"Visit the impressive Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and legendary Guatavita Lagoon with our knowledgeable English-speaking guide and comfortable private transportation."
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 power converged in the construction of this mastodonic temple. On the other hand, 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 at a traditional restaurant, you will be driven through potato crops and farmers' houses up into the paramount where Guatavita sacred lake hides among mountains and mist. Inside this natural reserve, filled with native forest vegetation, you will learn about the connection of the ancient Muiscas had with nature and the symbolism behind the gold offerings that awoke the lust for gold of Spanish bounty 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.
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