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Lake Guatavita

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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.

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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
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US$ 199.00
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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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US$ 130.00
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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
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US$ 114.14
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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
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US$ 107.00
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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. Please note if your tour extends or starts after 7:00 pm, we will charge an additional fee of 20 USD per group.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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US$ 54.00
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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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US$ 115.00
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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
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US$ 93.00
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Full-Day Guatavita and Salt Cathedral Group Tour from Bogotá

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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. 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
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US$ 72.25
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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
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US$ 120.00
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3 Amazing Destinations in Bogota !!

3 Amazing Destinations in Bogota !!

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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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
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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
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US$ 124.67
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Live the Legend of El Dorado: Tour Laguna de Guatavita Sumercé

Live the Legend of El Dorado: Tour Laguna de Guatavita Sumercé

On this walk you will meet many aspevtos of the culture, landscape, history, crafts and gastronomy of Colombia. You can get to know Colombia and the Andes in a magical way, in one place. Mystic and peace.
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  • 5 to 10 hours
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US$ 96.00
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El Dorado Legend Tour from Bogotà

El Dorado Legend Tour from Bogotà

Uncover the mysteries behind one of Colombia’s most fascinating legends on a full-day trip to the secreted Guatavita Lagoon from Bogotà. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to travel deep into the Andean mountains, through spectacular landscapes of dense jungle and snow-capped mountains. Visit an indigenous town beside the lagoon and hear of how locals used to give gold to the gods as a tribute and sacrifice. Capture photographs of the iridescent lagoon surrounded by lush greenery, and then enrich your knowledge of gold at the glimmering Gold Museum in downtown Bogota.
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  • 8 hours
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US$ 85.32
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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
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US$ 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
  • Free Cancellation
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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
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US$ 125.00
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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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US$ 320.00
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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
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US$ 292.00
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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
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US$ 273.00
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Guatavita Lake excursion from Bogota

Guatavita Lake excursion from Bogota

On this tour we will visit the lagoon that gave origin to the Legend of El Dorado, in the jurisdiction of the municipality of Sesquile and near the municipal capital of Guatavita, located at 3,100 meters above sea level. It was the ceremonial site where the natives worshiped Chie, their goddess of water, by lavish ceremonies that originated the legend of El Dorado and according to which the Muisca chief arrived accompanied by four priests on a wooden raft to Guatavita, before immersing himself impregnated in gold and loaded with the treasures that he collected from the community in order to abandon them in the water as an offering and symbol of adoration.
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  • 6 hours
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US$ 108.80
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3 Amazing destinations in a single day!

3 Amazing destinations in a single day!

We optimize our tour to offer our tourists a luxury service in which we will not have time restrictions, we have small and private groups and we visit 3 destinations that require long journeys and are frequently offered separately. This makes the relationship between price and quality, optimal for our customers. We have luxury vehicles, equipped with all the comfort to make very comfortable and pleasant tours for our tourists.
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  • 10 to 13 hours
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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
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US$ 155.00
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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
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US$ 90.67
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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 60 Lake Guatavita tickets and tours on Viator.

Currently, an entrance ticket to Lake Guatavita costs USD 45.00. Guided Lake Guatavita tours start around USD 45.00 per person. See all 60 Lake Guatavita tickets and tours on Viator.