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From Bogotá: Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita Day Tour

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From Bogotá: Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita Day Tour

From US$ 152.55 per person

Escape the city for a day to explore the surrounding areas of Bogotá. Travel through Colombian salt towns, visit the famous Salt Cathedral, and learn the legends of Lake Guatavita.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
A staff member will pick you up at the hotel
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Travel through Colombian villages from the pre-Hispanic period
  • Visit the Salt Cathedral, built within the salt caverns of an old mine
  • Go to the site where the legend of El Dorado originated at Lake Guatavita
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance to Salt Cathedral
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4/5

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Amazing learning and fun experience. Our guide was lovely and very keen in explaining everything and more! Totally recomend this tour

December 26, 2019

An excellent tour !!! Our guide and the van operator were very friendly !!! Highly recommended !!!!

September 15, 2019

Buen servicio...carro cómodo y el guía Andrés muy atento, paciente y explicó muy bien todo

February 12, 2020

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