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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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Village and Guatavita Lake Daytrip from BogotáCultural Tours

Village and Guatavita Lake Daytrip from Bogotá

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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. Plus, value pricing makes this an ideal Bogotá day trip.
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  • 7 hours
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Private Tour of Lake Guatavitá from Bogotá (Private tour)4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Private Tour of Lake Guatavitá from Bogotá (Private tour)

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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
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Laguna de Guatavita - Private TourCultural Tours

Laguna de Guatavita - Private Tour

Visit the lagoon of Guatavita and immerse yourself in a ritual of ancestral beliefs of the indigenous Muisca culture that inspired and fed the legend of El Dorado.• Take a guided tour of the Guatavita lagoon, the site of ancient ancestral ceremonies held in honor of the sun and the moon.• Fall in love with the landscape of the Cundiboyacense savanna during the journey to the lagoon.• Tour the streets of Guatavita and admire its charming architecture and colonial-style atmosphere.• Surprise yourself with the landscape of the Tominé reservoir.• Admire the urban landscape of the city of Bogotá from the lookout of the pigeon in the town of La Calera
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Guatavita Golden LakeHalf-day Tours

Guatavita Golden Lake

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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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Half-day trip to the Guatavita LakeCultural Tours

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
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Guatavita Sacred Indian Lake Private Tour 7 Hours All Inclusive, fees, lunchPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Guatavita Sacred Indian Lake Private Tour 7 Hours All Inclusive, fees, lunch

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This is one of the best tours that are scheduled from Bogotá: It has a lot of history, legends, indigenous traditions, hiking in the mountains, beautiful landscapes, very good food, in short, it is a great combination to enjoy! Destination: Lagoon of the Guatavita Indigenous Chief, where the first settlers of the region used to celebrate a ceremony in which they threw emeralds and gold figures at the bottom of the lagoon, as an offering to their gods. It is a magical place: practically on top of the mountain at 3000 meters high and exudes a powerful energy. It is a great experience.There is a lot of history and a lot to see on this trip. Make sure you have all the time you need to make a pleasant trip that allows you to appreciate the details and know the stories. Remember that in order to arrive you need an average of 2 hours (depending on traffic) and at the same time to return. It is a great experience. Lunch included in a typical restaurant.
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  • 7 hours
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Laguna de Guatavita, the Legend of El Dorado.Cultural Tours

Laguna de Guatavita, the Legend of El Dorado.

This tour is especially unique, not only because it gives you the opportunity to discover a naturally magical place thanks to the location, fauna and flora, but also because through a guided tour of the park where the Laguna de Guatavita is located you can Know and learn about the true meaning of this place within the culture of the indigenous people who inhabited these lands (the Muiscas) And about the famous legend of dorado. This experience is also unique as it is complemented by a visit to the I can of Guatavita, where you can appreciate the artisan work of the local community and the Tominé reservoir before embarking on the return trip to Bogotá.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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La Leyenda del Dorado, Guatavita lake, farm and Town all included4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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 to the farm, where we can taste a typical lunch. We will also teach them how to play a game and we will walk the farm to see the harvests. We will see the animals. Also taste a delicious Colombian coffee 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.Then, we go to the new town of Guatavita which is 15 minutes away where you can have some time for yourself, walk through the town and its main square, enjoy its architecture and beautiful views. Finally, if you feel energetic, we can take a sailboat ride through the Tominé dam, it would be an opportunity for some incredible photos.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Private Half-Day Private Guatavita Tour from BogotáPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Half-Day Private Guatavita Tour from Bogotá

Uncover the ancient legends of Guatavita on a half-day tour of the beautiful landscape from Bogotá. After travelling through the spectacular scenery of the region, you’ll arrive at the New Guatavita, a traditional town famed for its distinctive architecture. Delve into the legend of El Dorado as you visit the beautiful Lake Guatavita, and choose to pay an additional visit to indigenous towns, Zipaquirá or Nemocón, to observe local handicrafts. Round-trip transport from your Bogotá hotel is included.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Guatavita Lake Tour - PlusCultural Tours

Guatavita Lake Tour - Plus

If you want learn about one of the most famous legends of our territory and breathe fresh, pure air at the same time, this is your plan. We will visit the beautiful Guatavita lagoon, to understand the importance of this sacred area for the Muiscas, and from the top of the hill, admire the gorgeous landscapes of the zone and the beauty of the native flora. According to tradition, the Cacique (leader) of the Muiscas had to go during special ceremonies to the lagoon of Guatavita to fertilize “la Madre Tierra” with the power of the sun, represented in the gold and thus maintain the prosperity of its people. However, very little can express the words about this incredible place in front of the overwhelming experience that results from knowing and enjoying it. Come and discover it!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Lake Guatavitá and Zipaquirá Salt CathedralCultural Tours

Lake Guatavitá and Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral

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
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Lake Guatavitá Private Day TourCultural Tours

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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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Full-Day Tour to Guatavita Lake & Colonial TownCultural Tours

Full-Day Tour to Guatavita Lake & Colonial Town

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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. Enjoy the local gastronomy.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Guatavita Lagoon and Salt CathedralAttraction Tickets

