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This salt is holier than your salt.

The Catedral de Sal in Zipaquirá was one of the most unique and interesting things I’ve ever seen in my life.  It’s an enormous salt mine in which a large already-mined section is ornately decorated with beautifully carved crosses.  The low-key colorful lighting perfectly installed to complement the crosses helps make a trip through the cathedral an eerie and mystical experience.  I also used it as a great spot to work on some low-lighting photography.

It´s a salt cathedral, they want you to lick the walls!

Buses from Bogota to Zipaquirá are frequent (only 1 hour ride), and Zipaquirá is easy to walk around.  The main square had some nice colonial architecture and lots of cafes and bars.  If you’re looking at South America on a Shoestring, as we were, just be aware that the price to get into the Catedral de Sal is actually 20,000 COP ($10) and there is NO discount on Wednesdays, as the book suggests.  The basic ticket includes a walk through and a goofy 3D movie, which is skippable.  The cathedral, however, is definitely one of the coolest things I’ve seen in awhile!

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About Carrie

Carrie's got the traveling bug and thinks "settling down" is overrated. Too many people to meet, places to see, and languages to learn!

Posted on November 14, 2011, in Colombia, Photography, Travel and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. having already been to a spectacular underground salt cathedral in poland, this place was rather disappointing! but going there by public mini bus meant seeing some nice scenery for the 40 min drive, and walking from the bus stop to the hill was a pleasant walk. the one thing I really enjoyed on my trip was the lovely central plaza, a beautiful square with cafes and shops and a nice church. it was worth the visit to the salt cathedral just to sit here in a cafe and watch the locals go by. the cathedral was a bit expensive but if you’re in bogota a few days it is worth the detour.

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