Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral Half-Day Guided Tour from Bogotá

After pickup from your hotel, head out of Bogotá to the nearby town of Zipaquirá, home of the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, in private transportation. Descend more than 650 feet (200 meters) below the surface of the earth and admire this impressive piece of Colombian architecture. Learn from your bilingual guide how the salt cathedral began along a 24 foot (75 meter) section of the mine in 1954 before being closed for safety reasons. After a full refurbishment and expansion, the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral was reopened in 1991. Highlights include the stations of the cross, the dome, and the three naves all carved out of the salty walls and ceiling of the abandoned salt mine. Return above ground and walk around the mountain town of Zipaquirá before transferring back to your Bogotá hotel.

$60 Cultural & Theme Tours

Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, Colonial Center, Independence Square

The tour starts at 8am. We pick you up at your accommodation and from there we take you to Zipaquirá and its famous Cathedral. Depending on the traffic the trip to Zipaquirá lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. We will accompany you to the entrance to the mine where the guided tour through the Cathedral starts. The tour is in English or Spanish and takes around two hours. Getting back to the surface you'll enjoy a typical Colombian lunch in one of the best restaurants of Zipaquirá. Make your choice between different plates of meat, prepared traditionally on fire,  or a vegetarian meal. After lunch and before returning to Bogotá discover the Independance Square and the Main Square of Zipaquirás colonial center with one of the oldest churches of Colombia. From the center of Zipaquirá we drive on way back to Bogotá and leave you at your hotel or the place of your choice. Depending on the traffic the whole tour lasts approximately 7 hours.

$101.34 Day Trips & Excursions

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, Laguna de Guatavita Tour from Bogota

Take a day trip 31 miles (50 km) north of Bogotá to the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita (Laguna de Guatavita). After pickup from your hotel, your 8-hour adventure begins with a scenic drive in a comfortable van to the small town of Zipaquirá. Once here, take an underground tour to discover the famous salt cathedral. Explore the 246-foot (75-meter) long salt mine with your expert guide and learn how the cathedral first opened in 1954. The salt mine was closed due to safety concerns, but was then rebuilt in 1991 after 250,000 tons (226,800 metric tons) of salt were removed to revamp the salt cathedral.After visiting Zipaquirá, head to a restaurant right outside the town for an authentic Colombian lunch. After lunch, make your way to Laguna de Guatavita, a small, circular lake north of Bogotá. Surrounded by mountains, the lake was once the sacred place of the indigenous Muisca tribe. The lake is known for the 'el dorado' legend, which suggests that many golden treasures are hidden at the bottom of the lake. Spaniards and other foreigners went to the lake in search of gold but found nothing. After exploring the scenic landscape surrounding Laguna de Guatavita, visit the Tominé Reservoir, which controls the water supply of Bogotá. You'll also have the chance to purchase local crafts, including products made of wool, clay and gold, before being transferred back to your Bogotá hotel.

$85 Cultural & Theme Tours

Salt Cathedral and Lagoon of Guatavita Tour

Enjoy a day away from the bustle of Bogotá exploring the first wonder of Colombia and the history of the legend of "El Dorado".From your accommodation, it is an hour's drive from Zipaquira, home to the legendary salt cathedral.When you arrive in Zipaquirá, your underground adventure begins. Discover the architectonic achievements of the Bogota architect Roswell Garavito Pearl and learn about the history of salt exploitation in Colombia in the guided tour in English or Spanish with an expert guide within the cathedral and explain it through the Salt Cathedral Zipaquirá's meaning ..Back in the light, enjoy a typical Colombian meal in one of the best restaurants in Zipaquirá. Enjoy a traditionally prepared meat dish or choose the vegetarian option.After lunch, you will discover Plaza de la Independencia and the main square of Zipaquirá with its beautiful colonial houses and its old church and take some panoramic pictures of the city. After this brief tour, you will continue to Lake Guatavita.In a short walk of approximately an hour and a half guided in English or Spanish by a local guide of the reserve, you will enjoy the beautiful landscape and discover the birthplace of the legend of El Dorado, learning about the meaning of the lagoon for the Muisca Indians and his story.After visiting the lagoon, you will head to the white colonial city of Guatavitá.our tour through the savannah of Bogota ends returning to its place of accommodation in the Capital of Bogota

$60 Day Trips & Excursions

Bogota to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira Small-Group Tour

This 6-hour tour will take you to Zipaquirá, a small historical town north of the city of Bogotá and home to one of the most important salt mines of Colombia for its economical, cultural and historical value. Transportation will pick you up in the location of your choosing and take you to the Zipaquira Salt Mine. Once you reach the mine, depending on the version you choose, you have included a audio-guide (7 languages) and sometimes you may have guided tours in Spanish (every 10 minutes) or English (every hour o´clock) -basic and plus- or the private tour guided all the time. Also, inside the mine you will learn about the process of salt formation, part of the mining process and witness an incredible light show that will make your day truly magical. Once you have finished your visit, the transport will take you back to the location of your choosing in the city of Bogotá.

$49.34 Day Trips & Excursions

Zipaquira Train Tour from Bagota with Hotel Pickup

Travel north of Bogotá by steam (or oil) train on this round-trip rail journey! This unique experience is perfect for the whole family. After pickup from your hotel, head to La Sabana station to board the historic train. Depart the Bogota station for the first stretch of the train ride. During the 3-hour ride, listen to music from a Colombian band while munching on delicious food from the onboard snack bar (own expense), and enjoy picturesque views out the window of the gorgeous landscapes that make up the Bogota savannah.When you arrive in the town of Zipaquirá, you’ll have one hour of free time to explore on your own. Zipaquira’s most famous attraction is the Salt Cathedral (entrance at own expense). This impressive church, built within the tunnels of a salt mine, originally opened in 1954 and was rebuilt in 1991, when 250,000 tons of salt were removed. This stunning structure is truly a must-see sight in Zipaquirá. After your hour in Zipaquirá, re-board the steam train for the ride to the town of Cajicá, where you’ll have two hours of free time. Browse the local shops and stop for a delicious Colombian lunch (own expense).When your free time in Cajicá is up, board the train one last time for the journey back to Bogota.