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Bogota: Legend of El Dorado and Salt Cathedral Tour

1. Bogota: Legend of El Dorado and Salt Cathedral Tour

After gathering at either of the meeting points or being collected from your accommodation, your combination experience in Bogota will begin. First visit the Guatavita Lagoon, which was a source of inspiration for the Legend of El Dorado and the movie with the same name. The beauty of this place is sure to overwhelm you, and after some time there cross the savannah. In the afternoon, reach the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, which was the First Wonder of Colombia due to its imposing architecture. In a single day, enjoy the indigenous spiritual cosmogony, Christian spirituality, the beauty of nature, and the grandeur of the architecture. At the end of your experience, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

Bogota: Bicycle City Tour

2. Bogota: Bicycle City Tour

See Colombia’s capital city from a unique perspective on this cycling tour of Bogota. Ride your bike to traditional food markets, a coffee factory, the bullfighting stadium, the Central Cemetery, the historical center and through Bogota's many plazas, parks, and neighborhoods. The exact route varies depending on the day, weather, and whether or not there are special events going on in the city, but you’re always guaranteed and eclectic mix of fun and culture. Gain an insider’s view of Bogota and Columbia as you meet local people and visit sites off the beaten path. The terrain is mostly flat, and there are plenty of stops, but this is an urban tour so expect some traffic and a decent level of exercise.

Bogota: Salt Cathedral Small-Group Tour with Entrance Ticket

3. Bogota: Salt Cathedral Small-Group Tour with Entrance Ticket

Travel for 2 hours north of Bogotá to the city of Zipaquirá, where you will visit the renowned Salt Cathedral. Known as a must-visit in Colombia, it is a monument of faith that has become an architectural piece like no other.  Explore the Roman Catholic church built in the ancient hollows of a salt mine, 180 meters below ground. Marvel at the cathedral’s architecture built within the mine’s remaining caverns and tunnels.  You will have 2 hours inside the Cathedral to visit all the sights as the audio guide explains about the process of salt formation, the architecture, and the mining process within every detail. Inside the mine, there are different pieces of stonework and sculpture that, due to their size and illumination, make this spectacular wonder an engineering jewel, famous around the world. You may also visit the light show at the very end of the tunnels before returning to Bogotá.

Bogota: Food Discovery Tour

4. Bogota: Food Discovery Tour

Explore the unique flavors of different Colombian regions on this food tour of Bogota. Go to 7 places within the La Candelaria neighborhood and sample a variety of traditional food and drinks. Visit the local market and stop by multiple family-owned businesses to try aborrajado, ajiaco, and other special dishes. Meet with some of the best professional baristas in the region. In a single afternoon, get to learn about Colombian culture through its food and history. This tour accommodates both vegetarian and vegan preferences. Be prepared to tuck into lunch and dinner so make sure with an empty belly.

Bogotá: Guided 5-Hour Coffee Farm Tour

5. Bogotá: Guided 5-Hour Coffee Farm Tour

Join us on our Coffee Farm experience as we set out from the center of the city and head an hour and a half deeper into the mountains of Bogotá! We will start the day by enjoying a traditional Colombian breakfast together and then go to meet our local farmers. We will discuss what it means to be an organic coffee farm and what the daily tasks of a farmer look like. Walk around the farm and take in the more than 8,000 coffee plants. We’ll learn how to hand-pick coffee and process it, and then afterward we will enjoy a delicious cup of coffee prepared in a unique way. If the weather and season permit, we will even get to plant our own coffee! We wrap up the tour with local cuisine for lunch and began the trip back to the city, making brief stops to take pictures of the Paramos ecosystems and the picturesque Bogotá city skyline. Total duration: 7-8 hours.

