One-day trip Destination Cundinamarca
One-day trip: Destination Cundinamarca.
Town of Guativita, historic touristic town.
Guatavia Lagoon, the site of the Legend of El Dorado.
Nemocon Salt Mine, one of the top mines in the world.
Zipaquira Town, a small and beautiful town where you will see the old historic plaza.
Andres Carne De Res, Colombia’s most famous restaurant.
This is a way to get to see the countryside of Cundinamarca, the state where Bogota is located. On this trip you are going to get to see a lot of different landscapes.
You will start the day having a nice breakfast at our Bogota Bed and Breakfast INN. Could be salt breakfast or sweet. At our Bogota Bed and Breakfast INN you will always get fresh squeezed orange juice and a variety of Colombian fruits.
Once you are ready, you will start the trip around 8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. You may need to bring a coat, and depending on the season, a raincoat. You also may need to go in blue jeans and wear comfortable shoes. You will have lunch latter during the trip; don’t need to bring snacks.
The first thing to see is Represa de Tomine. You can take the mountain that brings you to La Calera town or go through Autopista Norte. Tomine is a reservoir that brings water to a huge area including the Bogota District. The view is worth seeing.
After this amazing stop you will head to Guatavita, the town and the lagoon. The town is no more than 50 years old. The people on the original town had to move to a higher ground and leave behind their houses and buildings. The state needed the valley for collecting water, as a water reservoir: Represa de Tominé.
The Laguna Guatavita is 57 kms (35 mi) from Bogota. It is the place where La Legenda El Dorado started. It was thought that in a ritual the Muisca Cacique would cover his body with gold dust and would wash off in the water to celebrate the Gods. After this the tribe would throw all kinds of precious gold jewelry to the lake. The Spanish heard about this legend, they attempted to get the gold. However, very little gold was found.
At the Guatavita Lagoon you will trek up the mountain. It is about hour and a half walk where you will see the rich forest ecosystem, the lagoon, birds, and nature all around.
After this great time spent in the Guatavita Lagoon you will head to Nemocon Salt Mine.
In this visit you will have the pleasure of visit the Natural History Museum of Nemocon. There you will learn that that area was part an ocean millions of years ago. You will get to see fossils and replicas of ancient animals that used to roam that zone a long time ago.
This mine really has the character of a salt mine. The film The 33, the miners trapped in the copper mine of Chile, was filmed there. You will also see one of the biggest pieces of solid salt rock in the world. You will get an English speaker guide if you arrive at the specified guided tour time. He will explain to you a lot of things about the process of extracting salt, the weird structures in the mine created by the salt in the rocks, the structure of the mine itself, legends from the time when the Spanish started conquering these lands, and more recent histories. The whole visit is about 90 minutes.
You can have lunch at Nemocon. Or have a little something at the Plaza and wait for the big meal at Andres Carne de Res, Chia or DC in the north of Bogota.
After this you will head to Zipaquira. This town has a beautiful Plaza and a Cathedral. You will get to see the Cathedral (a beautiful church in the plaza) if there a mass, on Saturday or Sunday.
You will end your trip having dinner at Andres Carne de Res, in Chia or DC. This is a very huge place known for the great quality of its food and ambiance. On weekends, especially on Saturday one thousand employees take care of the customers.
You will be back home to our Bogota Bed and Breakfast INN really happy for having experienced so many different things in one day.
Please, feel free to contact us if you have questions about this trip.