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Conquistadors dreamed of a golden city called El Dorado, and modern-day archaeologists find traces of that myth in historic practices at Colombia’s Lake Guatavita. Here, the Indigenous Muisca people are believed to have made offerings to the gods by casting gold figures into the crater lake—a scenic and popular day trip from Bogotá.

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Km 15, Via Guatavita-Sesquile, Guatavita, Cundinamarca
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Village and Lake Guatavita Day Tour + Optional Lunch

Village and Lake Guatavita Day Tour + Optional Lunch

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Without a guided tour of Lake Guatavita, you might miss out on some of the history and folklore that make the area so much more than a beautiful destination. Private transit from Bogotá solves transportation logistics, making it easier for you to get out of the city to enjoy a guided hike, beautiful vistas, and traditional lunch, included, if the option is selected. Plus, value pricing makes this an ideal Bogotá day trip.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.00
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$93.00
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Full-Day Guatavita and Salt Cathedral - Daily and group tour

Full-Day Guatavita and Salt Cathedral - Daily and group tour

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This is undoubtedly one of the best combinations of tourist attractions near Bogotá; the day begins with a visit to the Guatavita Lake, famous for being the place where the Muiscas performed the ritual that gave rise to the legend of El Dorado; this place possesses an overwhelming beauty that can only be understood when visiting it. Then, cross the savannah to reach the municipality of Zipaquirá; you will know the First Wonder of Colombia, the Salt Cathedral, one of those places that you will not want to miss when coming to Colombia. Our Travel agency is certified with Covid Protocols and has Check In and Safe Travels Stamp. Drivers, guides and attractions visited are also checked before and during the tour. ** At the moment (2021+) Guatavita doesn't have guides in English, you can take the tour in Spanish.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$78.00
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$78.00
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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita from Bogota (Private Tour)

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita from Bogota (Private Tour)

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Escape the city and experience two of Colombia’s top attractions on a private tour of the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita from Bogota. Descend to the otherworldly Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral; enjoy a Colombian lunch in Zipaquirá, known as the City of Salt; and discover the legend of El Dorado during a visit to Lake Guatavita, a crater lake famed for its vivid green color. Entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.00
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$107.00
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Guatavita Lake - Salt Cathedral

Guatavita Lake - Salt Cathedral

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Indigenous economy activities, religious, art, and other determined the settlement of the Spanish and the foundation of Bogotá. In this tour you will understand the relation between the nature, the salt, the Dorado Legend, the Salt Cathedral, Gold Museum, the gold, the cooper and the Bogota population. Since we met, I began to explain some general details about Bogotá, then when we leave the city I will speak about the valley around the city, I will provide information about the original indigenous habitants called “ Muiscas” , their customs, some of their words and how all this heritage is included now in our society and in our food. We will meet a guide of the lake that speaks about the native culture and will explain why is so popular the Dorado Legend?, we will discuss the meaning of this ceremony. We will feel the mystic of the place, its energy and the relationship between nature and this space. In Guatavita town we will enjoy architecture, food, deserts and also handicrafts shopping. In Zipaquira I will speak some details of the Salt Cathedral and I will conduct the traveler to the underground Cathedral, this construction is unique because of its magnificence, the content of every sculpture, the representation of the way to the cross and the cross.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.00
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$95.00
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Private Tour of Lake Guatavitá from Bogotá

Private Tour of Lake Guatavitá from Bogotá

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Explore Guatavitá Lake on this guided walking tour from Bogotá. Learn about the culture of the Muisca Indians, the legend of El Dorado, and the biological importance of the area. Then, visit the town of Guatavita, taking in its architecture and buildings, including the city’s bullring. Since it’s a private tour, you’ll be able to stop for photos where desired.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$94.00
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$94.00
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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon Daytrip from Bogota

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon Daytrip from Bogota

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Experience the natural wonders of Colombia on this combined day trip to the subterranean Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita (Laguna de Guatavita). This fun-filled day of outdoor activity offers an opportunity to discover an amazing cathedral built into the walls of a former mine before checking out a lake considered by many to be the source of the famous “El Dorado” legend. Your tour includes round-trip transportation from your Bogotá hotel plus a guide, lunch, and all entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$199.00
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$199.00
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Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá & Village & Lake Guatavita Tour + Optional Lunch

Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá & Village & Lake Guatavita Tour + Optional Lunch

