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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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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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US$199.00
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US$199.00
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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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US$115.00
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US$115.00
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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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US$107.00
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US$107.00
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Guatavita Lake from Bogotá

Guatavita Lake from Bogotá

Explore the history of Colombia before the European colonial era during this full-day excursion including a visit to Lake Guatavita and Bogotá’s Gold Museum. Check out the sprawling collection of gold artifacts (more than 34,000) at the museum. After an included lunch, take an afternoon trek to Lake Guatavita to learn about the indigenous Muisca once occupied its shores.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$120.00
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US$120.00
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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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US$114.14
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US$114.14

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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US$94.00
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US$94.00
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Green Guatavita lake and reserve

Green Guatavita lake and reserve

This magnificent Muisca reserve is perhaps one of the closest to civilization and one of the most preserved through history, and you can visit it during the weekends with a private bilingual guide. The infamous legend of El Dorado has its origins at the great Guatavita lagoon, a hidden ecological treasure amidst lush landscapes that will inspire you to come back.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$125.00
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US$125.00
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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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US$78.00
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US$78.00
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Zipaquira & Guatavita lagoon from Bogota Private Tour ALL INCLUDED

Zipaquira & Guatavita lagoon from Bogota Private Tour ALL INCLUDED

In this Private Tour, we will get to see one of the most powerful places for our indigenous, the Muiscas: The Lagoon of the king of Guatavita. Know this spot where the Colombian legend of “El Dorado” was born. We will be going a bit south to meet the Cundiboyacense plateau that connects us with one of the most important towns in Colombia: Zipaquira. We will have a great Typical “of the day” Colombian lunch, very typical from this very Colombian town. Know the first Colombian wander: an impressive engineering piece where the Muisca culture, the catholic tradition and the modern advances will allow us to get in the deep mountain, going 180 meters inside. After coming out of the mine we will visit Zipaquira´s down town to get to know its colonial architecture and its squares that are surrounded by some of the national monuments.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$178.14
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US$178.14

MTB bike tourism to ElDorado Mountains

MTB bike tourism to ElDorado Mountains

Enjoy one of the best bike rides in Cundinamarca, we will pick up you in a meeting point in Bogota then we will drive to our starting point in sopo, around 45 minutes from Bogota then i will show you the village and we will start to ride our bikes to guasca where we will have a pause and a nice snack full of energy then we will ride next to the Tomine's reservoir enjoying a beautiful landscape of the mountains that will give you the force to find el dorado, In Guatavita we will stop for a lunch, a little tour in guatavita and time to get ready for the last route from guatavita to the sacred lagoon that is enclaved in the mountain and a perfect place to enjoy the energy of the Muisca natives. From there we will drive by car again to the meeting point in Bogota. (If you are staying in a place between north Bogota and fontibon we can pick you there)
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$171.91
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The search for El Dorado - Laguna de Guatavita

The search for El Dorado - Laguna de Guatavita

On this route we will take you to know the beautiful places of the municipality of Sesquile located north of Bogotá at a distance of 76 km. Legend has it that in this lagoon the most important and sacred ceremony of the Muiscas was carried out which consisted of the investiture of the new Zipa (Chief and maximum authority of the Muiscas). The new Zipa was in a richly decorated reed raft; his body was completely covered with gold dust; at their feet they put a large pile of gold and emeralds to offer to the gods.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$320.00
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US$320.00

Guatavita and salt cathedral - Group tour and daily departure

Guatavita and salt cathedral - Group tour and daily departure

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? ** 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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$78.00
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US$78.00
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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
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US$120.00
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US$120.00
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Gold Museum and Historic Center La Candelaria - Group tour and daily departure

Gold Museum and Historic Center La Candelaria - Group tour and daily departure

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Admire the colourfully painted houses and colonial architecture of La Candelaria on this 3 hour walking tour of Bogotá’s historic center. Stand in awe before the imposing monuments of Plaza de Bolívar; stroll down the grand boulevards of Jimenez Avenue and Carrera 7; and see landmarks like the Gabriel García Márquez Cultural Center and Rosario University plaza. Also, let yourself go while learning about Prehispanic culture in the Gold Museum (closed on Mondays) the museum has the biggest archaeologic collection in Southamerica Note: The Gold Museum is closed on mondays, we'll change it by another one.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$30.00
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US$30.00
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8 Days Colombian Caribbean Express

8 Days Colombian Caribbean Express

The Colombian Caribbean is like no where else in the world. It is famous for its temperate waters, white sandy beaches, giant palm trees and music. When combined this creates a magical Caribbean Vibe unlike anything you have experienced before. You’ll walk through the Caribbean jungle discovering hidden beaches and wildlife along the way; You’ll enjoy a tour of Minca, a coffee tour, a cocoa farm tour and a refreshing swim under a hidden waterfall in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada; You’ll enjoy a day on the Rosario islands, explore Cartagena by night, and have options to visit an indigenous village, rejuvenate your body in a Volcanic mud bath, cruise through mangroves in a canoe, and still have some free time to explore other hidden gems. In this express tour of the Colombian Caribbean you’ll find all of these experiences and so much more. This is the tour for you if you love the sun and the warmth of a Caribbean Summer, all year long!
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  • 8 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$1,698.00
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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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US$93.00
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US$93.00
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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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US$187.00
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US$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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US$68.00
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US$68.00
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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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US$155.00
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US$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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US$54.00
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US$54.00
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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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US$130.34
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US$130.34
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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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US$116.00
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US$116.00
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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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US$95.00
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Private Zipaquirá & Guatavita Tour Includes lunch, tickets, and transportation.

Private Zipaquirá & Guatavita Tour Includes lunch, tickets, and transportation.

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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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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$292.00
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US$292.00
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Should I book Lake Guatavita tickets in advance?
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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 62 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 30.00. Guided Lake Guatavita tours start around USD 30.00 per person. See all 62 Lake Guatavita tickets and tours on Viator.
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