Catedral de Sal, Zipaquira

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Witness one of the most remarkable and unusual religious sites in South America at Catedral de Sal. Located 200 m (656 ft) under ground, this church was carved out of rock inside a salt mine used for over a millennium. Opened in 1995, the architectural wonder attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists who come to admire the statues, reliefs, and icons made from salt. The cathedral is part of a larger complex called the Salt Park, which includes a museum and numerous designs carved from salt. To visit Catedral de Sal on your holiday in Zipaquira, and find out what else Zipaquira has to offer, use our Zipaquira itinerary builder.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This place took us by surprise because the reviews and photos don't do it justice. We had a great guide in English that described how they made the cathedral. The lighting they've done throughout is r...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    It is not easy to get to Zipaquira in Bogotá. Taxi extremely expensive and you are likely to spend hours in traffic. So I arrived using the train de la Sabana. Tourist train bWhat is there only on weekends. By train take you by bus directly to the Cathedral which is 10 min outside the town of Zipaquira. The Cathedral was founded in an old quarry of salt caverns. Beautiful the visit (free of charge in English and Spanish) there are various types of tickets with guided tour of the miner, lighting etc. take the normal ticket. Visit time 2 hours. Outside the Cathedral there are stalls and restaurants of low level. The Cathedral is beautiful and picturesque bike. Impressive grandeur of the underground environments.
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  • August 14, 2017
    To get to Zipaquirá we decided to go by public transport and do not repent. Very easy (took transmilenio Station North 2 port. 100cop), then took a long-distance bus from where same us down at the station (it is impossible to miss, everything is too signposted) 5. 000cop. Got off at zipaquira after 1 h of travel (the driver warned us where down and told us that we had to take the bus to go back in the same place, but on the sidewalk in front). We walked to the Hill (10 min). We arrived at the sanctuary, all very well designated... all visits are guided, the hard tour like 1 h 30 m, then the Guide leaves you and you can pass more calmly to the places you want to photograph, we delay 3 h finally. The place is huge and there are shops of souvenirs, Esmeraldas, salt lamps. You can pay with card. Finally we went to the Museum of the brine. Thing that I do not recommend since the southern route to 10m and is the same as you can see if you get video in 3D in the Cathedral. Value of the entry for foreigners 50. 000cop (entrance to the Cathedral, with Guide), 53,000 (with the entrance to the Museum), 56,000 with mining tour (where they make you a tour of the first excavation area and you can "work" by removing salt per 15 m approx). It is a tour that recommend doing for yourself, instead of taking a package on the outside. You can have lunch, in the same complex outside the Cathedral or in the village as we did. If you go by public transport, I recommend return to Bogota before 16:30, put that at 17:00 leaves people in their work and flow is slower, that trucks are llenisimos. There's an app in the AppStore for transmilenio, where you plan your trip "TransmiSitp"
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  • August 1, 2017
    Really worth the visit, even if you are not religious! You can go as a day trip from Bogota. Tours are very informative and the place is very beautiful.
  • July 12, 2017
    One of two salt cathedrals in the world. Made by local miners. Informative tour guides. An interesting place to visit.
  • July 7, 2017
    It is a very well organized beautifully planned out and unique experience of going into a salt mine that has been set up as a cathedral as a place of worship and also as a place of showing people what the history of salt exploitation in Colombia was like . The original artwork is spectacular and it is wonderful to see how they use salt from the mine and lights to create special effects
  • July 8, 2017
    Great place for national and foreign tourists. The price for the entrance isn't cheap, but it worth it. The souvenirs inside have good prices.
  • June 27, 2017
    A cathedral carved out of a salt mine! Absolutely incredible. Well worth the day trip from Bogota.

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