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Lake Guatavita Tours

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Lake Guatavita
The Legend of El Dorado, the “Golden Man,” once inspired the Spanish conquistadors to historic acts of bravery, blunder, and bloodshed. Those stories of outrageous wealth and waste almost certainly started here, with the glittering pre-Columbian ceremonies that once took place at this small crater lake. (Which is really the lake’s first mystery; though geologists speculate that a meteor made this scenic spot, no one knows for sure.)

The rumors that captivated the cold-hearted conquistadors told of Muisca shamans and chiefs completely covered in gold and draped with every sort of gem and precious metal. These gleaming and godlike figures would then be carried out on ceremonial rafts to the center of pretty little Lake Guatavita, where they would pour their riches into the water to appease some monster, perhaps a serpent god, hiding below its deceptively serene surface.

While there was apparently some truth to this story and new political figures were indeed painted with gold dust as some sort of initiation, thus far the truth hasn't justified so many fool’s errands into the feverish jungles.

The conquistadors were but the first to try draining and dredging Lake Guatavita for its bounty; but all they found were a few gold pieces. In 1580 enterprising businessman Antonio de Sepulveda cut a wedge deep into the lake rim, deepened in 1912 by British engineer Harley Knowles. They, like their forebears, found only a few glittering artifacts worth far less than their investments. As if to taunt future prospectors, the lake finally gave up its famed Muisca Raft in 1968, a tiny, beautiful, cast-gold depiction of Ceremony of El Dorado.

The tour of the tiny lake located 55km (34mi) northeast of Bogota, takes less than an hour and swimming is strictly off limits. Plan to spend some time in the pretty whitewashed town of Guatavita, a charming colonial gem worth a stroll for its souvenir shops and attractive little eateries.
Address: Guatavita, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita from Bogota (Private Tour)

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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
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$81.32
$107.00
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$107.00
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Village and Lake Guatavita Day Trip + Optional Lunch

Village and Lake Guatavita Day Trip + 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
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$93.00
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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
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$94.00
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$94.00
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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
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$115.00
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$115.00
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Full-Day Guatavita and Salt Cathedral Group Tour from Bogotá

Full-Day Guatavita and Salt Cathedral Group Tour from Bogotá

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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. ** It may take longer than usual for road arrangements. ** At the moment Guatavita doesn't have guides in English, you can take the tour in Spanish.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00
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Guatavita Lake & Salt Cathedral Tour.

Guatavita Lake & Salt Cathedral Tour.

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Explore Guatavita Lake and the Salt Cathedral, two of the area's top attractions, in a single tour from Bogota. You'll travel with a guide dedicated to your private party only, which means you'll enjoy plenty of personalized attention and a flexible itinerary. Take in the scenery of Guatavita Lake on a sightseeing tour, then explore the Salt Cathedral with a provided audio guide. Round-trip private transportation makes for a convenient door-to-door experience.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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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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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
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$95.00
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$95.00
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Tour to the Laguna de Guatavita (Shared) - Hotel Pickup

Tour to the Laguna de Guatavita (Shared) - Hotel Pickup

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The Laguna de Guatavita, a beautiful place wrapped in legends, is an important place for the Muisca population and an important Colombian landmark. On this half-day visit, you will be able to know the history behind the place, while admiring its beauty. This private excursion includes transportation, tickets and a private guide to enjoy a personalized and uncomplicated experience. Includes all transportation with hotel pick up and return transfer
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$85.34
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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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$114.14

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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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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Lake Guatavitá, Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Colonial Towns Private Tour

Lake Guatavitá, Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Colonial Towns Private Tour

Venture 590 ft (180 m) below ground to discover the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral. Stroll the streets of the wonderfully charming town center of Zipaquirá. Uncover the legend of El Dorado, the Musicas Indians and the colonial town of Guatavitá. You’ll be collected early from your hotel in Bogotá, and drive the 60-90min to the Zipaquirá Salt Mine Cathedral. Here you’ll descend down underground to explore the tunnels and underground passages while an expert guide explains the full history. Make the short trip to the town of Zipaquirá where you will enjoy a walking tour around the center of this beautiful colonial town. Lake Guatavita; known as the birthplace of the El Dorado legend. Here you will trek through the nature reserve for approximately 90 minutes while learning of the history of the local indigenes Musicas Indians. Next onto Guatavitá city, where you’ll marvel at the whitewash colonial buildings and tiled roofs situated next to the beautiful setting of the Tomine Dam.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$216.00
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$216.00
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 Lake Guatavitá Private Day Tour

