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Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon

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    What to Expect
    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 morning pickup from your hotel in Bogotá, continuing for 31 miles (50km) on a beautiful drive towards Zipaquirá to visit 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 and 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.”

    Return to Bogotá for drop-off at your hotel.
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    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up service from Bogotá Hotels /Accommodations. Please enter your pick up details.

    * Note: pick-up from other towns have an additional cost (including but not limited to Chía, Cota, Funza, Mosquera, La Calera). Please contact us to arrange it.
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Bilingual guide
    • Lunch
    • Salt Cathedral and natural reserve entry tickets
    • Entry/Admission - Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
    • Entry/Admission - Laguna de Guatavita
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • This tour includes an insurance. Please send Passport number by the time of booking to make the insurance effective
    • A medium-high amount of walking is involved; you must be of average fitness and able to walk
    • Confortable shoes are neccesary
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed June 11, 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...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Ann C
    IMPULSEstaff, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Impulse Travel, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2019

    Hi Ann. It's always nice to hear positive comments from our customers! You and your family definitely chose a great destination to enjoy your free time near Bogotá. The Zipaquira Salt Cathedral and Guatavita Lagoon are 2 amazing options to get away from the rush...More

    Reviewed February 18, 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...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    5  Thank live2travel10662018
    IMPULSEstaff, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Impulse Travel, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2019

    Hi Shannon, Thank you very much for taking the time to write this feedback. It is really important for us to know how our customers feel. We weren't able to respond sooner due to technical issues with this platform. I'm very sorry to hear your...More

    Reviewed January 2, 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...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank elmadaeu
    Reviewed January 1, 2019 via mobile

    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...More

    Thank 10,306
    Reviewed December 21, 2018

    The Cathedral is built in an old salt mine and it is mesmerizing. The miners worked all day and then at the end of the work shift went back in to carve out all of the crosses along the way. There are 22 stations each...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank anon3200
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    Hi. The tour we took with Impulse Travel included a guide who was with us the whole way — from pickup at the hotel in Bogota, through the car ride, at the site, into the mine, in the town, and back. He was with us in the... More
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