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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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From Bogotá: Hike to La Chorrera Waterfall With Meals

2. From Bogotá: Hike to La Chorrera Waterfall With Meals

Travel deep into the Andean jungle on a 3-hour trek to see the great sights of El Chiflón and La Chorrera waterfalls. Meet your experienced bilingual guide in Bogotá and start the day with a traditional Columbian breakfast at an authentic hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Then, set off by private van to La Chorrera. Drive past the East Hills on the way and stop to take pictures of the paramo of Cruz Verde. Arrive at the park and begin the approximately 3-hour round-trip hike through the lush, green Andean forest, learning about the native life and plants of the area. Continue your trek to reach the 1,936-foot (590-meter) wall of cascading water that is La Chorrera. Take in the breathtaking sight of Colombia's mightiest waterfall amid a wonderland of natural beauty.     Throughout the hike, see and learn about the colorful birds hidden at the top of the trees and breathe in the clean air in this spectacular landscape.   Refuel with lunch at a beautiful restaurant and marvel at the spectacular views here before heading back to Bogotá.

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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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Chicaque Full-Day Trip from Bogotá

4. Chicaque Full-Day Trip from Bogotá

Head out of Bogotá into the great outdoors on this 8-hour excursion to the Chicaque cloud forest. You’ll be picked up at your hotel for the drive to the natural park. Enjoy walks along the ecological trails and take part in other activities that interest you, while the driver waits. At the end of the designated time you’ll be transferred back to your hotel. The park’s 9 trails are quite well marked, so a guide isn’t necessary to enjoy a day of hiking. Horseback riding and bird watching are also available at additional cost. There’s a restaurant where you can stop for a meal and take in great mountain views. You’ll find a variety of birds, some of which are endangered. In particular, 15 species of hummingbirds have been spotted. Twenty species of mammals have been recorded and to date, 630 plant species have been identified.

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Bogotá: Páramo de Sumapaz Day Trip

5. Bogotá: Páramo de Sumapaz Day Trip

Visit Bogotá's best-kept secret and explore the diverse region and ecosystem that is Sumapaz. Páramo de Sumapaz is one of the highest plateaus in the world, full of unique species and breathtaking views. On your adventure learn about the importance of water, wild animals, endemic plants, and mountains to this region. Hear about how the ideology behind the oldest guerilla FARC was born here and the history of the Muisca civilization. Meet your guide in the early morning and prepare for an exciting adventure. While spending time in Sumapaz enjoy outdoor activities such as trekking, a swim under a cold water fall, or flora and fauna observation. Enjoy a tasty lunch of local, traditional food and leave with a unique souvenir from your guide.

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Bogota: Zipaquira, Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavita Tour

6. Bogota: Zipaquira, Salt Cathedral & Lake Guatavita Tour

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Bogota and travels north into the savanna. Arrive at Zipaquira, a vibrant town with a history dating back to the 1600s. Visit Zipaquia's famous Salt Cathedral, an impressive subterranean building that stands on an old salt mine. Wander through the halls and marvel at the cathedral's stunning architecture while you learn about its rich-history. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy lunch overlooking the Tomine Reservoir, before continuing onto the spectacular Guatavita National Park. Upon arrival, learn about the cultural significance of Lake Guatavita, as well as the characteristics of this peculiar ecosystem. After the park, make one final stop at a nearby village, and soak up the quaint and charming atmosphere of this traditional location. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Bogota.

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From Bogotá: Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita Day Tour

7. From Bogotá: Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita Day Tour

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.

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Bogotá: Horseback Riding from Guadalupe to Monserrate

8. Bogotá: Horseback Riding from Guadalupe to Monserrate

Explore the eastern hills of Bogotá on horseback. Among these hills, the twins Guadalupe and Monserrate are most well known and visited. Enjoy the views of the bustling city below as you embark on a journey between these two hills.  Start with pickup from your hotel, and travel to Guadalupe, where you’ll enjoy a delicious local breakfast. Begin your horseback ride on the trail that connects the two hills. Mount your horse and follow the trail that will take you back in time to Colombia’s colonial period. Ride through the mountains and forests and learn of the various indigenous and rural traditions and their connection to the hills. You will then reach Monserrate with its beautiful church and magnificent views over the entire city. Rest awhile and take in the amazing views. Then, you are welcome to explore Monserrate, with its myths and legends still alive today. Before heading back down to the city, enjoy a traditional lunch, at your own expense, and visit the local artisanal market. Finally, descend back to Bogotá in the cable car or funicular, before being returned to your hotel.

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La Chorrera Waterfall Guided Hike

9. La Chorrera Waterfall Guided Hike

Just a short drive from Bogotá, the highest waterfall in Colombia lies waiting: La Chorrera de Choachí. Join this hike to the Mountains of the Moon and explore La Chorrera. Explore this amazing natural park and learn about the peculiarities of these cloud forests. Thick with vegetation and often mist, these forests are filled with an alluring mystique. First visit the smaller waterfall, the 55-meter tall El Chiflón, before delving deeper into the park. Learn about the park’s history, the local ecosystem, and recent challenges. Deeper inside the park, you’ll find La Chorrera: a tiered 590-meter tall waterfall. Take in the mighty sight and rest your feet before taking the trail back out of the park. The hike ends at the town of Choachí, where you’ll be able to join in with some of the locals for a fantastic local lunch before heading back to Bogotá.

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What people are saying about Bogotá

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.

It was an easy process. Booking was easy, communicating with the team the night prior was easy and meeting up and enjoying the experience was easy. If I travel to Bogota again, I would definitely book another experience with this team. Also, the lunch spot was fantastic.

We really enjoyed the tour. Our driver "Carlos" was also outstanding. He instructed us very well at the stations on site and always accompanied us to the entrance.

I was an excellent trip, the guide was well informed and knowledgeable.

The guide was amazing and for sure the landscape worth it!