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  • Bogota: Legend of El Dorado and Salt Cathedral Tour

    1. Bogota: Legend of El Dorado and Salt Cathedral Tour

    After gathering at either of the meeting points or being collected from your accommodation, your combination experience in Bogota will begin. You'll first visit the Guatavita Lagoon, which was a source of inspiration for the Legend of El Dorado and the movie with the same name. The beauty of this place is sure to overwhelm you, and after some time there you will cross the Savannah. In the afternoon you will reach the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, which was the First Wonder of Colombia due to its imposing architecture. In a single day you will enjoy the indigenous spiritual cosmogony, Christian spirituality, the beauty of nature, and the grandeur of architecture. At the end of your experience, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

    Our guide, Osvaldo, was very attentive to our needs. He was well informed and answered our questions during our journey. Highly recommend this tour. The Laguna de Guatavita is rich in history and culture, and the Salt Cathedral is truly impressive. Both sites are a must see.

  • Bogota: Villa de Leyva Tour

    2. Bogota: Villa de Leyva Tour

    After meeting with your guide in Bogota, commence your trip of approximately 3 hours through beautiful landscapes to Villa de Leyva. Cross the Bogota Savana and make a stop at the Boyacá Bridge before arriving in the town center, where you will challenge time and transport yourself to the colonial past. Discover a lovely space rich in colonial architecture, where the Plaza Mayor stands out, famous for its size and paved floor.  From there you will explore the surroundings of Villa de Leyva and visit places such as the paleontological investigation center, the Sol Muisca, where you will learn about the cultural heritage of the Muisca people and the Terracota house, which is considered to be the largest piece of pottery in the world and called the Flintstones' house by many. Heading back to Bogotá, you will pass through the town of Ráquira. This town offers a picturesque and charming pla...

    A great experience to have. A great way to see the countryside. 3 hours travel each way wit a stop or two to refresh.

  • From Bogotá: Nemocón Mine and Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral Tour

    3. From Bogotá: Nemocón Mine and Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral Tour

    Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Bogotá, and then travel to the salt mines of Nemocón 65 kilometers from the city center. Get stunning views of the beautiful landscape before arrival. Then, take a tour of the salt mine tunnels and discover what is felt like to work 60 meters below ground. Learn about the history of salt and how it is extracted as you marvel at the optical effects of the mirrors of brine. See where the movie Los 33 was filmed before lunch in the colonial city of Zipaquirá. Next, visit one of the most artistic achievements of Colombian architecture on a tour of the Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, built within the tunnels of a salt mine.

    The tour was extremely nice and interesting. I am very satisfied that I decided exactly on that trip. Sergio - my guide, was very helpful and told me all stories around places I saw, Colombia itself, culture and history. He spoke English very well. He even know couple words in Polish what makes me feel very comfortable Tour was arranged perfectly. I was collected from the hotel, plan of sightseeing was presented to me by Sergio at the beginning, we visited all places, ate lunch in traditional Colombian restaurant and were able to do some shopping It was a really great choice and recommend that option to everyone who wants to see the real heritage of Colombia! Pozdrawiam!

  • From Bogotá: Jaime Duque Park and Salt Cathedral with Lunch

    4. From Bogotá: Jaime Duque Park and Salt Cathedral with Lunch

    Spend a full day exploring the outskirts of Bogotá with an all-inclusive tour of Jaime Duque Park and guided tour of the famous Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá.   Get picked you up from your hotel or other accommodation in Bogotá and drive to Jaime Duque Park, located about 35 minutes outside the city in the Tocancipá municipality. The amusement park offers an array of family-friendly attractions. Enjoy a guided and all-inclusive tour with historical, architectural, technological, and environmental scenarios. Check out a replica of the Taj Mahal, a medieval castle, and the Museum of Mankind, among other attractions. Following the theme park, continue on to Zipaquirá and enjoy a typical Colombian lunch at one of the best restaurants in town. Choose between different meat dishes traditionally prepared over a fire or a vegetarian meal. Afterward, take a tour of the subterranean Salt Cathedra...

  • Bogotá: Private Salt Cathedral Tour with Entrance Tickets

    5. Bogotá: Private Salt Cathedral Tour with Entrance Tickets

    Begin your day with convenient hotel pickup to comfortably start your journey toward the town of Zipaquirá. This will be a somewhat long drive of about 2 hours, so feel free to take a nap, watch the Bogotá savanna through the window, or make small talk to your driver about anything in Colombia. Upon arrival, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá will be the first stop. Skip the ticket lines and go directly to the entrance to pick up an audio guide. Then, begin discovering an incredible monument of faith that’s a unique architectural marvel. When booking, you can choose a personal live guide instead of an audio guide, if you prefer.  Once inside, you’ll be guided through the stations that represent the Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross). Understand the details in each corner of the works of art, and visit famous sights inside the halls such as the water mirrors, the virtual reality theater wi...

  • Bogotá: Páramo de Sumapaz Day Trip

    6. Bogotá: Páramo de Sumapaz Day Trip

    Visit Bogotá's best-kept secret and explore the diverse region and ecosystem that is Sumapaz. Páramo de Sumapaz is one of the highest plateaus in the world, full of unique species and breathtaking views. On your adventure learn about the importance of water, wild animals, endemic plants, and mountains to this region. Hear about how the ideology behind the oldest guerilla FARC was born here and the history of the Muisca civilization. Meet your guide in the early morning and prepare for an exciting adventure. While spending time in Sumapaz enjoy outdoor activities such as trekking, a swim under a cold water fall, or flora and fauna observation. Enjoy a tasty lunch of local, traditional food and leave with a unique souvenir from your guide.

