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Bogotá: Private Salt Cathedral Tour with Entrance Tickets

1. Bogotá: Private Salt Cathedral Tour with Entrance Tickets

Begin your day with convenient hotel pickup to comfortably start your journey toward the town of Zipaquirá. This will be a somewhat long drive of about 2 hours, so feel free to take a nap, watch the Bogotá savanna through the window, or make small talk to your driver about anything in Colombia. Upon arrival, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá will be the first stop. Skip the ticket lines and go directly to the entrance to pick up an audio guide. Then, begin discovering an incredible monument of faith that’s a unique architectural marvel. When booking, you can choose a personal live guide instead of an audio guide, if you prefer.  Once inside, you’ll be guided through the stations that represent the Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross). Understand the details in each corner of the works of art, and visit famous sights inside the halls such as the water mirrors, the virtual reality theater with its 3D movie, the dome, and a balcony where you can observe the world's largest underground cross. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Miner's Route and take part in a salt workshop if you select the option. The route is a 45-minute tour where you become a salt miner for a day, whereas the workshop consists of an explanation about salt mining and carving. To top off your experience, carve your own piece of salt to take home as a souvenir. After your visit, your driver will be waiting outside to take you back to Zipaquirá village. Here, enjoy some time to take a look around and have lunch in one of the local restaurants. From there, you will be taken back to Bogotá and dropped off at your hotel.

Bogotá: Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour

2. Bogotá: Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour

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.

Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Skip-The-Line Ticket

3. Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Skip-The-Line Ticket

Spend a memorable day on a Bogotá private city tour. Visit Monserrate, Gold Museum, Plaza de Bolivar, Botero Museum, and La Candelaria as you learn more about Bogota's past and present. After pickup from your hotel, visit Monserrate which overlooks the entire city. Nestled in the Andean Mountains range, enjoy the beauty of nature, the sprawling city views, and the tranquil atmosphere of the Church. After visiting the hill, walk through the cobbed-stone roads of La Candelaria to uncover the city's colonial heritage and be dazzled by the beauty of Bogota's architecture. While walking around the old town, visit Colombia's finest art collection at the Botero Museum, named after the world-famous Colombian painter Fernando Botero. Next, learn more about Colombia's history with a visit to Bolivar Plaza. Pass by the Presidential Palace, Congress Building, City Mayor Building, and Justice Palace as you learn about Colombia's often turbulent history. Finally, enjoy a guided visit to the Gold Museum, home of the most impressive pre-Colombian goldsmith masterpieces. At the end of the experience, you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Bogotá: Private Candelaria Walking Tour and Gold Museum

4. Bogotá: Private Candelaria Walking Tour and Gold Museum

This combination is perfect for those who do not want to miss the main touristic and historical attractions of Bogotá, while also having some free time for other activities at sunset. Start the day visiting the Gold Museum, home to a dazzling heritage archaeological collection. The museum has become a must-see attraction you do not want to miss. It has become a relic and national pride for all the history behind it. You will see the metals come alive and tell stories of fantasy, life, and death. Also, there is no better compliment than the route to the oldest and most colorful neighborhood called “La Candelaria”. This place hides the most incredible stories, anecdotes, and secrets of our ancestors and even our former rulers. You will visit the main government buildings in the country and where the city was founded.

Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Hill

5. Bogotá: City Tour with Monserrate Hill

A staff member from the company will meet you at the hotel to take you on a tour around the historic center of the city. From here your first stop will be to Plaza de Bolivar, where you will walk along the streets and take a close look at the most important buildings of the city. You will explore buildings such as the National Capitol, which is the center of the country's legislative life; Casa de los Comuneros; Casa de Nariño, which is the Presidential house; and the Santa Clara Church Museum. The tour also includes a visit to the Gold Museum, which exhibits about 34,000 pieces of metalwork from various Hispanic cultures. You will also visit the House Museum Quinta de Bolivar, which formerly belonged to Simon Bolivar. The tour will then continue to the iconic symbol of Bogota, the Monserrate Hill, which rises up to 3,152 meters above sea level. Once having ascended to the top of the hill, you will visit the sanctuary where you will find the statue of the Lord of Miracles. This peak will provide you with the best platform to enjoy the views of Bogota.

Bogotá: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral

6. Bogotá: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral

A staff member from the company will meet you at the hotel at your choice of either in the morning or the afternoon. From here you will be taken on a tour through La Sabana de Bogota to the town of Zipaquira, whose name means "City of our Father" in the language of the Chibcha. Back in pre-Columbian times, salt around the area was the most important commodity and the "salt cakes" were the only currency for trading. Throughout time, technology improved and the "Muiscas" began to extract larger amounts of salt. As a result, an underground salt deposit was formed and it is where the Salt Cathedral was built, 180 meters below the surface. Inside you will discover a chapel titled “capilla de los mineros”, which was built as a tribute to the Virgin “Our Lady of the Rosary of Guasá”. At the conclusion of your tour, you will return safely back to Bogotá.

