Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Tour | Bogota Tours | Uncover Colombia


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Visit 2 exciting destinations during this Bogota day tour!

During this unique Bogota day tour, we will visit the beautiful Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita. There are lots of things to do in Bogota, Colombia, but not many experiences in the area can compete with the stunning architecture of the Salt Cathedral and the fascinating history of Lake Guatavita.

First, we will explore Lake Guatavita and you will learn about the rituals performed by the ancient Muisca people that gave rise to the legend of El Dorado. Immerse yourself in the lake's mystic atmosphere while soaking in the beautiful surroundings of majestic mountains and bright-green pastures. Then, we will go to Zipaquira to visit the spectacular Salt Cathedral built inside the extensive caves of an old salt mine. This cathedral is a true testimony to the miners' faith in a higher power and one of the most notable achievements of Colombian architecture. Your expert guide will explain the symbolism found around every corner.

Departure Time: 8 am Tuesday - Sunday  

EXPERIENCE TYPE History & Culture

Zipaquira Salt Cathedral Tour
Tour Highlights
What to Expect

Detailed Itinerary

Departure Time: 8 am

We will start this Bogota day tour by heading to Lake Guatavita. The peaceful lake, located about 2 hours by car from Bogota, is in the form of a perfect circle and is the site of a centuries-old treasure hunt. At the lake you walk up to the rim of the crater from where you can see the extensive countryside of the Bogota Savannah and immerse in the mystic environment of the lake. After learning about the Muisca rituals and the Legend of El Dorado, we will head to Guatavita La Nueva.

Guatavita La Nueva lies only 15 minutes away from the Lake. During our visit there, we will learn more details about its history, legends and popular myths. You will also have some time to explore its beautiful cobble streets before heading to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira.

We will spend about 1.5 or 2 hours inside the Salt Cathedral. During our time in the cathedral, an expert guide will take you through the Stations of the Cross. At each station you will see a symbolic representation of events from Jesus' last journey before his crucifixion. At the end of this walk, we will come to the main dome and the three naves of the cathedral that are interconnected by a gigantic crack, which symbolises the birth and death of Christ. You will learn about Colombian culture, religion and architecture during this day tour. Once we finish our visit to the cathedral, we will head back to Bogota and drop you off at your hotel.

Finish Time: 5 pm

Essential Information

What's Included

  • Private transfer to and from the hotel
  • Guided tour in English
  • Traditional Colombian lunch 
  • Entrance to Zipaquira Cathedral and Guatavita Lake
  • Day tour insurance

What's Not Included

  • Any other personal expenses and tips

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