Guatavita Lake - the Legend of “El Dorado”

7 to 9 hours
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 4
Mobile ticket


Since we met, I began to explain some general details about Bogotá, then when we leave the city I will speak about the valley around the city, I will provide information about the originally indigenous habitant called “ Muiscas” , their customs, some of their words and how all this heritage is included now in our society and in our food.
We will meet a guide of the lake that speaks about the native culture and will explain why is so popular the Dorado Legend?, we will discuss the meaning of this ceremony. We will feel the mystic of the place, its energy and the relationship between nature and this space.
In Guatavita town we will enjoy architecture, food, deserts and also handicrafts shopping.


This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Laguna de Guatavita, Km 15, Via Guatavita-Sesquile, Tierra Negra Colombia

we begin to walk into Guatavita natural reservation. We will know a guide that is a directly descendent of the “muiscas culture” (originally people of Bogotá Valley), the guide will speak to all the lake visitors about his native culture, I do the translation and add some information, then we enter into a relax time and after that we begin to climb steps, it is aprox 130 meters (426 feet). But do not worry we stop several times. As soon as we finish the stairs, we arrive to the first lake viewpoint, we can appreciate the lake, the water and her colors, also we can listen and see some birds. We continue walking and the vegetation begin to change from Andean cold weather (same weather than Bogotá) to Paramo (Andean moor) with its special plants like the frailejon (plants with their thick, soft leaves like the ears of a rabbit), you can find that plants only in Ecuador, Perú and Venezuela. After walking for 90 minutes we exit the lake and we can eat some muisca food like the corn cob

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Tominé Reservoir, Cundinamarca, Colombia

We can enjoy the views o the Tominé reservoir, that is an important hydric source of the area, we stop and watch the Andean mountains and the reservoir

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Guatavita, Guatavita, Cundinamarca Department

Guatavita town was founded in 1967, when I will show you places to buy Colombian handicrafts, at a later time we have lunch and will taste special dessert of the area

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks - Colombian typical products
  • Entrance to the Guatavita Lake
  • Entrance to the Salt Cathedral and audioguide only for this attraction
  • I provide waterproof ponchos during the tour
  • Entry/Admission - Laguna de Guatavita


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Soda/Pop

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not for children under 5 years and seniors of 65 years and more
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Regular hand disinfection, antibacterial gel and wet towels for disinfection.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 3 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.

April 2022

We had an amazing experience and wonderful 10 hours. Javier is an awesome guide, as promised he picked us from our place and we had a great time. Javier translated the Lake tour for us in English. Post visit to Guatavita lake, Javier took us to an authentic Colombian restaurant to try the local c...

February 2021

Amazing landscapes. Me and my girlfriend visited yhw lagoon with Javier six months ago and the trip was very memorable. Javier is experienced, warm and very patience. Service and plan highly recommended.

Andres C
January 2021

A pleasant visit to a nice Colombian small town. The tour guide is friendly and full of tips about the local culture.

March 2020

This was a great trip to Guatavita lagoon. Javier is an excellent tour guide. He is very polite, friendly, and knowledgeable of Colombian history and culture. He is also a very safe and careful driver and his car was extremely comfortable and clean. Javier made sure I fully enjoyed the day and pr...

March 2022

La excursión guiada fue súper interesante y nuestro guía nos enseñó mucho sobre los indígenas de Colombia. Primero una introducción cultural y luego la caminara de 3100msnm. Es todo un reto pero al llegar a la parte alta de la Laguna verdaderamente sientes el encuentro con aquella civilización...

February 2021

Un lugar increíble donde la naturaleza te sorprende, con una exigencia física leve, se debe usar chaqueta

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