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From Bogota: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral & Villa de Leyva Tour

Product ID: 161082
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On this tour, spend a full day basking in Colombian wonders. First visit Villa de Leyva, a charming town famous for its cobblestone square Plaza Mayor. Next, wander below ground into the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral.
About this activity
Duration 13 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pick-up service

Your hotel or accommodation in Bogota.
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy the road to Villa de Leyva
  • Visit Plaza Mayor, the largest main square in Colombia
  • Discover the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, located 656 feet underground
  • Learn the history behind the cathedral and the salt mining industry
Full description
Begin your tour with hotel pick-up in the morning and a scenic drive out to Villa de Leyva. On the way, enjoy the delicious staple of arepas, corn cakes that are often grilled or fried. Upon arrival in Villa de Leyva, step out and walk through the ancient streets lined with colonial-style houses that have remained mostly untouched since their construction. Founded in 1572, Villa de Leyva is famous for its cobblestone square Plaza Mayor, which at 150,695 square feet is the largest in Colombia. Learn about the history of the charming town from your guide before moving on.

Head next to Zipaquira, where you will wander below ground into an enormous salt mine. Your guide will teach you about the history of salt and salt mining as you explore the beautifully lit cavern, eventually reaching the salt cathedral. The church was originally built in 1932 as a place for miners to offer daily prayers and was inaugurated in 1954. Today it is a fully functional church with a weekly service held on Sundays. Spend time in the unique cathedral before returning to the surface and heading back to Bogota.
Includes
  • Guided tour of Villa de Leyva and Zipaquira Salt Cathedral
  • Admission fees
  • Snacks
  • Round-trip transportation to and from your Bogota hotel
What’s Not Included
  • Food and beverages not listed as inclusions
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Please bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain
• Hotel pick-up is available from most centrally located Bogota hotels. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.
• This activity operates in most weather conditions
• You should wear comfortable walking shoes
• At the time of booking, please provide your hotel details as well as the name and date of birth of each customer