Laguna de Guatavita, Tierra Negra

#1 of 54 in Outdoors in Cundinamarca Department
Follow the trail of mythical El Dorado and you'll end up at Laguna de Guatavita. Legend has it that a Muisca tribal chief known as El Dorado--the Golden One--covered himself in golden dust and disappeared into the mysterious crater lake to fulfill an initiation rite. Over the centuries, the myth evolved until El Dorado came to represent a lost city allegedly hiding an abundance of treasures. While you're unlikely to find material riches on a visit to the site, you can enjoy splendid views of the circular lake and its surrounding area. To visit Laguna de Guatavita on your trip to Tierra Negra, use our Tierra Negra day trip website .
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  • Excursion that can only be done with guide, who explains all the ins and outs of the muisca culture and El Dorado, very nice, although too widespread in details.... The group was 50 people, with all that entails. You have to climb steep steps at 3000m altitude, but as you do at the rhythm of the group, no problem. The views from above are beautiful, with 3 viewpoints. To finish the route it is better to take transport to the entrance, or walk a couple of kilometers. The tour can be combined with the Salt Cathedral, half an hour from the lagoon and is already the perfect day in the surroundings of Bogota.
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  • what a lagoon beauty. It was an unforgettable walk... Recommended.. the landscapes are spectacular.....
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  • Overrated. It is pretty but why an entrance fee for that? We have seen plenty of more beautiful lake and lagunas in other countries and it was free (why would it not be??). Hard to reach without car. But it was interesting though.
  • Beautiful place but the park forces you to take a guide on an incredibly easy path to follow.
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