Welcome to Laguna de Guatavita


The town of Guatavita, 18km southwest, is the chief gateway. The town was created in the mid-1960s – for locals displaced by the nearby reservoir Embalse de Tominé – and does a fine job of re-creating the white-washed Spanish colonial template, with a bullring and a pedestrian mall center with souvenir shops, restaurants, a museum and a hotel or two. It's dead quiet during the week, but avoid both on Sundays if possible, when everyone and their mother goes.


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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, Laguna de Guatavita Tour from Bogota

Take a day trip 31 miles (50 km) north of Bogotá to the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita (Laguna de Guatavita). After pickup from your hotel, your 8-hour adventure begins with a scenic drive in a comfortable van to the small town of Zipaquirá. Once here, take an underground tour to discover the famous salt cathedral. Explore the 246-foot (75-meter) long salt mine with your expert guide and learn how the cathedral first opened in 1954. The salt mine was closed due to safety concerns, but was then rebuilt in 1991 after 250,000 tons (226,800 metric tons) of salt were removed to revamp the salt cathedral.After visiting Zipaquirá, head to a restaurant right outside the town for an authentic Colombian lunch. After lunch, make your way to Laguna de Guatavita, a small, circular lake north of Bogotá. Surrounded by mountains, the lake was once the sacred place of the indigenous Muisca tribe. The lake is known for the 'el dorado' legend, which suggests that many golden treasures are hidden at the bottom of the lake. Spaniards and other foreigners went to the lake in search of gold but found nothing. After exploring the scenic landscape surrounding Laguna de Guatavita, visit the Tominé Reservoir, which controls the water supply of Bogotá. You'll also have the chance to purchase local crafts, including products made of wool, clay and gold, before being transferred back to your Bogotá hotel.

$93.50 Tours & Sightseeing

Laguna de Guatavita Half-Day Tour from Bogotá

Enjoy a few hours out of the city on this half-day tour to Laguna de Guatavita (Lake Guatavita). After pickup from your Bogotá hotel, head north to the circular mountain lake, about an hour’s drive from the city. When you arrive, your expert guide will show you around and tell you about the rich history of the lake, believed by many to hold a treasure of gold from the indigenous Musica tribe. The legend of El Dorado says that a Musica ritual where a tribe ruler walked into the lake covered in gold dust was followed by worshipers throwing gold jewelry and other gold objects into the water. Spanish conquistadors, as well as many other people from around the world, have gone to great lengths to find the treasure in the 'golden lake,’ which was sacred to the Musica people. After exploring the scenic landscape surrounding Laguna de Guatavita, visit the Tominé Reservoir, which controls the water supply of Bogotá. You'll also have the chance to browse around a local craft fair, where you'll see products made of wool, clay and gold, before being transferred back to your Bogotá hotel.

$40 Cultural & Theme Tours

Half-day trip to the Guatavita Lake

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Laguna de Guatavita, Tierra Negra, Cundinamarca DepartmentLet's visit together the lake of Guatavita, one of the most sacred ancestral places for the Muisca culture, where the ritual to choose the new Zipa (leader) took place, a ceremony that inspired the legend of El Dorado.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: IglesiaVisit the town of Guatavita and learn about its relocation for the construction of the Tomine Reservoir.Duration: 30 minutes

