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Bogota: Legend of El Dorado and Salt Cathedral Tour

1. Bogota: Legend of El Dorado and Salt Cathedral Tour

After gathering at either of the meeting points or being collected from your accommodation, your combination experience in Bogota will begin. You'll first visit the Guatavita Lagoon, which was a source of inspiration for the Legend of El Dorado and the movie with the same name. The beauty of this place is sure to overwhelm you, and after some time there you will cross the Savannah. In the afternoon you will reach the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, which was the First Wonder of Colombia due to its imposing architecture. In a single day you will enjoy the indigenous spiritual cosmogony, Christian spirituality, the beauty of nature, and the grandeur of architecture. At the end of your experience, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

Bogotá: Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour

2. Bogotá: Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour

Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Bogotá at 09:00 AM or a time to suit you, and then journey to the colonial town of Zipaquirá, famous for its Salt Cathedral. Relax on the 60 to 90-minute trip to the cathedral, where on arrival you will be accompanied to the entrance of the mine for a 2-hour guided tour in English or Spanish.  Located inside the depths of the world's biggest salt rock reserve, Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral was adapted from an old salt mine to function as a place of worship. Marvel at the icons, ornaments and architectural details hand-carved in the halite rock. Surface the mine to enjoy a typical Colombian lunch in one of Zipaquirá's best restaurants. Choose from fish or vegetarian options, or savor different plates of meat prepared in the traditional way on fire. Then, explore the main sights of the town, including Independence Square and the colonial center. Admire one of the oldest churches in Colombia. Drive back to Bogotá for drop-off at your accommodation, or book one of the following options to continue exploring. Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavitá Tour with Lunch After visiting the Salt Cathedral and enjoying a typical Colombian meal, go to the colonial town of Guatavitá. Take a short guided hike, admire the scenic landscape and discover the birthplace of the El Dorado legend. On the return trip to Bogotá stop at La Calera viewpoint for panoramic views of the city. Salt Cathedral and Nemocón Mine Tour with Lunch Once you have visited the Salt Cathedral and enjoyed a traditional Colombian lunch, discover the salt mine tunnels of Nemocón. Experience what it felt like to work 60 meters below ground. Be dropped off back in Bogotá at the end of the tour. Salt Cathedral & Villa de Levya Tour without Lunch Go from the Salt Cathedral to Villa de Leyva, famous for its cobblestone square Plaza Mayor, which at 150,695 square feet is the largest in Colombia. Learn about the history of this charming town before returning to your accommodation in Bogotá.

Bogotá: Guided 5-Hour Coffee Farm Tour

3. Bogotá: Guided 5-Hour Coffee Farm Tour

Join us on our Coffee Farm experience as we set out from the center of the city and head an hour and a half deeper into the mountains of Bogotá! We will start the day by enjoying a traditional Colombian breakfast together and then go to meet our local farmers. We will discuss what it means to be an organic coffee farm and what the daily tasks of a farmer look like. Walk around the farm and take in the more than 8,000 coffee plants. We’ll learn how to hand-pick coffee and process it, and then afterward we will enjoy a delicious cup of coffee prepared in a unique way. If the weather and season permit, we will even get to plant our own coffee! We wrap up the tour with local cuisine for lunch and began the trip back to the city, making brief stops to take pictures of the Paramos ecosystems and the picturesque Bogotá city skyline. Total duration: 7-8 hours.

Zipaquira: Half-Day Salt Cathedral Tour

4. Zipaquira: Half-Day Salt Cathedral Tour

In this Salt Cathedral tour in Zipaquira, you will travel to a place that is without a doubt a must-visit in Colombia, a monument to faith that has become an architectural piece like no other. Near Bogotá, Zipaquira is a colonial town known for its beauty, but its typical architecture is not its principal attraction. 180 meters under the ground, you will find an engineering jewel, famous around the world, known as the Salt Cathedral. Visit a unique place that will leave you breathless. Inside the mine there are different pieces of stone work and sculpture that, due to their size and illumination, make this spectacular wonder an incredible destination.

Bogotá: Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavitá Tour with Lunch

5. Bogotá: Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavitá Tour with Lunch

Head to the countryside from Bogotá on a 10-hour excursion to Zipaquirá. Discover the architectural achievements of architect Roswell Garavito Pearl and learn about history of salt exploitation in Colombia on a tour of the Salt Cathedral. Enjoy a typical Colombian meal at a local restaurant. See Independence Square, lovely colonial houses and the old church before continuing on to Lake Guatavitá. Take a short guided hike, admire the scenic landscape and discover the birthplace of the El Dorado legend. Take in views of the Tomine Reservoir before visiting the colonial town of Guatavitá. On the return trip to Bogotá stop at La Calera viewpoint for panoramic views of the city.

Paragliding Activity with Transfers from Bogota

6. Paragliding Activity with Transfers from Bogota

Flying has always been one of mankind’s most sought-after dreams. It has been subject of fascination, passion and fantasy. On this 4-hour tour you’ll have the chance to experience firsthand the magnificent feeling of flying without the aid of an engine. Those who try it often find themselves hooked on the experience. Paragliding is a unique activity that makes the desire of flying real and provides the opportunity to appreciate spectacular landscapes while moving gently with the wind. The trip starts at 8 AM from your hotel in Bogota. You’ll drive to La Cabaña Alpina, in the nearby village of Sopo, where you’ll have a chance to try one of the many dairy products of the region. Meet your pilot and drive to the launching pad. When wind conditions permit, you will run in the tandem with your expert pilot, and gently rise up in the air. For 20 minutes you’ll enjoy an amazing ride, with the savannah and Andean landscapes at your feet, and the Guatavita lagoon in the distance. After the flight your driver will transfer you safely back to your hotel in Bogota.

