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Bogotá: Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour

Bogotá: Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour

Activity provider: transfers & tours Colombia
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Look inside an underground cathedral made of salt on a trip to the colonial town of Zipaquirá. See the main sights of the town, and venture underground to marvel at works of art crafted from salt.

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Duration 6 - 13 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French
Audio guide included
Spanish, English, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, French
Pickup included
Pick-up from your accommodation in Bogotá.
Private group available


  • Explore the colonial town of Zipaquirá
  • Look inside an underground cathedral made of salt
  • Enjoy a typical Colombian lunch at one of the best restaurants in Zipaquirá
Full description
Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Bogotá at 09:00 AM or a time to suit you, and then journey to the colonial town of Zipaquirá, famous for its Salt Cathedral. Relax on the 60 to 90-minute trip to the cathedral, where on arrival you will be accompanied to the entrance of the mine for a 2-hour guided tour in English or Spanish.  Located inside the depths of the world's biggest salt rock reserve, Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral was adapted from an old salt mine to function as a place of worship. Marvel at the icons, ornaments and architectural details hand-carved in the halite rock. Surface the mine to enjoy a typical Colombian lunch in one of Zipaquirá's best restaurants. Choose from fish or vegetarian options, or savor different plates of meat prepared in the traditional way on fire. Then, explore the main sights of the town, including Independence Square and the colonial center. Admire one of the oldest churches in Colombia. Drive back to Bogotá for drop-off at your accommodation, or book one of the following options to continue exploring. Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavitá Tour with Lunch After visiting the Salt Cathedral and enjoying a typical Colombian meal, go to the colonial town of Guatavitá. Take a short guided hike, admire the scenic landscape and discover the birthplace of the El Dorado legend. On the return trip to Bogotá stop at La Calera viewpoint for panoramic views of the city. Salt Cathedral and Nemocón Mine Tour with Lunch Once you have visited the Salt Cathedral and enjoyed a traditional Colombian lunch, discover the salt mine tunnels of Nemocón. Experience what it felt like to work 60 meters below ground. Be dropped off back in Bogotá at the end of the tour. Salt Cathedral & Villa de Levya Tour without Lunch Go from the Salt Cathedral to Villa de Leyva, famous for its cobblestone square Plaza Mayor, which at 150,695 square feet is the largest in Colombia. Learn about the history of this charming town before returning to your accommodation in Bogotá.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation by private vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with claustrophobia

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for participants with heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • A small amount of walking is involved
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based on 63 reviews

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Amazing tour! Look no further this is the tour to do! The experience that I have had was spectacular! Honestly my husband and I enjoyed the entire day with our guide and driver! Xiomara I hope I spelled her name correctly but she was so kind and so cool and our driver was so kind! If you are going to do a tour I would do it with her! If I could have more tours with our tour guide it would be amazing!

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March 21, 2022

If you want to go outside the city for a day, to see what the countryside is like, this tour is a must! The Salt Cathedral is an experience; the visit, with an audio set, leads you through a lot of symbolism; at first it took some getting used to, but once you get into the cathedral itself, it's beautiful! We booked the tour including a visit to the lagoon, unfortunately it was closed. Unfortunately, the offered alternative to visit the salt mine was also not possible, because it was also closed. Yet we were not bored; just traveling through the countryside was captivating and the lunch is delicious!

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March 2, 2022

What an amazing tour! I highly recommend this tour when visiting Bogota. Cindy went above and beyond with her professional and excellent experience! She arrived early, explaining our day, so much history of her beautiful country and was a gracious host! The cathedral was outstanding to see, the tour was excellent, sights breathtaking. Don’t miss this trip when visiting Bogota!

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May 15, 2021

Product ID: 97605