Laguna de Guatavita
Laguna de Guatavita
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This lake is where the legend of El Dorado originated.
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  • TrotaAye3
    418 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    This is a beautiful historic and spiritual place only a couple hours from Bogotá. The guide is in Spanish (hopefully you either understand spanish or have a translator close by) The guide will teach you about the ceremony how the new cacique (chief) was selected and his 9 years of preparation. Then you will hike to the top of the mountain that was once filled with water and gold from the ritual but unfortunately the lake was emptied by greedy people. Definitely worth the visit if you are into history and culture
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 December 2023
  • Jarand Mikael L
    57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cosy lake
    The small city of Guatavita is lovely. A driver took us there for a day trip. We walked down to the lake and had a cold Coke by the lake. Looked around in the local shops and had a warm coffee at the town square. Lovely day, nice views, many good pictures.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2024
  • Stephen C
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma104 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour (Spanish only)
    This was a great tour to a beautiful place. The tour took about 2 hours and other than the altitude adjustment it was fairly easy with a lot of stairs! The tour guide only spoke Spanish so it was a little hard to follow along with the commentary but there were signs in English that helped us connect the dots. Scenery was stunning!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 April 2024
  • ianhtigh
    Dundee, United Kingdom149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and meaningful spot.
    Great visit. Beautiful scenery, diverse nature, and interesting culture. Great tour guide who was keen to share info about the plants and nature as well as about the local muisca people and cultural significance of the lagoon. Tour was spanish only ( and pretty difficult spanish with a lot of information and specific vocab) but some of the other guests joined in translating into english between them and was great. We visited as a day trip from bogota.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 June 2024
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Victoria O
Shanghai, China211 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 17 April 2021
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,890 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Pay $3 per person to enter, to then be told you can only go on an accompanied tour. The tour is essential to know the history. But its in Spanish, we don't speak Spanish. Well you can't go alone, you'll get lost. What, on a path two metres wide? You might get altitude sickness? We have been at 2500/3000 metres for 3 weeks we are used to it by now. What if a child is tired and wants to turn back, or after the main two marked mira-dors people want to turn back? You can't.
We entered, then turned around at the mirador. But I refuse to promote this by adding photos. The way they work you'll need at least half a day out of Zipaquira to do this tour or a full day from Bogota, it's not worth that.
Written 9 February 2023
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inalima
Atlanta, GA7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022 • Friends
I would give a 10 star for the place itself, and 0 for administrators and staff. Unfortunately , the rules of this place are very poor and not organized at all. I live in Bogota and brought my english speakers friends to see the lagoon and enjoy the nature and the noise of the birds. Once we paid for the tickets, we were told we were not supposed to walk on our own for safety reasons. So we stayed with the group with a guide until half way through the trail. The guide was rude, talked to me in a very impolite way in front of the crowd, and required us to stay in the crowd even though my friends didn’t speak any Spanish. My friends just wanted to take pictures while the guide was speaking SPANISH, but he obligated us to hear his loud voice in a very old style microphone. There wasn’t even headphones for the tourists so the voice of this guide wouldn’t eco that entire peaceful place. We couldn’t even listen to the noise of the birds and enjoy the views peacefully .That staff needs serious training and they need to change the policies of the tour. It was a very odd safety policy because the second half way of the trail we were able to enjoy the nature freely. The second half way of the trail was more dangerous than the first half way because part of it wasn’t paved. If you don’t speak SPANISH don’t go, you will be frustrated like my friends were, and like many people that reviewed here on Trip advisor about the language problem in this place. Don’t forget to bring toilet paper, even though you pay for a fee to enter the park, when you go to the bathroom there is no toilet paper. You have to buy it if you need to use it.
Written 21 June 2022
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Rob R
Tredegar, UK2,614 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We visited on an organised tour as we had an evening flight and this filled up the time.

If I am being honest I wouldn’t have probably done it otherwise as it’s a long journey from Bogotá.

