Let us introduce you to the beautifully illuminated walls of Colombia’s Nemocon salt mine. These immaculately preserved channels, burrows and chambers are located more than 250 feet underground and are only a short drive away from the Colombian capital of Bogotá.
Over eight-million tonnes of salt was extracted from this mine during its operation. Now, we know that salt-mining history might not seem particularly glamorous, but you’re sure to be impressed by the knowledge and wit of the adept local guides.
Even if this opportunity for niche historical knowledge doesn’t particularly float your boat, the atmosphere and the sights on offer in these mines are almost otherworldly. Vast chambers and walls of carved-out earth glow brilliant blues, deep greens and shades of purple and pink. The wonder of these underground caverns quite literally envelops you as the lights converge and you’re bathed in colour. The salt-mines serve to prove that life in Colombia is as bold, colourful and fascinating below ground as it is above…
And afterwards, you can always wander the charming pueblo of Nemocon, grab a coffee and lunch and immerse yourself in the local rhythms of this rustic and peaceful town. Sounds like a pretty decent weekend outing, right?