On the outskirts of Bogotá, there are two beautiful old towns that are worth visiting on a private tour: the Salt Mine of Zipaquirá and Lake Guatavita. Come with us and explore its treasures with this two-in-one day trip. First, explore the halls of the Salt Cathedral, the only underground catholic church in the world. Then, venture into Guatavita’s natural park to learn about its cultural significance, as well as the legend of El Dorado. Live a day of contrasts. Choose an option with lunch included and live a day of contrasts.
You are short of time but still don’t want to miss anything that Bogotá and its surroundings has to offer? Give yourself a day and visit with us two great places in a row.
Bogotá and the villages around it (as well as the whole country) are rooted in indigenous heritage. And although indigenous communities are way less than centuries ago, its remains revive their legacy and still bring them back to life.
Enjoy this private tour to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and Lake Guatavita and have an experience immersed in mixtures of everything: landscapes, history, ecosystems, culture, beliefs, and even heights!
Start your day early. Our guide will pick you at your hotel. He and the driver will take you across Bogotá for over an hour to the first destination: the salt mine of Zipaquirá. You will be guided through its salty halls filled with catholic symbolism and you will learn their curious history. Did you know an old salt empire once stood here?
After exploring the mine and discover its fascinating links to the past, jump to Zipaquirá town. You will be able to walk around it. And once ready Guatavita awaits for you to keep adventuring.
You will get to new Guatavita town, hear its history and how it ties to the legend of El Dorado. If chosen, the tour will include a traditional lunch with an amazing view of the Tominé reservoir. If not, our guide will have great recommendations on restaurants and traditional plates. And then venture into the peculiar ecosystem at Guatavita’s Natural Park. Take a breath of clean air while discovering its cultural significance through its myths.
From there you will be headed back to Bogotá, and the journey will finish once you arrive at your hotel again.
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