Discover the fascinating Guatavita Lake that led to the El Dorado Legend. Get to know Colombia’s past and present as you tour the lake and the Gold Museum.
On this tour, you will get to see the complementary attractions of Guatavita Lake and the Gold Museum. Guatavita Lake is the location at the center of El Dorado Legend. The Gold Museum has artifacts from the lake and the largest pre-Hispanic gold collection in the world.
Embark on a trip to ancient times and unveil the mysteries that motivated the Spanish colonizers to explore the American Continent in search of gold. You will learn how the pre-Hispanic cultures of the area lived.
You can also look forward to getting to know Colombia’s culture today as you visit two Colombian villages and an iconic neighborhood of Bogota.
Duration: 7 hours
Start and end location: Bogotá
The tour starts when you are collected at your hotel by our guide and driver. You will head northeast of the capital, driving up the Andes mountain range for about 1 hour until you reach Guatavita village. After exploring the cobblestone streets of the “white house village”, which holds a unique history, we will drive by potato fields and farmers’ houses up to a high point.
Here, the sacred lake of Guatavita lies hidden among mountains and mist. Inside this natural reservoir complemented by the lush vegetation of a humid forest, you can feel the mystic energy that made this lagoon a sacred place for the Muiscas. Learn about how these ancient people connected with nature and 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.
Then, you will come back to Bogota via La Calera, a small village by the side of the road famous for their heavenly arepas stuffed with farmer’s cheese. After a quick stop for a small bite, the trip continues straight to La Candelaria. Here, you will make a lunch stop at a local restaurant (at your own expense). After lunch, you will walk the narrow streets of La Candelaria, cross the Eje Ambiental, and arrive to your final destination: the Gold Museum.
At the museum, you will have the chance to expand upon the knowledge you gained at the sacred lake. On your guided tour, you will see the most iconic pieces archaeologists have found at the lake, its surroundings, and other areas of the country. As you leave, you’ll be able to shop at the handicrafts market at Parque Santander.
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.