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Zipaquira Salt Cathedral + Lake Guatavita
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Journey from a salt cathedral's underground sanctuaries, to a traditional meal with local dishes, to the gentle waters of El Dorado's lake of legend. Natural and cultural riches await you on this lively daytrip outside Bogota.
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Ready to venture outside the city? This 8-hour tour commences by crossing the Bogotá Plateau, making its way through the residential district to the town of Zipaquira. After traveling through a large salt-mine tunnel, you arrive at the impressive Underground Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. The church's altars, atriums, and 14 small chapels have all been carved directly into salt rock walls—admire these works up close as you wander through the cathedral's serene interiors.

Afterward, enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Zipaquira, well known for its potatoes made with salt from the nearby mine. Savor one of Bogota’s most traditional dishes, an Ajiaco soup made from three different types of potatoes, accompanied by avocado and chicken.

Next, your tour stops at Lake Guatavita, home to the gilded legend of “El Dorado.” This area is thought to be an ancient ceremonial ground of the “Muiscas,” an indigenous Colombian culture. Legend has it that the Zipa, tribal king of the Colombian highlands, would cover his body with gold powder and submerge himself in this pure mountain lake. At the same time, his subjects would throw gold figures and emeralds into the lake in tribute to their gods. The legend of El Dorado underwent several transformations, enticing European explorers for two centuries with dreams of untold riches.

Inclusions :
  • Admission to the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral
  • Admission to Lake Guatavita
  • Traditional Lunch in Zipaquira
  • Roundtrip transportation to and from Bogota hotels


8 hours

Departure time and location:
9 AM; from your Bogota hotel

Return time and location:
5 PM; to your Bogota hotel

Tips and gratuities are not included and are at your discretion. Rates are based on a minimum of 2 participants. Single travelers booking this activity will be required to pay a single traveler supplement on the day of their activity.
Redemption instructions

After you book your activity, follow these 3 easy steps:
1. Print your voucher; locate the voucher in your travel confirmation e-mail or in the My Trips/My Itineraries link on the site.
2. Follow the redemption instructions on your voucher; it iscritical to do this before you depart.
3. Take all vouchers with you; you must redeem one voucher per person.

Exchange your voucher for activity:
Gray Line Colombia will contact you via e-mail and will call your hotel reception desk to provide you with your pickup time from your hotel lobby. If you have any questions or would like to request changes to your itinerary, please feel free to contact Gray Line at the customer-service phone number or e-mail address listed on your voucher.
Terms and conditions

Cancellations and Changes: This Activity can be changed or cancelled without penalty at any time prior to two days before the scheduled start of your trip. The scheduled start of your trip is defined as your hotel check-in date, your departure date of the originating flight, or the date of the Activity if the Activity was booked without a flight or a hotel.