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This journey begins with a tour of Nemocón and its Salt Mine and ends with a visit to the BBC Factory. It is the perfect mixture of sightseeing and beer-loving fun!
If you want to delve deep into the heart of Colombia, love caves and want to be surprised, Nemocón is the right place for you! It is a place packed with history, man-made and natural wonder that you can’t miss out.
The small town of Nemocón, as others in the Abra Valley, was once part of the Muisca Federation. And being where it is, it was one of the key settlements in the local, salt-driven economy of pre-colonial times. But, more than just a salt-town, Nemocón was an important cultural spot for Musica leaders, the Zipas.
Before the colonization, the Muiscas would gather water from salty-mountain springs and evaporate it to extract the salt. Salt mines were only excavated after the arrival of the Spanish Empire. Soon, Nemocón became a mining town.
The famous Nemocón Salt Mine is not currently operable. But between 1816 and 1968 some 8 million tons of salt were extracted before it was abandoned. However, 5 years ago the galleries and tunnels were fashioned into a history museum that can be visited by tourists.
After visiting the mines and having a hefty lunch in the town, we will head to Tocancipá, where the BBC Factory is located.
Beer wasn’t always the preferred drink in this part of Latin America. It took some trial and error and smart marketing to establish beer drinking in the country. And for several years’ beer production and distribution was led by local industry giant, Bavaria.
In this tour you will learn the history of brewing in Colombia and how beer is made. It is a joy for the uninitiated and a boon for the knowledgeable. A taste of their different beer flavors is a taste not only of different brews, but different parts of Bogotá. Don’t miss out!
You’ll be back in Bogotá ready to party!