Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon

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  • Feel the awe of the majesty and authenticity of the only temple built 180 meters underground: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral.
  • Visit the place that gave birth to the legend of 'El Dorado': The Guatavita Lagoon.
  • Visit Zipaquirá, a colonial village, and wander through its main square surrounded by old buildings.
  • Have a typical lunch at a former salt oven that became a restaurant. • Stop at the local handicraft market.
  • Learn of the Muisca and their rituals and practices with gold that awoke the interest of bounty hunters worldwide.
  • Walk along ecological trails and appreciate an ecosystem of mist and vegetation.
  • Wander through the cobblestone streets of the village of white houses and listen to its peculiar history.


"Private transportation from Bogota to Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon with our English-speaking guide including sights Colonial Village of Zipaquira, Guatavita and more."

This full-day tour will take you to two places of interest located within the Bogotá savannah, both being one-of-a-kind. The first stop will be Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral; a majestic cathedral built inside of the largest salt-rock deposit on earth. This site deserves every piece of its fame. It's a place where you'll see the mysticism of the Muiscas, Catholic symbology and engineering power collide; it's a magical tour through tunnels and vaults of incredible size.

Within this former salt mine, materials found underground have been manipulated by artists and sculptors, and with the help of some amazing lighting effects, you'll witness one of the most original interpretations of Catholic symbols on earth. Learn from our expert guide about this process and the symbology behind the works of art you will see during the tour. After exiting the cathedral, we will head to the colonial village of Zipaquirá. We will walk through the main square, which is surrounded by several buildings that are declared national monuments. You will have time to stop at the local handicraft market.

After a stop for lunch at an authentic traditional foods restaurant - which formerly was a salt boiler and still displays traces of the process that was used here - we will be driving towards Guatavita which was named after the treasure hidden behind its mountains - the Guatavita Lagoon. After walking through the cobbled streets of the “white-house village”, which holds a unique history, we will drive through potato crops and farmers' homes up to the paramount in which the sacred lake lies hidden among mountains and mist. Inside this natural reservoir, dotted by forest vegetation, you can feel the mystical energy that made this lagoon a sacred place for the Muiscas. Learn about the connection of these ancient people with nature and the way gold was used as a symbol of gratitude. Also, note that this particular practice performed by the Muiscas awoke the passions of Spanish bounty hunters and other unfortunate adventurers.

Finally, we will head back to Bogotá and you will be dropped off at your hotel or any other point of your convenience.

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  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Expert guide in the language of tour preference
  • Salt Cathedral and natural reserve entry tickets
  • Lunch
  • Snack
  • Optional: This experience is valid for our IMPULSE Welcome Package Promotion


  • Unspecified food and drink


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.

$279 USD


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