Catedral de Sal Zipaquirá

Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá - Zipaquirá Salt Mine

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Location: Zipaquirá is 49km northwest of Bogotá.
Open: All year Tue-Sun 10-16, tours every half hour. [2007]
Fee: Adults US$ 12, Children (4-12) USD 6, Seniors (60+) USD 6.
Groups (50+): Adults US$ 11.40, Children (4-12) USD 5.70, Seniors (60+) USD 5.70.
Groups (100+): Adults US$ 10.80, Children (4-12) USD 5.40, Seniors (60+) USD 5.40.
Groups (150+): Adults US$ 10.20, Children (4-12) USD 5.10, Seniors (60+) USD 5.10.
Groups (200+): Adults US$ 9.60, Children (4-12) USD 4.80, Seniors (60+) USD 4.80.
Museo de la Salmuero: Adults USD 1.50.
Wednesday: half price, no grouip reductions.
Classification: MineSalt Mine
Light: electric.
Guided tours: D=60min, ask for English speaking guide.
Address: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquirá, Tel: +57-1-852-2779.
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3 BC mine founded.
1954 "Salt Cathedral" opened to the public.
1992 closed for safety reason.
DEC-1995 a new chamber was excavated and opened to the public.


Reputed to date back to 3 BC, these mines have been extensively worked over the centuries, but vast reserves of salt still remain. Deep inside the mountain there is an underground "Salt Cathedral" which has been dug out of solid salt and was opened to the public in 1954. It was closed in 1992 for safety reasons, but a new chamber was excavated 60 m away and this opened for visitors in December 1995. It is 75 m long and 18 m high and will accommodate over 8000 people.

Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.