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Visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and Lake Guatavita on this two-in-one day trip from Bogotá. First, explore the halls of the Salt Cathedral, the only underground Catholic church in the world. Then, venture into Guatavita’s natural park to learn about the cultural significance of the lake, as well as the legend of El Dorado. Complete your tour with a traditional lunch, if option is selected.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$155.00
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$155.00
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Rent a local friend in Bogota

Rent a local friend in Bogota

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Looking for a personalized experience in Bogota? Rent a local friend and enjoy our city in your own pace. Discover the city with a local friend who knows Bogota like the back of his/her hand and will take you to the best places while sharing her love and passion for it. This option has been designed to meet your needs and desires. So, tell us about yourself, your preferences and what you would like to do or see, so we can choose the ideal person to go with you. Thinking of changing plan on the run? No problem, this tour is extremely flexible, we can do it! ​ *This option includes the time of your local friend and tour insurance. During this experience, you are in charge of all the expenses for you and your local friend. If you want private transport, we can include it for an additional fee.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.00
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$54.00
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Guatavita Lake - the Legend of “El Dorado”

Guatavita Lake - the Legend of “El Dorado”

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Since we met, I began to explain some general details about Bogotá, then when we leave the city I will speak about the valley around the city, I will provide information about the originally indigenous habitant called “ Muiscas” , their customs, some of their words and how all this heritage is included now in our society and in our food. We will meet a guide of the lake that speaks about the native culture and will explain why is so popular the Dorado Legend?, we will discuss the meaning of this ceremony. We will feel the mystic of the place, its energy and the relationship between nature and this space. In Guatavita town we will enjoy architecture, food, deserts and also handicrafts shopping.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.00
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$69.00
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Visit to Zipaquirá & Guatavita Private Tour from Bogotá (9 Hrs.)

Visit to Zipaquirá & Guatavita Private Tour from Bogotá (9 Hrs.)

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Marvel at the incredible architecture of the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral during a 9-hour private tour of this famous underground landmark and the small towns outside Bogotá. Descend 650 feet (200 meters) underground to this fascinating attraction, learning about the gradual evolution of this subterranean religious sanctuary into a full-blown cathedral. After a lunch of Colombian cuisine, check out the charming atmosphere and local handicrafts of villages like Nemocón and Guatavita. A private guide, transport, lunch and entrance fees are all covered.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$204.00
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$204.00
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Bogota City Pass: Access to over 20 Top Tours & Attractions

Bogota City Pass: Access to over 20 Top Tours & Attractions

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The Bogotá City Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Save up to 50% off admission to over 20 top tours and attractions including Cerro de Monserrate, Gold Museum, Salt Cathedral, Guatavita Lagoon, Coffee Farm, Emerald Worshop, La Candelaria and many more. The Bogota City Pass attractions you can select include: - Airport Pick up - Airport Drop off - Panoramic City tour (5 hours) - Gold Museum & Candelaria Tour (3.5 hours) - Night City tour with Monserrate & Andrés DC (5 hours) - Salt Cathedral tour (7 hours) - Guatavita Lagoon & Salt Cathedral Tour (10 hours) - Villa de Leyva Tour - Coffee Farm Tour (12 hours) - Coffee farm tour (7 hours) - Coffee Premium in Candelaria - Local cocktail - Bike tour in Candelaria - Lunch: Ajiaco Typical Food - Typical Juice - Emerald Workshop - Entrance Fee MUSA Museum - Entrance Fee Trajes Museum - Tapas Local Food - Discounts in souvenir shop
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  • 1 to 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$120.00
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$120.00
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Lake Guatavita • Premium Private Tour • Keep Safe from Covid

Lake Guatavita • Premium Private Tour • Keep Safe from Covid

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A beautiful site shrouded in legends, Lake Guatavita is an important location for the Muisca people and an important Colombian landmark. On this half-day tour, you can learn the stories and history behind the location while admiring its beauty. This private tour includes your transportation, tickets, and a private guide for a personalized, hassle-free experience.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$116.00
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$116.00
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Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavita • Premium Private Tour • Keep Safe from Covid

Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavita • Premium Private Tour • Keep Safe from Covid

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This one day tour to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira comes with round-trip transport, entrance tickets, and a guided tour of Zipaquira. Skip the lines at the Salt Cathedral with pre-paid admission, and enjoy a tour of this impressive sight led by a professional mine worker. Discover the colonial beauty of Zipaquira Town and have a meal in a traditional Colombian restaurant (at your expense) before returning to your hotel in Bogota.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$187.00
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$187.00
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Full-Day Tour to Guatavita Lake & Colonial Town (2 Options or Only Transport)

Full-Day Tour to Guatavita Lake & Colonial Town (2 Options or Only Transport)

