Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá + Villa de Leyva 2 Days Tour

Villa de Leyva, Boyacá


2 days

Tour Type

Private Tour

Guaranteed departure




In this two-day trip you will discover the authentic beauty of our small towns. On the first day you will visit Colombia’s number one marvel: a cathedral carved out of an enormous salt mine, and the Sisga Dam, with stunning views of the surrounding nature. Then you will be headed to Villa de Leyva, a beautiful cobblestoned heritage old town. On the second day you will have time enough to discover its best places and you will end this trip by visiting Raquira, the pottery capital of Colombia.



  • A guided tour around the main halls at the salt mine and the historical landmarks of the construction of the cathedral
  • Stopping at the Sisga Dam and Raquira town of crafts
  • Villa de Leyva best places: Paleontological museum, Terracotta House, Pozos Azules
  • Two days full of diverse and fun experiences

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Our trip will start in your hotel, where our guide and the driver will pick you up and drive you for over than an hour to Zipaquira, the town that holds the only underground catholic temple in the world: the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. Here, you will be guided through the salty halls of the mine, filled with catholic symbolism, and you will learn their curious history.

Right afterwards you will jump to the Sisga Dam and Puente de Boyacá, where you will have the chance to relax over the views of the Dam and its surrounding mountains. After a short stop there, you will be headed to Villa de Leyva, one of the heritage small towns of Colombia. Once here, you will be able to rest and prepare again for day two.

On the second day you will explore Villa de Leyva, which has some of the most well-preserved colonial architecture in the country, making it rich in history, archeology, and surrounded by striking natural beauty.

Along the day, you will be visiting the Paleontological Museum, as the valley where Villa de Leyva is located is rich in fossils from the Cretaceous era. Then, we will hike deeper into the hills to Pozos Azules. These mineral-rich pools reflect a blue-green sky on a clear day: a wonderful contrast to the surrounding semi-desert and pine-forests.

From there we will jump to the Terracotta House, a bizarre but worth visiting 500 m² house made entirely of clay, that has been called the largest piece of pottery in the world and which actually is an entirely livable house.

Finally, the last town you will be visiting is Raquira, a cozy small place known for its pottery handcrafts. Then, you will be taking your way back to your hotel.


  • Gran Colombia Tours Guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • All meals
  • One night at 3 stars hotel and breakfast.
  • All activities entrance.
  • All-risk insurance
  • Extra purchases

Additional Information

🟡 Bring comfortable waterproof hiking footwear and a cane if you need it

🟡 Bring a light bag with comfortable clothes. Remember you will be walking with it

🟡 Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

🟡 Don’t forget your camera

🟡 Bring comfortable shoes and water

🟡 Keep hydrating constantly and use sunscreen

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