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Laguna de Guatavita

Address: Km 15, Via Guatavita-Sesquile | Sesquile, Cundinamarca, Bogota, Colombia
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Ranked #17 of 106 Activities in Bogota
Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Fee: Yes
Owner description: This lake is where the legend of El Dorado originated.
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Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This lake is where the legend of El Dorado originated.
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Surrey, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Guatavita has an interesting story and is a nice place to walk, to buy souvenirs at an excellent price, and to have a nice meal. Expect to pay midrange prices. This is well within even economical touristing. And the fresh air will do you good. Best suggestion: Make it an all-day affair with Guatavita and lunch in the morning and... More 

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I only wish it was sunnier. It's a beautiful view and I was very much into it because of how much I've read about pre-colonial history. There isn't much else to do and it is at least a half-day trip from Bogota.

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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is a great day out of Bogota. You can easily find a bus just past the Portal Norte to take you to Guatavita for about $8,000COP each way, the journey takes about 1hour 15mins. Make sure you go right into the town and don't get off at the turn off for La Laguna, as you may not be able... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Yes, it's a lake, but it's one of the most culturally important lakes on the continent. Get a guide to fully appreciate the importance of this site. The on-site guides only provide Spanish interpretation, so if you don't speak Spanish I recommend either hiring your own guide or bringing a bilingual friend who can translate the guide's presentations. I learned... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Let's be clear, it's a huge lake ! But it's part of a half day trip from Bogota where you pass through some stunning countryside, can stop to eat great food and can enjoy it as part of a cultural experience. Do the trip with a trip to Zipaquira - make it a great day out.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Considering this is a world-famous site thanks to the legend of El Dorado, the infrastructure surrounding the site is shockingly inadequate. The road up to the lake is in very bad condition, and the signposting is poor. I think most foreign visitors come as part of an organized tour. The lake itself is spectacular. However, you are not allowed to... More 

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Port Hedland, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Incredibly beautiful countryside and great historically. Most tour guides speak only Spanish, but an English tour is available. A "must see" destination.

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Panama City, Panama
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We enjoyed the beautiful scenery, nature and the informative tour on the indian culture, the legend of el dorado, etc. We took a bus from Bogotá that left us on the road on the closest spot to the lake. From there it was a long walk to the lake. Did we miss something? There must be an easier way to... More 

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Has a spectacular view from the Guatavita town. Great for photos. The town is the most magical part of the trip. I recommend the Museo indigena de Guatavita. Gives you the history of the region, towns and native Indians at that time.

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The Laguna and its associated El Dorado Legend are quite interesting and truly a beautiful site, but be ready for a real struggle to get in and out, on exceptionally poor roads, miserable traffic, and significant disorganization. Nonetheless, it's all fascinating, just a trade-off in effort and frustration.

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