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Enjoy a thoroughly designed tour to Guatavita Lake, and Colonial Town with a savvy guide that lets you in on its fascinating Indigenous history. Take in the distinct beauty of the Andean mountain range and the breathtaking view of the Lake. Hear fascinating stories about the ancient communities that used to live there. By the way, have you ever heard about the El Dorado legend? These people would throw gold in the water during their ceremonies. Yeah, no kidding! Stroll through Guatavita's cobbled streets and gaze at its colonial architecture. Delight in the local gastronomy. ✓ Enjoy the flexibility of choosing from 2 tour options thoroughly designed to meet your interests and needs.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$68.00
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$68.00
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Private Tour to the Guatavita Lagoon

Private Tour to the Guatavita Lagoon

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Our amazing ALL INCLUSIVE tour starts from your hotel or lodging place in Bogota, the capital of Colombia and you will be transferred to the beautiful municipality of Sesquilé, located approximately 75 km northeast of Bogotá, where Laguna de Guatavita is located. Upon arrival, you will get to know this place full of magic, symbol of the legend of El Dorado and in the company of a native guide of the area you will walk for approximately 45 minutes learning about its history and importance and then arrive at a viewpoint where you can contemplate not only the lagoon but also the beautiful and exotic Colombian landscapes. Later, you will be transferred to the Town of Guatavita, a place full of the history of our indigenous ancestors, where you will make a small tour and before returning to Bogota, you will enjoy a typical lunch of the region. Note: The lagoon does not open on the first working day of the week (Monday or Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday).
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$124.67
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$124.67
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Private Tour to the Salt Cathedral and the Guatavita Lagoon

Private Tour to the Salt Cathedral and the Guatavita Lagoon

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Immerse yourself in the depths of the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and live an overwhelming experience 180 meters underground, a unique wonder in Colombia. Then visit the lagoon of Guatavita to learn about an ancestral ritual and beliefs of the indigenous Muisca culture that inspired the legend of El Dorado. • Surprise yourself with a private tour and guided by the Salt Cathedral • Know the heritage of colonial and republican architecture with a tour in the Plaza Mayor of Zipaquirá. • Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the best restaurants in Zipaquirá. • Take a guided tour of the Guatavita lagoon, the site of ancient ancestral ceremonies held in honor of the sun and the moon. • Walk the streets of Guatavita where you will admire its charming architecture and colonial style atmosphere.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$208.00
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$208.00
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3 Amazing Destinations in Bogotá!!

3 Amazing Destinations in Bogotá!!

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We started the experience, picking up travelers at Unicentro, a very traditional shopping center in Bogotá. Our first destination is La Laguna De Guatavita, known worldwide for the legend of El Dorado. Later we will go to the first wonder of Colombia, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, we will enter the mine, in a guided tour by highly trained professionals to provide all the information about this emblematic place. To end this great experience, we will celebrate with the best gastronomic experience in Bogotá, at the iconic Andrés Carne de Res restaurant, internationally recognized. The Guatavita Lagoon is one of the most culturally attractive and important places in the country, with a history plagued by legends and incredible events. The Salt Cathedral is an architectural jewel of modernity and Andres Carne de Res is the most emblematic restaurant in Colombia. Join us to live this Experience!
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$132.00
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$132.00
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Guatavita Lake half day trip from Bogota

Guatavita Lake half day trip from Bogota

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Explore the mysteries of the scenic Laguna de Guatavita, a sacred lake used by the indigenous peoples of Colombia for ritual purposes, on this half-day excursion from Bogotá. Discover the intriguing history of this unique body of water, once believed by explorers to be the origins for the legendary story of ‘El Dorado,’ as your meander its picturesque shoreline. Your tour also includes round-trip transportation from your Bogotá hotel, a guide, and all entrance fees.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$115.00
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$115.00
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Visit to Guatavita Private Tour from Bogotá (6 Hrs.)

Visit to Guatavita Private Tour from Bogotá (6 Hrs.)

