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Experience the natural wonders of Colombia on this combined 8-hour 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, plus a visit to the nearby Tominé Reservoir. Your tour includes round-trip transportation from your Bogotá hotel plus a guide, lunch and all entrance fees.


  • Day trip to the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Guatavita
  • Venture underground with your expert guide and see the magnificent salt cathedral of Zipaquirá
  • Visit the picturesque Laguna de Guatavita and admire the scenic landscape
  • Enjoy a delicious Colombian lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Guatavita Day Trip from Bogotá

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Guatavita Day Trip from Bogota

Get a taste for the natural, scenic and cultural beauty of the area surrounding Bogotá on this day trip blending the best attractions near Bogotá during a visit to the town of Zipaquirá.

Start the day with an 8am pickup from your hotel in Bogotá, continuing for 31 miles (50km) on a beautiful drive towards Zipaquirá to visit to the town’s famous Salt Cathedral. First opened in 1954 inside a 246-foot (75m) long salt mine, this impressive subterranean church is big enough to accommodate several thousand visitors. After closing in 1991 for reconstruction, the salt cathedral was rebuilt in grand style, culminating in the removal of an additional 250,000 tons (226,000 metric tons) of salt from the space.

Take a brief break after the cathedral for lunch, where you’ll enjoy a selection of authentic Colombian specialties, then move onwards to Laguna de Guatavita, just north of Bogotá. This picturesque mountain lake was once an important religious site for the indigenous Muisca tribe. The lake achieved further prominence during the Colonial era, when a group of Spaniards and foreigners believed a treasure trove of gold objects was hidden beneath its waters, earning it the nickname of “El Dorado.”

Finish your visit with a stop at the beautiful Tominé Reservoir, the source of Bogotá’s water supply, and an opportunity to purchase local wool, clay and gold handicrafts, before returning to Bogotá for drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Jason A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This is a very good tour. The guide was very good and spoke good English. The Laguna was beautiful, but, it is a tough walk up there in the altitude. The Salt cathedral is beautiful and well worth a visit, as well. If you are going to Bogota, it is a don't miss tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fellipe was awesome guide and made the trip extra special . He is outstanding

Amy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a great full day private tour. Our tour guide Patricia was knowledgeable and friendly. Interesting fact/legend tales at the laguna, picturesque. Great lunch, so tasty and with a friendly and helpful restaurant owner-vegetarian friendly. Salt Cathedral far exceeded expectations, its awesome!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Wonderful tour with a very enthusiastic guide that made the day both educational and fun!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very good.
Pls advice people about the altitude. I didnt get to go up but they were very kind and take me to now the village of Guatavita. Very nice!

Agnes M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Beautiful places, excellent guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Two amazing destinations, a must see

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Our day was great!'

Our host Luis was funny, witty, and very knowledgeable!

Our Colombian lunch was terrific!

I would recommend this trip to our friends and family!

Manuel U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Very nice visit to both places. The guide (Luis) was well versed and the local tourist agency was very responsible. We went on a Monday and the Lagoon's main entrance was closed. The tourist agency offered another half day trip the next day at their own expense to make it up. Wonderful views of the lagoon and the surrounding landscape from the top of the hill. The Salt Cathedral is a unique experience.

Alan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Truly Amazing! If you visit Bogota, you must visit Lake Guatavita and the Salt Cathedral, which is undoubtedly of one of the wonders of the world. Go during the week and ask for Claudia C and you'll not be disappointed. The drive through the quaint yet beautiful town Guatavita is gorgeous and the hike up the beautiful "patchwork of greenery" on hill side to view the Lake from above is picturesque! In my judgment the Salt Cathedral is truly majestic and indescribable even for those not devoutly Catholic. It is the same category as Machu Picchu as one of the wonders of the world. Going during the week there were fewer people making the experience seemingly private coupled with the intellectual yet personal explanation of every important detail of the tour by Claudia made this an unforgettable experience! A must see!!
Dr. A and family

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