Bogotá: Monserrate, La Candelaria and City Walking Tour

6. Bogotá: Monserrate, La Candelaria and City Walking Tour

Dive into Bogotá’s diversity by joining a city tour. Start by meeting your local guide at your hotel. Proceed first towards the viewpoints of Monserrate. Take the cable car up the mountain to enjoy the most breathtaking views of this city: the whole length of the valley from the best vantage point. After making your way back down La Candelaria, you will walk its cobblestoned streets, surrounded by colonial architecture to the spectacular Gold Museum. Learn about the region's ancestors through their remains of metalwork made before the arrival of the Spanish. Your guide will retell the transition from indigenous to Spanish colonization at the foundational square of Chorro de Quevedo. Taste some chicha, an ancestral corn-based fermented drink nearby, in addition to some juices and snacks. Visit Simón Bolívar Square and learn how politics and conflict relate to each other and its current challenges with a peace agreement already signed. Then, make your way to the Botero Museum and see some of the greatest works of Colombian modern painter, Fernando Botero. After a fulfilling day, finish by tasting a cup of Colombian coffee, at a place where local and friendly baristas will teach you the basics about one of Colombia's most famous exports. Choose for yourself the duration of the tour. It can be for 7 hours with Monserrate, Gold Museum and Botero Museum, or 5 hours with either Monserrate or museums.

From Bogotá: Hike to La Chorrera Waterfall With Meals

7. From Bogotá: Hike to La Chorrera Waterfall With Meals

Travel deep into the Andean jungle on a 3-hour trek to see the great sights of El Chiflón and La Chorrera waterfalls. Meet your experienced bilingual guide in Bogotá and start the day with a traditional Columbian breakfast at an authentic hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Then, set off by private van to La Chorrera. Drive past the East Hills on the way and stop to take pictures of the paramo of Cruz Verde. Arrive at the park and begin the approximately 3-hour round-trip hike through the lush, green Andean forest, learning about the native life and plants of the area. Continue your trek to reach the 1,936-foot (590-meter) wall of cascading water that is La Chorrera. Take in the breathtaking sight of Colombia's mightiest waterfall amid a wonderland of natural beauty.     Throughout the hike, see and learn about the colorful birds hidden at the top of the trees and breathe in the clean air in this spectacular landscape.   Refuel with lunch at a beautiful restaurant and marvel at the spectacular views here before heading back to Bogotá.

Bogotá: Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour

8. Bogotá: Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour

Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Bogotá at 09:00 AM or a time to suit you, and then journey to the colonial town of Zipaquirá, famous for its Salt Cathedral. Relax on the 60 to 90-minute trip to the cathedral, where on arrival you will be accompanied to the entrance of the mine for a 2-hour guided tour in English or Spanish.  Located inside the depths of the world's biggest salt rock reserve, Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral was adapted from an old salt mine to function as a place of worship. Marvel at the icons, ornaments and architectural details hand-carved in the halite rock. Surface the mine to enjoy a typical Colombian lunch in one of Zipaquirá's best restaurants. Choose from fish or vegetarian options, or savor different plates of meat prepared in the traditional way on fire. Then, explore the main sights of the town, including Independence Square and the colonial center. Admire one of the oldest churches in Colombia. Drive back to Bogotá for drop-off at your accommodation, or book one of the following options to continue exploring. Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavitá Tour with Lunch After visiting the Salt Cathedral and enjoying a typical Colombian meal, go to the colonial town of Guatavitá. Take a short guided hike, admire the scenic landscape and discover the birthplace of the El Dorado legend. On the return trip to Bogotá stop at La Calera viewpoint for panoramic views of the city. Salt Cathedral and Nemocón Mine Tour with Lunch Once you have visited the Salt Cathedral and enjoyed a traditional Colombian lunch, discover the salt mine tunnels of Nemocón. Experience what it felt like to work 60 meters below ground. Be dropped off back in Bogotá at the end of the tour. Salt Cathedral & Villa de Levya Tour without Lunch Go from the Salt Cathedral to Villa de Leyva, famous for its cobblestone square Plaza Mayor, which at 150,695 square feet is the largest in Colombia. Learn about the history of this charming town before returning to your accommodation in Bogotá.