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Have an adventure in search of the legendary ‘City of Gold’ during this 7-hour private tour to Colombia’s Guatavita region. Explore the architectural treasures of New Guatavita before heading to Guatavita Lagoon, a nearby lake famous for its recovered gold artifacts (and connection to the story of ‘El Dorado’). Before you finish your day you’ll make an optional visit to nearby Zipaquirá or Nemocón, where you can shop for local handicrafts. A private guide, entrance fees, lunch and round-trip hotel transport are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$161.00
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$161.00
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Full-Day Trip to the Salt Cathedral & the Guatavita Lagoon (Or Only Transport)

Full-Day Trip to the Salt Cathedral & the Guatavita Lagoon (Or Only Transport)

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Explore two of the most popular tourist attractions around Bogota on this full-day tour with a savvy guide that lets you on their fascinating history. Discover why the Salt Cathedral is known as the Jewel of Modern Architecture. Delight in its enthralling history as you hear in-depth commentary on the site details, and enjoy some attractions within the Cathedral. By the way, it is the First Wonder in Colombia. Hike your way up to reach the Guatavita Lake, where the El Dorado Legend was—probably—born. Take in the breathtaking scenery of the Andean mountain range and the Colonial architecture of Guatavita town. ✓ Enjoy a hassle-free experience and the flexibility of choosing from 2 tour options thoroughly designed to meet your interests and needs. Please check the itinerary for more details.
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  • 12 to 13 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$94.00
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$94.00
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Private Tour to the Laguna de Guatavita + Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

Private Tour to the Laguna de Guatavita + Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

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You will get to know 2 fabulous places, one symbol of the legend of El Dorado and the other the first wonder of Colombia in our ALL INCLUSIVE tour. From your place of lodging you will be transferred to the magical Laguna de Guatavita located in Sesquilé. Where accompanied by the native guide, you will walk learning about its history and importance to get to the viewpoint where you will contemplate the lagoon and exotic landscapes. Then you will be transferred to Zipaquirá, a municipality declared historical and cultural heritage for its architecture and for keeping the history of our ancestors, where you will enjoy a typical lunch and contemplate its colonial beauty touring its historic center. In the Cathedral of Sal you will live a unique experience, descending 180 meters underground through tunnels with stops representing Stations of the Cross you will reach the only underground temple in the world and the second most impressive place on the planet. Note: The lagoon does NOT open on Mondays. (Or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday).
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$177.94
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$177.94
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La Leyenda del Dorado, Guatavita lake, farm and Town all included

La Leyenda del Dorado, Guatavita lake, farm and Town all included

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We begin our tour of the tourist circuit of La Sabana where you can appreciate different spectacular views of Bogota surroundings. After, we will visit the lagoon of Guatavita. Where you can learn about the history of it. Here we will do a guided tour of about one hour. Minimal physical effort required. Then we will go new Guatavita town , where we can taste a typical lunch. Also taste a delicious Colombian coffee, aguapanela, canelazo, your choice. Afterwards, we will take you on a hike to get to know a viewpoint of the Tominé dam. Here the old town of Guatavita is sunk. In the town of Guatavita which you can have some time for yourself, walk through the town and its main square, enjoy its architecture and beautiful views.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.34
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$90.34

Private Guatavita & Salt Cathedral

Private Guatavita & Salt Cathedral

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This plan is an perfect combination of mystical and unique experiences in the world. You are going to start the tour with a visit to the Guatavita Lagoon, a sacred site for the Muisca culture and a place that inspires the Legend of El Dorado. Afterwards, you will cross the savannah and arrive at the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, the first wonder of Colombia. With its stunning architecture completely carved out of salt, this underground temple will bring you an amazing experience when visiting the world's largest virtual reality theater, water mirror, and underground cross. * The activity of the Spa is made within the Salt Cathedral. * The workshop consists of an explanation and carving a piece of salt you will take you as a souvenir.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$211.00
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$211.00
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SHARED Tour to the Laguna de Guatavita and Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

SHARED Tour to the Laguna de Guatavita and Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

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In our shared tour you will meet 2 fabulous places, one symbol of the legend of El Dorado and the other the first wonder of Colombia. From the agreed point in Bogotá you will be transferred to the magical Laguna de Guatavita located in Sesquilé. Where accompanied by the native guide, you will walk learning about its history and importance to reach the viewpoint where you will contemplate the lagoon and exotic landscapes. Then, we will arrive at Zipaquirá, a municipality declared historical and cultural heritage for its architecture and for keeping the history of our ancestors, where we will stop at a typical restaurant in the region and you can have lunch and then contemplate the colonial beauty of the municipality through its historic center . Finally, in the Salt Cathedral you will live a unique experience, descending 180 meters underground through tunnels with stops representing stations of the Viacrucis you will reach the only underground temple in the world and second most impressive place of worship on the planet.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.14
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Lake Guatavita can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 56 Lake Guatavita tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Lake Guatavita 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Lake Guatavita costs USD 48.00. Guided Lake Guatavita tours start around USD 48.00 per person. See all 56 Lake Guatavita tickets and tours on Viator.
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