Zipaquirá: Salt capital and cultural center of Colombia

Zipaquirá is decorated with the Salt Cathedral which talks to the world about history, culture, tradition, architecture, gastronomy, religiosity, and progress. This makes it a great tourist attraction for those curious world walkers who want to know the roots of a culture firsthand and contemplate with their own eyes the wonderful engineering work that brings together the salt mine and its surroundings. Both Colombians and foreigners feel religious fervor and enjoy a white city full of adventures, gastronomic options, an outstanding hotel zone, natural wonders, and amble people.

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What are the reasons to visit Zipaquirá?
  • Culture: Zipaquirá is a municipality in the department of Cundinamarca that is located approximately 45 km from Bogotá, the capital of Colombia. It is a cultural reference that allows visitors to learn information about the indigenous population; the Muiscas, who lived on the shore of the hill and considered salt as a sacred element that was used in sacred rituals. It was used in the entertaining and rejoicing of their gods, as well as a precious asset that was used to buy goods.

    Zipaquira Town
    Zipaquira Town
  • Architecture: One option for arriving into Zipaquirá from Bogotá is the train of the savannah. It is an experience that delights the senses, as travelers contemplate a picturesque landscape, full of nature and beautiful settings while they come to enjoy the Salt Cathedral, considered a true architectural work. It belongs to the Catholic religion and is the pride of the miners of Colombia.
  • Altar, Salt Cathedral, Zipaquira
    Altar, Salt Cathedral, Zipaquira

    History: The streets, the park, the houses, and the square commemorate the era of the colony. As well as the communal movement and the indigenous struggles that gave way to a new chapter in the history of the country. Today through tourist guides and locals the indigenous origins of the municipality, which in the indigenous language is called Chicaquicha, is visited by a large number of tourists from around the world.

  • The reasons to visit the municipality of Zipaquirá are many, however, the main one is to enjoy the dazzling Salt Cathedral located 180 meters below the level of the entrance of the Zipaquirá salt mine. It was nominated in 2006 as the first wonder of Colombia. Here you’ll learn details of the exploitation of the mine dating from the seventeenth century and tour the tunnels of the viacrucis stations.

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