Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita from Bogota (Private Tour)
  • Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita from Bogota (Private Tour)

    Get to know the first wonder of Colombia, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and the birthplace of the Legend of "El Dorado, the Sacred Lagoon of Guatavitá" in this full day tour from Bogotá. Explore the beauty of this unique Cathedral with a bilingual audioguide inside the cathedral, enjoy a two-hour nature walk to the Guatavitá lagoon, where the local guide explains the legend of El Dorado. visit of the town of Guatavitá and observation of the reservoir of Tominé.in the middle of the tour tasting a typical lunch of the region with meat to the llanera or vegetarian. After we return to the city of Bogota to its place of accommodation.

    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Laguna de Guatavita, Km 15, Via Guatavita-Sesquile, Tierra Negra Colombia

    The lagoon that is part of a protected natural area, a guide of English-speaking parks or in Spanish joins the group to explain the culture of the Muisca Indians, the legend of El Dorado and the biological importance of the area for approximately 75 minutes, including a 30-minute walk along a path to the edge of the crater to see Lake Guatavita below.

    Duration: 2 minutes

    Stop At: Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira, Carrera 6 Calle 1 Parque De La Sal, Zipaquira Colombia

    The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is declared First Wonder of Colombia and considered one of the most remarkable architectural and artistic achievements of the Colombian architecture.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Plaza de la Independecia, Calle 5 # 6, Zipaquira 250252 Colombia

    Enjoy an interesting tour to Zipaquirá visiting the Salt Cathedral and discovering the Main Squares of the colonial town.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
    "Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately"
    "Hike on a natural path, good shoes recommended"
    "This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"

    • Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered


      • Eldorado Airport, Bogota Colombia

    • Duración: 9 hours
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • Lunch
    • Audioguide in the Salt Cathedral
    • English guide on ride (optional)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Private tour (if option selected)
    • Entry/Admission - Laguna de Guatavita
    • Entry/Admission - Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

    No Incluye

    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Gratuities
  • 10/10

    Recomendación de los pasajeros 100%
    Rating basado en 22 Críticas verificadas

    Nuestros clientes

    • Yvonne U
      Publicado el Lunes, 15 de julio del 2019

      We had wonderful guide, Sergio! He was so informative and well mannered, and made our trip fun! The lake hike was a lot of fun, the food were we went was amazing, He always made sure we were having a good time. I would most definitely recommend this tour and Sergio as the guide and Gustavo as the driver. They ROCK!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • david m
      Publicado el Miércoles, 10 de octubre del 2018

      stunning day out. The walk up to the lake top was worth it as the lake looked amazing. The salt Cathedral was spectacular. the guide made the day and even helped make the Bogota traffic jams fly by. she was very knowledgeable and managed to answer most of my questions. If your in Bogota and can find a spare day do this tour

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • maywong8888
      Publicado el Miércoles, 03 de octubre del 2018

      Super friendly tour guide and driver! The Zipaquira Salt Cathedral are amazing and must visit place. Highly recommend.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Katherine r
      Publicado el Lunes, 01 de octubre del 2018

      Lorena and driver were amazing. Lorena must be your top guide! She made the experience amazing all around. Would recommend her and the tour to everyone!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Gregory J
      Publicado el Miércoles, 10 de enero del 2018

      The tour to these sites was excellent! Booking online was easy. The local guide and driver arrived at my hotel on time to pick me up and take me out to the sites. The guide had great English and was very knowledgeable about the local area, the sites, the county and any other questions I could throw at her. She organized the logistics and local tours very well so there was no downtime waiting for certain tours etc to begin. I could not fault anything in regards to this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in seeing some cool places outside of Bogota. It's a big day, but certainly worth cramming in both sites in the one day to maximize the travel time.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • SportsFanTravel
      Publicado el Domingo, 17 de diciembre del 2017

      Andrea the guide was AMAZING! I don't give 5 stars easily, but she was just epic! And Andreas the driver was great also.
      It was a long day, and traffic home was congested, but not even that could deter from the day. The Salt Cathedral was so lovely - and the walk to see Lake Guatavita while more than I anticipated was still quite comfortable and well worth it. Because it wasn't raining in the morning we visited the lake first, which was good. Andrea gave me enough time to look around the other towns, and helped me get a few extra things. Definitely recommend this trip!!!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Peter S
      Publicado el Martes, 05 de diciembre del 2017

      The trip was a wonderful way to spend our last day in Bogota. Our guide, Paola, was friendly and very informative. The lake was beautiful and customs and history of the indigenous people interesting. The salt cathedral was much more impressive than expected. Highly recommended.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • ivetadrexler
      Publicado el Viernes, 01 de diciembre del 2017

      Great private tour from Bogota with excellent english guide Airam. We visited first very nice kolonial town Guatape and Lake Guatavita. The weather was very good it was sunny trip to Lake was great. Lunch in Restaurant Club Colombia in Zipaquira was very good traditional columbien food. Salt Katedral is excellent. Very nice day for as. Driver was profesional and guide give as a lot of new informations. Iveta Slovakia

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Roy c
      Publicado el Lunes, 06 de noviembre del 2017

      I did the booking at the last minute, i.e. just before I got into to fly to Bogota! They were reliable, great guide, great experience. worth the money. Also this is a unique place in the world, especially coming from someone who has travelled a lot!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • David M
      Publicado el Domingo, 15 de octubre del 2017

      Excellent tour. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable which helps - you're going to be in a car for several hours over the course of the day!, and the sites are superb. I only had 3 days in Bogotá, and I'm glad I spent one of them doing this!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Alejandra P
      Publicado el Domingo, 04 de junio del 2017