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Guatavita Lagoon and Salt Cathedral

Profesionals with experience in tourism will be happy to welcome you and share, about Colombia. This tour is a perfect combination of nature, culture and arquitecture inside a mine.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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A trip to the origin of the Laguna Sagrada de GuatavitaCultural Tours

A trip to the origin of the Laguna Sagrada de Guatavita

One of the most important lagoons of the Cundiboyascense plateau in Guatavita, and even in Colombia. In it, along with 4 other sacred lagoons, one of the largest offering rituals of the towns that inhabited these lands before the European colonization, the Muiscas, was performed.It is a trip for you to discover the most impressive stories on this route.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Guatavita LagoonCultural Tours

Guatavita Lagoon

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You can take a walk to La Laguna surrounded by vegetation, history and beauty. This ancestral place was one of the sacred lagoons of the indigenous Tribe of the Muiscas, there was the ritual of investiture of the new Zipa (Cacique); according to tradition, this one was in a raft of richly decorated reeds; his body was covered entirely with gold powder; at his feet they put a large pile of gold and emeralds to offer to the gods and burning braziers to burn a kind of incense called moque; the new dignitary was accompanied by four caciques and when the raft reached the center of the lagoon, the people who were on the banks threw gold objects and precious stones into the waters. This is one of the origins of the El Dorado legend. You will walk through the same paths where the zipas did and you will see that it is a unique and special place.
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  • 7 hours
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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita from Bogota (Private Tour)Full-day Tours

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 10-hour 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
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Guatavita and salt cathedral - Daily and group tourCultural Tours

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.
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  • 10 hours
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Salt Cathedral Tour along with the Legendary Lake GuatavitaCultural Tours

Salt Cathedral Tour along with the Legendary Lake Guatavita

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
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Guatavita Lake Tour - Group tour and daily departureCultural Tours

Guatavita Lake Tour - Group tour and daily departure

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One of the most famous legends of our territory, is one that is known as El Dorado; according to tradition, the Cacique (leader) of the Muiscas had to go during special ceremonies to the lagoon of Guatavita to fertilize “la Madre Tierra” with the power of the sun, represented in the gold and thus maintain the prosperity of its people. However, very little can express the words about this incredible place in front of the overwhelming experience that results from knowing and enjoying it. Come and discover it!
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  • 7 hours
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3 Amazing Destinations in Bogota !!Cultural Tours

3 Amazing Destinations in Bogota !!

it is a personalized tour, our travelers have the possibility to choose how many stops they prefer to admire the landscapes and take photos.We picking up the travelers in their place of stay in comfortable premium category vehicles, and we will begin our journey through one of the most iconic roads in the city.
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  • 12 hours
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Guatavita and salt cathedral - Group tour and daily departureCultural Tours

Guatavita and salt cathedral - Group tour and daily departure

“Discover the cultural and natural wealth that offers the surroundings of the capital”It is an excellent combination when you want to have the spiritual experience from different worlds: in the morning, you will have a visit to the Guatavita lagoon , source of inspiration for the Legend of El Dorado and the movie with the same name. The beauty of this place will overwhelm you and confirm you minute by minute that you made the best choice. You will cross the Savannah and arrive in the afternoon at the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, the First Wonder of Colombia with an imposing architecture. In a single day you will enjoy the indigenous spiritual cosmogony, Christian spirituality, the beauty of nature and the grandeur of architecture. Is not it a perfect plan?For Basic version you ought go to meeting points, 1 Candelaria – 8 am or 2 Parque de la 93 – 9 am
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  • 10 hours
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Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Guatavita LagoonCultural Tours

Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon

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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
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Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and Village and Lake Guatavita Daytrip from BogotáCultural Tours

Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and Village and Lake Guatavita Daytrip from Bogotá

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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.
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  • 10 hours
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Bogotá

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The tour guide was so knowledgeable and friendly. We learned so much, it was a great time. Definitely recommend.
Jordan J
, Sep 2019
The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. It is a whole day of fun and learning the history of Bogota.
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Very well organized tour
ngeorgopoulos
, Aug 2019
Accurate and good service. I strongly recommend this tour to the people that want to learn more about the pre-Hispanic culture of the Muisca people.
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Terrific Experience!
YvonneU17
, Jul 2019
We had wonderful guide, Sergio! He was so informative and well mannered, and made our trip fun! The lake hike was a lot of fun, the food were we went was amazing, He always made sure we were having a good time. I would most definitely recommend this tour and Sergio as the guide and Gustavo as the driver. They ROCK!
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Tour guide was super knowledgeable
Stay46799602974
, Jun 2019
Our tour guide, Anna, was super knowledgeable about the history of Lake Guatavitá and the peoples of the region. She was very sweet and took us for a meal and shopping afterwards. The lake was beautiful and so were the mountains. Great exercise if you like hiking. 10/10
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Very intresting!
Maps48892978236
, May 2019
It was very nice trip. The guide knew a lot about Muisca people and told me a lot of stories about them. The lagoon is beautiful and the hike is not that hard. I would recommend it to everybody who are interested in the legend of el Dorado and indigenous people.

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