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Zipaquirá & Salt Cathedral

Explore Zipaquirá’s Rich Heritage and Natural Beauty

Welcome to Zipaquirá, a charming town nestled just 48 kilometers (30 miles) north of Bogotá, in the heart of Colombia’s Andean region. Known for its rich cultural heritage and stunning natural landscapes, Zipaquirá invites you to embark on an unforgettable journey of discovery. From the world-famous Salt Cathedral to the breathtaking beauty of its surrounding countryside, Zipaquirá offers a wealth of experiences for every traveler.

Uncover the Wonders of the Salt Cathedral

Marvel at Underground Marvels

Descend into the depths of the earth and behold the awe-inspiring Salt Cathedral, a masterpiece of art and engineering carved into the ancient salt mines. Explore the tunnels and  chambers adorned with stunning sculptures and illuminated crosses, as you immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of this unique underground cathedral.

Experience the Salt Park

Delve into the history and geology of salt mining at the Salt Park, an outdoor museum that traces the story of Zipaquirá’s salt industry. Learn about the ancient traditions of salt extraction and its cultural significance to the region, as you explore interactive exhibits and displays showcasing the fascinating world of salt.

Immerse Yourself in Local Culture and Tradition

Stroll Through Historic Streets

Take a leisurely stroll through the historic streets of Zipaquirá’s downtown area, where colonial-era architecture and vibrant markets await. Discover the Plaza de los Comuneros, a bustling square surrounded by charming cafes and shops, and soak in the lively atmosphere of this quaint Andean town. See where Gabriel Garcia Marquez studied as a child and have an amazing time in the town. Already great to taste a nice ” almojabana” colombian pastry with a nice cup of coffee.

Visit Cultural Sites

Learn about Zipaquirá’s rich history and heritage at local museums and cultural sites. Explore the Independence House Museum, which chronicles the town’s role in Colombia’s struggle for independence, or visit the Casa del Abuelo, a traditional house-turned-museum showcasing the daily life of early settlers.

Explore the Natural Beauty of Zipaquirá’s Countryside

Hike to Scenic Vistas

Embark on a scenic hike to Cerro del Gordo, a nearby hill that offers panoramic views of Zipaquirá and the surrounding countryside. Trek along well-marked trails and marvel at the breathtaking vistas of rolling hills and lush greenery that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Enjoy Outdoor Activities

Experience the great outdoors with a variety of outdoor activities available in Zipaquirá. Go horseback riding through picturesque valleys, mountain biking along rugged trails, or simply relax and picnic in one of the town’s scenic parks and green spaces.

Pay Tribute to Gabriel García Márquez

Visit the García Márquez House Museum

Explore the García Márquez House Museum, dedicated to the life and works of the renowned Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez. Discover the writer’s legacy and immerse yourself in the magical realism that permeates his literary masterpieces, as you journey through the rooms and exhibits of his former residence.

Plan Your Zipaquirá Adventure

Accommodations for Every Traveler

Find the perfect place to stay in Bogota, with accommodations ranging from cozy guesthouses to modern hotels. Whether you’re seeking luxury and comfort or rustic charm and authenticity, you’ll find a variety of options to suit every taste and budget.

Getting Around Zipaquirá

Arranging a trip to Zipaquirá with agency services is a convenient way to ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel experience. Many travel agencies in Colombia offer packages specifically tailored to visiting attractions like the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. These packages typically include transportation from Bogotá to Zipaquirá, guided tours of the Salt Cathedral, and sometimes additional activities or visits to nearby attractions.

When booking through us, you can expect us to handle all the logistics of your trip, including transportation arrangements, entrance fees, and guided tours. We may also provide additional services such as hotel accommodation, meals, and bilingual guides to enhance your experience.

Start Your Zipaquirá Adventure Today!

Are you ready to uncover the hidden treasures of Zipaquirá? Plan your dream getaway to Colombia’s Andean gem and immerse yourself in a world of history, culture, and natural beauty.  Zipaquirá promises an unforgettable adventure that will captivate your heart and soul. Come, let’s explore together! 🏰🌿

Good to Know

Eastern Colombian Andes
Vaccine Requirements
Vaccine is not needed.
Languages spoken
Currency used
COP. Cash, few ATM's.
Area (km2)
197 km2


  1. Guided Tours: Consider taking a guided tour of the Salt Cathedral. This will provide you with a deeper understanding of the history and significance of the site.
  2. Dress Appropriately: The temperature in the salt mine can be cooler than outside, so it’s a good idea to bring a light jacket or sweater.
  3. Comfortable Shoes: The cathedral is located underground, and you will need to walk through the tunnels to explore the different chambers. Wear comfortable shoes.
  4. Photography: The Salt Cathedral is a stunning work of art, and photography is allowed. Make sure to capture the unique beauty of the cathedral.
  5. Respect the Site: The Salt Cathedral is a religious site for many people, so be respectful of the space and the people around you.
  6. Plan Your Visit: The Salt Cathedral can get busy, especially on weekends and holidays. Consider visiting during off-peak hours to avoid the crowds.
  7. Check the Schedule: The Salt Cathedral has different schedules for regular visits and guided tours. Make sure to check the schedule before you go.
  8. Combine with Other Attractions: Zipaquirá has other attractions, such as the main square and the local market. Consider combining your visit to the Salt Cathedral with a visit to these other attractions and if you have a full day with nearby towns like Guatavita.
  9. Buy Souvenirs: There are souvenir shops at the Salt Cathedral where you can buy unique gifts made of salt. ( If you live back home in really hot weather buy other options as salt can moisture)