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Zipaquira's underground Salt Cathedral half day trip from Bogota

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Bogota, Colombia
Zipaquira's underground Salt Cathedral half day trip from Bogota

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Explore Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, an incredible structure carved into the walls and ceiling of an abaondoned salt mine, on this half-day, family-friendly tour departing from Bogotá. Descend inside this sprawling underground structure with the help of a guide, gaining insight into the history and construction of salt cathedrals along the way. Your visit also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel in Bogotá and all entrance fees.
  • Visit Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral on this half-day tour
  • Learn about the history of the cathedral and mine from your bilingual guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Perfect for families
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Salt Cathedral entry ticket
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Even if you’ve seen plenty of cathedrals during your travels, you’ve never seen one quite like this. This half-day tour of Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral offers an opportunity to tour this fascinating underground structure, carved into subterranean walls of a salt mine near Bogotá.

Begin your visit with your choice of pickup from your Bogotá hotel at either 8am or 2pm, continuing north towards the city of Zipaquirá. Arrive at the mine and head underground to the cathedral, located more than 656 feet (200 meters) below the earth’s surface.

Once inside this impressive structure, listen as your guide provides an overview of the cathedral’s construction and history. The original 246 foot (75 meter) salt cathedral first opened in 1954, though it was eventually closed for safety reasons. Not to be dissuaded, the church’s creators went to work on an expanded version of the structure, carving out an additional 250,000 tons of rock for the new cathedral you see now, which opened in 1991. 

