Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita Day Trip
(5 Reviews)
Product Code: 3757-159064
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Feel in awe with the majesty and authenticity of the only temple built 180 meters underground: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral.
  • • Visit the place that gave birth to the legend of 'El Dorado': The Guatavita Lagoon.
  • • Visit Zipaquirá, a colonial village, and wander through its main square surrounded by old buildings.
  • • Have a typical lunch at a former salt oven that became a restaurant.
  • • Stop at the local handicraft market.
  • • Learn of the Muisca and their rituals and practices with gold that awoke the interest of bounty hunters worldwide.
  • • Walk along ecological trails and appreciate an ecosystem of mist and vegetation.
  • • Wander through the cobblestone streets of the village of white houses and listen to its peculiar history.
Tour Code
3757-159064
Duration
8 hours
Departure City
Bogota
End City
Bogota
Tour Type:
Sightseeing Tours
Language:
English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Historical, Nature

Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Get in touch with Mother Earth

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Private group

Travel with a private group; no strangers

Activity Level: Easy

Perfect for any fitness level

Itinerary
Day 01
Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

Bogota - Zipaquira Salt Cathedral - Lake Guatavita - Bogota

This lovely day trip will take you to two of the best attractions near Bogota, each of them one-of-a-kind.

The first stop will be Zipaquira Salt Cathedral; a majestic cathedral built inside the bowels of the largest salt rock deposit on earth. This sight deserves every piece of its fame. It's a place where you'll see the mysticism of the Muiscas, Catholic symbology and engineering power collide; it's a magical tour through tunnels and vaults of incredible size.

Within this former salt mine, the materials found underground have been manipulated by artists and sculptors, and with help of some amazing lighting effects, you'll witness one of the most original interpretations of Catholic symbols on earth. Learn from our expert guide about this process and the symbology behind the works of art you will see along the tour. After exiting the cathedral we will head to the colonial village of Zipaquira. We will walk by the main square, which is surrounded by several buildings that are declared national monuments. We will have time to stop at the local handicraft market.

After a stop for lunch at an authentic traditional foods restaurant - which formerly was a salt boiler and still displays traces of the process that was used here - we will drive towards Guatavita which was named after the treasure hidden behind its mountains - Lake Guatavita.

After walking through the cobbled streets of the “white-house village”, which holds a unique history, we will drive through potato crops and farmers' homes up to the paramount in which the sacred lake lies hidden among mountains and mist. Inside this natural reservoir dotted by forest vegetation, you can feel the mystic energy that made this lagoon a sacred place for the Muiscas. Learn about the connection of this ancient people with nature and the way gold was used as a symbol of gratitude. Also noted, this particular practice preformed by the Muiscas awoke the passions of Spanish bounty hunters and other unfortunate adventurers.

Finally we will head back to Bogotá and you will be dropped of at your hotel or any other point of your convenience.

Tips:
Pick-up at 8:30am and drop-off at 4:30pm
Bring comfortable shoes for hiking (1 hour approx.) and rain coat. Guatavita closed on Mondays, tour can run but access to the Lagoon is not possible.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Private transportation from and to your hotel in Bogotá area
  • Expert guide in the language of tour preference (Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian, French, German)
  • Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Natural Reserve entrance tickets
  • Lunch
  • Snacks

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Optional tips
Special Notes
  • Please include your hotel name and address in the "Meeting Point" box during booking.
  • The order of the tour can be modified due to weather conditions.
  • Bring comfortable shoes for hiking (1 hour approx.) and rain coat.
  • Dress code: Smart Casual
  • Please bring the copy of your passport.
  • In order to protect your own property, please bring any valuable items with you at any time. Please do not leave any valuable items on the bus/hotel/attraction/restaurant etc. Tours4Fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides will not take any responsibility for any theft or loss at any location.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

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* Booking Group size: 1-10 guests
* The display price is per person for group size of 2-4 guests 3 years and older. Please select your group size accordingly at the check-out page.
* Children's rate for under 3 years is 50% of adult rate. If there are children under 3 joining the tour, please state the child's birth date in the "Reservation Request" box during booking

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    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
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  • FrancyBudapest

    FrancyBudapest

    02/20/2017
    Very positive experience

    Out of several travel agencies I contacted before traveling to Colombia Destino Bogotá was the fastest and most professional in answering to my queries. It was very easy to book the two trips I took (Zipaquira/Guatavita and Coffee tour/Jard...in) and I got all necessary information well in advance. Both my tours were excellent, safe drivers, great guides. Big thanks to Doriel and Fredy and also to Steven. I would definitely book again through Destino Bogota and recommend it to friends. Read full review

  • ananda Z

    ananda Z

    07/28/2016
    Una buena recomendaci

    Me recomendaron buscar un tour con ellos en Bogota, la vista a la laguna de Guatavita fue una aventura interesante. Un guía divertido, una caminata agradable y al final la represa. Estuvo bien

  • craigkuznik

    craigkuznik

    07/25/2016
    Full day trip to Zipaquira Catedral de Sal and Laguna de Guatavita

    The trip was amazing. Angela, our guide, was very knowledgeable not only about the two sites but about Colombia's history and present and their relations to the rest of the world. It was well worth the money to get picked up and driven arou...nd for the day. Read full review

  • claremcgovern

    claremcgovern

    07/16/2016
    Full day trip to Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Guatavita

    I had a great experience with Destino Bogota, and my guide, Patricia. They organized a trip for me the day after I requested it and were easy to deal with - they emailed me straight after the booking, told me what time they'd pick me up and... were on time. Patricia was knowledgeable about both sites, and had a lot of background information on both Muisca culture (for Guatavita) and Catholic Colombian culture (for Zipaquira). She was very friendly and approachable too and understood the impact of altitude on hiking in Guatavita - I appreciated that she would stop and give me more information whenever I needed a break. Doing the two sites together in one day was interesting - you could see the importance of salt on two different peoples and two different time periods, and compare two different sets of religious beliefs. Read full review

  • RJLBaltimore

    RJLBaltimore

    01/05/2016
    Fantastic Tour of Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita

    We did a combination tour of the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira and Lake Guatavita with Luis, who was a wonderful guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, he switched effortlessly between English and Spanish depending on our needs, and he had an... excellent sense of humor. We really enjoyed spending the day with him, and we learned a lot. Luis was a very professional guide who was also a lot of fun; honestly, we felt like we were hanging out with a friend instead of a guide, which we very much appreciated. Nelson was our driver, and he was fantastic, too. Everything was well-organized, and Destino Bogota made sure that we were back in time for our pre-arranged evening plans (as a company, they were very flexible and efficient). Before the tour, they were very quick to respond and answer any questions that we had. They even sent someone to the hotel after our tour for a brief interview in order to get our impressions of the experience. All in all, we had an excellent experience and highly recommend Destino Bogota and Luis specifically. Read full review

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