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Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral & Guatavita

Venture outside Bogota to explore the astonishing Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and uncover the natural beauty of mystical Lake Guatavita on this wonderful full-day sightseeing tour.

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  • Private transport from/to your hotel
  • Tour guide in language of your choice (See Notes)
  • Entrance to the cathedral and Guatavita ecological reserve
  • Lunch
  • Snack 

Days & Hours:

  • Monday to Sunday
  • Departs 8am


  • 8 hours approx. 

Visit the Bogotá savannah on the outskirts of the city to visit two iconic tourist attractions in Colombia. This Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Gautavita tour is a great way to learn a bit more about Colombia’s relationship to religion, both Catholicism and pre-Hispanic, while also exploring the gorgeous nature surrounding Bogotá!

The first stop on this Zipaquira Cathedral and Gautavita Tour is the Zipaquira Salt Cathedral. This unique cathedral was built inside the mines of the largest salt rock deposit in the world. Take a magical tour through the tunnels and vaults and marvel of Catholic symbols, Muiscas mysticism and modern engineering. Your expert tour guide will explain the meaning behind the symbols created by artists and sculptors in the salt, lit up in underground to create a magical atmosphere. Exiting the mine, walk around the colonial village of Zipaquira and stop at the local handicraft market, before enjoying a traditional lunch.

This excursion will then take you to the town of Guatavita. Walk around the village of white houses, and then drive to the ecological reserve where Lake Guatavita is (located a few kilometres further, via a detour up the mountains of Sesquilé). Learn about the Muiscas sacred regard for this lagoon and their rituals, throwing gold and other valuables into the circular lake as an offering. Finally the tour will take you back on a scenic route, offering you views of the Cerro de las tres Viejas, as well as stopping in the town of La Calera to taste some typical arepas, a favourite pit stop amongst the truck drivers passing through here!

This tour from Bogotá is perfect for any traveller looking to understand a bit more about Colombia’s history and culture. Be amazed by the breathtaking spectacle of Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and the aura of mysticism of Lake Gautavita. Book your Bogotá day trip online now!

  • This tour departs with a minimum of 2 persons. If there are no other passengers, a single booking is treated as a private tour and carries an extra cost. Should you wish to make an individual reservation, please contact our Customer Support Team to enquire about availability.
  • Tour is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. For other languages, please contact us.
  • The tour itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions.
  • The tour duration is an estimate and may take longer.
  • Lake Guatavita is closed on Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday).
  • We recommend bringing a jacket and raincoat or umbrella. The Andean mountains and forests are big produces of rain and wind.

What do our clients say about our activities?

  • Sarah

    Fantastic time!

    We had a really fantastic time on this tour. Our guide Alejandro went completely out of his way t...

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