Lake Guatavitá Private Day Tour

The legend of El Dorado was born by the Spanish conquistadors hundreds of years ago. The location was Guatavitá Lagoon, and the people were the local indigenes Musicas Indians. On this tour you’ll meet a local guide who will explain to you the true history of the Musicas Indians, their culture, what really did start the legend of El Dorado and why the famous plethora of gold has never been found. You’ll be driven to the protected natural reserve of Guatavitá, where you’ll enjoy walking for just over an hour through the lush landscape while discovering the real history of this sacred site. You’ll love the view down onto the lagoon and feel the serenity that only this grand crater set in this amazing scene can bring. Next you’ll travel to the town of Guatavitá and wonder through this beautiful whitewash township. Here you’ll stop for lunch, and absolutely love the architecture, the bullring, the tiled roofs and the opportunity to take many shots in this photographer’s dream.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$138.00
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$138.00
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Salt Cathedral Tour along with the Legendary Lake Guatavita

Salt Cathedral Tour along with the Legendary Lake Guatavita

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During this day trip you can visit the amazing and gorgeous Salt Cathedral and also you have a chance to hike around the Legendary Lake Guatavita (El Dorado Legend comes from here!). If you are in Bogotá, it is absolutely worth to visit the countryside!
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.18
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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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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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Half-day trip to the Guatavita Lake

Half-day trip to the Guatavita Lake

What matters most to us is that you take advantage of the time you spend with us. On this tour you will be the one who manages time, without limits, without hurry. You will have the full availability of the driver and an English speaking guide who will go with you throughout the tour.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$130.34
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$130.34
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Bogotá 2 Day Plan: Culture, History and Nature

Bogotá 2 Day Plan: Culture, History and Nature

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You’ll be going deep underground into the salt labyrinth of Ziapaquira. Exploring chambers, cabins, and tunnels that have been carved out of this mountain. This is where you will discover the famous and massive Cathedral of Zipaquira, 220 yards below the surface of the earth. You’ll uncover the myth of El Dorado and the source of countless expeditions and attempts to drain the legendary lake of Guatavita. You’ll walk the streets of the oldest neighborhood of Bogotá, and marvel at the huge stone buildings and walls dating back 400 years. You’ll also learn the true history of this famous location and the significance of each plaza within it. You’ll enjoy either the teleférico or funicular as you ascend to the great hight of mount Monserrate and look down on Bogotá and its 4,000,000 inhabitants. You’ll enjoy a tour of this holy place, taking in every advantage point before enjoying the ride down this massive mountain again in once again your choice of the teleférico or funicular.
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  • 2 days
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$320.00
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$320.00
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The salt wonder of Colombia and El Dorado legend- Zipaquira & Guatavita Tour

The salt wonder of Colombia and El Dorado legend- Zipaquira & Guatavita Tour

The visitors will have the oportunity to know the 1st wonder of Colombia: The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, considered a Jewel of Modern Architecture. Here, the visitors will learn about the cultural, enviromental and religous meaning of the the church, enjoying a tour that includes a visit inside the salt mine, 3D movie, show of lights and a visit to colonial town of Zipaquira. After the visit in Zipaquira the visitors will go to Guatavita lake, a natural and sacred place for Muiscas people where they going to learn about the popular legend of El Dorado and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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$90.00

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

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

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 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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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
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$208.00
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$208.00
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Guatavita Lagoon - Private Tour

Guatavita Lagoon - Private Tour

Relive the fascinating history about how the Spanish conquerors, obsessed with gold and inspired by the histories told by the indigenous people, would bring to America a multitude of mercenaries and adventurous people seeking for infinite wealth.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$119.00
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$119.00
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