      Great experience
      The driver was very polite, we speak Spanish, so no worries with Spanish tour.
      Too much trafic on the way back.
      We got stock in a traffic jam for 2 hours...
      other than that, tour was worth every penny.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Amanda M
      Publicado el Miércoles, 22 de marzo del 2017

      The local company contacted me to see if i would be happy to share my trip with another person, which i was as it sometimes adds to the experience to have someone to share and discuss things with.
      Our guide was excellent. We went on an English tour of the Salt Cathedral but our guide went on the Guatavita tour with us to translate for me.
      A very good day - both sights are well worth seeing.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • friedrick
      Publicado el Lunes, 20 de marzo del 2017

      Great private tour of the Salt Cathedral, town of Zipaquira and the town of Guatavita. Salt Cathedral was really cool. They have a spa in a salt cavern. If I'd known that ahead of time I'd have booked a massage there!.

      Unfortunately it rained, hailed and thunderstorm during the time to go to the Lagoon so I never saw it. Might be better to ask to reverse the order of the trip so you go to Lagoon in the morning before the afternoon rains then spend the time in the Salt Mine when it rains in the afternoon.

      The guides were very friendly and informative. I didn't realize that this is a totally private tour in a private vehicle. Not a tour group! This makes it more convenient for spending time where you want to or stopping to take pictures.

      Highly recommend!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • mark h
      Publicado el Martes, 28 de febrero del 2017

      Great tour!! Great sites! Very historical and fun. Ask for an English speaking driver if you can!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • tricia.burritt
      Publicado el Lunes, 18 de marzo del 2019

      Long day out to the north of Bogota which offers a range of experiences - geography, history, attractive townships and the famous salt cathedral - with a personal guide and driver.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Kathleen V
      Publicado el Jueves, 20 de diciembre del 2018

      Started my Colombia adventures with this magnificent excursion to the Salt Cathedral. It is not to be missed. Really a fabulous experience. Local lunch was good and gave you a feel for how the locals eat. And the hike up to the Lagoon will help you get rid of those calories that you consume while on vacation.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Virandra G
      Publicado el Domingo, 18 de febrero del 2018

      Salt cathedral was absolutely amazing, The guide and the driver were great. Lake Guatavita was good but we were not aware of the long climb, did not carry any water or sunscreen with us. Would have helped to know that.

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Coura F
      Publicado el Lunes, 08 de mayo del 2017

      Tour is definitely worth it as the views especially at the laguna are amazing!!. I would however recommend not doing the 2 tours on the same day as timing becomes too tight but also as the road from Zipaquira to Guatavita is extremely bumpy better roads if you leave from Bogota. Other than that, tour staff was great, very professional, patient and super friendly!

        Calificación General: 8/10
    • Daryl S
      Publicado el Martes, 17 de enero del 2017

      I enjoyed my Bogota tour in the countryside. I didnt know that I had signed up for a private tour when I paid 220. I couldnt find any group tours or hop on/hop off tours in the city so this tour was my only option. Apparently, the tourism industry isnt developed in Bogota since tourists didnt visit when the war with the FARC was going on.
      The tour guide arrived at my hotel for pick up just before 9am. She was a polite young woman who recently graduated from college. Her English was good and I had no problem conversing with her throughout the day. The driver was a pleasant middle-aged man who didnt speak much English. They drove me around in a Chinese SUV, which was clean and comfortable.
      I was most interested in seeing the Salt Cathedral. I had to wait about 45 minutes for the next English speaking tour which meant that I was late meeting the guide afterwards. You cant just walk right in, like you can if you speak Spanish. The delay set the entire days activities back. I loved the tour of the cathedral and spent time after it ended exploring the place. The guide hadnt planned on me doing that either. The visit to the Salt Cathedral was the highlight of my trip to South America.
      After leaving the Salt Cathedral we visited a nearby town and walked into the local church and plaza in front. Then we had a nice lunch at a popular local restaurant. The lunch was included, but I did have to pay for a beer that I had with my meal.
      Due to the delay at the cathedral, we raced up into the mountains to the hike around the caldera. However, it began to rain and they closed the hike due the paths getting muddy. We had arrived just after 4 and, had the route been open, wouldnt have made it back before dark. There wasnt enough time during the day to do the hike since its takes a while to hike in and out. Im not sure why no one thought of this before.
      I told the guide that it was fine and we should continue on to the last stop. We headed back to Bogata on a different route than we came up through the back side up into the mountains surrounding the city. This drive took a couple hours and we even got stopped at a police checkpoint which took about 20 minutes for the policeman to let use through.
      The last stop is a viewpoint overlooking Bogota. By the time we got there it was dark and there were many cars on the narrow 2 lane road. It was also foggy and raining so you couldnt see anything. I suspect it would be nice on a clear day. I told them that we didnt need to stop and to take me to my hotel.
      In summary, the tour was enjoyable, but we spent most of the day in the car. I did enjoy seeing the verdant countryside. The Salt Cathedral was the highlight and the lunch was good. The price was expensive I paid just 70 for a day long tour in Quito to a volcano but I didnt see that I had other options. If I could do this again Id get transportation to the Salt Cathedral only. Skip the guide and the rest of the tour.

        Calificación General: 6/10
    • Juan M
      Publicado el Martes, 15 de enero del 2019

      I paid $280 for this package with the purpose of having a private guide. We never were offered a private guide at all. I made the effort to contact the representative of travel and tour agency . I was told by the representative that the issue was going to move to her manager to get solved . It's been 4 days and I haven't heard a word . Dont waste your money in this package not recommended.

        Calificación General: 4/10

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