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I enjoyed my Bogota tour in the countryside. I didnt know that I had signed up for a private tour when I paid 220. I couldnt find any group tours or hop on/hop off tours in the city so this tour was my only option. Apparently, the tourism industry isnt developed in Bogota since tourists didnt visit when the war with the FARC was going on.
The tour guide arrived at my hotel for pick up just before 9am. She was a polite young woman who recently graduated from college. Her English was good and I had no problem conversing with her throughout the day. The driver was a pleasant middle-aged man who didnt speak much English. They drove me around in a Chinese SUV, which was clean and comfortable.
I was most interested in seeing the Salt Cathedral. I had to wait about 45 minutes for the next English speaking tour which meant that I was late meeting the guide afterwards. You cant just walk right in, like you can if you speak Spanish. The delay set the entire days activities back. I loved the tour of the cathedral and spent time after it ended exploring the place. The guide hadnt planned on me doing that either. The visit to the Salt Cathedral was the highlight of my trip to South America.
After leaving the Salt Cathedral we visited a nearby town and walked into the local church and plaza in front. Then we had a nice lunch at a popular local restaurant. The lunch was included, but I did have to pay for a beer that I had with my meal.
Due to the delay at the cathedral, we raced up into the mountains to the hike around the caldera. However, it began to rain and they closed the hike due the paths getting muddy. We had arrived just after 4 and, had the route been open, wouldnt have made it back before dark. There wasnt enough time during the day to do the hike since its takes a while to hike in and out. Im not sure why no one thought of this before.
I told the guide that it was fine and we should continue on to the last stop. We headed back to Bogata on a different route than we came up through the back side up into the mountains surrounding the city. This drive took a couple hours and we even got stopped at a police checkpoint which took about 20 minutes for the policeman to let use through.
The last stop is a viewpoint overlooking Bogota. By the time we got there it was dark and there were many cars on the narrow 2 lane road. It was also foggy and raining so you couldnt see anything. I suspect it would be nice on a clear day. I told them that we didnt need to stop and to take me to my hotel.
In summary, the tour was enjoyable, but we spent most of the day in the car. I did enjoy seeing the verdant countryside. The Salt Cathedral was the highlight and the lunch was good. The price was expensive I paid just 70 for a day long tour in Quito to a volcano but I didnt see that I had other options. If I could do this again Id get transportation to the Salt Cathedral only. Skip the guide and the rest of the tour.
Great and knowledgeable tour guide - highly recommended!
Muy buena experiencia y excelente atencion
It costs about 3X times what it would cost if you get an uber, pay the tickets and go with a guided tour of the salt mine's staff. The guided tours from the mine's staff are way more informative and are included in the tickets. For foreigners tickets costs about USD18 and almost 1/2 for locals, so they pay local rate for your tickets. You will not be able to walk around Zipaquirá town, just the salt mine and that's it.
Fellipe was awesome guide and made the trip extra special . He is outstanding
The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
This was a great full day private tour. Our tour guide Patricia was knowledgeable and friendly. Interesting fact/legend tales at the laguna, picturesque. Great lunch, so tasty and with a friendly and helpful restaurant owner-vegetarian friendly. Salt Cathedral far exceeded expectations, its awesome!
An interesting tour of a really cool cathedral but a little expensive compared to the experience
This was a great tour with great explanations and context given along the way. The guide spoke excellent English and answered our questions with a lot of knowledge. He gave us many recommendations for restaurants and other sights to see on our visit. The parents and kids all loved the tour.
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Wonderful tour with a very enthusiastic guide that made the day both educational and fun!
A must see!! Our tour guide Fabian was friendly and knowledgeable !!
Interesting history behind the mine.
Great tour. Very informative
Two of us went on this trip with driver/guide Angela. She was a fund of information about the cathedral and a patient guide. We had plenty of time to absorb the atmosphere and take our pictures although the cathedral was incredibly busy the day we went. Its a long drive to Zipaquira and Angela used the time to tell us everything we wanted to know about Bogota and Colombia. Well worth going.
Angela was a great guide, tons of great information and advice. Amazing views, incredible architecture and construction.
The tour was excellent. Our guide picked us up and took us to the front of the cathedral. She spoke excellent English she spent time in the US. We learned a lot. This is one of the most important things to do while visiting the Bogota area. The tour saved us a lot of time because we did not have to do any leg work. It was a private two person tour which was nice because we were able to go at our own pace.
It was an expensive tour so far we ever had but rewarding in the sense that it was unique and historical.
We Love It.
This trip did not go well, we were unable to complete the trip to the Laguna, the road is pretty bad and you need a pretty sturdy car in average conditions to get to this location, the car provided for this trip in no way was up to the job along on a average day so with the rain we had that day we had to abandon the trip. The salt cathedral was lovely and worth seeing, the tour guide Claudia was great
David N USA
Angela was a fantastic guide... very knowledgeable and personable. The Cathedral was awesome... rarely in life to you witness a historical site like this being built in our own generation. Plus, Angela really knows and is proud of her country. She made visiting this site not only interesting but inspiring.
This was an absolute delight of a day. Our guide was not only pleasant and very knowledgeable but great company too. The salt Cathedral itself was stunning! Not to be missed when in Bogota.
Again, same Tour Guide. David is excellent! so knowledgeable and so patient. This Salt Cathedral left me breathless and honestly I can say is one of the most beautiful site I have ever seen in my life.
Our tour guide was outstanding. She was very warm and personable. Angela was her name and the McKoy family from the United States was very pleased. She took the time to answer all questions using our native English language.
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!
This tour was great. Fun and very entertaining.
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