Take time to wander the eerie darkened tunnels of the site, along with the church’s three main sections, including the Stations of the Cross, its three naves and its dome. Finish your day back above ground, where you’ll have some time to explore Zipaquirá before heading back to your Bogotá hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
Go 180 meters underground and let yourself be amazed by Zipaquirá’s Salt Cathedral; a majestic cathedral built inside of the largest salt-rock deposit on earth. Here you'll see the how Catholic symbology and contemporary engineering converged in the construction of a gigantic temple. With materials from this former salt mine and using lighting effects, sculptors created innovative interpretations of the Catholic Via Crucis that you will be able to see throughout the cathedral. Here you will learn about the creative process and the symbology behind the sculptures. You will also see salt formations and the vestiges of previous salt mining activity.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Zipaquira
After exiting the cathedral, you will head to the colonial village of Zipaquirá, famous for its various buildings that were declared national monuments. Here you will walk through the main square, and have time to taste the delicious baked goods of the region.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Changes on the tour may occur due to external factors. These changes will be notified to you with anticipation.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes as you'll need to walk on some uneven terrain.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Impulse Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Zipaquira's underground Salt Cathedral half day trip from Bogota?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Zipaquira's underground Salt Cathedral half day trip from Bogota?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Zipaquira's underground Salt Cathedral half day trip from Bogota?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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star-4
Excellent tour on very short notice
Gregory_G
, Mar 2020
I booked late Sunday and was picked up at 8:00 am (ish) Monday morning. Impulse travel responded very rapidly on WhatsApp to my request to confirm pickup spot (as they ask you to do). I sent emails and then used the mobile number to connect via WhatsApp which worked splendidly. The guide, Emilio, has very good English, is very knowledgeable about Colombian history and world events and, of course, about the history of the salt Cathedral. He also reads and studies more to learn more and constantly improve at his job. on the way to the site he gave me a course in Colombian history. Juan is an excellent driver. Safe, polite and friendly. He lets other vehicles in when it is appropriate, Lets people cross the street and gets you there and back just as quickly and, most importantly, safely. Thank you. I enjoyed the tour and will tell others.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hey Gregory! Thanks for your comments and feedback. I'm happy to know that you had an amazing experience with your tour guide Emilio and driver Juan and our services were satisfactory. Hope to be your partners in your tours in Colombia. Kind regards, Valeria
star-5
Salt Cathedral - Worth Seeing
MIchael_F
, Feb 2020
Great tour and excellent knowledge from the tour guide. A very interesting site to see with a lots of great picture opportunities.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi Michael! Thanks for taking the time to share your comments with more travelers like you. I'm happy to know that you had a great time with your tour guide Emilio, he's such a very knowledgeable guide and Zipaquira is a beautiful town to walk around and take pictures. Hope to be your host in your next time in Colombia! Kind regards, Valeria
star-3
Overrated?
Graham_W
, Feb 2020
It’s ok, didn’t do it for me, some people love it clearly but i thought it was underwhelming. It’s well presented etc but it’s a big hole in the mountain that has individual chapels and nice lighting in places but i would have found a working salt mine far more interesting. If i knew what i knew now i wouldn’t spend 1.5 hours in traffic each way to see it.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello Graham, Thanks for share your thoughts regarding your experience. I'm sorry that the Cathedral does not fill your expectations, this is something totally subjective according to your interests and as you mentioned some people will love it. Hope you come back to keep discover more Colombia! Kind regards, Valeria
star-5
Wonderful Tour
Nimisha_L
, Nov 2019
The tour guide Ivan was excellent and very informative for our private tour to the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. Would definitely recommend, it's so worth it!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hi Nimisha! Thanks for taking your time to share your comments regarding your experience in Zipaquira. It's very important for us to know our cusotmers' opinions. I'm thrilled to know that your experience with your tour guide was satisfactory. As tour operator, we always do an effort to give our clients the best experience with the best staff and companion. Hope to host you in your next time in Colombia. Kind regards, Valeria
star-5
The tour to Zipaquira was amazing...
Brett F
, Nov 2017
The tour to Zipaquira was amazing! The Salt Cathedral was a once in a lifetime visit - we came away in awe of the construction of this giant cathedral inside a hand hollowed salt mine! Jorge was a fantastic tour guide and gave us all the information we could have wanted about the cathedral and all things Colombia! If you are in Bogota, you should definitely take the time to go to Zipaquira!
star-4
We can recommend to take this tour. If...
Werner A
, Sep 2017
We can recommend to take this tour. If you visit Bogota it is a must.
star-5
Our guide spoke perfect English and...
MaryAnn Sue R
, Aug 2017
Our guide spoke perfect English and was well informed. You could tell he had a lot of training and schooling in Columbia tourism. We could ask him anything and he knew the answer. Great tour!!
star-5
Great short trip out of Bogota. Salt...
Lee N
, Jul 2017
Great short trip out of Bogota. Salt Cathedral has to be seen to be believed. Great guides too. Even the drive through Bogota was an experience (not for the faint hearted).
star-4
Alejandro was an excellent guide...
Baylie_B
, May 2017
Alejandro was an excellent guide with perfect English. Having a private ride is much better than being on a bus full of people.
star-5
Great and knowledgeable tour guide...
Lucy W
, Nov 2016
Great and knowledgeable tour guide - highly recommended!
star-3
An interesting tour of a really cool...
Fredrik H
, May 2016
An interesting tour of a really cool cathedral but a little expensive compared to the experience
star-5
This was a great tour with great...
Eric M
, Apr 2016
This was a great tour with great explanations and context given along the way. The guide spoke excellent English and answered our questions with a lot of knowledge. He gave us many recommendations for restaurants and other sights to see on our visit. The parents and kids all loved the tour.
star-5
A must see!! Our tour guide Fabian was...
rosa c
, Feb 2016
A must see!! Our tour guide Fabian was friendly and knowledgeable !!
star-5
Angela was a great guide, tons of...
Ryan e
, Oct 2015
Angela was a great guide, tons of great information and advice. Amazing views, incredible architecture and construction.
star-5
Two of us went on this trip with...
sheila k
, Oct 2015
Two of us went on this trip with driver/guide Angela. She was a fund of information about the cathedral and a patient guide. We had plenty of time to absorb the atmosphere and take our pictures although the cathedral was incredibly busy the day we went. Its a long drive to Zipaquira and Angela used the time to tell us everything we wanted to know about Bogota and Colombia. Well worth going.
star-5
The tour was excellent. Our guide...
David T
, Sep 2015
The tour was excellent. Our guide picked us up and took us to the front of the cathedral. She spoke excellent English she spent time in the US. We learned a lot. This is one of the most important things to do while visiting the Bogota area. The tour saved us a lot of time because we did not have to do any leg work. It was a private two person tour which was nice because we were able to go at our own pace.
star-5
Angela was a fantastic guide... very...
David N
, Jul 2015
Angela was a fantastic guide... very knowledgeable and personable. The Cathedral was awesome... rarely in life to you witness a historical site like this being built in our own generation. Plus, Angela really knows and is proud of her country. She made visiting this site not only interesting but inspiring.
star-5
Our tour guide was outstanding. She...
Alvin M
, Jun 2015
Our tour guide was outstanding. She was very warm and personable. Angela was her name and the McKoy family from the United States was very pleased. She took the time to answer all questions using our native English language.
star-5
Again, same Tour Guide. David is...
Liz
, Jun 2015
Again, same Tour Guide. David is excellent! so knowledgeable and so patient. This Salt Cathedral left me breathless and honestly I can say is one of the most beautiful site I have ever seen in my life.
star-5
This was an absolute delight of a...
Maria T
, Jun 2015
This was an absolute delight of a day. Our guide was not only pleasant and very knowledgeable but great company too. The salt Cathedral itself was stunning! Not to be missed when in Bogota.

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