Explore Zipaquira and Guatavita Lake with Lunch from Bogota
- Zipaquira Historic Centre: Charming and steeped in history, this municipality and city holds onto its past with original architecture and Spanish colonial-style buildings.
- Salt Cathedral: Formerly a salt mine, this cathedral houses a shrine to Jesus and is constructed almost entirely from salt. Walk along its well-preserved underground tunnels and marvel at the natural surroundings.
- Guatavita Lake:Enclosed by mountains, this majestic lake’s waters conceal a blanket of jewels and gold that worshippers have thrown in over the years.
About this Bogota tour
Allow yourself to be whisked away on a fairy tale-like experience as you explore majestic Zipaquira and Guatavita Lake. This municipality and city of Colombia is the salt mining capital and was also the birthplace of novelist, screenwriter and journalist, Gabriel García Márquez. Home to some 70,000 people, it is most famous for the Salt Cathedral.
Although the Salt Cathedral is no longer used as a mine, it has been transformed into a Roman Catholic Church. Explore this religious monument, which is hidden 655 feet below ground. A place of pilgrimage, the cathedral features a shrine, and on Sundays 3,000 people gather at the historic complex. A representation of Colombia’s religious patrimony, its unique architecture includes halite rock carvings and marble sculptures.
Learn more about history at the city’s center. It is based at a 15-minute stroll from the mines and 17 rooms dedicated to art and music can be found inside the cultural center. Other points of interest at Zipaquira include the Archaeological Museum and the town’s main plaza, where churches and picturesque buildings create a patchwork-like landscape that is well worth capturing on camera.
The final stop is sure to be the most enchanting – Guatavita. Enclosed by north Bogota’s hills, this emerald-green lake is a treasure-hunting hotspot. Gold-crazed adventurers would flock here to search for gemstones, jewelry and gold in the body of water.
Guatavita and the “Goddess of Water”
Indians worshipped this sacred lake based on the “Goddess of Water” – a mythology that is widely associated with streams, lakes, storms, seas, rivers and other bodies of water. Jewels and gold can be found beneath the surface. In fact, Guatavita is where the El Dorado myth is sourced from, and despite numerous attempts to drain the water as a way of recovering lost gold, the lake’s water level was only reduced by less than 10 feet!!
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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