Laguna de Guatavita

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Laguna de Guatavita
4.5
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This lake is where the legend of El Dorado originated.
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Stefan S
17 contributions
Fantastic nature
May 2021 • Couples
We went on a morning tour with a guide. The park shows great potential in the first half and in the second part you get to see the fantastic lagoon. The tour is physically taxing but not unmanageable. Rich in history, natural beauty and wonder.
This would have been a solid 5-star for us if there had been any english/bilingual guides at the time of our visit.
Written May 12, 2021
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Victoria O
Shanghai, China215 contributions
Beautiful but not satisfying!
Feb 2021
We live in Bogota so did this as a day trip. In hind sight booking with a tour may make this a more interesting visit for non-Spanish speakers.
We organized a private taxi for 6 of us and it took about 1 and a half hrs to get there. The driver dropped us off and you meet them on the other side of the lake!
You join a group of about 30 people- the groups set off every 30 minutes to ensure there is a gap between each group. The tour guide gives lots of detailed information about the lake, the legend and history of El dorado and the Muisca people- but you need Spanish to access it. There are English boards to find out more information.
Because you are in a group, the "hike up" is painfully slow. We were eager for a good walk but it was definitely more of a plodding walk with many stops to share information.
The lake and surrounding landscape are very pretty and there are clearly designated areas for photo opportunities.
The guide leaves you to walk down by yourself.
Written April 17, 2021
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South America Voyager
Medellin, Colombia3,603 contributions
Get out of Bogota and see the splendid countryside, just 1.5 hours away!
Oct 2020
As a Trip Advisor DESTINATION EXPERT for Colombia it is my pleasure to provide this well balanced and accurate review. I have been traveling to Colombia for the past 30 years and for the past 4 years living in Medellin.

I have traveled and explored just about every area, every city and even more numerous small pueblos in Colombia than I can count. I have the time, the resources, the passion and the experience to understand reasonable expectations when it comes to Colombian hotels, hostels, restaurants, bars, activities, things to do and see and tours.

I am pleased to provide this review of Laguna de Guatavita and suggest that when your ready to get outside the hustle and bustle of Bogota for some good air and stress free / no traffic please consider a visit, drive took me about 2 hours, to this lake and area.

I had been planning a visit to this area for some time, perhaps 8 years now, and so last week when I found myself in Bogota just decided that now is the time to visit.

Very little traffic and we were rewarded with some beautiful vistas and photo opportunities and some quiet moments just walking around the lake and enjoying the natural beauty.

I am so glad I finally visited this area and without any hesitation if your in Bogota and want to get out and see the beautiful countryside, take a trip and enjoy!
Written November 1, 2020
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,766 contributions
Beautiful Even Though Weather was Bad
Sep 2019 • Solo
This is a must visit to understand more about the indigenous people here. There is a guide from the park leading the tour. However, the entire tour was in Spanish. Luckily, I have a English speaking guide to translate everything for me.

It was raining on and off during the tour so it was a bit wet but the hike wasn't difficult. Just need to careful as some parts could be slippery. Good to have shoes with good grip.

The views of the Mountains were beautiful. The late was beautiful too even though it was raining. It can get pretty windy up at the lake though.
Written June 6, 2020
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Rogers R
Bogota, Colombia191 contributions
El Dorado Legend @ Guatavita
Mar 2020 • Family
Nice place, nice views, a little bit messy regarding transportation and signs with a lot of places claiming be the official parking. Walkaround about 1 1/2 hr with a guide explaining El Dorado’s legend and another topics related to Muisca Culture. Recommended place to visit.
Written March 15, 2020
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Shimnik
Delft, The Netherlands6,142 contributions
Strange rules
Feb 2020 • Couples
Guatavita lagoon itself is nice BUT!.. Right now there is a road renovation going on, so some of the roads are closed. You cannot get to the lagoon by yourself. It is necessary to buy a ticket (18.000 COP) and be in a group for one hour or so. We had a guide, who speaks only Spanish but we could not go and see the lagoon. They have a weird rule that you have to stay with a group till the first view point. After that you can go to the exit yourself. In my opinion, it is the most dangerous part, because there are no people around. It is important to know that the entrance and exit are in different location. However, you can come back to the entrance.
Written February 13, 2020
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Travelosivi
Orange County, CA432 contributions
Beautiful place, need to hike but worth it!
Nov 2019
We hired a driver to do this lake followed by the Salt Cathedral as they’re both about an hour away from Bogotá. When we got there, we paid for admission (cash only in COP) and joined a tour that was about to start which was perfect. The admission covers the tour guide, who was a lady from the Muisca indigenous tribe and very proud to share her culture. She made a stop in a hut to tell us about some of the ceremonial traditions and taught us a few words which she used throughout the tour.

She also taught us about flowers and trees along the way.

We did a hike which was definitely a bit strenuous (many stairs) and when we got to the lake, she told us about the Legend of El Dorado.

It was raining so unfortunately it wasn’t as impressive as I imagined but definitely beautiful and an interesting experience.

I especially liked that the lady asked us to do a few experiential exercises such as letting go of negative thoughts, asking for healing, etc.

Recommended as a stop before Catedral de Sal in Zipaquira!
Written December 7, 2019
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Ama_BP
Lima, Peru92 contributions
Beautiful and walk full of history /Hermosa, y la caminata llena de historia
Sep 2019
We went there with a group of friends. The place is breath-taking. Clara, our guide, was truly connected with her history and walked us through rituals, history and amazing views.
If you have any mobility issues, it might be difficult to reach the lake, since there is a very steep hike of 150 steps to get there.
Amazing experience! / Fuimos allí con un grupo de amigos. El lugar es impresionante. Clara, nuestra guía, estaba realmente conectada con su historia y nos guió a través de rituales, historia y vistas increíbles.Si tiene problemas de movilidad, puede ser difícil llegar al lago, ya que hay una caminata muy empinada de 150 escalones para llegar allí.¡Experiencia asombrosa!
Written October 9, 2019
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Alvin Brown
Houston, TX2,575 contributions
"The Amazing Beauty"
Mar 2019
The view is stunning and if you get a chance to go, make this one thing to see, as its about an 1hr 1/2 outside of Bogota and make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a nice backpack with water. Its a pretty nice hike and the view is amazing. Its well worth the trip and you get a full history lesson and you have guides that are both in English and Spanish. Also be aware of the elevation too.
Written September 17, 2019
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Martha Patricia de Bruxelles
Wiltshire, UK1,527 contributions
Stunning
Aug 2019 • Family
We join an organised tour for this activity. The tour included entry to the park with a tour guide an explanation of the history of the place and culture of the Muisca people, the original tribe in that area. This is a very physically demanding activity and you are not allowed to take food or consume food while You claim the park because they want to preserve the environment. Again not suitable for those with a physical impediment or very elderly, or suffering from altitude sickness.

Written August 2, 2019
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