Classic Steam Train to Zipaquira
  • Classic Steam Train to Zipaquira

    Take a trip on the Bogota steam (or oil) train! This fun-filled day trip allows you to admire the beautiful landscape of the Bogota savannah as you travel stress-free by train to the town of Zipaquirá, famous for its salt cathedral built in one of the salt mines, and the town of Cajicá, a typical Colombian town. The train journey (six hours in total) is filled with spectacular scenes of the Colombian countryside that you’ll enjoy while you relax and look out the window. You’ll have a little free time in each town to explore on your own.

    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Zipaquira, Zipaquirá, Cundinamarca, Colombia

    Get to know an antique train station which nowadays only works during the weekends and takes dozens of visitors from Bogotá to Zipaquirá. This railway was a commercial link between Bogotá and the salt mines. Today, the same classic steam train that dates back to the end of the nineteenth century is used as a tourist train. It goes slowly through the flatlands of the Savannah to the old village of Zipaquirá.

    Once at the Zipaquirá station, you will continue the journey to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá by your own on a shuttle bus. The Salt Mine is a splendid work of modern engineering and art opened to the public in 1995, adapted to be a cathedral. The materials found underground were manipulated by artists and sculptors that with some help of special lighting effects, created a unique interpretation of Catholic iconography.

    After your visit to the Cathedral, the same shuttle service will drive you to the traditional village of Cajicá. There you will have time for lunch and for wandering around the main square. Afterward, the train will depart and get you back to Bogotá by 4:30 pm.

    Duration: 5 hours

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
    "Note: It is highly recommended to that you purchase transfer passes to and from the Salt Cathedral while riding the train to ensure your on-time return to the Zipaquirá train station; you may purchase these passes on board the train."
    "Please note that the type of train used on the day of your tour (steam or oil) will be decided by the operating company on the same day"
    "Not wheelchair accessible"
    "Most travelers can participate"
    "Please Note: English support is limited/basic. This product doesn't offer a guided tour, it offers only basic support by your driver/guide."
    "This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
    "This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers"

    • Lugar de comienzo: Estación de Tren Usaquén, Avenida Carrera 9, Bogotá, Colombia

      Traveler pickup is offered
      If the option for pick-up is selected, please enter your location details.

      * Note: pick-up from other towns have an additional cost (including but not limited to Chía, Cota, Funza, Mosquera, La Calera). Please contact us to arrange it.

    • Duración: 7 hours
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (If option selected includes transport)
    • Train tickets

    No Incluye

    • Food and drinks
    • Entrance fee to Salt Cathedral (approx. USD $15-20)
    • Bilingual Guide
    • Transportation between the Salt Cathedral and Zipaquirá train station
    • Entry/Admission - Zipaquira
  • 8/10

    Recomendación de los pasajeros 80%
    Rating basado en 17 Críticas verificadas

    Nuestros clientes

    • Gary M
      Publicado el Miércoles, 13 de diciembre del 2017

      We were warmly greeted by our guide. He got us to the train on time and was there to greet when we got back. The train ride was a wonderful experience of singing and laughter. The salt mines was very interesting how ever we never understood a word the guide said but the mine was impressive on its own. There was plenty of time for nice lunch in a Mexican restaurant. All in all was fun day

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Gill d
      Publicado el Lunes, 03 de febrero del 2014

      This was a wonderful outing, but because we were staying so near the station of Usaquen, we saw our 'guide' for five minutes at the beginning and end of the day. Also, he spoke no English which made communication difficult. You must have made a lot of money on our booking!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • TravelerD
      Publicado el Lunes, 16 de diciembre del 2013

      A very good opportunity to see the Colombian countryside. Zipaquira was a very interesting city. It was also very interesting to see the Salt Cathedral as this is one of the most popular tourist sites in Colombia. However, be aware that although it is called a "tourist" train, most of the tourists are local people (not foreign tourists from other countries) and most of the people operating this speak only Spanish. I can converse in Spanish, but it might be harder for someone who doesn't.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • fernandoflaquer4
      Publicado el Miércoles, 10 de enero del 2018

      Our driver did not show up at end of tour to take back to the hotel had to pay taxi back.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • RV
      Publicado el Domingo, 07 de mayo del 2017

      We were picked up and dropped off from our hotel promptly. Our drivers were very courteous, friendly and safe. We enjoyed the train ride and seeing the Colombian countryside. We hope that in the future, the tourist train company would have better instructions on meeting times/trip. We thought that we were catching the train back from Zipaquira to Cajica. We ended up rushing to the bus meeting point only to find out that we had one more hour because we were taking the bus instead of the train to Cajica.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Gillian C
      Publicado el Lunes, 13 de febrero del 2017

      Very well organised, picked up on time and all went according to the description.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Elsa M
      Publicado el Domingo, 09 de octubre del 2016

      Muy buena experiencia y excelente atencion

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Jamiel A
      Publicado el Martes, 02 de junio del 2015

      This tour was great. Fun and very entertaining.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • William B
      Publicado el Martes, 11 de junio del 2013

      We had a good day. There were some concerns, however. First, the company was nearly impossible to reach by phone to reconfirm the trip. We were unsure until the morning of the excursion if we would be picked up at all, and were making plans to take a taxi.

