Guatavita is a small town located in the Guavio Province of the Cundinamarca department in Colombia. The town is a popular tourist spot because of the beautiful colonial buildings as well as markets that sell handicrafts. The town is well laid out and located next to Lake Tomine, a popular place for water based activities.
Another nearby lake called Lake Guatavita, a crater lake, is a popular attraction. It was sacred to the ancient Muiscas and their chief would cover himself in gold before bathing in its waters. This lake is often thought to be the origin of the El Dorado legend, a place of immeasurable gold and riches in the Americas. The Spanish conquistadores left a visible notch in the cliffside, where an attempt was made to drain the lake.