In this Lake Guatavita tour you will visit the holy lagoon of the “Muisca” people. A ritual supposedly conducted there, gave birth to “El Dorado” legend. Learn more about the mysticism of the place and the fantastic stories that have surrounded this beautiful, tranquil area over the centuries. After your outdoor experience, visit the settlements of the old Guatavita town that lies submerged in the bottom of one of the most representative lakes of “Cundinamarca” region. To wrap it up, visit the local handicrafts in Nueva Guatavita town and let yourself be amazed by the impressive gold artifacts at the Bogotá Gold museum.
TOTAL DURATION: 8 Hrs.
Get insights of the history of the town, its sacred lake and Muisca people civilization
Walk along trails in the unique fog forest ecosystem
The Guatavita lake, located in the Cundinamarca region is accesible for you only 2 hours from Bogotá.
Your first stop is Nueva Guatavita village, tour the cobble stone streets and find out about the cause behind the old town flooding.
Then, a short drive to the protected natural reserve that holds the precious lake, will show you the beauty of this region.
Away from the most touristic trails, discover the peculiarities of the Fog forest rich ecosystem.Take the trails to get to the highest point and have a full view of this impressive lagoon. It is believed many artifacts of gold lay on its bed.
Hear from your guide about the history and cosmology of the indigenous settlements in surroundings of the lake. Find out about the religious value of gold, the connection it created with the Sun deity and the importance of this for the well developed Muisca culture.
Enjoy a delicious typical lunch at the Tominé damn before heading back to Bogotá downtown to visit the Gold museum. It shows the largest collection in the world of the pre-Hispanic gold artifacts. The impressive collections with more than 30 thousand pieces of gold will make the perfect complement to the information and the experience of the sacred lake.
Guatavita reserve and gold museum are closed on Mondays or Tuesday when Monday is a holiday.