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Bogotà: Guatavita Lake and Nemocón Salt Mines Tour

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Bogotà: Guatavita Lake and Nemocón Salt Mines Tour

From US$ 127 per person

Explore the legendary Guatavita Lake and take a guided tour with a park guide. Explore the village of Guatavite before heading to Nemocón to experience life like a real miner at the Nemocón salt mines.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup from your hotel in Bogotà.
Private group


  • Discover the architectural profile of the Nemocón salt mine
  • Escape the bustle of Bogotà for the peace and quiet of nature
  • Admire the almost perfectly-round Lake Guatavita
Full description
Combine nature with industry on this 7-hour guided excursion from Bogotà to visit Lake Guatavita and the salt mine of Nemocón. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city with this relaxing small-group tour of up to 11 people. After pickup at around 8:00 AM at your hotel, start the 2-hour drive through the savanna towards Lake Guatavita, a lagoon that is part of a protected natural area. Likely formed by the impact of a crater, the lake is almost perfectly circular. A native park guide will join the group for a 75-minute tour, during which he’ll explain the culture of the Muisca Indians, the legend of El Dorado, and the biological importance of the lagoon. During the tour, you’ll also take a half hour walk along a path at the edge of the crater to admire different views of the lagoon.   Next, visit the town of Guatavita to explore its architecture and environment. Enjoy a lunch typical of the region before heading out for Nemocón. On the way there, see the beautiful Tominé reservoir, a 9-kilometer-long body of water. When you arrive at Nemocón, you’ll experience what it’s like to be a salt miner: walk 60 meters below the surface of the Earth into an authentic salt mine and discover the history of the Colombian salt industry.
  • Transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Tips (optional)
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with claustrophobia
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops

Know before you go

  • You will climb up to 3,100 meters above sea level.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 7 reviews

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The trip was amazing. We signed up for a group tour and received a private tour with Jhon Fredy, who was an excellent guide, a knowledgeable local, great fun personality. The guide and driver were very friendly and generous. Nemecon salt tour was smaller and more personable than the Zipaquira salt mine tour, and was in a very cute little town. Guatavita was beautiful and the history of the indigenous people is rich. Jhon Fredy was a great translator. We really recommend this intimate and personable tour.

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February 22, 2020

November 25, 2019

Sehr nette Tourguides, immer bemüht alles zu übersetzen. War leider alleine und würde die Tour nur Gruppen empfehlen und Leuten die gute Spanischkenntnisse haben (leider war keine Tour auf Englisch obwohl so angegeben). An sich sehr nett aber meiner Meinung viel zu teuer es sind lediglich 2 Eintritte und der Transport enthalten selbst beim Mittagessen ist ein Budget von 20.000 Cop (ca 5€ bei meinem Wechselkurs) enthalten und ich frage mich für was ich die 200€ gezahlt habe…

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November 15, 2021

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