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Laguna de Guatavita

Address: Km 15, Via Guatavita-Sesquile | Sesquile, Cundinamarca, Bogota, Colombia
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Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral and Laguna de Guatavita...
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Ranked #10 of 110 Attractions in Bogota
Type: Beaches, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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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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Phoenix, Arizona
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The drive to Guatavita can take as much as 2 hours to get to from Bogota. We had the good fortune to overnight in Chia, a little town on the northern edge of town, where we had easy access to both Guatavita and The Salt Catherdral. A note to US travelers: this is nowhere near as beautiful as Crater Lake... More

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Maracaibo, Venezuela
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29 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I've been to Guatavita two times, once with a tour and once in my own car. When you go with a tour, the bus will wait for you at the end of the trail so you'll have no problem. However, if you drive you have to be aware that the end of the trail goes out of the park at... More

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Bogota, Colombia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

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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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

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

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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25 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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