Day trip

Bogotá: Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavitá Tour with Lunch

Day trip

Bogotá: Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavitá Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: transfers & tours Colombia
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Visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and take a nature hike to Lake Guatavitá on a day trip from Bogotá. Enjoy a traditional Colombian lunch.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French
Audio guide included
Interlingue, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, English
Pickup included
You will be picked up at your accomodation in Bogotá.


  • See the birthplace of the Legend of El Dorado
  • Visit Lake Guatavitá and the Tominé Dam
  • Explore Bogota's natural side and enjoy the fresh air
Full description
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.
  • Private tour
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Bilingual guide in the Salt Cathedral and at Lake Guatavitá
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Sturdy walking shoes are recommended, as you will be hiking on a natural path
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • This activity is not recommended for those with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

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We had the most amazing day on a private tour with our guide Amy and driver Guillermo. Both were incredibly friendly and warm and made the day that much more special. Lake Guatavita is stunning, but be warned, you can’t walk it yourself. You are forced to be part of tour with a tour guide. This is fine if you understand Spanish, but if you don’t, it’s 1 hour of you being forced to listen to something you don’t understand. Amy was helpful with translation during this time, but I still would have much preferred to walk it on my own time and read signs about the history of the area that could be provided in different languages. We were blown away by the Salt Cathedral. It is very impressive and a must to experience.

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March 24, 2023

A wonderful day with Esteban my guide and Solange my driver. We spent the day discovering the wonderful Guatavita lake and the salt cathedral. Solange and Esteban made me feel comfortable, we were like old friends speaking about everything and I learnt so much. Wonderful and much recommended!

March 24, 2023

La visite du lac Guatavitá est très intéressante. Environ 1 h 30 avec un guide lors de la montée (un peu essoufflante). La cathédrale de sel est très originale, la visite avec un audio-guide est très bien. Le déjeuner "typique" n'était pas terrible et très peu digeste. Le transport était en revanche catastrophique (même si le chauffeur et l'accompagnatrice étaient très sympathiques). Les routes sont certes mauvaises mais le minibus était extrêmement inconfortable et les amortisseurs quasi inexistants. Les cervicales en ont fait les frais.

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March 24, 2023

Product ID: 97443