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Bogota: Guatavita and Salt Cathedral Daily Group Tour

1. Bogota: Guatavita and Salt Cathedral Daily Group Tour

After gathering at either of the meeting points or being collected from your accommodation, your combination experience in Bogota will begin. 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 cross the savannah. In the afternoon, reach the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, which was the First Wonder of Colombia due to its imposing architecture. In a single day, enjoy the indigenous spiritual cosmogony, Christian spirituality, the beauty of nature, and the grandeur of the architecture. At the end of your experience, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

Bogota: Daily Group Tour of the Salt Cathedral Zipaquira

2. Bogota: Daily Group Tour of the Salt Cathedral Zipaquira

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 Bogotá.

Zipaquirá: Salt Cathedral Group Tour with Pickup

3. Zipaquirá: Salt Cathedral Group Tour with Pickup

Embark on a day tour to the enchanting Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral. Explore an extraordinary underground salt complex nestled 180 meters below the earth's surface and immerse yourself in its remarkable architectural feats. Begin your journey at the First Station to witness the profound Stations of the Cross. Move onto the Great Center Dome, a breathtaking subterranean cathedral boasting the largest underground salt cross. Marvel at the fusion of Colombian architecture and miners' devotion as you explore the intricate salt tunnels adorned with carvings and sculptures. Delve into the cultural significance of this unique underground sanctuary as you guide tells you all about the history and spiritual essence of the Salt Cathedral. Make the most of your visit with pickup and drop-off from your accommodation. Top it all off with a tour of the center of Zipaquirá with your driver-guide.

Bogotá: Salt Cathedral Private Tour with Entry Ticket

4. Bogotá: Salt Cathedral Private Tour with Entry Ticket

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: Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá with Optional Lunch

5. Bogotá: Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá with Optional Lunch

Discover the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá on a day trip from Bogotá. Marvel at the natural and manmade wonders within the underground cathedral. Choose from a tour including an audio guide and optional lunch or a tour with a private guide, a walking tour of Zipaquirá, and lunch. After pickup from your hotel in Bogotá, be driven to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. Follow your private guide or the audio guide through the tunnels, depending on the chosen option. Marvel at the underground Roman Catholic church carved into salt from the largest saline rock deposit in the world. Visit the three sections of the bottom temple, representing the birth, life, and death of Jesus. Admire the icons, ornaments, and architectural details carved into the rock. Marvel at the central dome where Eucharists are performed, with unique sculptures, lighting, and natural deposits. Once you finish the salt mine tour, Zipaquirá awaits. Take a walking tour of the town with your guide (depending on the option chosen), visiting its central square, beautiful colonial streets, and more. Tuck into a typical lunch if you have selected this option.

Salt Cathedral Zipaquirá - daily afternoon departure

6. Salt Cathedral Zipaquirá - daily afternoon departure

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 Bogotá.

Bogota: Zipaquira, Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavitá Tour

7. Bogota: Zipaquira, Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavitá 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 Guatavitá, 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: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral

8. 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

9. 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.

Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral & Guatavita Lake Day Tour

10. Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral & Guatavita Lake Day Tour

Experience the natural and cultural wonders of Colombia by visiting two incredible destinations: Laguna de Guatavita and Zipaquirá. Laguna de Guatavita, often called the "El Dorado" lagoon, is steeped in indigenous history and legend, making it a mystical and captivating place to explore. Discover the stunning landscapes and dive into the tales of ancient rituals surrounding this sacred lake. Then, venture to Zipaquirá, home to the renowned Salt Cathedral. Descend deep into the earth to witness the breathtaking underground sanctuary carved from salt rock, a true marvel of human engineering and spirituality. These two destinations promise a blend of natural beauty and cultural richness that will leave you with unforgettable memories of Colombia's diverse and captivating heritage. Don't miss the chance to embark on this unique journey and immerse yourself in the magic of Laguna de Guatavita and Zipaquirá!

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4.6 / 5

based on 687 reviews

The day trip was amazing! Gerald, our tour guide was amazing. Actually showed up early to greet and get to know everyone and kept us not only informed and entertained the entire trip! Gave us ample time to explore and shop around whenever we wanted to and was always nice to be around and joke with. I recommend him and this tour!

Mauricio was very knowledgeable about the area and had a lot of good advice on how to structure the visit once inside the cathedral, giving us tips on things that would otherwise have been missed (such as the light show)

Although we had rain it was very good in general. Steven, the guide, was super friendly and efficient in meeting the group's needs.

I have a guide, Fabio was very helpful and friendly. He was full of knowledge and recommended good food. Thanks Fabio as driver...

It was very good actually, the tour guy was very clear and friendly