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Bogota: Legend of El Dorado and Salt Cathedral Tour

4.9 / 5

42 reviews

Bogota: Legend of El Dorado and Salt Cathedral Tour

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From £57.32 £51.59 per person

Visit the most famous spots in Bogota in one day. Get to know the picturesque Guatavita Lagoon, before crossing the Savannah to experience the Salt Cathedral, which is known as the first wonder of Colombia.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 9 - 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup optional
You will be picked up from your accommodation within Bogotá. You will receive an e-mail with an approximate pick up time. Please be on time as there is a maximum wait time of 10 minutes.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Vsit the Guatavita Lagoon, which was the main inspiration for the El Dorado legend
  • Gain entrance to the Salt Cathedral
  • Visit the town of Zipaquirá
Full description
After gathering at either of the meeting points or being collected from your accommodation, your combination experience in Bogota will begin. You'll first visit the Guatavita Lagoon, which was a source of inspiration for the Legend of El Dorado and the movie with the same name. The beauty of this place is sure to overwhelm you, and after some time there you will cross the Savannah. In the afternoon you will reach the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, which was the First Wonder of Colombia due to its imposing architecture. In a single day you will enjoy the indigenous spiritual cosmogony, Christian spirituality, the beauty of nature, and the grandeur of architecture. At the end of your experience, you will be returned back to your point of origin.
  • Salt Cathedral and Guatavita entrance fees
  • Fast-track entrance to the Salt Cathedral
  • Audio guide in Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese at the Salt Cathedral
  • Round-trip transportation from Bogota
  • Insurance
  • Food and drinks (lunch or snacks)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, unless option selected
  • Professional guide
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with vertigo
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Snacks
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Transfers may take a little longer than usual due to highway maintenance works
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 42 reviews

Review summary

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We were e group of five family members on this tour. Our driver Jairo picked us up at our hotel at 8am and took us first to Guatavita and then to lunch in Zipaquirá at Brasos del Llano. The food was great and the attendant was very attentive and welcomed us with the flag of our island. After that we went to the Salt Cathedral. It's a long day trip but definitely worth it. I absolutely recommend this tour and the driver Jairo is very polite and nice man. He gave us tips for other places to visit during our stay in Bogota.

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28 December 2021

This was a long full day tour but if you are short for time in Bogota, this is a good option to see some important highlights. The area of El Dorado lake is beautiful. The hike however does require some athletic prowess. The guide was excellent and her history telling was very informative and interesting but please not that the guides at the park are Spanish only. The lunch we had was a nice local option and well priced. The Salt Cathedral is certainly and must see. The tour is self guided with an audioguide (and frankly was a bit long). The Salt Cathedral is underground and a bit tough if you are suffering from altitude sickness. It is cool but I would have been happy with 30 minutes there, not 2 hours. That being said, the majority of people on my tour really enjoyed it. It is not so much a tour as it is a driver who picks you up and takes you to these places. Our driver, Carlos, was indeed very professional and nice. It was a lot of time in traffic but that's Bogota for you!

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8 December 2021

We loved the tour! Alex is a very friendly guide! We got to know the town of Nuevo Guatavita and its history. The Laguna del Cacique de Guatavita, its vegetation, history and the legend of the dorado with an incredible local guide. Then we went to Zipaquirá to eat and to the salt cathedral, very impressive! We finished the tour with very beautiful views of Bogotá at night.

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2 October 2021

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