Day Trip To Villa de Leyva

  • Walk around the stone-paved Plaza Mayor, and have a coffee at one of the many bars and restaurants located in the colonial buildings that surround the square.

  • Scape Bogota’s accelerated rhythm and travel to a place stopped in time: Villa de Leyva.

  • Breath the omnipresent rural life’s fresh air of this quaint village lost between mountains, and find the perfect souvenir in one of the multiple handicraft shops.

  • Walk around the scenic landscape of Blue Ponds, a manmade sight of beauty.

  • Wander through the nearby streets and let yourself be swept off your feet by the charm of the narrow stone streets and white washed façades with rustic wooden doors.

  • House of Mud

  • We will return to Bogotá via Ráquira. This picturesque village has become famous due to its long tradition of pottery work. This is a perfect place to make a stop on the way back.

In a Nutshell

  • Escape Bogota’s accelerated city rhythm and travel to a place frozen in time: Villa de Leyva.
  • Walk around the stone-paved Plaza Mayor, and have a coffee at one of the many bars and restaurants located in the colonial buildings that surround the largest square in South America. 
  • Ponder and awe, as you walk along the stone streets bordered by white washed colonial buildings with rustic wooden doors and windows.
  • Discover the history of the Muisca observatory known as El infiernito (little hell) and learn why Spaniards named it that way.
  • Explore the scenic landscape appearing by the Blue Ponds, making a beautiful contrast with the arid vegetation.
  • Feel free to ask us for different options for this tour to make it as individually perfect for you. 

Price includes

  • Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off.
  • Expert guide in the language of tour preference (Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian, French, German).
  • Entrance tickets.
  • Depending on bookings you might be in a small group up to 6 people or by yourself.

 

Important Information

We strongly suggest considering taking a 1 or 2 night trip given the destination's far away location. The visit to Ráquira depends on the state of the road and time at our disposal. 

Please read our cancellation policy.


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Departure time:
7:00am

Duration:
10 Hours

* Travelers:
Is your group bigger than 9?

Price Per Person $278.87
Total Price $278.87

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You will hardly find a place in Colombia that takes architectonic preservation as serious as Villa de Leyva.  This small village located in the department of Boyacá, more or less 3 hours drive from Bogotá. Spanish colonists founded it in 1572, and visiting it gives the feeling that it has been frozen in time thanks to the way that its residences have been preserved as national monuments.  

The colonial village was established around the enormous Plaza Mayor. This cobblestoned main square has a surface of 14.000 m² and borders with old houses adapted as shops, restaurants, hotels, and of course a church. Wander through the nearby streets and let yourself be swept off your feet by the charm of the narrow stone streets and whitewashed façades with rustic wooden doors. Breath the omnipresent rural life’s fresh air of this quaint village nestled between mountains, and find the perfect souvenir in one of the many handicraft shops.

After visiting the village we will go to El infiernito (little hell), an ancient Muisca shrine used to calculate the correct time for harvest. Then we will go to the blue ponds, a water reservoir made by farmers, who surprisingly turned the water’s color into a vivid blue, giving a beautiful contrast to the dry vegetation around them. Optionally, we can visit the 7m long fossil of the Koranosaurius; a predator raptor that lived 120 million years ago.

Although Villa de Leyva is small, it allows for all kinds of trips for travelers. Activities can vary from hiking to natural parks as Iguaque, buggies races, horseback riding, bird watching to archaeological sites, museums, and historical buildings. Even though we consider this town worth a day trip, we highly recommend arranging at least a one night stay here.

We will return to Bogotá via Ráquira. This picturesque village has become famous due to its long tradition of pottery work. This is a perfect place to make a stop on the way back. 


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