Nemocon Salt Mine and Guatavita Lake with Lunch from Bogota
- Nemocon Salt Mine: A popular tourist attraction, this former salt mine has a history that spans some 500 years or more. Its chambers and tunnels are well-preserved and extend for a mile.
- Guatavita Lake:An emerald-green lake with treasures sitting at the bottom, jewel and gold hunters have attempted (and failed) to drain Guatavita numerous times.
About this Bogota tour
If you have been waiting for the opportunity to snap some awe-inspiring photographs of Colombia, a trip to Nemocon and Guatavita Lake simply must be added to your travel itinerary. Located a very short distance from the capital city of Bogota in the Central Savanna Province, Nemocon has an altitude of about 8,500 feet, and on its west side it is bordered by the Checua and Neusa Rivers.
It’s not just the architecture that will take your breath away when you venture to this popular salt mining village, but also its history. In 1979, Gonzalo Correal Urrego revealed archaeological facts that proved early evidence of human settlement, with tools and hunter-gatherer food remains being found around the land. You will be impressed walking along its streets and observing colonial architecture that will leave you breathless with its unique beauty and tranquility.
Home to the second-largest salt mine in Colombia, you can visit this underground religious spectacle. Now a Roman Catholic Church, thousands of people visit on Sundays to pray around the shrine, which is constructed mostly from salt and is buried some 655 feet below the ground. Don’t forget to check out the centuries-old El Corazon masterpiece here.
Soak up more nature at circular Guatavita Lake, where precious offerings would once be thrown into the lush green waters as a sign of worship. This led to treasure hunters making their way to the reservoir in search of jewels. So desperate were some people to find their treasure that they attempted to drain the lake!
The Health Benefits of Salt
You will certainly be intrigued by the natural mineral that is salt after you have explored the salt mines in Bogota. Otherwise known as sodium chloride, salt is more than just a seasoning for foods – it actually has healing properties! Many doctors will use salt to cleanse wounds. What’s more, it can be used as an oral rehydration treatment and also to prevent hypothyroidism. When consumed in moderation, salt can reduce the risks of heart attack and high blood pressure, because it has been proven to enhance cardiovascular health.
Please meet in the lobby of your downtown-area hotel or a nearby central location. Let us know the name of your hotel/preferred meeting location when you reserve this tour, so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a GoBe sign with your name.
The ascent to the lagoon involves climbing 150 steps and a bit of a trek. But the views are worth it. The Guatavita Lake national park is closed on Mondays.
You will be walking for about 3 miles, up inclines and many steps, over unpaved trails and cobblestones. If you have limited mobility, this tour will be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Wilderness/Wildlife, Food & Wine, Full Day
Vehicles? We have all kinds for all sizes of groups, from cars to buses. Vehicles vary based on the number of travelers.
Beverages: Bottled Water and Colombian Coffee
Lunch - Local Favorites
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for travelers 10 years of age and older.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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