    La información fue clara antes y durante la caminata. Solucionaron cualquier duda que tenía. Excelente la guía que nos acompañó.

  • From Bogota: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral & Villa de Leyva Tour

    7. From Bogota: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral & Villa de Leyva Tour

    Begin your tour with hotel pick-up in the morning and a scenic drive out to Villa de Leyva. On the way, enjoy the delicious staple of arepas, corn cakes that are often grilled or fried. Upon arrival in Villa de Leyva, step out and walk through the ancient streets lined with colonial-style houses that have remained mostly untouched since their construction. Founded in 1572, Villa de Leyva is famous for its cobblestone square Plaza Mayor, which at 150,695 square feet is the largest in Colombia. Learn about the history of the charming town from your guide before moving on. Head next to Zipaquira, where you will wander below ground into an enormous salt mine. Your guide will teach you about the history of salt and salt mining as you explore the beautifully lit cavern, eventually reaching the salt cathedral. The church was originally built in 1932 as a place for miners to offer daily prayers...

    We loved the trip it was a full on day but Jhon our guide was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

  • Bogotà: Guatavita Lake and Nemocón Salt Mines Tour

    8. Bogotà: Guatavita Lake and Nemocón Salt Mines Tour

    Combine nature with industry on this 7-hour guided excursion from Bogotà to visit Lake Guatavita and the salt mine of Nemocón. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with this relaxing small-group tour of up to 11 people. After pickup at around 8:00 AM at your hotel, start the 2-hour drive through the savanna towards Lake Guatavita, a lagoon that is part of a protected natural area. Likely formed by the impact of a crater, the lake is almost perfectly circular. A native park guide will join the group for a 75-minute tour, during which he’ll explain the culture of the Muisca Indians, the legend of El Dorado, and the biological importance of the lagoon. During the tour, you’ll also take a half hour walk along a path at the edge of the crater to admire different views of the lagoon.   Next, visit the town of Guatavita to explore its architecture and environment. Enjoy a lunch typical of...

    The trip was amazing. We signed up for a group tour and received a private tour with Jhon Fredy, who was an excellent guide, a knowledgeable local, great fun personality. The guide and driver were very friendly and generous. Nemecon salt tour was smaller and more personable than the Zipaquira salt mine tour, and was in a very cute little town. Guatavita was beautiful and the history of the indigenous people is rich. Jhon Fredy was a great translator. We really recommend this intimate and personable tour.

  • Tequendama Falls and Coffee Hacienda Day Trip from Bogotá

    9. Tequendama Falls and Coffee Hacienda Day Trip from Bogotá

    Benefit from pickup at your accommodation in Bogotá, and then drive by private vehicle to the notable waterfall of Tequendama Falls on the Bogotá River. Located about 32 kilometers southwest of the city center, the waterfall has the dubious reputation of being the largest wastewater falls in the world. Hear about programs to reduce pollution in the river and to help improve the quality of life for the inhabitants of Bogotá through electricity generation. Learn how the luxury El Salto hotel, founded in 1928 and forced to close, reopened as a museum following renovations by the Institute of Natural Sciences of the National University of Colombia. Make your way to the town of Fusagasugá to visit a coffee plantation. Learn more about coffee production in the area at the Hacienda Coloma and fall in love with the beautiful gardens and coffee plants.

  • Horseback Riding Tour

    10. Horseback Riding Tour

    Ride on a Colombian Creole horse along the fauna, flora, rivers, creeks and lakes that make the Andean highland a perfect scenario for a thrilling day out in nature during your stay in Bogotá. On this tour, you will be driven from Bogotá to a rural location 40 minutes to the south east of the capital. There, a local cowboy will be expecting you with tame - yet powerful - horses ready for the adventure. After some instructions and advice, you'll start the ride, in the company of a guide (if option selected). Going up to 3,200 MAMSL, you will enter an Andean ecosystem, which is very different to the stereotypical image of the tropical jungle many visitors have about Colombia. After an hour's ride, you'll reach a fantastic lookout point where you'll be able to see the Monserrate Hill and even Bogotá in the distance. After a break (for stretching your legs and having a snack), you'll head ...

    Great experience more so because we were the only ones on the tour - special thanks to our guides - Maria & Francisco - they were fantastic! Feedback to future travellers (and the company) - the sights were great the trail were was is not easy - ideally should not be the first time on a horseback, do believe everyone should be given helmets.

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What people are saying about Bogotá

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 47 reviews

Great experience more so because we were the only ones on the tour - special thanks to our guides - Maria & Francisco - they were fantastic! Feedback to future travellers (and the company) - the sights were great the trail were was is not easy - ideally should not be the first time on a horseback, do believe everyone should be given helmets.

Our guide, Osvaldo, was very attentive to our needs. He was well informed and answered our questions during our journey. Highly recommend this tour. The Laguna de Guatavita is rich in history and culture, and the Salt Cathedral is truly impressive. Both sites are a must see.

The truth was we were very lucky since the tour was exclusively for 2 people, so the experience was enjoyed to the fullest.

A great experience to have. A great way to see the countryside. 3 hours travel each way wit a stop or two to refresh.

It was a very nice place to visit, tour guide was great and accommodating.