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  • Bogota: Legend of El Dorado and Salt Cathedral Tour

    1. Bogota: Legend of El Dorado and Salt Cathedral Tour

    After gathering at either of the meeting points or being collected from your accommodation, your combination experience in Bogota will begin. You'll first visit the Guatavita Lagoon, which was a source of inspiration for the Legend of El Dorado and the movie with the same name. The beauty of this place is sure to overwhelm you, and after some time there you will cross the Savannah. In the afternoon you will reach the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, which was the First Wonder of Colombia due to its imposing architecture. In a single day you will enjoy the indigenous spiritual cosmogony, Christian spirituality, the beauty of nature, and the grandeur of architecture. At the end of your experience, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

    Our guide, Osvaldo, was very attentive to our needs. He was well informed and answered our questions during our journey. Highly recommend this tour. The Laguna de Guatavita is rich in history and culture, and the Salt Cathedral is truly impressive. Both sites are a must see.

  • Bogota: Salt Cathedral Small-Group Tour with Entrance Ticket

    2. Bogota: Salt Cathedral Small-Group Tour with Entrance Ticket

    Travel for 2 hours north of Bogotá to the city of Zipaquirá, where you will visit the renowned Salt Cathedral. Known as a must-visit in Colombia, it is a monument of faith that has become an architectural piece like no other.  Explore the Roman Catholic church built in the ancient hollows of a salt mine, 180 meters below ground. Marvel at the cathedral’s architecture built within the mine’s remaining caverns and tunnels.  You will have 2 hours inside the Cathedral to visit all the sights as the audio guide explains about the process of salt formation, the architecture, and the mining process within every detail. Inside the mine, there are different pieces of stonework and sculpture that, due to their size and illumination, make this spectacular wonder an engineering jewel, famous around the world. You may also visit the light show at the very end of the tunnels before returning to Bogo...

    Excelente experiencia. El guía Alex es extraordinario. Buen servicio, amigable y muy atento. 100% recomendado.

  • Bogotá: Private Salt Cathedral Tour with Entrance Tickets

    3. 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 wi...

  • From Bogota: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral & Villa de Leyva Tour

    4. From Bogota: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral & Villa de Leyva Tour

    Begin your tour with hotel pick-up in the morning and a scenic drive out to Villa de Leyva. On the way, enjoy the delicious staple of arepas, corn cakes that are often grilled or fried. Upon arrival in Villa de Leyva, step out and walk through the ancient streets lined with colonial-style houses that have remained mostly untouched since their construction. Founded in 1572, Villa de Leyva is famous for its cobblestone square Plaza Mayor, which at 150,695 square feet is the largest in Colombia. Learn about the history of the charming town from your guide before moving on. Head next to Zipaquira, where you will wander below ground into an enormous salt mine. Your guide will teach you about the history of salt and salt mining as you explore the beautifully lit cavern, eventually reaching the salt cathedral. The church was originally built in 1932 as a place for miners to offer daily prayers...

    We loved the trip it was a full on day but Jhon our guide was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

  • Bogota: Zipaquira, Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavita Tour

    5. Bogota: Zipaquira, Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavita Tour

    The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Bogota and travels north into the savanna. Arrive at Zipaquira, a vibrant town with a history dating back to the 1600s. Visit Zipaquia's famous Salt Cathedral, an impressive subterranean building that stands on an old salt mine. Wander through the halls and marvel at the cathedral's stunning architecture while you learn about its rich-history. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy lunch overlooking the Tomine Reservoir, before continuing onto the spectacular Guatavita National Park. Upon arrival, learn about the cultural significance of Lake Guatavita, as well as the characteristics of this peculiar ecosystem. After the park, make one final stop at a nearby village, and soak up the quaint and charming atmosphere of this traditional location. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Bogota.

  • Bogotá: Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavitá Tour with Lunch

    6. Bogotá: Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavitá Tour with Lunch

    Head to the countryside from Bogotá on a 10-hour excursion to Zipaquirá. Discover the architectural achievements of architect Roswell Garavito Pearl and learn about history of salt exploitation in Colombia on a tour of the Salt Cathedral. Enjoy a typical Colombian meal at a local restaurant. See Independence Square, lovely colonial houses and the old church before continuing on to Lake Guatavitá. Take a short guided hike, admire the scenic landscape and discover the birthplace of the El Dorado legend. Take in views of the Tomine Reservoir before visiting the colonial town of Guatavitá. On the return trip to Bogotá stop at La Calera viewpoint for panoramic views of the city.

    Feiple, was so awesome as a guide. He goes over and beyond. Our driver was the sweetest.

  • Bogotá: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral

    7. 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 Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour

    8. 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, incl...

    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!

  • From Bogotá: Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita Day Tour

    9. From Bogotá: Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita Day Tour

    Learn about Colombia's salt trade dating back to the pre-Hispanic period. Take a tour of some villages outside of Bogotá, and explore the subterranean Salt Cathedral. Try a traditional Colombian lunch followed by a visit to Lake Guatavita, a sacred place for the native Muisca people.   A staff member will pick you up at your hotel in Bogotá. Your tour begins by traveling in an air-conditioned van or bus through some of the villages from the pre-Hispanic period. Learn the history of the exploitation and trade of salt and gold manufacturing in the area.   Travel north along the Bogotá savanna to the city of Zipaquirá. There you will visit the renowned Salt Cathedral, a Roman Catholic church built in the ancient hollows of a salt mine, 180 meters below ground. Marvel at the cathedral’s architecture built within the mine’s remaining caverns and tunnels.     After touring the cathedral, en...

    Amazing learning and fun experience. Our guide was lovely and very keen in explaining everything and more! Totally recomend this tour

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What people are saying about Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

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!

This tour far exceeded all expectations. Jhon Fredy was an outstanding guide who spoke excellent English. He was a very knowledgeable, personable and talented young man who helped make this tour one of the best one day tours I have ever experienced. A wonderful tour with the best guide and a great driver.

Beautiful on so many levels! We will visit this site on our return trip to Colombia.

It was a very nice visit and the video of the histort was great.

Really well organized, thanks for the amazing experience