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10 things to keep in mind when visiting Zipaquirá - Hotel Cacique Real en Zipaquirá
Many travelers enjoy their visit to Colombia’s salt cathedral, especially to the salt cathedral. However, Zipaquirá has way much more to offer.
If you’re thinking about visiting Zipaquirá here he share 9 aspects for you to keep in mind when you visit our beautiful city:
Zipaquirá la antigua
Zipaquirá is one of the most ancient cities in Colombia, even though its pre-Hispanic foundation was in the 1600 by Don Luis Henriquez, before the conquers arrival, in this territory the Muiscas settled. It used to be a very important place for the salt commerce located at 650Ft where nowadays “Pueblo viejo” is, either way there is data about human presence from the 13.000 B.C
Weather is variable
Zipaquirá is located in the Cundiboyacense plateau on the eastern mountain range, at an altitude of 2650 above the sea level which generates an average temperature of 53 °F and 64 °F.
In the city you’ll be able to live the four seasons of the year in the same day due to sudden climate variations. It can dawn raining or very cloudy, at midday it could be very sunny, then it could be raining again along with a freezing breeze, a little more sun and finally more cold for the night. To enjoy the Salt Village without this phenomenon affecting you we recommend you to use comfortable clothes, such as jackets, sweater or coats, scarfs, having an umbrella handy is a plus.
Wear comfortable clothes
Historical and touristic downtown and the salt park which is the place where the salt cathedral is, are located nearby the -“Zipa’s” mountains slope, that’s why it is very common for the visitors having to walk on steep roads to get to the most attractive places, given these characteristics, it is recommended to wear comfortable clothes to walk the city.
Likewise the attractive places in the city and the region are very well integrated, that’s why we also recommend you to bring water or hydration.
Just one day is not enough to enjoy Zipaquira
Even tough visiting the salt cathedral is probably the main reason to come to Zipaquirá, it is always necessary a couple more days to completely explore the Muisca’s historical footprint, the colony and independence, either way to explore our natural and cultural wealth in the territory as well as the influence of some important personalities in the country as the musician Guillermo Quevedo Zornoza and the literature nobel Gabriel Garcia Marquez “Gabo”.
Here he would to share some of the best places to visit in the Salt Village: http://bit.ly/QuéHacerEnZipa
Very kind a warm people
The warmth of the people contrasts with Zipaquira’s weather. We’re always giving the extra mile when it comes to be the best host, we always try to make you feel at home and help you any time, if you’re lost or need some information, you can ask anyone on the street for sure you’ll find an answer and most likely a warm smile. It is very simple to start a conversation in our city, and also to make friends, you’ll never feel alone.
People are not familiarized with the English language, so they will appreciate if you communicate in Spanish, of course we will appreciate very much the effort, this will make the communication way much easier.
The city is best enjoyed it walking it
Is not worth it to spend your vacations time stuck in the traffic or looking for a place to park, the streets in the historical downtown are very narrow, there are just few spots to park and there are certain moments of the day when the traffic is a madness. Nevertheless, the city is adapted to walk through it, that’s why we recommend you to leave your car in the hotel so you can enjoy every single thing this beautiful city has to offer.
It’s safe but always have your eyes open
Zipaquirá is a city for you to enjoy easily, with all its cobbled streets, old colonial houses, squares, historical and touristic downtown, however you must keep the same measurements that anywhere in the world: beware of your valuable items such as purses, wallets, cameras, cellphones. Do not trust easily in estrangers, be cautious.
Currency exchange and a wide network of ATM’s
There are plenty of currency exchange houses as well as many ATM’s machines all over the city, you don’t really have to walk to far to find any of these.
Do not miss Zipaquira’s typical dishes!
You can’t go through the city without trying the typical Zipaquira’s dishes. In first place we have baked steak, a very soft cut seasoned with spices of the region and beer, this is always served with brine potatoes (cooked in old salt), salad and a “pola” which is the way local people call the beer.
Likewise, a very traditional dish in Zipaquireños tables is the creole hen, it’s served with yucca, plantain, arepa and corn cake.
For dessert you can always have a “cuajada” which is a fresh cheese from cow with “melao”, which is a sugar cane sweet melted.
The enchanting sky of the Zipaquireño highlands
Looking at the dawn in the morning and the sunset in Zipaquira’s sky will be as watching an art gallery outdoor; the most incredible thing is that every day you’ll find a different sky that will inspire you to take the most beautiful photos.
Don’t miss the color, the shapes and the depth that our beautiful sky has to give you.
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