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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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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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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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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 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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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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Guatavita Lake & Salt Cathedral tour.Historical & Heritage Tours

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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Rent a local friend in BogotaWalking Tours

Rent a local friend in Bogota

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Looking for a personalized experience in Bogota? Rent a local friend by day or night, and enjoy our city in your own way. 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. Your friend will give you a lot of recommendations, but, at the end of the day, you choose what to do, where to go and when to end.​*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 select the option with private car and want to go out of the city additional charges may apply.
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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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El Dorado Legend Tour from BogotàCultural Tours

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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Private Tour to the Laguna de Guatavita - La Leyenda del DoradoCultural Tours

Private Tour to the Laguna de Guatavita - La Leyenda del Dorado

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We are the best option for your tours in Bogotá and its surroundings! For your short stays and your business trips. We will always have a place for you.
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Legend of El Dorado - Private & Exclusive TourCultural Tours

Legend of El Dorado - Private & Exclusive Tour

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Visit the Guatavita lagoon and immerse yourself in a ritual of ancestral beliefs of the indigenous Muisca culture. Discover the treasure of the legend of El Dorado, in addition to a number of unique pieces of indigenous goldsmithing dating from the pre-Columbian period.
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Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá + Nemocón Salt Mine + Guatavita - B&PCultural Tours

Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá + Nemocón Salt Mine + Guatavita - B&P

“Una opción diferente para tener un día de descanso a las afueras de Bogotá” Inicia con los hermosos paisajes de nuestra sabana para llegar al municipio de Zipaquirá, donde dentro de una montaña reposa una maravilla de la arquitectura mundial y es catalogada la Primera Maravilla de Colombia, la Catedral de Sal.Luego, visita el pueblo de Nemocón, donde te adentrarás en el antiguo complejo minero, lleno de increíbles espejos de salmuera y el famoso Corazón de Sal de Nemocón; sin duda, un excelente complemento para un día de tranquilidad y bellos paisajes.
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Private Tour to the Guatavita LagoonCultural Tours

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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Extreme Colombia

Extreme Colombia is the perfect tour for someone who wants to visit and explore Colombia but also takes advantage of the numerous adventure/extreme activities that this county has. If you want to both take in the culture and get an adrenaline​ rush while doing so this is the tour to go on!
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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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Private Zipaquirá & Guatavita Tour - 9 hoursPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Zipaquirá & Guatavita Tour - 9 hours

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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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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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Green Guatavita lake and reserveNature & Wildlife

Green Guatavita lake and reserve

This magnbificent 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
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Private Tour to the Laguna de Guatavita + Salt Cathedral of ZipaquiráNature & Wildlife

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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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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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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Lake Guatavita • Premium Private TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Lake Guatavita • Premium Private Tour

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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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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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Live the Legend of El Dorado: Tour Laguna de Guatavita SumercéCultural Tours

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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3-Day Tour: Bogota City Tour, Salt Cathedral, Guatavita Lagoon & Villa de LeyvaCultural Tours

3-Day Tour: Bogota City Tour, Salt Cathedral, Guatavita Lagoon & Villa de Leyva

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Enjoy a thoroughly designed-all-included 3-Day Tour in Bogota and the three most popular tourist destinations around the city. Please take a look at the itinerary for more details.Day 1: Discover the best that the city has to offer during this in-depth sightseeing tour, whose history-themed focus reveals the must-see places in the Historic Center. Day 2: Villa de Leyva is a charming town that endures the centuries passing by and remains almost the same since its foundation around 1572. Explore some of its off-the-beaten tourist attractions.Day 3: Go on a hike to Guatavita National Park. Gaze at the outstanding scenery of the Andean mountain range and the green-emerald-Lagoon. Enjoy the colonial architecture and hear in-depth commentary on the local culture. ✓ Visit the first wonder in Colombia; the globally-recognized Salt Cathedral–known as the Jewel of Modern Architecture. Walk through the illuminated labyrinth with a savvy guide that lets you in on its fascinating history.
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