Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lake

  • Feel the awe of the majesty and authenticity of the only temple built 180 meters underground: Zipaqurá Salt Cathdral.

  • At this former salt mine, the materials found underground have been manipulated by artists and sculptors and with help of effects given by different kinds of light they have given birth to the most original interpretation of catholic symbols on earth.

  • Visit the Zipaquirá colonial village and wander through it’s main square surrounded by old buildings

  • Inside this natural reservoir dotted by mist forest vegetation you can feel the mystic energy that made this lagoon a sacred place for muiscas. Learn about the connection of this ancient people with nature and the way gold was used as a symbol of gratitude.

  • Walk along ecological trails and appreciate the special mist forest vegetation.

  • Have a typical lunch at a former salt oven that is now a restaurant.

  • Walk along ecological trails and appreciate the special mist forest vegetation.

In a Nutshell

  • Feel the awe of the majesty and authenticity of the only temple built 180 meters underground: Zipaqurá Salt Cathdral.
  • Visit the place that gave birth to the legend of 'El Dorado': The Guatavita Lagoon.
  • Visit Zipaquirá, a colonial village, and wander through its main square surrounded by old buildings.
  • Have a typical lunch at a former salt oven that became a restaurant.
  • Stop at the local handicraft market.
  • Learn of the Muisca and their rituals and practices with gold that awoke the interest of bounty hunters worldwide.
  • Walk along ecological trails and appreciate an ecosystem of mist and vegetation.
  • Wander through the cobblestone streets of the village of white houses and listen to its peculiar history.  

Price includes

  • Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off.
  • Expert guide in the language of tour preference: (Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian, French, German).
  • Salt Cathedral and Natural Reserve ticket.
  • Lunch
  • Snack
  • Depending on bookings you might be in a small group up to 6 people or by yourself.

 

 

Important Information

The tour might take longer than usual. Guatavita lake is closed on Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a bank holiday). 

Please read our cancellation policy.


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Departure time:
8:30am

Duration:
8 hours

* Travelers:
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Price Per Person $264.91
Total Price $264.91


This full-day tour will take you to two places of interest located within the Bogotá savannah, each of them one-of-a-kind. The first stop will be Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral; a majestic cathedral built inside the bowels of the largest salt rock deposit on earth. This site deserves every piece of its fame. It's a place where you'll see the mysticism of the Muiscas, Catholic symbology and engineering power collide; it's a magical tour through tunnels and vaults of incredible size.

Within this former salt mine, the materials found underground have been manipulated by artists and sculptors, and with the help of some amazing lighting effects, you'll witness one of the most original interpretations of Catholic symbols on earth. Learn from our expert guide about this process and the symbology behind the works of art you will see along the tour. After exiting the cathedral, we will head to the colonial village of Zipaquirá. We will walk through the main square, which is surrounded by several buildings that are declared national monuments. We will have time to stop at the local handicraft market.

After a stop for lunch at an authentic traditional foods restaurant - which formerly was a salt boiler and still displays traces of the process that was used here -  we will drive towards Guatavita which was named after the treasure hidden behind its mountains - The Guatavita Lagoon.

After walking through the cobbled streets of the “white-house village”, which holds a unique history, we will drive through potato crops and farmers' homes up to the paramount in which the sacred lake lies hidden among mountains and mist. Inside this natural reservoir dotted by forest vegetation, you can feel the mystical energy that made this lagoon a sacred place for the Muiscas.  Learn about the connection of this ancient people with nature and the way gold was used as a symbol of gratitude. Also noted, this particular practice preformed by the Muiscas awoke the passions of Spanish bounty hunters and other unfortunate adventurers.

Finally, we will head back to Bogotá and you will be dropped off at your hotel or any other point of your convenience. 


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