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Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon

"Visit the impressive Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and legendary Guatavita Lagoon with our knowledgeable English-speaking guide and comfortable private transportation."


  • Immerse into the massive underground temple of Zipaquirá's Salt Cathedral.
  • Visit the place that gave birth to the legend of 'El Dorado': Guatavita Lagoon.
  • Learn about Muiscas and the gold offering rituals that awoke the interest of bounty hunters worldwide.
  • Walk along ecological trails and appreciate a highland ecosystem of mist and vegetation.

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Following the trails of El Dorado: How and why to visit Guatavita Lake

This full-day tour will take you to two places of interest located within Bogotá's savannah. Zipaquirá's Salt Cathedral; a majestic cathedral built inside of the largest salt-rock deposit on earth. Here you'll see the how Catholic symbology and contemporary engineering converged in the construction of this gigantic temple. The second stop, Guatavita Lagoon, a mystical and sacred place for the Muiscas, will give you a glimpse of what Paramo ecosystem looks like while you learn about the famous legend of El Dorado, Muisca cosmology and its relation to the lagoon. 

With materials from this former salt mine and using lighting effects, sculptors created innovative interpretations of the Catholic Via Crucis that you will be able to see throughout the cathedral. Here you will learn about the creative process and the symbology behind the sculptures. After exiting the cathedral, you will head to Guatavita, passing through the colonial village of Zipaquirá, famous for its various buildings that were declared national monuments.

After a stop for lunch, you will be driven through a countryside road to Guatavita where the sacred lake hides among mountains and mist. Inside this natural reserve, you will learn about the connection that the ancient Muiscas had with nature. Moreover, you will understand the symbolism behind the gold offerings that awoke the gold rush of Spanish treasure hunters. 

Finally, after returning to Bogotá, you will be taken to your hotel or to any other point of your convenience.



The order of the tour may be modified due to weather factors. The tour might take longer than usual. Guatavita Lake is closed on Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a bank holiday). Please read our terms and conditions page before booking.

Changes on the tour may occur due to external factors. These changes will be notified to you with anticipation.

Our tours with transport include the time of the journeys within the duration.

$243 USDPrice Per Person

Starting At:

8:30 AM


$ USDPrice Per Person

Starting At:

8:30 AM



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