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Laguna de Guatavita

Km 15, Via Guatavita-Sesquile | Sesquile, Cundinamarca, Bogota, Colombia
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Ranked #12 of 126 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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Colombia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Sopo, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Get directions before heading to this volcanic crater lake behind the Guatavita reservoir. You get a couple of signs off the road around the reservoir and then they petre out in the hillside. keep driving until you see another sign with directions. It's further than you think on unpaved roads but an ordinary saloon car can make it easily. There... More

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Bogota, Colombia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Going to the spot that gave birth to the legend of El Dorado needs no review. It's one of those specially magical places on earth. A must see to whoever comes around this part of the world. Give yourself some space to breathe the history and imagine what this was like before everything happened. The indigenous ceremonies, the whole communion... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is a very nice day trip. An hour from Bogotá it is definitely worth to visit. The country side driving there is beautiful. The hike is steep but easy if you're used to the 2.700 meters from sea level. They have guided visits, but they are spanish only. It is a great place to visit with your family and... More

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New York City, New York
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14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The drive was a little rough, but totally worth it! The hike wasn't too tough, except when coming down and a tour group was coming up (the path is very narrow). I was worried about breathing (since I'm from Florida and this is something like 10,000 feet above sea level) but I didn't have too hard of a time catching... More

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