Laguna de Guatavita, Tierra Negra

#1 of 51 in Outdoors in Cundinamarca Department
Must see · Beach · Water Body
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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  • We went on a morning tour with a guide. The park shows great potential in the first half and in the second part you get to see the fantastic lagoon. The tour is physically taxing but not...  more »
  • We live in Bogota so did this as a day trip. In hind sight booking with a tour may make this a more interesting visit for non-Spanish speakers. We organized a private taxi for 6 of us and it took...  more »
  • 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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