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Stations of the Cross in the Catedral de Sal

Zipaquirá is a city of some 70,000 people about an hour north of Bogotá, in Cundinamarca. It is Colombia's salt mining capital, and most famous for its Salt Cathedral, constructed almost entirely of salt within a now defunct mine.


Get in[edit]

By turistren[edit]

By bus[edit]

Buses depart from Bogotá's Portal del Norte (numbered busses starting with the letter "B" on the Transmilenio line) for "Zipa" about every five to ten minutes, costing 4,300 pesos (roughly $2), making this a very easy day trip. On the way back, just walk down to Carratera 15 from the historical center, and buses will be leaving for Bogotá during daylight hours about every 30 minutes. By Transmilenio from Bogotá's Portal del Norte to La Candeleria, take numbered busses starting with the letter "J."

Get around[edit]

If arriving by bus, get off at Calle 4, which will take you up a pedestrian-only street past tons of shops and cafes to the main plaza in the historical center. After admiring the cathedral and overall very charming locale, turn left on Carratera 7 until you reach the end, then turn up the hill to see the Archaeological Museum. Through the large arch next to the museum is the path up the hill to the Parque de Sal, where you will find the Salt Cathedral entrance.


  • Archaeological Museum.  edit
  • Catedral de Sal (Salt Cathedral). Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is a Cathedral built inside old salt mine. Basic ticket price (23,000 pesos) includes a tour guide (unless you want to wait a long time, only in Spanish) and it takes about 2 hours to go around. A 3D movie is alsi included with the basic ticket. There are professional photographers at various points who will offer to sell you pictures, although anyone with a half-decent camera should be able to capture the sights themselves. 20000 pesos.  edit
  • Salt Museum.  edit
  • Zipaquirá Plaza - the main plaza in town features a beautiful church and other pretty buildings.




You should be able to get lunch of soup, salad, beans and chicken/pork with a drink of juice for 10,000 pesos after you exit the Salt Cathedral and walk back into town.



  • Hotel Colonial, Calle 3 No 6-57/43 Zipaquirá (1-1/2 blocks southwest of main square.), +57 1 852 2690. A pleasant colonial-style hotel owned by a friendly couple. Rooms range from 50,000 pesos up. Rooms are simple, clean, and comfortable, with TV in each room. Breakast not included, but is available in numerous nearby cafes around 5,000 pesos. Excellent location close to the main squares and about 15 minutes walk to the Salt Cathedral. Wifi available by the office.  edit


Get out[edit]

Take the bus back to Bogotá.

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