On this full-day tour, visit the birthplace of the legend of El Dorado: Guatavita Lagoon and National Reserve. Learn about the ancient Muisca people, their beliefs, and their rituals with gold that awoke the ambitions of treasure hunters across the world. With an expert guide, walk along ecological trails and Guatavita village’s cobblestone streets, and try a tasty yellow corn and cheese arepa — Guatavita’s true golden treasure.
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On this private day trip from Bogota, take a journey full of fantasy, history, and mysticism to Guatavita Lagoon Natural Reserve — the birthplace of the legend of El Dorado.
Like most legends, the myth of El Dorado is based in real history. The original El Dorado, or “the Golden One,” was a king of the Muisca indigenous group. As part of a religious ceremony, he covered himself in gold dust and dove into the waters of Laguna Guatavita, along with other offerings of gold. Conquistadors heard of the Muisca people, and the legend of El Dorado, began to grow — from a Golden King to an entire Lost Empire of Gold.
On this outstanding day trip from Bogota, explore the fascinating history of Guatavita Lagoon, and how a larger-than-life legend spurred Spanish conquest and expeditions for hundreds of years.
Duration: 6 hours
Start/End Location: Hotel pick-up/drop-off in Bogota
Trip Type: Small-group (maximum 8 people)
Language Availability: English, Español, Français, Portugues, Deutsch
Your tour will begin with hotel pick-up in Bogota and transfer to the small rural community of Guatavita. Walk the cobblestone streets of the “white-house village” with your local guide, and learn about the unique and outstanding history of this small unassuming village.
From Guatavita, drive along potato fields and family farms to the highest point of the village, where the sacred Guatavita lagoon lies hidden among the mountains and the mist.
Inside this natural reservoir dotted by lush and humid forest vegetation, you can feel the mystical energy that made this lagoon a sacred place for the Muiscas. Here, learn the Muisca peoples’ powerful connection with nature and how they used gold as a symbol of gratitude.
At the same time, get to know how this particular ritual awoke the passions of Spanish treasure hunters and other unfortunate adventurers across the world on their fruitless search for El Dorado.
On your way back to Bogota, stop at the Tominé Dam and the Cerro de las Tres Viejas for outstanding panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. To end the day, you will make a stop at the small town of La Calera. Here, you’ll taste the splendid cheese and yellow corn arepas from exquisite roadside vendors that lure every single car to stop and purchase the real “Guatavita Gold.”
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.