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Laguna de Guatavita

Km 15, Via Guatavita-Sesquile | Sesquile, Cundinamarca, Bogota, Colombia
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Ranked #12 of 128 Attractions in Bogota
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Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: This lake is where the legend of El Dorado originated.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Bogota, Colombia
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

It used to be a great place to go, now is a government managed park with guided tours (charged with political and xenophobic content) and a road made of stone that leaves you 15 Km from where your car is parked (with no kind of warning at the entrance or at the beginning of the so called tour) forcing you... More

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Riga, Latvia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I had a great time seeing Laguana de Guatavita. It´s kind of a long trip from Bogota by bus but the little town is really cute and the landscape is really beautul. We did the short walk with the guide (in spanish though they say they have one in English) inside the park but you can also do a 7K... More

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Dallas, Texas
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15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Only for people in good shape, take it easy because of altitude sickness. guides are knowledgeable and helpful.

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15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Not just Lake Guatavita but the town of Lake Guatavita was beautiful. A historic city with White colonial houses. Although you can not get in th watr or near it due to fear of attempted looting (it is the lake of the Gods were gold and emeralds were thrown in as offerings) Downside: It is a major hike to the... More

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Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Laguna de Guatavita is the place where the Dorado legend started. In this cold cold waters the Zipa used to take baths after being all covered on gold dust. This attraction is close from Bogota and you can access by bus (flota) or you can rent a car and drive at your own pace, enjoying the beautiful surroundings and eating... More

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Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I came here with my girlfriend and it was a beautiful clear day. We walked up and there were very few other people around. We took a casual walk and enjoyed the view whenever we could, think of this as more of a country hike than a view of Laguna de Guatavita because Laguna de Guatavita is a little less... More

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colchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We had visited the gold museum so wanted to see the famed lake. It was a cool, cloudy day. we had a bit of a wait for the guided tour - you must have a guide. Our tour was in spanish but the lady knew we were English and took us aside to tell us what she had been telling... More

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Montreal, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Color of the lake was brown. Was told by my private guide that often, rain and fog prevent great views of the lagoon. Hike was average. I got sunshine and and was pretty bored. Many groups also of tourists along the way.

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Basel, Switzerland
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Guatavita is a nice place with a very impressive story behind it (the legend of El Dorado was born here!), however the 1 hour hike up the hill is exhausting and especially when there are children in your group it will take even longer. Arriving at the lagoon I didn't have this "Wow - moment" I was hoping for. To... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The landscape looks like switzerland, with the green and the cows. Inside the park, there is a guided tour very recommendable. I think we got the most enthusiastic guatavita tour guide of all times, and it was awesome. It's well worth the entrance fee, for all the history and the landscapes you get to see while up there. Remember to... More

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