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  • Location:Bogotá, Colombia
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)
Visit one of South America’s wonders, the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, and see the beautiful Lake Guatavita (Laguna de Guatavita) on this day trip from Bogotá! Explore the magnificent salt mine of Zipaquirá and see the famous cathedral up close. Then, visit Laguna de Guatavita, where the famous ‘el dorado’ legend originated, and see the Indigenous Cemetery and the Tominé Reservoir. If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity, this is the perfect day trip for you!


  • Day trip to the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Guatavita
  • Venture underground with your expert guide and see the magnificent salt cathedral of Zipaquirá
  • Visit the picturesque Laguna de Guatavita and admire the scenic landscape
  • Enjoy a delicious Colombian lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Guatavita Day Trip from Bogotá

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Guatavita Day Trip from Bogota

Take a day trip 31 miles (50 km) north of Bogotá to the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita (Laguna de Guatavita). After pickup from your hotel, your 8-hour adventure begins with a scenic drive in a comfortable van to the small town of Zipaquirá. Once here, take an underground tour to discover the famous salt cathedral. Explore the 246-foot (75-meter) long salt mine with your expert guide and learn how the cathedral first opened in 1954. The salt mine was closed due to safety concerns, but was then rebuilt in 1991 after 250,000 tons (226,800 metric tons) of salt were removed to revamp the salt cathedral.

After visiting Zipaquirá, head to a restaurant right outside the town for an authentic Colombian lunch. After lunch, make your way to Laguna de Guatavita, a small, circular lake north of Bogotá. Surrounded by mountains, the lake was once the sacred place of the indigenous Muisca tribe. The lake is known for the 'el dorado' legend, which suggests that many golden treasures are hidden at the bottom of the lake. Spaniards and other foreigners went to the lake in search of gold but found nothing.

After exploring the scenic landscape surrounding Laguna de Guatavita, visit the Tominé Reservoir, which controls the water supply of Bogotá. You'll also have the chance to purchase local crafts, including products made of wool, clay and gold, before being transferred back to your Bogotá hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very good.
Pls advice people about the altitude. I didnt get to go up but they were very kind and take me to now the village of Guatavita. Very nice!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Beautiful places, excellent guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Two amazing destinations, a must see

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Our day was great!'

Our host Luis was funny, witty, and very knowledgeable!

Our Colombian lunch was terrific!

I would recommend this trip to our friends and family!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Very nice visit to both places. The guide (Luis) was well versed and the local tourist agency was very responsible. We went on a Monday and the Lagoon's main entrance was closed. The tourist agency offered another half day trip the next day at their own expense to make it up. Wonderful views of the lagoon and the surrounding landscape from the top of the hill. The Salt Cathedral is a unique experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Truly Amazing! If you visit Bogota, you must visit Lake Guatavita and the Salt Cathedral, which is undoubtedly of one of the wonders of the world. Go during the week and ask for Claudia C and you'll not be disappointed. The drive through the quaint yet beautiful town Guatavita is gorgeous and the hike up the beautiful "patchwork of greenery" on hill side to view the Lake from above is picturesque! In my judgment the Salt Cathedral is truly majestic and indescribable even for those not devoutly Catholic. It is the same category as Machu Picchu as one of the wonders of the world. Going during the week there were fewer people making the experience seemingly private coupled with the intellectual yet personal explanation of every important detail of the tour by Claudia made this an unforgettable experience! A must see!!
Dr. A and family

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Very nice, impressive experience. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Claudia was very knowledgeable and professional. Definitely helped us get to know more about specifics of the artifacts, monuments, and the city. She examined our schedules and needs, and customized the tour to better meet our time restraints and tour preferences. Thank you.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

This tour was amazing!

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2013

Our guide was very knowledgeable on a wide range of topics from local Indian lore and culture to the history of the Salt Cathedral. Laguna de Guatavita was also worth doing although you have to be prepared for a chilly wind as you make your trek to the lake. For the price I would have expected better transporation and amenities - we had to settle for a compact car which was quite cramped for four people - family of 3 plus the tour guide/driver.

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