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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.


Stations of the Cross in the Catedral de Sal

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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 5400 pesos (roughly $2, July 2018), making this a very easy day trip. The bus ride normally takes just over one hour. On the way back, just walk down to Carretera 15 from the historical center, and buses will be leaving for Bogotá during daylight hours about every 5 to 10 minutes depending on the hour and day of the week. You can also walk to the transport terminal from the main plaza and take the bus as it is leaving the terminal, by doing this you are sure to grab a seat, since a lot of people from Zipaquira work in Bogota, taking the bus in other parts of town means that seats can be ocuppied and you'll have to travel standing up. By Transmilenio from Bogotá's Portal del Norte to La Candeleria, take numbered busses starting with the letter "J."

It is also possible to take a bus from the main bus terminal instead of Portal del Norte. The trip will take about 50 minutes more. The company serving this line is named "Transportes Alianza" and their office can be located in module 3 in the main terminal. The price is the same as taking the bus from Portal del Norte. The buses leave much less often though. You can go back to the main terminal by taking a bus marked with "Terminal" in Zipaquirá.

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.

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  • 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) (57,000 pesos if NOT Colombian) (Aug 2018) 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.
  • Roberto Mac-Douall Theater. The Roberto Mac-Douall theater is one of the oldest and most important structures in town. Beginning construction in 1913 and opening its gates in the 1930s, the Mac-Douall was one of the most importants stages of the region. The Theater was closed about a decade ago, but its wonderful Art Deco structure and the artistic events organized by groups encouraging its recovery make the visit worth it. It is only a couple of squares from the transport terminal and it can be visited on your way towards other places like the main square or the Salt Catheral.  edit

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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.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • 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


Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

Take the bus back to Bogotá. Create category

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