Private Zipaquira Salt Cathedral And Guatavita Lagoon Tour From Bogota

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  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    08:30 AM
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    Returns to original departure point
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    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Visit one of South Americas wonders, the Zipaquir Salt Cathedral, and see the beautiful Lake guatavita (Laguna de Guatavita) on this day trip from Bogot! Explore the magnificent salt mine of Zipaquir and see the famous cathedral up close. Then, visit Laguna de Guatavita, where the famous el dorado legend originated, and see the Indigenous Cemetery and the Tomin Reservoir. If youre looking for a fun outdoor activity, this is the perfect day trip for you!

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Take a day trip 31 miles (50 km) north of Bogot to the Zipaquir Salt Cathedral and Lake guatavita (Laguna de Guatavita). After pickup from your hotel, your 8-hour adventure begins with a scenic drive in a comfortable van to the small town of Zipaquir. Once here, take an underground tour to discover the famous salt cathedral. Explore the 246-foot (75-meter) long salt mine with your expert guide and learn how the cathedral first opened in 1954. The salt mine was closed due to safety concerns, but was then rebuilt in 1991 after 250,000 tons (226,800 metric tons) of salt were removed to revamp the salt cathedral.

After visiting Zipaquir, head to a restaurant right outside the town for an authentic Colombian lunch. After lunch, make your way to Laguna de Guatavita, a small, circular lake north of Bogot. Surrounded by mountains, the lake was once the sacred place of the indigenous Muisca tribe. The lake is known for the 'el dorado' legend, which suggests that many golden treasures are hidden at the bottom of the lake. Spaniards and other foreigners went to the lake in search of gold but found nothing.

After exploring the scenic landscape surrounding Laguna de Guatavita, visit the Tomin Reservoir, which controls the water supply of Bogot. You'll also have the chance to purchase local crafts, including products made of wool, clay and gold, before being transferred back to your Bogot hotel.


Hotel pick up and drop off

Expert guide in your language of preference


Salt Cathedral and natural reserve entry tickets

Entry/Admission - Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira

Entry/Admission - Laguna de Guatavita


Optional tips and gratuities

Personal expenses

Unspecified food and beverages

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.

A medium-high amount of walking is involved; you must be of average fitness and able to walk

Guatavita Lake is closed on Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a bank holiday).

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Changes on the tour may occur due to external factors.

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

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  • 07-May-2022

    The salt Cathedral is amazing . We never saw anything like that . Very interesting also the 14 stations of the cross are works of man and God. The tour guide is very knowledgeable . He explained to us all the details and facts about the salt cathedral

  • 22-Dec-2019

    Our tour Guide Raul Posse was very knowledgable and friendly we had a great day and looking forward for the next week to other tours we booked with Impulse tour Co. We highly recommend them! Fue un dia fantastico con un guia excelente que tiene gran conocimiento de este tour, Raul Posse con carisma y buena actitud! Recomiendo altamente esta empresa de turismo Impulse! Gracias

  • 14-Dec-2019

    Had a great afternoon tour with Raul. He has an excellent command of the English language as he spent 12 years in Australia and he has an easy going personality. The Salt Mine is a unique experience. When the Mine was no longer profitable they decided to convert it into a “cathedral.” It is not an official church as it is a tourist site. You walk through the Mine and pass by 14 stations of the cross. They were each unique carvings in this cave like stricture but I would only rate them a 3 overall and not worth it by themselves - the feature is the finish - a carved dome transition to 3 large church like structures. The main one with a huge cross is beautiful. Overall the tour is about 5 hours as it is a 90 minute drive in each direction. A worthy activity for an afternoon or morning. Again it isn’t an official church due to its commercial nature and there are lots of shops, Rock climbing wall - it is a for profit venture - so that detracts from its holiness. Overall a pleasant way to spend some time in Bogota but it is not a must.

  • 22-Oct-2019

    Extraordinaria excursión de 1 día absolutamente recomendable con un guía sumamente preparado y esforzado que aunó su energía con su voluntad de agradar.

  • 27-Sep-2019

    Haben mich für die Salzkathedrale und die Laguna de Gautavita-Tour entschieden, weil sie mich weit außerhalb der Stadt gebracht hat und weil alle Bewertungen, die ich zu dieser Tour gelesen haben, sehr positiv waren. Unsere Reiseleiterin und unser Fahrer waren fantastisch. Sie waren beide sehr kompetent und sehr leicht zu verstehen. Konnten sehr gut Englisch sprechen. Wir wurden pünktlich in unserer Hotellobby abgeholt. Die gesamte Tour von der Abholung bis zur Rückgabe dauerte ungefähr 8 Stunden. Wir hatten ein fantastisches Mittagessen, das in der Tourgebühr enthalten war und wir konnten einige der erstaunlichsten Ansichten sehen, die ich je gesehen habe. Was für eine großartige Erfahrung! Würde allen diese Tour empfehlen.