Bogotá: Private Grand City Tour

7. Bogotá: Private Grand City Tour

Embark on a comprehensive tour of Bogotá with a visit to the Monserrate Sanctuary on the imposing eastern hills of the city at an altitude of 3,150 meters above sea level. Ascend to the top of the mountain by cable car to reach the city's most notorious site of pilgrimage and to get the best panoramic views. Next, you will go to the historic neighborhood of La Candelaria and wander the picturesque cobbled streets that hold more than 400 years of history. Experience the student atmosphere within the campus of Universidad de los Andes, and then go downstream, following the Eje Ambiental to see how the city developed from the river that gave it life. Marvel at one of the most famous urban projects in Latin America, carried out by the architect Rogelio Salmona. Follow the San Francisco River to Jimenez Avenue to see an impressive collection of indigenous gold artifacts at the Gold Museum. Get the chance to shop at the handicrafts market at Parque Santander, and then enter the historic neighborhood of La Candelaria. Wander the cobblestone streets to the Botero Museum, where works by the eccentric Colombian artist, Fernando Botero are displayed. Stop at Chorro de Quevedo to appreciate the contrasts of the historical center, and then break for lunch at an authentic local restaurant. Continue to Plaza de Bolívar to explore the historical epicenter of Bogotá and see the administrative and government buildings. Look inside the Primatial Cathedral, and then drive towards the north of the city for a panoramic sight of the International Centre, La Macarena neighborhood and National Park. End in the cozy neighborhood of Usaquén, known for its narrow streets and weekend flea market.

Bogota: 3-Hour Andres Carne de Res Experience with Transfer

8. Bogota: 3-Hour Andres Carne de Res Experience with Transfer

The Restaurant Andrés Carne de Res opened its doors for the first time on June 19 in 1982 in a small ranch, with only 6 tables. Around one hour away from Bogotá, today it is known as one of the largest restaurants in Latin America. Enjoy an interesting visit to one of the most iconic restaurants in Colombia to taste the best roast beef, the best music to dance to, and the most pleasant atmosphere you can find, backed by the detailed and personal attention you will receive from your guide and servers. The service to Andrés Carne de Res includes transfers to the restaurant and back to the hostel, and a chauffeur who will wait for you as you dine.

Bogotá: Private Tour of Monserrate

9. Bogotá: Private Tour of Monserrate

Explore one of Colombia's most famous pilgrimage sites and visit the pilgrimage church on the 10,407 foot-high Monserrate. Learn about this important pilgrimage destination to a unique panoramic view of the entire city of Bogotá. Enjoy an excursion into the breathtaking mountainous landscape. During the tour, experience a bit of the Colombian lifestyle and try the local Canelazo drink with its unique, sweet taste. It's for you to decide how you'd like to climb the Monserrate: take advantage of the cable car, funicular or take the hiking trail. Either one offers you a wonderful view. On the way back, the Candelaria district awaits you with its historic buildings and interesting history. Take a look at the National Congress, the cathedral, the Palace of Justice, the town hall and the House of the 20th of July. Afterwards, try a typical Colombian dish and enjoy an individual cultural program in the afternoon. You have the option of visiting the Gold Museum, the Botero Museum, the Quintade Bolivar Museum, the National Museum or the Military Museum.

From Bogotá: Jaime Duque Park and Salt Cathedral with Lunch

10. From Bogotá: Jaime Duque Park and Salt Cathedral with Lunch

Spend a full day exploring the outskirts of Bogotá with an all-inclusive tour of Jaime Duque Park and guided tour of the famous Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá.   Get picked you up from your hotel or other accommodation in Bogotá and drive to Jaime Duque Park, located about 35 minutes outside the city in the Tocancipá municipality. The amusement park offers an array of family-friendly attractions. Enjoy a guided and all-inclusive tour with historical, architectural, technological, and environmental scenarios. Check out a replica of the Taj Mahal, a medieval castle, and the Museum of Mankind, among other attractions. Following the theme park, continue on to Zipaquirá and enjoy a typical Colombian lunch at one of the best restaurants in town. Choose between different meat dishes traditionally prepared over a fire or a vegetarian meal. Afterward, take a tour of the subterranean Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and discover the main squares of the colonial city. The Salt Cathedral is considered one of the country’s most notable architectural and artistic achievements. Your tour guide will accompany you to the entrance of the salt mine where the guided tour of the church begins. The tour is in English or Spanish and lasts about 2 hours.   Before returning to Bogotá, discover the Plaza de la Independencia and the Plaza de Armas de Zipaquirá with one of the oldest churches in Colombia. Drive back to Bogotá and get dropped off at your hotel or location of your choice.

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What people are saying about Bogotá

That was one of the best tours we ever had in our lives! Andres is an extremely knowledgeable guide who not only provided all information about the Salt Cathedral, but also told us many very interesting things about the history, culture and economy of Colombia. We enjoyed every single minute of this tour and strongly recommend to everybody who is considering to visit Bogota

Our guide Alejandra is super knowledgeable and wove in a lot of history into the tour. A big plus was the coffee tasting which gave us a better understanding of the art of coffee making. This tour is a must do for an introduction into Colombian culture and history.

Great tour despite the rain and our tour guide Martha was very flexible, informative and fun ! We had a great lunch in a local market and got to meet some very friendly staff who got us out of the rain and also fed us. All the best . Niall & Paul

Julio was great. We adapted to changing weather and my communication mistakes. Loved it. Learned a lot.

A great tour with a knowledgeable guide. I really enjoyed getting a broad introduction to the city