      Furthermore, we were surprised that we were taken to Usaquen, because La Sabana is closer to the hotel. We must have spent 40 minutes each way in the car.

      The train was comfortable and the scenery interesting. We had a good walk in Zipaquira with a guide. The next stop, for lunch, was disappointing. We had no guidance about where to eat - no restaurant names or map of the town - so we just got pizza. This could be improved.

      Columbia is trying to build up its tourism; attention to details is one way to

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Leslie H
      Publicado el Miércoles, 30 de enero del 2019

      We were expecting Steam and go Diesel. The ride is rough and slow because it is an old railbed. Should be upgraded to welded continuous rail. Our "ticket" had a bar code which was never scanned. They needed to call to verify it before they gave you a real ticket with an assigned seat. If you get a seat near the car end, you have no view. It runs only on weekends and holidays and most passengers are Colombians. Everything in Spanish including directions. The "Cathedral" is an old salt mine where someone carved big crosses in the galleries. … pretty much all the same. Very dark as you walk by the stations of the cross downhill eventually to the gallery with an alter and mass being performed … and then on to two whole galleries of vendors selling molded salt statues and emeralds. Then you have the long climb back to sunshine. … Then the bus to lunch of which most people eat at the roasted meat restaurant food shed that the bus drops you off (good). Then walk 5 blocks to the train for the return trip. If you are a train buff, get on at the down town station because the old and repaired locomotives are on both sides just as you leave the station. GET THERE EARLY AS THE TICKET LINE IS LONG. Communication with Viator about pick up and where you are going to board the train is poor. Getting back to our hotel was fine after a number of phone calls.

        Calificación General: 6/10
    • Lynsey F
      Publicado el Lunes, 16 de octubre del 2017

      The train was fun but it was the slowest train in the world. It wasn’t a steam train either. I think Sunday is steam train day. On Saturday we had a diesel. When you get to Zipaquirá buses take you on to cathedral (buy Tix on the train). After tour bus takes u back to train. Very brief at Cathedral

        Calificación General: 6/10
    • AlanP
      Publicado el Sábado, 15 de julio del 2017

      Enjoyable enough but if you don't book the Salt Cathedral tour you're going to have a lot of time on your hands. The train in the image is not the one pulling the carriages so forget that. Zipaquira main square is lovely but outside of that there's not much. Train stops for two hours at Cajica. Even less there. Maybe half an hour and you've seen all there is to see.Enjoyed the trip through the Colombian countryside, though.

        Calificación General: 6/10
    • Russ Branch
      Publicado el Martes, 23 de julio del 2013

      As a train enthusiast I was excited about going on a day trip aboard a vintage train pulled by a vintage Steam Locomotive. I was even more excited when I arrived at the quaint little station house. That excitement faded and a bit of disappointment set in as soon as I saw a Diesel Electric Locomotive pulling the train into the station. Although it was a vintage Diesel Electric the experience will never equal the excitement generated by a Steam Locomotive as it chugs and hisses and churns it's way into the station.
      The trip itself is fun and well organized and I did enjoy the local music played by local musicians during the ride up and back and the stop for lunch and a look around in the town of Cajicá.

        Calificación General: 6/10
    • Elizabeth W
      Publicado el Sábado, 26 de octubre del 2013

      The train ride seemed much, much longer than the 3 hours each way - partly due to the train never getting above about 40 MPH. The "delicious snacks" offered for purchase were standard snack machine-type things that were brought around by people working on the train. Probably what I could have really done without was the roaming musicians - however, there were a few people in my train car that really seemed to enjoy them, so it is just my taste. The Salt Cathedral was really little more than cross after cross after cross and then finally some actual sculpture - there was a nativity scene, a few angels, etc. and they were well done.

      When we were taken into the little town for lunch with stopped right in front of a restaurant where an attempt was made to herd everyone in to this particular restaurant. I declined and just roamed around on my own and found a different place for lunch. The instructions on getting back to the train and the time of the departure were unclear. One guide told me we would leave in 2 hours, another told me three.

      Upon return to Bogota the driver who was to have picked me up forgot about me and fortunately I found someone with a phone that could get reception in Bogota and they called your company and the driver did ultimately show up and get me back to my hotel.

        Calificación General: 4/10

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