  • 11-Jun-2019

    We were in Bogota for a family wedding, so we scheduled a family day trip to visit the Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon. There were 5 of us. Juan Escobar was our guide. He was excellent. He was so knowledgeable and informative. He showed up on time to our hotel with a roomy mini van for all of us. We traveled comfortably to the lagoon first. We were on a nature tour/walk that was in Spanish, he was able to translate everything for us in English. Then we stopped at a great restaurant for a delicious lunch just outside of the Salt Cathedral. He guided us through the cathedral with historical and interesting information. We were all so happy with this trip. I highly recommend this trip.

  • 24-Feb-2019

    Aufgrund des schönen Programms haben wir uns für diese Tour entschieden, jedoch gibt es einige Punkte, die wir als negativ empfunden haben: - unser Tourguide Anna hatte schlechte Ortskenntnisse. Fragen zur Region konnten nicht beantwortet werden. Leider war häufig das private Handy interessanter als alles andere. Auch als der Fahrer sich mehrfach verfahren hatte und nach dem Weg fragen musste, war Whatsapp wichtiger. Beim Stop bei der Laguna Guatavita haben wir an einer spanischsprachigen Tour teilgenommen. Das war schade. Anna hat nur einen Teil des gesagten übersetzt. Gerne hätten wir die gesamte Tagestour in einer größeren Gruppe gemacht sodass die vergleichsweise sehr hohen Kosten niedriger ausfallen. Dies war jedoch nicht möglich. Beim Mittagessen hat sich dann herausgestellt, dass an diesem Tag noch weitere englischsprachige Gruppen unterwegs waren. Fazit: tolle Tour aber nicht mit diesem Anbieter

  • 18-Feb-2019

    I booked private return transportation to the Salt Cathedral from Bogota. All I wanted was a driver to take me there, wait, and take me back. I booked through Viator Tours which used Impulse travel. I had a choice of pick up time and chose 10 am. At 8:30 the driver arrived at my hotel. I wasn’t ready. I rushed and got out for 9. To my complete surprise there were two other people in the van. So much for the private tour I booked. We went to a small village, walked around, had a snack and then headed off. I wasn’t sure what was happening. We then went to Laguna de Guatavita for a 2 hour hike. This was the trip the other two had booked, not me. By the time we got to the Salt Cathedral it was 3:30. We arrived back in Bogota after 6. Impulse Tours sent me an email that day apologizing for the confusion. There was no confusion. They purposely joined me with another tour without notice instead of honouring the one I booked. I wrote them an email of complaint asking for a partial refund since I did not get a private trip. The email went unanswered. DO NOT BOOK with this tour company. You may not get what you paid for and they don’t care. There are plenty of other more reputable companies you can use.

  • 03-Jan-2019

    I took two tours with Impulse Travel: The "Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Guatavia Day Trip" and the "Weaving Peace"tour. Both tours were very well guided and very interesting -- I was happy that I opted for the private tours as it let me go through at my own pace and ask questions as we went. The organization was fairly straight forward, although because I wanted to take the tours between Christmas and New Years, it took a bit of time to confirm that restaurants and other stops would be open. My tour guide for the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon was great: really describing the history and significance of both sights in clear detail. Of the two stops, Guatavita is exceptionally beautiful. The Weaving Peace tour was also exceptionally well done (despite an early snag) -- my tour guide on that tour and I hit it off very well and it was more like a long wander through the city with a close friend.

  • 01-Jan-2019

    Based on a friend’s recommendation, we contacted Impulse Travel to arrange a tour of the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquira (we left off the Laguna de Guatavita). We were very happy with the experience. PRE-TRIP SCHEDULING: The company was easy to deal with over email in advance of our trip (though sometimes they did not reply as quickly as we would like). They gave a variety of options and were eager to assist. TOUR: The tour itself was excellent. Juan, our guide, showed up on time. His command of English was quite strong. He was full of information and happy to share it. He provided helpful and interesting information during the drive and during the tour, and was eager to answer all of our questions. We were with a small child, so he was very flexible when we needed to meet her needs. He also gave us some great tips for other things to do in Bogota. The car was clean and comfortable. The day after the tour, we visited Montserrate on our own and bumped into Juan, who was leading a different tour. My daughter kept asking “Why can’t we go with Juan again?” : ) M COST: I looked at one other company and the price was comparable. But I got the impression that if we booked the package from Colombia, after arriving in Colombia, it might have been cheaper. But that’s just speculation.

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