Laguna de Guatavita, Tierra Negra

4.6
#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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Laguna de Guatavita Reviews

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  • Nice place, nice views, a little bit messy regarding transportation and signs with a lot of places claiming be the official parking. Walkaround about 1 1/2 hr with a guide explaining El Dorado’s...  more »
  • Guatavita lagoon itself is nice BUT!.. Right now there is a road renovation going on, so some of the roads are closed. You cannot get to the lagoon by yourself. It is necessary to buy a ticket...  more »
  • We hired a driver to do this lake followed by the Salt Cathedral as they’re both about an hour away from Bogotá. When we got there, we paid for admission (cash only in COP) and joined a tour that was....  more »
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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.
  • One of the most amazing places I’ve ever been to, so much history, so much indigenous stories and culture, it is a truly sacred place with a priceless value to our Culture, def wanna visit again time with my professional camera... i saw the most beautiful flower I’ve ever seen in my entire life! Will post it on low resolution for copyright purposes its a decent hike, bring sneakers and be comfy... bring cash to buy from locals delicious corn, arepitas, cafecito and more
  • Beautiful place and it is great that the local government it is interested in protecting it (saying that it is "just a lake"-- another reviewer-- completely misses the point, the cultural importance of this site for indigenous and Colombian culture). Having said that, it is a bit absurd to be forced into a tour, that though somewhat interesting and revealing pride in local culture, is half factual and TOO long. The actual walk is maybe 20 minutes, but you will spend nearly two hours in the "walk", stopping every 10 meters. On top of that, the way out is far from entrance, so far that you are forced, again, into paying for a shuttle that will take back to the parking area. We tried to turn back (with our kids, who were bored out of their minds) and we were not allowed. That was ridiculous and I guess part of their efforts to improve local economy. I just wished somebody told us what we were in for. It is not about the money (parking 4000, entrance 18000 , shuttle 2000 COP) it is about feeling tricked.
  • This place is gorgeous beyond description. My most favorite place from my Colombia trip

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