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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. 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 cross the savannah. In the afternoon, reach the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, which was the First Wonder of Colombia due to its imposing architecture. In a single day, enjoy the indigenous spiritual cosmogony, Christian spirituality, the beauty of nature, and the grandeur of the architecture. At the end of your experience, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

Bogotá: Guided 5-Hour Coffee Farm Tour

2. 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.

Bogotá: Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour

3. 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.

From Bogotá: La Coloma Coffee Farm Private Day Trip

4. From Bogotá: La Coloma Coffee Farm Private Day Trip

Every cup of coffee has its own story. From cherry to beans to grind: it all starts in coffee farms around the country. So why not hear the story for yourself? Come along to the beautiful Hacienda Coloma, a coffee farm and estate in Fusagasugá, in the vicinity of Bogotá.  Embark on a journey to discover how coffee makes its way from the field to your mug every morning. Walk through the amazing estate, an ecosystem in its own right, and catch a glimpse of all its bird species. Then, marvel at the spectacular orchid gardens while learning all about Colombian coffee. After exploring the farm, rest your feet and enjoy a traditional lunch at a beautiful, colonial house. Energized, learn about the history of the coffee bean in Colombia and its cultural and economic importance in the twentieth century. Then, learn all you need to know about coffee tasting to recognize the best qualities of Colombian coffee. Finally, have a taste of delicious coffee spirits before heading back to Bogotá.

From Bogotá: Chingaza National Park Eco Tour

5. 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

6. 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.

Bogotá: Private Salt Cathedral Tour with Entrance Tickets

7. Bogotá: Private Salt Cathedral Tour with Entrance Tickets

Begin your day with convenient hotel pickup to comfortably start your journey toward the town of Zipaquirá. This will be a somewhat long drive of about 2 hours, so feel free to take a nap, watch the Bogotá savanna through the window, or make small talk to your driver about anything in Colombia. Upon arrival, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá will be the first stop. Skip the ticket lines and go directly to the entrance to pick up an audio guide. Then, begin discovering an incredible monument of faith that’s a unique architectural marvel. When booking, you can choose a personal live guide instead of an audio guide, if you prefer.  Once inside, you’ll be guided through the stations that represent the Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross). Understand the details in each corner of the works of art, and visit famous sights inside the halls such as the water mirrors, the virtual reality theater with its 3D movie, the dome, and a balcony where you can observe the world's largest underground cross. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Miner's Route and take part in a salt workshop if you select the option. The route is a 45-minute tour where you become a salt miner for a day, whereas the workshop consists of an explanation about salt mining and carving. To top off your experience, carve your own piece of salt to take home as a souvenir. After your visit, your driver will be waiting outside to take you back to Zipaquirá village. Here, enjoy some time to take a look around and have lunch in one of the local restaurants. From there, you will be taken back to Bogotá and dropped off at your hotel.

Zipaquira: Half-Day Salt Cathedral Tour

8. 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: Páramo de Sumapaz Day Trip

9. 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.

From Bogotá: Lake Guatavita and the El Dorado Legend Tour

10. From Bogotá: Lake Guatavita and the El Dorado Legend Tour

A two-hour drive from busy Bogotá there is a lake synonymous with the legend of El Dorado and a whole town submerged beneath it. Today you will not find the city of legend, but a place rich with colonial history and indigenous mythologies. Join this day trip to New Guatavita and learn why the original town was flooded. Then, go on a short hike to the lake and discover what this unique ecosystem has to offer. On the shores of the lake, learn with the local expert about the old indigenous traditions that gave this lake its renown and the possible reasons behind the wonderous legend. On your way back, you can choose to enjoy a traditional lunch with a wonderful view of the neighboring water reservoir before visiting the town’s artisanal market. Finally, take in one last look and you will be on your way back to Bogotá.

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What people are saying about Bogotá

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 47 reviews

Amazing day tour to organic coffee farm! For the second time I got most amazing guide Andrea, who makes this tours friendly, pleasent, relaxing and so enjoyable! She is super knowledgeable, also patient and kind to answer so many questions that we had! Farm is beautiful, and view around in breathtaking! Greenery, mountains, other farms...you got relexed just by watching it. Although I started learning Spanish month ago I was able to understand majority what the lady who is owner of the farm was explaining, that's how much they are putting effort for you to understand and learn. Everything else, if I didn't understand Andrea would explain in English. If you don't speak at all you will get all info in English, I wanted to practice Spanish! Farm owners (mother and her daughter) are such a wonderful ladies, pleasent, happy, and kind. Growing coffee looks so beautiful when they are talking about it. Breakfast, lunch and their own coffee were perfect! Worth more than you pay it! Don't miss

All very good. The excellent guide and quality. In the farm, excellent reception and everything well organized to learn the entire cycle of coffee. Improve: driving is not kind to the passenger in the last row. You end up dizzy.

Excelente experiencia de inicio y al final mas o menos ya que los domingos se hace tráfico a la entrada de Bogota, pero el resto todo bien, recomendable totalmente.

Great trip. My guide and driver were super nice. I enjoyed the day very much.

Exciting environment and excellent food. The service was great.