Catedral De Sal De Zipaquirá

Catedral De Sal De Zipaquirá

Catedral De Sal De Zipaquirá
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Beautiful completely carved in Salt Cathedral is unique in its kind and presents visitors a majesty unparalleled. 180 meters underground lies a place away from everyday life invites reflection, self-discovery and inner encounter with the spiritual part.
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  • Bala R
    United States6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Abstract design depicting Jesus crusification
    Interesting site, self guided audio tour provided with the ticket. There are 3 types of tickets, Basic, standard and premium. Basic only entrance to cathedral. Standard allows visit + city bus tour. Premium provides additional miner experience where I believe you can go bit deeper. From Bogota you can take a Uber directly or go to Portal Norte bus terminal to catch bus. From bus stand you can walk to this place.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Jasmine38Chichester UK
    Chichester, United Kingdom1,943 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overall worth a visit although the stations of the cross were a disappointment
    Impressive place but the stations of the cross were disappointing. We were expecting carved figures in salt or sandstone but basically each station was represented by carved crosses in different positions with a very 'modern art' type explanation. As the tickets were quite expensive at 20 USD, my husband and I were rather underwhelmed. However, it did get better after the 14 stations with a lovely Chapel and some proper carvings, including a nativity scene. There was also an excellent sound and light show on the half hour centred on the main Chapel and cross. There are a number of other types of attractions in the 'commercial' area for which you have to pay extra and we didn't bother. There are also numerous shops and eateries. An impressive set up given how you are underground and in an old mine. To exit you board a tram which takes you back to the entrance but nobody told us this and we spent quite some time trying to locate the exit as the signage is pretty poor. Lastly, to note that you do not have to join a tour for your visit and they are only conducted in Spanish. We were provided with an audio and were able to wander at leisure.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 31, 2024
  • travelling_kitten
    Panama City, Panama107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deep into the mountain
    Incredible place, definitely a wonder of the world and human beings, to see all the work done by the miners is breath-taking. It’s a religious experience which I wasn't exactly looking for, but you can appreciate the art and its an experience how deep into the salt mine you go. Easy to access, and to walk alone or on tour. Note: if you happen to be a fan of the Nobel prize winner, Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, like I am; the town outside the attraction is the town where he studied and lived for many years. Unfortunately there is nothing to celebrate him anywhere, but I visited the abandoned house and his old school anyway.
    Hola travelling_kitten! Muchas gracias por tu excelente opinión sobre la Catedral de Sal de Zipaquirá. Nos complace saber que nuestra atracción fue de tu agrado. Tu ayuda para dar a conocer y recomendar esta maravilla es esencial. Te esperamos con entusiasmo para que sigas descubriendo nuevas sorpresas y emociones. ¡Únete a nosotros en la preservación y divulgación de este tesoro arquitectónico! Con afecto, el equipo de La Catedral.
    Written June 4, 2024
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    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 29, 2024
  • Angela H
    Mooresville, North Carolina148 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peace and Reverence in the Cathedral
    My son married a girl from Colombia and we came here with her family after the wedding. They are Catholic and we are Protestant but the experience was quite meaningful for us all. The carvings/statues were amazing in their quality and setting, and the lighting added a worshipful element. The shops were full of good souvenirs but I wish there was a book I could buy with photos and descriptions of each cross and each statue.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2024
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Nick vB
19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This salt mine has been converted into a 3 chamber cathedral with the stations of the cross leading you down to it. It's very impressive! There are also a heap of shops in a separate area selling souvenirs.
Had a great afternoon there. We were there for about 3 hours but you could probably see everything in about 2 hours, without rushing. I would have given 5 stars but you get gouged on the entry fee if you're a foreigner. $36k for Colombians but tourists have to cough up a whopping 59k! Pretty rude really. Entry fee includes an audio guide.
Written February 23, 2020
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Lexi
Washington DC, DC47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Went there on a Wednesday, which was perfect as there weren't too many people. They charge different prices for Colombians, around $7, and foreigners $13, for the basic tickets. The tour leaves every 15mins or so. The tour is in Spanish but they provide guided headphones in English as well. I actually wandered off on my own after 5 mins, which gave me time and space to do things on my own.

The Catholic symbols and church are very enjoyable, even though I'm nowhere near religious.

After the Cathedral, you will enter the retail area. The Café 340 is worth stopping for a coffee and pastry.

You probably want to skip actually buying an emerald here as they are well overpriced, like at any tourist attractions.

However I do recommend going to the Desal Spa. Despite the price being higher than most places outside, it is still considerably cheaper than in USA or Europe.

I paid $20 for a 20mins foot scrub and foot massage. Apart from getting to experience a real salt spa inside a salt mine, the setting/ambience was beautiful and the service was great, too. I will probably be back just for the spa alone, which I was told the entry fee will be about $4 if you booked a service at the spa. If you like spa, this is a must! Even if you don't, you will still enjoy the experience.

Bottomline, you will spent aprx 2 hours here. Come early on a weekday. Charge your phone as you will be taking heaps of pix. For the sake of others, don't wear strong perfume as it is a confined space and eventhough it is pet friendly and they provide a trolley for your dog....a dog in my tour group barked for 5 mins straight.

P.S. After the tour, stop for lunch at a nearby restaurant, can't remember the name but it has a big cow outside. The meat samlle platter is huge and tasty
Written July 28, 2022
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Michelle T
New York City, NY656 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We took a day trip out to Zipaquira to see the Salt Cathedral on a random Tuesday. It opens at 9am and we arrived around 8:45am. It wasn't open yet, but there is a plaza area that you can walk around and sit in until it's open.

