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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.

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Bogotá: Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavitá Tour with Lunch

2. 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.

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From Bogotá: Chingaza National Park Eco Tour

3. 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.

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Bogota: Villa de Leyva Tour & Raquira Town Tour

4. Bogota: Villa de Leyva Tour & Raquira Town Tour

After meeting with your guide in Bogota, commence your trip of approximately 3 hours through beautiful landscapes to Villa de Leyva. Cross the Bogota Savana and make a stop at the Boyacá Bridge before arriving in the town center, where you will challenge time and transport yourself to the colonial past. Discover a lovely space rich in colonial architecture, where the Plaza Mayor stands out, famous for its size and paved floor.  From there you will explore the surroundings of Villa de Leyva and visit places such as the paleontological investigation center, the Sol Muisca, where you will learn about the cultural heritage of the Muisca people and the Terracota house, which is considered to be the largest piece of pottery in the world and called the Flintstones' house by many. Heading back to Bogotá, you will pass through the town of Ráquira. This town offers a picturesque and charming place famous worldwide for its long tradition of work in ceramics. Join your guide and discover the local colonial legacy!

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Bogotá: Private Salt Cathedral Tour with Entrance Tickets

5. 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.

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Bogota: 3-Hour Andres Carne de Res Experience with Transfer

6. Bogota: 3-Hour Andres Carne de Res Experience with Transfer

The Restaurant Andrés Carne de Res opened its doors for the first time on June 19 in 1982 in a small ranch, with only 6 tables. Around one hour away from Bogotá, today it is known as one of the largest restaurants in Latin America. Enjoy an interesting visit to one of the most iconic restaurants in Colombia to taste the best roast beef, the best music to dance to, and the most pleasant atmosphere you can find, backed by the detailed and personal attention you will receive from your guide and servers. The service to Andrés Carne de Res includes transfers to the restaurant and back to the hostel, and a chauffeur who will wait for you as you dine.

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Bogotá: Party Bus to Andres Carne De Res

7. Bogotá: Party Bus to Andres Carne De Res

Experience the best party place in Colombia with other travelers on this party bus trip from Bogotá to Andres Carne De Res. Take advantage of VIP entrance and drinks on board. Andres Carne De Res is one of the most famous restaurants and party places in South America. Travel by party bus with a professional driver, two professional guides, music, and party energy. Enjoy cuba libre (rum and coke) for 50 minutes during the 1-hour drive to Andres Carne Des Res in Chia. Upon arrival, avoid waiting in the ticket line with VIP entrance. Party all night in the authentic Colombian party atmosphere. At the end of the night, take the bus back to Bogotá.

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From Bogotá: Nemocón Mine and Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral Tour

8. From Bogotá: Nemocón Mine and Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Bogotá, and then travel to the salt mines of Nemocón 65 kilometers from the city center. Get stunning views of the beautiful landscape before arrival. Then, take a tour of the salt mine tunnels and discover what is felt like to work 60 meters below ground. Learn about the history of salt and how it is extracted as you marvel at the optical effects of the mirrors of brine. See where the movie Los 33 was filmed before lunch in the colonial city of Zipaquirá. Next, visit one of the most artistic achievements of Colombian architecture on a tour of the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, built within the tunnels of a salt mine.

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From Bogota: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral & Villa de Leyva Tour

9. From Bogota: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral & Villa de Leyva Tour

Begin your tour with hotel pick-up in the morning and a scenic drive out to Villa de Leyva. On the way, enjoy the delicious staple of arepas, corn cakes that are often grilled or fried. Upon arrival in Villa de Leyva, step out and walk through the ancient streets lined with colonial-style houses that have remained mostly untouched since their construction. Founded in 1572, Villa de Leyva is famous for its cobblestone square Plaza Mayor, which at 150,695 square feet is the largest in Colombia. Learn about the history of the charming town from your guide before moving on. Head next to Zipaquira, where you will wander below ground into an enormous salt mine. Your guide will teach you about the history of salt and salt mining as you explore the beautifully lit cavern, eventually reaching the salt cathedral. The church was originally built in 1932 as a place for miners to offer daily prayers and was inaugurated in 1954. Today it is a fully functional church with a weekly service held on Sundays. Spend time in the unique cathedral before returning to the surface and heading back to Bogota.

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Tequendama Falls and Coffee Hacienda Day Trip from Bogotá

10. Tequendama Falls and Coffee Hacienda Day Trip from Bogotá

Benefit from pickup at your accommodation in Bogotá, and then drive by private vehicle to the notable waterfall of Tequendama Falls on the Bogotá River. Located about 32 kilometers southwest of the city center, the waterfall has the dubious reputation of being the largest wastewater falls in the world. Hear about programs to reduce pollution in the river and to help improve the quality of life for the inhabitants of Bogotá through electricity generation. Learn how the luxury El Salto hotel, founded in 1928 and forced to close, reopened as a museum following renovations by the Institute of Natural Sciences of the National University of Colombia. Make your way to the town of Fusagasugá to visit a coffee plantation. Learn more about coffee production in the area at the Hacienda Coloma and fall in love with the beautiful gardens and coffee plants.

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What people are saying about Bogotá

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 47 reviews

We were e group of five family members on this tour. Our driver Jairo picked us up at our hotel at 8am and took us first to Guatavita and then to lunch in Zipaquirá at Brasos del Llano. The food was great and the attendant was very attentive and welcomed us with the flag of our island. After that we went to the Salt Cathedral. It's a long day trip but definitely worth it. I absolutely recommend this tour and the driver Jairo is very polite and nice man. He gave us tips for other places to visit during our stay in Bogota.

A pleasant day trip to the nearby state of Boyaca with short stops to see the Statue of Liberty dedicated to Bolivar, Rakira and Villa del Leyve. Recommended if you got a free day and want to escape the chaos of Bogota. The visit to the terracota house near Villa del Leyve is worth the trip just by itself.

I really liked the tour, entertaining and very educational, the guide of the farm was pleasant and his presentation of everything was clear and concise, just what is necessary

Amazing experience, tour guide was well-versed in the subjects, timing was perfect and the locations were breath-taking. Much happier than expected!

Small group, relaxed drive, interesting tour and great coffee :)