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.
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!