Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira & Lake Guatavita Tour + Optional Lunch

Live with us a thorough day trip of two of the most iconic towns near Bogotá: Guatavita and Zipaquirá.


10 hours

Tour Type

Private Tour

Guaranteed departure




Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira and Lake Guatavita tour: On the outskirts of Bogotá, there are two beautiful old towns that are worth visiting: Zipaquira and 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. Choose an option with lunch included and live a day of contrasts.


  • A full-day adventure outside Bogota city
  • A guided tour at the salt mine and the lake
  • A history lesson on indigenous cultures and its transition to Catholicism through salt
  • Retelling of local legends, ancestral myths and indigenous folklore
  • A tour around Zipaquira and Guatavita villages

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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 community are way less than centuries ago, its remains revive their legacy and still bring them back to life.

Enjoy this full-day tour to Zipaquira and Guatavita towns 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 than an hour to the first destination: the salt depths of Zipaquira. 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 Zipaquira 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 to your hotel again.

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  • Gran Colombia Tours Guide
  • Private transportation
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Guided visit of the Salt Cathedral
  • Guided visit of the Lake Guatavita
  • Lunch (optional) - Menu of the day available at the restaurant
  • All risk insurance
  • Breakfast
  • Extra purchases

Additional Information

Guatavita Lake closed on Mondays

🟡 Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

🟡 If you have a layover in Bogotá, please select the airport as a pick-up point for the layover tour

🟡 Both villages are usually warm but the salt mine and the lake tend to be cooler, so bring a light jacket

🟡 Don’t forget your camera

🟡 Bring comfortable shoes and water

🟡 Keep hydrating constantly and use sunscreen

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