From Bogotá: Chingaza National Park Eco Tour

7. From Bogotá: Chingaza National Park Eco Tour

The tour begins at 7:00 AM in the reception of your hotel or accommodation. Then, go to Calera town and taste the sweet water of panela with an arepa de maiz. Then head to Chingaza National Park, located in the Eastern Cordillera of the Colombian Andes, northeast of Bogotá. At the entrance of the natural reserve, you will pick up your local guide.  The guide will take you through the trails and paths of this paradise. The tour lasts between 3 and 6 hours, depending on your resistance. You will see the lagoon of Buitrago or the lagoon of Siecha. If you are lucky, you may see spectacled bears and deer. The tour will end with an incredible view of the mountain before returning to the city of Bogotá.

Bogotá: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral

8. Bogotá: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral

A staff member from the company will meet you at the hotel at your choice of either in the morning or the afternoon. From here you will be taken on a tour through La Sabana de Bogota to the town of Zipaquira, whose name means "City of our Father" in the language of the Chibcha. Back in pre-Columbian times, salt around the area was the most important commodity and the "salt cakes" were the only currency for trading. Throughout time, technology improved and the "Muiscas" began to extract larger amounts of salt. As a result, an underground salt deposit was formed and it is where the Salt Cathedral was built, 180 meters below the surface. Inside you will discover a chapel titled “capilla de los mineros”, which was built as a tribute to the Virgin “Our Lady of the Rosary of Guasá”. At the conclusion of your tour, you will return safely back to Bogotá.

From Bogotá: Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita Day Tour

9. From Bogotá: Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita Day Tour

Learn about Colombia's salt trade dating back to the pre-Hispanic period. Take a tour of some villages outside of Bogotá, and explore the subterranean Salt Cathedral. Try a traditional Colombian lunch followed by a visit to Lake Guatavita, a sacred place for the native Muisca people.   A staff member will pick you up at your hotel in Bogotá. Your tour begins by traveling in an air-conditioned van or bus through some of the villages from the pre-Hispanic period. Learn the history of the exploitation and trade of salt and gold manufacturing in the area.   Travel north along the Bogotá savanna to the city of Zipaquirá. There you will visit the renowned Salt Cathedral, a Roman Catholic church built in the ancient hollows of a salt mine, 180 meters below ground. Marvel at the cathedral’s architecture built within the mine’s remaining caverns and tunnels.     After touring the cathedral, enjoy a typical Colombian lunch with boiled potatoes soaked in brine (salt water from the mine) and ajiaco (chicken soup). Then head to Lake Guatavita, a small crater lake surrounded by forest. Learn about this sacred site of the indigenous Muisca people, where the legend of El Dorado was born.   Relax on the ride back to Bogotá where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Bogotá: Páramo de Sumapaz Day Trip

10. Bogotá: Páramo de Sumapaz Day Trip

Visit Bogotá's best-kept secret and explore the diverse region and ecosystem that is Sumapaz. Páramo de Sumapaz is one of the highest plateaus in the world, full of unique species and breathtaking views. On your adventure learn about the importance of water, wild animals, endemic plants, and mountains to this region. Hear about how the ideology behind the oldest guerilla FARC was born here and the history of the Muisca civilization. Meet your guide in the early morning and prepare for an exciting adventure. While spending time in Sumapaz enjoy outdoor activities such as trekking, a swim under a cold water fall, or flora and fauna observation. Enjoy a tasty lunch of local, traditional food and leave with a unique souvenir from your guide.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 47 reviews

We had a great day, the highlight for us was the hike to the Laguna del Cacique Guatavita. Beautiful sites, interesting history. Wear comfortable shoes, the walk isn't too bad but with the altitude it can be a bit tiring. We stopped for a late lunch after, the food was great. The salt cathedral is very interesting & worth a visit, it is a little bit theme park like & had a few extra attraction that don't quite fit. Bear in mind that traffic is bad in the evening, we got back around 9pm local time, not a problem for us but something to allow for. Overall highly recommended, Carlos Garcia & Lina were lovely as we're all of the other guides.

I hired the private tour and it is an excellent option for those who want to get to know the surroundings of Bogotá in a personalized way. My guide on duty, Jorge, was excellent in explaining the history and context of the places visited (Pueblo de Guatavita, Laguna de Guatavita, and Catedral de Sal de Zipaquirá), as well as the surroundings. Lunch in a typical restaurant was of all tastes, where you can get to know the local gastronomy. Finally, our driver was also an excellent company during the trip. During the return to Bogotá a bit of traffic congestion, but you do not notice it if you are enjoying the surroundings.

This walk is fantastic, when you are in Bogota you should do it without hesitation, it takes a day but it is worth it. Thanks to Angela our guide for her excellent work.

Lunch was super tasty, the tour guide was super cool and the ladies walking us around were lovely! Defo worth to do if you’d like to get out of Bogota.

The tour was amazing! Very in depth knowledge from the tour guide & the farmers. The food was amazing and experience was unmatched. Would recommend