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Laguna de Guatavita

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Address: Km 15, Via Guatavita-Sesquile | Sesquile, Cundinamarca, Bogota, Colombia
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Description: This lake is where the legend of El Dorado originated.
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Laguna de Guatavita Half-Day Tour from Bogotá

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The history of El Dorado started here

Have to come here and listen to the tour guide tell the story of this place, then climb all the way to the top of the mountain to have an overview look at the Lake. Outstanding... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Olathe
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102 reviews 102 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Have to come here and listen to the tour guide tell the story of this place, then climb all the way to the top of the mountain to have an overview look at the Lake. Outstanding, difficult to climb, and breathtaking.

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miami
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This is an attraction you should go if you are going to the salt cathedral,it an ok side trip. . It's a town that apparently was built after the old town was "buried" submerged in the new lake,the population was moved here. . It's a town basically now that lives from tourists. My impression is that people here are not... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

this is a paradise, if you go to Bogotá, you cannot miss it, it is a volcan crates not active anymore and in the middle there is the green beautiful lagoon

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Based on the reviews, I was concerned about altitude and access to bathrooms on the way to the Lagoon. However, there is a bathroom right inside the ticket area, where you wait for each tour group to take off on the hike. Also, there is a small snack stand. However, we stopped for food at Rancho Santo Parrillada right before... More 

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Garching bei Munchen, Germany
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

very boring and only a tourist trap. you have to pay 13,000 COP just to see a little boring lake. don't go there!

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Mexico City
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Disorganized mess at the parking if you managed to make it that far. The more mess to buy a ticket, then a guide who talks on and on. 25% of our group of 60 were gone by the 3rd chat as he insisted the history was too important and we were sick of waiting in the rain. Then up this... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

VIsiting Laguna de Guatavita is well worth the time...It's a bit of a drive from Bogota, and the weather can be unpredictable, so take a jacket and boots for climbing (that can get wet). It's more enjoyable if you read in advance about the Muisca culture, and even visit the Museo de Oro because there is a correlation between the... More 

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Timisoara, Romania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

A place worth visiting as it is an unique experience! Up to 3100 meters high, constant temperature all year between 9 and 10 C degrees, wild nature and then... the laguna, still and looking like a portal to another world! There is a certain feeling around the place, like you forget where you came from, like you would expect all... More 

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La Floresta, Uruguay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Very nice landscape in the middle of the hill range north of Bogota. Place has a lot of history and the trail leading to it is very interesting and easy to walk. Visit is with a guide that explains the history, the legend of El Dorado and its hidden gold, and the several attempts to dry it in the quest... More 

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Nancy, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The Laguna de Guatavita is a great place is you want to know more about the Muisca culture who inhabited the área before 1539 and about the legend of Eldorado. Like many places in Colombia, it has very poor transport facilities (which is the only bad point about this destination). Be prepared for a short hike (around 2 kilometers) Access... More 

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