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.
Catedral de Sal
Laguna de Guatavita