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Get a taste for the natural, scenic and cultural beauty of the area surrounding Bogotá on this day trip blending the best attractions near Bogotá during a visit to the town of Zipaquirá.

Start the day with an 8am pickup from your hotel in Bogotá, continuing for 31 miles (50km) on a beautiful drive towards Zipaquirá to visit to the town’s famous Salt Cathedral. First opened in 1954 inside a 246-foot (75m) long salt mine, this impressive subterranean church is big enough to accommodate several thousand visitors. After closing in 1991 for reconstruction, the salt cathedral was rebuilt in grand style, culminating in the removal of an additional 250,000 tons (226,000 metric tons) of salt from the space.

Take a brief break after the cathedral for lunch, where you’ll enjoy a selection of authentic Colombian specialties, then move onwards to Laguna de Guatavita, just north of Bogotá. This picturesque mountain lake was once an important religious site for the indigenous Muisca tribe. The lake achieved further prominence during the Colonial era, when a group of Spaniards and foreigners believed a treasure trove of gold objects was hidden beneath its waters, earning it the nickname of “El Dorado.”

Finish your visit with a stop at the beautiful Tominé Reservoir, the source of Bogotá’s water supply, and an opportunity to purchase local wool, clay and gold handicrafts, before returning to Bogotá for drop-off at your hotel.
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Catedral de Sal
Laguna de Guatavita
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Experience the natural wonders of Colombia on this combined 8-hour day trip to the subterranean Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavita (Laguna de Guatavita). This fun-filled day of outdoor activity offers an opportunity to discover an amazing cathedral built into the walls of a former mine before checking out a lake considered by many to be the source of the famous “El Dorado” legend, plus a visit to the nearby Tominé Reservoir. Your tour includes round-trip transportation from your Bogotá hotel plus a guide, lunch and all entrance fees.
  • Day trip to the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Guatavita
  • Venture underground with your expert guide and see the magnificent salt cathedral of Zipaquirá
  • Visit the picturesque Laguna de Guatavita and admire the scenic landscape
  • Enjoy a delicious Colombian lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile
Awesome day

Such an amazing tour...our guide Juan and driver Giovanni were absolutely fantastic... Always kept us informed and interested... Highly recommended day trip from busy BogotaMore

Thank Heath H
Paula D, Guest Relations Manager at Impulse Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Heath, Thank you very much for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lake and that everything went as expected. This tour is definitely an excellent way to escape from the city and discover two interesting...More

Reviewed 18 June 2018
Amazing day trip outside of Bogota

This was an awesome trip with a lot to see. Emiliano, our guide, and Jorge, our driver were both excellent and a pleasure to spend the day with. There was a mixup with the company about what tour we had booked and they were quick...More

Thank nmnewman1
Paula D, Guest Relations Manager at Impulse Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Nicole, Thank you very much for taking a time to write us your comments. Once again I apologize for the misunderstanding with your tour but fortunately, we were able to get everything set up quickly and you enjoyed your tour as planned. Zipaquirá and...More

Reviewed 12 June 2018
Impressive construction

The salt cathedral is very impressive and the tour there was great! They explain you all about salt mining and the history of this place. A must-see even if the price is - in my eyes - too expensive.More

1  Thank Bianca M
Paula D, Guest Relations Manager at Impulse Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2018

Hi Bianca, Thank you very much for your comments. Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral is one of Bogotá's surroundings wonders due to the amazing engineering and artistic work that has been made there and the interesting history behind there. The tour can seem a bit expensive because...More

Reviewed 24 May 2018
Beautiful Experience!

Its Colombias "First Wonder", had a beautiful experience there, everything is underground, its safe, you HAVE to be there to get the full experience.More

Thank Christian C
Paula D, Guest Relations Manager at Impulse Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2018

Hi Christian, Thanks a lot for your comments! We are glad you enjoyed the visit to Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral. It is definitely a very interesting place to visit and the engineering and artistic work they have done is just amazing. Thanks again for trusting us!...More

Reviewed 13 January 2018
amazing experience mit history in a lovely small village

absolutly nice to see . not far from Bogota . a daytrip . by small busses possible to go there . nice art under earth . one of my highlightsMore

1  Thank AndreasRoss
Paula D, Guest Relations Manager at Impulse Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Hi Andreas, Thank you very much for your comments. We are happy to know you enjoyed your visit to Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral. It is one of the most famous places of Bogotá's surroundings and it is full of history and an amazing engineering work. It...More

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