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“The Ocean of the Andes Mountains.”

Ranked #6 of 17 things to do in Boyaca
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Owner description: Largest lake in Colombia, located in the east of Boyacá department
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“The Ocean of the Andes Mountains.”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

Lago de Tota (Tota lake) is the highest and largest lake in Colombia. It has an area of 55 km2 and a maximum depth of 60 meters. The lake was one of the most important and secret places for the Muisca culture and stands out for the astonishing landscape and the trout fishing. Lago de Tota also boasts a beautiful white sand beach called “Playa Blanca”. Playa Blanca beach can be easily mistaken for a beach of the seaside and is an ideal place to start a boat trip or practice several water or extreme sports like kayaking, sailing, abseiling, horse riding and kiting. An amazing experience!

How to get there?
Just outside Finca San Pedro, on the other side of the road going up, you can catch the bus to Aquitania (pass by every 20 minutes). Just before Aquitania you can stop anywhere to visit one of the hotels and enjoy the view of the lake. The hotels that we suggest are “Camino Real” and “Rocas Lindas”.

To go to Playa Blanca there are two options. One is to take the bus from the other side of the road in front of Finca San Pedro to the main square of Aquitania, and from there walk about 3 blocks to the market square to catch another bus that goes to Playa Blanca (This one leaves every hour). But a better option is to take the bus at “Puente de pesca” just before the centre of Sogamoso in Kra 11 con Calle 8. Once you are in Puente de pesca ask which bus you can take to Playa Blanca. This will be the bus that is going to Iza and Cuitiva too and goes along a very scenic route. This bus also leaves every hour.

How long does it take?
To just enjoy the view of the lake it will take no more than 30 minutes, but the busride to Playa Blanca can take from 1 to 1,5 hours depending on which way you take and how lucky you are catching buses.

How much does the bus cost?
Approximately $ 4.000 per person to go to Lago de Tota. To Playa Blanca it will cost around $ 6.000 per person.

Visited July 2012
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“Beautiful place!”
Reviewed March 23, 2012

They don't have guides in english but the walking trail is nice, great place.

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Reviewed February 23, 2012

Out of a fantasy land - clear, clean, unpsoiled - a real gem.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Isolated and beautiful”
Reviewed December 27, 2007

This is not the easiest place to visit - we had about 15 people so we chartered a small bus from Paipa and spent the day exploring the area. We had lunch at Playa Blanca, apparently the highest altitude beach in the world(?) We had the place to ourselves and had a great (and cheap) meal - not a lot of variety, mainly trout cooked 12 ways. We stopped at the site of the Battle of Boyaca on the way back to check out the monument and view.

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