Encenillo Nature Reserve, Zipaquira and Salt Cathedral from Bogota
- Encenillo Nature Reserve: This natural reserve is acknowledged as one of Eastern Andean Cordillera’s last primary forests. Various species of birds, plants, flora and fauna can be found here.
- Zipaquira Historic Centre: Home to original architecture and Spanish colonial-style buildings, the town’s central square oozes history.
- Salt Cathedral:An architectural jewel of Zipaquira, this underground church is built inside a salt mine. Explore its tunnels and shrine.
About this Bogota tour
The birthplace of famous novelist Gabriel García Márquez, Zipaquira is a town that exudes charm, from every inch of brickwork that paves the picturesque streets to the natural beauty that enshrouds this jewel of Colombia. Spend your time well by venturing to the Encenillo Nature Reserve, which is where your tour will begin. Based on the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes, this natural space is full of contrasts, not to mention wildlife, flora and fauna species.
Snuggled into the heart of Guasca Town, the biological open space was established in 2007 and provides visitors with a unique insight into Bogota’s natural splendor. Mysteriously beautiful, Encenillo Natural Reserve’s forested areas are disguised by clouds, with endemic species of plants and birds inhabiting the 480-acre space.
After your encounter with hummingbirds, follow your guide to the heart of Zipaquira. Founded in 1600, this historic town is every inch enchanting, with age-old buildings speckled around the landscape. Salt is the essence of the town, as you’ll see during your visit to the Salt Cathedral.
An extraordinary site, the cathedral is carefully carved into a halite mountain beneath the ground. While it may be one of the world’s countless salt mines, it differs in the sense that its architecture is considered a Colombian achievement. As you wander through the well-preserved tunnel, you’ll find a shrine, marble sculptures and even a museum of mining and geology.
The Animals of Colombia
Numerous animals are native to Latin America, with many of them hovering overhead. You can consider the Andean Condor the “king of the sky.” This bird’s wing span is more than 10 feet! Colombia’s waters are also full of life. Over 3,000 species of fish, including the razor-sharp-toothed piranha, swim through the waters and the Anaconda likes to slither around riverbanks and estuaries. Home to the largest living rodent on the planet, the capybara is a semiaquatic mammal indigenous to the country.
Please meet in the lobby of your downtown-area hotel or a nearby central location. Let us know the name of your hotel/preferred meeting location when you reserve this tour, so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a GoBe sign with your name.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. Bogota has a Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters, but the temperature never gets much higher than 70 degrees. The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays. The Botero Museum is closed on Tuesdays.
You will be walking for about 3 miles, up inclines and many steps, over unpaved trails and cobblestones. If you have limited mobility, this tour will be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Wilderness/Wildlife
Vehicles? We have all kinds for all sizes of groups, from cars to buses. Vehicles vary based on the number of travelers.
Beverages: Bottled Water and Colombian Coffee
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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