Visit 2 popular Latin American sites on a full-day tour from Bogota. See the gigantic underground salt cathedral of Zipaquirá and the golden lagoon of Guatavita. Explore the quaint colonial town of Zipaquirá and enjoy a traditional lunch.
What to Expect
Begin your full-day tour from Bogota with a visit to one of Latin America’s wonders. Explore a gigantic cathedral, built inside a salt mine. To see the interior of this magnificent work of engineering you’ll descend beneath the earth’s surface. Marvel at the beautiful salt and marble sculptures and the tranquil religious atmosphere.
Continue on with a visit to the quaint town of Zipaquirá, where you’ll admire colonial buildings that have been declared national monuments.
After a stop for a traditional lunch in a restaurant on the outskirts of the town, you’ll head to the lagoon where the El Dorado legend originated. The lagoon, discovered by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada in 1537, was considered to be sacred by the indigenous Muisca people.
The Muiscas used the lagoon to ceremonially bathe their leader in gold, giving rise to the El Dorado legend. According to the legend, many golden treasures were hidden in the lake. In the past, a number of treasure hunters tried to drain the lagoon in their desperate search of gold.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding the lagoon and take in the indigenous cemetery, the Mount of the 3 Old Ladies, the valley, and the Tomine reservoir. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase typical local crafts, such as products made of wool, clay, copper, silver, and gold.
- Transfers from and to your hotel
- Guided tour in your preferred language (Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, or Portuguese)
- Admission tickets for the Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon
Know Before You Go
Mondays the Golden Guatavita is not open.