You can rent an English audio guide from the ticket booths. You have to take a tour to go inside, but once you're inside, you can just wander off with your audio guide. Tours are in Spanish only. We waited to go in with the tour guide and then left to do our own exploring with the guide.

To get through the entire mine with the audio guide it takes about 1.5 hours roughly. We opted to go for the basic ticket and not do any of the extra stuff. It was honestly very sufficient.

The cathedral is truly amazing - I have no idea how people managed to carve all of these things out of a mine of salt!
Written June 17, 2022
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Jay A
Montrose, CO600 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquirá, was built (and rebuilt) in a salt mine, over 600 feet below a halite mountain, at Zipaquirá Cundinamarca outside Bogotá.

Since the 5th century BC, the indigenous Muisca people were mining salt near present-day Zipaquirá. It was the primary contributor to their wealth and influence.

In 1932, the miners constructed a chapel to their patron saint, Our Lady of the Rosary. A larger church was constructed beginning in 1952, but was closed 40 years later for safety concerns. The present larger church was constructed in the 1990's. The underground structure is gigantic and the huge and dramatic stations of the cross are carved from the rock in place in the mine.

This is worth seeing for its structural aspects alone, but for those spiritually interested it will be a moving event. Even Pope Francis payed a visit in 2017.

Go see the Salt Cathedral. There's simply nothing else quite like it.
Written September 7, 2020
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AIWIW
Houston, TX639 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is a place not to be missed while in Columbia. It can get crowded and involves walking on uneven ground but its well worth it. Just the sheer fact, how it has been built inside an active salt mine is worth visiting. Make sure you pick up interesting curios form the shops.
Written January 18, 2020
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Jorge Daniel Reyes
Santiago de Veraguas, Panama77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I do not believe in God, I am not a religious person. In fact, I detest religions in general, because I consider them absurd. But this is a place you should see.

I went with my family, with my parents, and it is an amazing place ... the highlights and the scenery all combined with the architecture of the place leaves you mesmerized. And the best: All made of salt. Natural salt, direct from the rock. Religion aside, it seems like a great place full of colors.

It must be borne in mind that being a salt mine, traveling through it demands an overwhelming amount of energy and consequently physical effort.

I would not recommend it for people with mobility disabilities (wheelchairs or crutches) and claustrophobic people ... Those who suffer from blood pressure or other conditions such as asthma, which do not allow them the optimal enhancement of great physical efforts.
Written September 30, 2020
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Paantha
San Diego, CA185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We took a private taxi from our hotel to the salt cathedral and it took about 7+ hours to do the whole tour. It was. 90 minute taxi ride from La Candelaria to the cathedral. Our taxi driver stopped for lunch before we entered the cathedral and we bought the tickets from the restaurant, they were the same price as at the cathedral. It saved us some time from waiting in line. He dropped us at the cathedral and we were given an English audio guide and followed it through the cathedral. It took us about 2 hours to appreciate the beauty and marvel at the architectural feat to complete this structure. We stopped by at the underground cafe before heading back to the taxi. The ride back took us 2 hours due to traffic. The cathedral has a strong odor of hydrogen sulphide, some places stronger than others. We kept our mask on the entire time so it did not bother us. The lighting and the work is so beautiful, never seen anything like this. I would highly recommend going here if you are in Bogota.
Written August 9, 2022
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Claudia M
Toronto, Canada131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
I had always wanted to visit this place and I'm glad I finally had the opportunity. It's a place with different activities for the whole family. The main attraction is the Salt Cathedral, which is majestic. There is an amazing light/projection show where religious images and artwork appear on the walls of the cathedral, it's simply amazing. Even if you're not Catholic, you will enjoy the show and the Salt Cathedral in general. There are many stops and it can be a bit overwhelming at times, especially if you're afraid of the dark or poor ventilated areas. At first, it was a bit scary for me but, after a while, I enjoyed the tour completely. You should take water and comfortable shoes (preferably hiking shoes or sneakers). I visited Feb 2021 and not too many tourists were visiting which was great because I can't imagine being underground with too many people (especially in covid-era). There is a water mirror, which is behind one of the souvenir stores and it's worth visiting. Also, to my delight, there was a spa. I couldn't believe there was a spa and that it was open. Since not too many people, I decided to get a massage and it was a good experience. They are limited as to the type of services they are able to offer but, they are expanding the spa due to high demand and the increase in potential business. I can't imagine how wonderful this spa will be once they complete the expansion. They also have theaters, stores, and different praying areas, also some amazing chandeliers.
Written March 23, 2021
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Darby I
London, UK272 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
So this is an interesting place to go but I wouldn't say it is an absolute "must do" like we were told by our hotel. Possibly if you are religious this would be more of an experience that you would enjoy. There are a lot of beautiful and artistic crosses and the feat of digging through all that salt is impressive. There is a shopping mall type area at the end of the tour which is where this place really lost me. I thought it was supposed to be an impressive human expedition to show how much these people cared about Jesus and his sacrifices but in reality, I think it might be just a big sales pitch to spend money.
Written May 18, 2022
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Kate K
New York City, NY249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
If you have an extra day in Bogota, go visit the Salt Cathedral in nearby Zipaquira: a cathedral carved in a salt mine. Really unique and really beautiful. I recommend booking with a tour company so you have a guide and driver. We used Impulse Travel and they were excellent. The drive is at least an hour but definitely worth it. First you explore the fourteen stages of the cross and then you get to see the huge underground cathedral with its two naves. Afterward, visit the actual town of Zipaquira and have lunch.
Written March 7, 2020
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