The tour is done in Spanish lucky we had an English speaking guide with our tour who translated for us, although the tour was very long winded and we had to stay with an official guide for first half of the tour. With long stops when I just wanted to walk and enjoy the scenery.

When we reached the top guide left us and we were allowed to go at our own pace. To go back down which was just the same terrain as going up.

Enjoyable visit but probably wouldn’t go if it wasn’t part of our tour itinerary and the two and half our trip back to Bogotá airport was a long journey.

The scenery is beautiful but the whole visitor experience was a bit controlled and the tour is only done in Spanish which you have no option but to take the tour with a local guide.
Written 15 January 2023
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Stephen C
Oklahoma City, OK104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This was a great tour to a beautiful place. The tour took about 2 hours and other than the altitude adjustment it was fairly easy with a lot of stairs! The tour guide only spoke Spanish so it was a little hard to follow along with the commentary but there were signs in English that helped us connect the dots. Scenery was stunning!
Written 21 April 2024
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Stefan S
19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 12 May 2021
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TrotaAye3
418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is a beautiful historic and spiritual place only a couple hours from Bogotá. The guide is in Spanish (hopefully you either understand spanish or have a translator close by) The guide will teach you about the ceremony how the new cacique (chief) was selected and his 9 years of preparation. Then you will hike to the top of the mountain that was once filled with water and gold from the ritual but unfortunately the lake was emptied by greedy people. Definitely worth the visit if you are into history and culture
Written 29 December 2023
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ianhtigh
Dundee, UK149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
Great visit. Beautiful scenery, diverse nature, and interesting culture.
Great tour guide who was keen to share info about the plants and nature as well as about the local muisca people and cultural significance of the lagoon. Tour was spanish only ( and pretty difficult spanish with a lot of information and specific vocab) but some of the other guests joined in translating into english between them and was great.
We visited as a day trip from bogota.
Written 15 June 2024
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Jarand Mikael L
Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The small city of Guatavita is lovely. A driver took us there for a day trip. We walked down to the lake and had a cold Coke by the lake. Looked around in the local shops and had a warm coffee at the town square. Lovely day, nice views, many good pictures.
Written 4 March 2024
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DrMaxR
New York15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Improving security in Colombia means the wild treasures of this beautiful country are again attracting travelers. A terrific starting point if you're staying in Bogota? The charming Laguna de Guatavita. This small state park, expe...rtly administered by the Department of Cundinamarca, is less than an hour's drive to the north of the city

The scenery is stunning, with mountains soaring all around a small jewel of a lake. And the history is no less captivating; rangers, who accompany all visitors, tell the story of native American princes who would cover themselves in gold dust and float out on the lake during their coronations. Europeans visiting the lake were less interested in ceremony--their activity seems to have centered on obliterating the lake so any gold sitting on the bottom could be dredged out.

Fortunately, they failed, and the lake is now carefully preserved by the intelligent and dedicated rangers, some of whom speak excellent English. Arrive early since their tours fill up fast.

On the trip up from Bogota, stop at Carajillo, right off the Autopista Norte and well-marked by signs as you approach, for a fine breakfast. After filling up, get back on the Autopista; the road to the park branches off at the town of Sesquile, on the right, just a kilometer up the highway from Carajillo. After winding through Sequile, the road continues south. The well-marked turn-off to the park is ten minutes out of town.

After the hike and back at the turn-off, continue driving south. Off to the right, big Guatavita reservoir dominates the landscape. Its construction drowned the village of Guatavita, and the government relocated its citizens to a new village on higher ground, through which you'll pass if you continue driving south. The new town—government central planning meets Spanish colonial--is surprisingly appealing, and today is largely given over to tourists visiting from Bogota.

Continuing south, you will eventually find yourself in La Calera, overlooking Bogota. The whole loop--up the Autopista Norte, over to the Laguna de Guatavita, down through the new village of Guatavita, and back home to Bogota through La Calera--is an easy daytrip.
Written 1 December 2009
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