Bogotá: La Candelaria Graffiti & Urban Art Guided Tour

9. Bogotá: La Candelaria Graffiti & Urban Art Guided Tour

Join us in this tour not only of Colombia’s history as told by art but a tour of Bogotá as a curated open museum of amazing artists with street art! Bogotá has become a world reference in the world of aerosol. It boasts impressive murals and street art that place it above cities like Miami, Amsterdam, Rio, and Mexico City. Because of this, its rise as one of the key city-canvases in Latin America has made it an attractive destination for the curious tourist and the bold artist. In this 2-hour-and-half tour you will meet the guide at Chorro de Quevedo Square. From there you will start walking along the main spots in La Candelaria district. You will go through an overview of the city’s iconic works in relation to spray-painting and will walk along streets packed with graffiti that retell our indigenous ancestry and its relation to the city. You will get to know the work of local artists such as: Carlos Trilleras, Wosnan, Ocio 4, and 3 Manos. You will pass by La Concordia’s local market and neighborhood, and the Journalist’s Park. All of them places that have been meeting points and a melting pot of ideas and influences, and which have been key in defining the identity of Bogota’s downtown and the ideas street artists put in their artworks. After keep moving through picturesque pieces of street art paintings you will get to see some of the best graffiti authored by women and their role in the propagation of this art: Bastardilla, Vera, Ledania, and others will be seen. You will finish this tour by tasting a coca leaf tea at Café Herencia, a coffee shop that works and supports local artists. This street art tour makes sure you don't overlook a thing of Bogotá’s unique street art scene. Let us show you!

Bogota: Private City Day Tour

10. Bogota: Private City Day Tour

Departing from your hotel or your preferred location, your vehicle and guide will be waiting for you to head to the city downtown, where you will visit the Gold Museum, the Monserrate hill, the Bolivar Square, the Concordia Plaza, The Chorro de Quevedo Square, The Botero Museum, and the Historic Candelaria Neighborhood, to Discover the Bogota past and present. Nestled into the Andean mountains at 3,100 M.A.S.L. (10,200 ft), the Monserrate hill will make you feel renovated by the pure air of the Mountains. Indulge yourself with a traditional appetizer at the Historic Santa Clara French Café, while being amazed by the city's panoramic view from your seat at the top of the Hill. Next, live a unique encounter between the colonial heritage, the republican and art-deco buildings, and the political history of Colombia’s contemporary times, while walking over the cobbed-stone roads of the old town. In This lovely neighborhood, you will find the Botero Museum where we will admire a collection of fine art from local and world-known artists, the historic Chorro de Quevedo Square, and The Concordia Plaza where we will taste a variety of Colombian chocolates made by a local artisan and cacao beans grower, and we will finish our visit to La Candelaria at the Bolivar Plaza, finding the Presidential Palace, The National Congress Building, The City Mayor Building and the Justice Palace. Finish the day visiting the Gold Museum. home of the goldsmith masterpieces from the pre-Columbian indigenous cultures. After visiting the museum, your driver and guide will be in charge to take you safely back to your hotel o preferred destination.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 124 reviews

Excelente tour. Perfect transportation, organized timing I love it. Catedral itself is a real Columbian wonder! You can't visit Bogotá without visiting Salt Catedral! Today's tour had amazing group of Spanish speakers - Mexican, Dominican, Venezuelan and Columbian. Although I couldn't understand everything they talk, whole atmosphere was amazing, positive, fun... so much laughing! I hope you will have great time as I did! Please always be considered of other people and be there on time that means 5-10 min earlier!

Words hardly can explain how amazing this tour is! Beautiful nature, gorgeous waterfall and friendly, positive, constantly smiling guide Andrea! Group was lovely, so many information about the region, nature, biodiversity... Standing just a few meters from waterfall is unique experience, that you have to try. Breakfast and lunch that were included were amazing! If in Bogota even for a few days, this trip you should make!

I really enjoyed visiting Zipaquirá and the Salt Cathedral as well. Daniel is an amazing host and very knowledgeable about the history of Colombia and Zipaquirá specifically. The Salt Cathedral is breathtaking. I’ve never seen anything like it before. We finished the tour with a very delicious lunch as well. I definitely recommend taking this tour

The tour guide (Lizeth Beltran) is by far the best tour guide that I have ever had. She is a walking encyclopedia. Her vast knowledge about the history of Colombia is phenomenal. Lizeth is very pleasant and great to be around with. Keep up the good work Lizeth.

Exciting environment and excellent food. The service was great.