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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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Full-Day Guatavita and Salt Cathedral - Daily and group tour

Full-Day Guatavita and Salt Cathedral - Daily and group tour

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Combine a trip out to Guatavita Lake with a visit to the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral with this full-day tour from Bogota. Round-trip transportation and admission to both attractions is included, and you'll have a little time left over to visit the town of Zipaquira before making your way back to Bogota.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$80.00
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US$80.00

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon from Bogota (Private Tour)

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon 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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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$85.00
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US$85.00
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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
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US$97.00
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US$97.00
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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
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US$199.00
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US$199.00
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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
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US$54.00
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US$54.00
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Full Day Tour to Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon

Full Day Tour to Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon

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Let's visit the Sacred Lagoon and Salt Cathedral in 1 day! In this shared tour we will visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá which is the second largest cathedral made of salt in the world. This is a salt complex located 180 meters below the ground, which represents one of the most distinguished achievements of Colombian architecture, as well as being a true faith for the miners. In addition to this, we will visit the Laguna Sagrada de Guatavita, where the legend of "El Dorado" took place. This is a magical green area surrounded by an incredible landscape that you can see once at the top of the lagoon.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$94.00
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US$94.00

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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US$110.00
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US$110.00

Guatavita and salt cathedral - Group tour and daily departure

Guatavita and salt cathedral - Group tour and daily departure

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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
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US$78.00
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US$78.00

3 Amazing Destinations in Bogotá!!

3 Amazing Destinations in Bogotá!!

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We started the experience, picking up travelers at Unicentro, a very traditional shopping center in Bogotá. Our first destination is La Laguna De Guatavita, known worldwide for the legend of El Dorado. Later we will go to the first wonder of Colombia, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, we will enter the mine, in a guided tour by highly trained professionals to provide all the information about this emblematic place. To end this great experience, we will celebrate with the best gastronomic experience in Bogotá, at the iconic Andrés Carne de Res restaurant, internationally recognized. The Guatavita Lagoon is one of the most culturally attractive and important places in the country, with a history plagued by legends and incredible events. The Salt Cathedral is an architectural jewel of modernity and Andres Carne de Res is the most emblematic restaurant in Colombia. Join us to live this Experience!
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$160.00
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US$160.00

Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lake; Visiting the Towns with breackfast and lunch.

Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lake; Visiting the Towns with breackfast and lunch.

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We are going to have a perfect mix between the pre-Columbian world with the native history of the older brothers the Muiscas, in the sacred lagoon of Guatavita and the first wonder of Colombia the Salt Cathedral where we have a connection of culture; indigenous, colonial and republican. we will discover the world and cosmovision of the ancient territory to the present. We will also have an experience with typical foods for breakfast and lunch and some snacks along the way. We will visit the towns of the Cundinamarca region and admire the nature that surrounds us and the beautiful landscapes and architecture of different times. lots of history and culture.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$130.00
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US$130.00

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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US$130.00
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US$130.00
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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
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US$115.00
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US$115.00
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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

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
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US$160.00
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US$160.00
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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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US$208.00
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US$208.00
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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

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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$119.00
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US$119.00
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Guatavita and indigenous community from Bogota Private Tour FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

Guatavita and indigenous community from Bogota Private Tour FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

In this Private Tour with no time limit a few kilometers away from Bogota, after going through the beautiful views from the savanna, we will go to Sesquile. Take your time to make a journey to the past and meet a very important territory for the Muiscas indigenous. Don’t hurry up, we want you to come and visit the sacred lagoon of Guatavita and know about the Dorado legend, an amazing journey for all who decide to live a different experience. We will have our typical Colombian snack. With our flexible schedule tour we want to give you the surprise of your life by knowing a community of Muisca people with hundreds of years of cultural richness, all with no worries of time! By doing it, they can make their legacy last longer teach the world a little bit about their amazing tradition. Then we will have our “A la carte” Colombian lunch in The New Guatavita and you will learn about this amazing place created from scratch by our ancestors what makes it a jewel of Colombian architecture.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$215.90
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US$215.90

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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US$177.94
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US$177.94
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Private tour to Guatavita Lagoon and the legend of El Dorado

Private tour to Guatavita Lagoon and the legend of El Dorado

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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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US$140.00
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US$140.00
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Guatavita and indigenous community from Bogota Private Tour ALL INCLUDED

Guatavita and indigenous community from Bogota Private Tour ALL INCLUDED

Stray from the beaten path and see a side of Colombia that most first-time visitors miss on a private day trip Guatavita Lake and Sesquile, home to an indiginous village. Letting someone else drive allows you to soak up the scenery, while taking a private tour gives you the flexibility to tweak your itinerary.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$166.62
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US$166.62

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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US$124.67
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US$124.67
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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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US$154.73
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US$154.73
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City Bus Pass - Pay 2,5 tours, recieve 5

City Bus Pass - Pay 2,5 tours, recieve 5

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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
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US$220.00
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