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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon Daytrip from Bogota

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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon Daytrip from Bogota

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Overview

Experience the natural wonders of Colombia on this combined day trip to the subterranean Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita (Laguna de Guatavita). This fun-filled day of outdoor activity offers an opportunity to discover an amazing cathedral built into the walls of a former mine before checking out a lake considered by many to be the source of the famous “El Dorado” legend. Your tour includes round-trip transportation from your Bogotá hotel plus a guide, lunch, and all entrance fees.
  • Day trip to the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Guatavita
  • Venture underground with your expert guide and see the magnificent salt cathedral of Zipaquirá
  • Visit the picturesque Laguna de Guatavita and admire the scenic landscape
  • Enjoy a delicious Colombian lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Bogotá included
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Hotel pick up and drop off
Expert guide in your language of preference
Lunch
Salt Cathedral and natural reserve entry tickets
Optional tips and gratuities
Personal expenses
Unspecified food and beverages

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8:30 AM
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Get a taste for the natural, scenic, and cultural beauty of the area surrounding Bogotá on this day trip blending the best attractions near Bogotá during a visit to the town of Zipaquirá.

Start the day with morning pickup from your hotel in Bogotá, continuing for 31 miles (50km) on a beautiful drive towards Zipaquirá to visit the town’s famous Salt Cathedral. First opened in 1954 inside a 246-foot (75m) long salt mine, this impressive subterranean church is big enough to accommodate several thousand visitors. After closing in 1991 for reconstruction, the salt cathedral was rebuilt in grand style, culminating in the removal of an additional 250,000 tons (226,000 metric tons) of salt from the space.

Take a brief break after the cathedral for lunch and enjoy a selection of authentic Colombian specialties, then move onwards to Laguna de Guatavita, just north of Bogotá. This picturesque mountain lake was once an important religious site for the indigenous Muisca tribe. The lake achieved further prominence during the Colonial era, when a group of Spaniards and foreigners believed a treasure trove of gold objects was hidden beneath its waters, earning it the nickname of “El Dorado.”

Return to Bogotá for drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
This full-day tour will take you to two places of interest located within Bogotá's savannah. Zipaquirá's Salt Cathedral; a majestic cathedral built inside of the largest salt-rock deposit on earth. Here you'll see the how Catholic symbology and contemporary engineering converged in the construction of this gigantic temple. With materials from this former salt mine and using lighting effects, sculptors created innovative interpretations of the Catholic Via Crucis that you will be able to see throughout the cathedral. Here you will learn about the creative process and the symbology behind the sculptures.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Zipaquira
After exiting the cathedral, you will head to Guatavita, passing through the colonial village of Zipaquirá, famous for its various buildings that were declared national monuments.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Laguna de Guatavita
The second stop, Guatavita Lagoon, a mystical and sacred place for the Muiscas, will give you a glimpse of what Paramo ecosystem looks like while you learn about the famous legend of El Dorado, Muisca cosmology and its relation to the lagoon. After a stop for lunch, you will be driven through a countryside road to Guatavita where the sacred lake hides among mountains and mist. Inside this natural reserve, you will learn about the connection that the ancient Muiscas had with nature. Moreover, you will understand the symbolism behind the gold offerings that awoke the gold rush of Spanish treasure hunters. Finally, after returning to Bogotá, you will be taken to your hotel or to any other point of your convenience.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • A medium-high amount of walking is involved; you must be of average fitness and able to walk
  • Guatavita Lake is closed on Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a bank holiday).
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Changes on the tour may occur due to external factors.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Impulse Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon Daytrip from Bogota?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon Daytrip from Bogota?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon Daytrip from Bogota?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Wonder of Colombia
Lucina_T
, May 2022
The salt Cathedral is amazing . We never saw anything like that . Very interesting also the 14 stations of the cross are works of man and God. The tour guide is very knowledgeable . He explained to us all the details and facts about the salt cathedral
star-4
We liked our full day tour. These...
Sueann L
, Nov 2017
We liked our full day tour. These places were very unique! The salt cathedral was empty when we were there. It was also much bigger than we had imagined. Lunch at the local place was delicious!
star-5
A very unique and nice place to visit...
RobertoJ_V
, Sep 2017
A very unique and nice place to visit in Bogota, with history. Highly recommended.
star-5
Great tour. Our guide, Juan, was...
James B
, Jul 2017
Great tour. Our guide, Juan, was knowledgeable and helpful throughout the day. The Laguna was awesome with a special park guide to tell the history. The Salt Cathedral was much larger than expected. Wear comfortable shoes and prepare for lots of weather changes rain, then sun, then rain again.
star-5
This was mine and my husband's first...
Heather M
, May 2017
This was mine and my husband's first time visiting Bogota Colombia and it was incredible! We stayed in the city of Bogota but also wanted to explore other areas outside of the city. We chose the Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Gautavita tour because it took us well outside the city and because all reviews we read regarding this tour were very positive. Our tour guide was fantastic and so was our driver. They were both very knowledgeable and very easy to talk to. We were picked up on time at our hotel lobby. The entire tour from pick up to drop off was roughly 8 hours. We had a fantastic lunch which was included in the tour fee and we got to see some of the most amazing views I have ever seen. What a great experience!!
star-5
This is a very good tour. The guide...
Jason A
, Jan 2017
This is a very good tour. The guide was very good and spoke good English. The Laguna was beautiful, but, it is a tough walk up there in the altitude. The Salt cathedral is beautiful and well worth a visit, as well. If you are going to Bogota, it is a don't miss tour.
star-5
Fellipe was awesome guide and made the...
Keith_D
, Aug 2016
Fellipe was awesome guide and made the trip extra special . He is outstanding
star-5
This was a great full day private...
Amy B
, Jul 2016
This was a great full day private tour. Our tour guide Patricia was knowledgeable and friendly. Interesting fact/legend tales at the laguna, picturesque. Great lunch, so tasty and with a friendly and helpful restaurant owner-vegetarian friendly. Salt Cathedral far exceeded expectations, its awesome!
star-5
Wonderful tour with a very enthusiastic...
Kevin_E
, Feb 2016
Wonderful tour with a very enthusiastic guide that made the day both educational and fun!
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