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Laguna de Guatavita

Km 15, Via Guatavita-Sesquile | Sesquile, Cundinamarca, Bogota, Colombia
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Ranked #10 of 100 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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New York City, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We had a great day catching the Transmilenio to Portal del Nort, then the bus (1.5hr) out to Guatavita. The country side as you approach Guatavita is stunning, and is worth the long trip. The town is lovely, a bit like a Swiss or Italian town in the Alps. Pleasant walking around and some good food options. No easy options... More

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Bogota, Colombia
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Guatavita Lake, Guatavita´s Town and Villa de Leyva, are the best places to visit outside Bogotá! Guatavita´s Lake which is the place where the Golden Cacique used to emerge from, is very beautiful and really very cold!!! Now is possible to do camping there! You can visit and buy Artesanías( handicraft) at Guatavita´s Town. It´s so beautiful!

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The scenic view is stunning. The little town is great for having cafe, postres and relaxing. You can shop for little nicknacks as well. Was pleasantly surprised with this side trip from Bogota.

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Bogota, Colombia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Its a great place to visit. The ancient history of Colombia has took place there. You should go there, they have tourist guide in spanish and english too... You have to walk around the all place like more than hour! There arent a Lot of place to eat and drink somenthing near the park! The park is not expensive!

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Medellin, Colombia
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

I think every person visiting Bogotá, and specially colombian people, should visit this wonderful place. It's a must. You can learn a few things about the Muiscas and their traditions, while you walk through the clear and easy path and listen to the warm guides. To view the lagoon from the top, you need to climb some stairs and you... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

It was a beautiful place to visit, however it was very much out of the way and not worth the drive. Besides the laguna there is not much of anything else around. If your in the area, absolutely make the trip. If not, don't make it a priority.

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Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Leave bright and early for Laguna Guatavita, it’s about a 2 hour drive each way (from Candelaria). If you’ve been staying in Bogota, have been to several museums, and walked around the historic district, you are in for a real treat in the great outdoors! The drive to and from Laguna is absolutely beautiful; enjoy the rolling hills, grazing livestock,... More

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Horsens, Denmark
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Beautiful site and accompanied by a very informative guide, it is well worth the entrance fee, the drive up the mountain is also nice.

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Summerfield, North Carolina
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82 reviews 82 reviews
19 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

A visit to Guatavita on a sunny Sunday afternoon allowed us to share some time with locals who were enjoying this relocated village and the new construction, with architecture that matched the old colonial part. We didn't buy any handicrafts, but there were plenty to see as you stroll around. Great rock work was pretty to look at but made... More

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