$1240 Cultural & Theme Tours

6 Days Capital Culture, Villa De Leyva, Guatavita, Bogotá

ItineraryDay 1: Bogotá, ColombiaStop At: Zona G Bogota, BogotaArrive at anytime to be collected from the airport and taken to your accommodation. Depending on your arrival time we can provide you with another tour or with suggestions of places to see and where to go.Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Bed & Breakfast Chorro de Quevedo or SimilarDay 2: Bogotá / Villa De LeyvaStop At: Alcaldia Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva, Boyaca DepartmentYou will begin with an early pickup from your Bogotá accommodation of 6am, when you’ll be be collected in our comfortable vehicle and driven to the beautiful location of Fúneque. Once here you'll enjoy time exploring an artisans workshop full of items, made from wax, wood and iron. Some of which can be bought and some of which are destined to be filling shops and lining the streets of Villa de Leyva and other colonial towns. You'll also get the opportunity to try your skills at creating something yourself, under the guidance of Jorge, the owner and master craftsman of this workshop.Next, you'll be cruising over Fúneque lagoon and enjoy time bird watching some of the beautiful endemic species found in this area.You'll then enjoy a stop for lunch continue your journey through the amazing landscape to the over 400 year old town of Villa de Leyva. Here you will wander the cobblestone streets, taking photos of these beautiful stone buildings, fantastic wooden and stone fences, and awe-inspiring doors and gates, which you’ll think are straight out of the 1500’s.You’ll enjoy a short walking tour of this wonderful town and relax for the remainder of the day and stay the night in this simply surreal colonial setting.Approximate Duration: 10 hours (6am-4pm)Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: La Posada de San Antonio or similarDay 3: Villa de LeyvaStop At: Alcaldia Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva, Boyaca DepartmentFree DayExplore this wonderful region however you like. Perhaps you'd like to enjoy a horseback or bike ride to all the main tourist locations, or we can take you on the tour in our air-conditioned vehicle, as both your guide and transport will be available for the day.Visit locations such as the Blue Lakes (Pozos Azules), where you can take a quick dip; the Terracotta House (Casa Terracota), the largest piece of pottery in the world; the Fossil Museum (Museo Fosil), with fossils of ancient dinosaurs that once ruled this land; and a winery, where you can try some of the finest wines Colombia has to offer.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: La Posada de San Antonio or similarDay 4: Villa de Leyva / Raquira / GuatavitaStop At: Laguna de Guatavita, Tierra Negra, Cundinamarca DepartmentYour day will be begin with a short journey of around 30-40 min. to Raquira; a small town absolutely full of artisans, with something for almost everyone. Here you'll enjoy 2 hours strolling through the stalls and shops or simply enjoying a relaxing coffee in the town square.Next you’ll then be driven to the wonderful location of the Guatavita Reserve. Once here you’ll explore the paths that take you to the magical place of Lake Guatavita; which is actually where the legend of El Dorado was born. Here you will enjoy the story of the true history of this famous area, where the local indigenous would place gold into the lake for sacred ceremonies, along with covering future kings in gold.Following this tour into nature and into the past you'll will enjoy the views of Guatavita town, filled with whitewashed buildings and tiled roofs. This town was actually moved in the 70’s to accommodate the construction of the huge Tomine Dam. Here you'll enjoy a short walking tour and relax in this idyllic setting for the night.Approximate Duration: 8 hours (9am-5pm)Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Hospedaje El Mirador De Pueblo Viejo or similarDay 5: Guatavita / Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral / BogotáStop At: Museo Arqueologico de Zipaquira, Zipaquira, Cundinamarca DepartmentYou’ll enjoy yet another beautiful drive through more picturesque landscape to the town of Zipaquira and the Salt Cathedral in the mountain overlooking this beautiful place. Here you will walk into this salt mine that was first used thousands of years earlier by the local Musicas Indians. You will wander into the caverns almost 600ft below ground, which have been carved from the salt of this mountain for centuries. You’ll love the serenity and peacefulness that comes with this amazing location, being underground with amazing crosses, paths, lights and a grand cathedral which has over 3000 visitors every Sunday of the year.You'll then enjoy a walking tour of Zipaquira town and relax in the plaza before enjoying the peaceful journey back to Bogotá and an expected arrival of 2pm and some free time.Approximate Duration: 5 hours (9am-2pm)Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.Day 6: Bogotá La Candelaria and MonserrateStop At: Zona G Bogota, BogotaYou’ll be collected from your accommodation in Bogotá and taken on a guided excursion, where you’ll encounter the most important historical locations within La Candelaria.Once you have visited these beautiful sites it will be time for you to ascend to the great height of 10,341 ft (3152m) and the summit of Monserrate; almost 2,000 ft higher than Bogotá. For this climb you have the choice of taking either the teleferico (aerial tramway) or the funicular (included in the cost of this tour) to the top, where you’ll have time to wander through the artisan markets, visit a beautiful 17th century monastery and enjoy some of the most spectacular panoramic views of the capital city of this great nation. You’ll learn how this mountain was sacred to the indigenous Muiscas people for hundreds of years, how during the June solstice, the Sun rises exactly from behind Monserrate and how hundreds of pilgrims journey to this destination every year.Approximate Duration: 5 hours (9am-2pm)Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Bed & Breakfast Chorro de Quevedo or similarDay 7: BogotáStop At: Zona G Bogota, BogotaFree DayDepart at any time.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$90 Cultural & Theme Tours

El Dorado Route ( Guatavita Lagoon and Gold Museum)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), BogotaGet to know the pottery of the Pre-Columbian period.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Laguna de Guatavita, Tierra Negra, Cundinamarca DepartmentMeet the Guatavita town.Duration: 5 hours

$66.25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Guatavita Lagoon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Laguna de Guatavita, Tierra Negra, Cundinamarca DepartmentWalk to Guatavita LagoonDuration: 5 hours

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