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Villa de Leyva has always been very popular among tourists. Not only it has some of the most well-preserved colonial architecture in the country, but the city is rich in history, archeology, and surrounded by striking natural beauty.
Our first stop after leaving Bogotá will be at El Puente de Boyacá, the bridge where the most iconic independence battle as fought. A short drive afterwards, we’ll be in Villa de Leyva’s plaza: the largest entirely cobbled square in South America. And rightly so: the city’s history is closely linked to the Independence War.
We’ll then have lunch surrounded by dinosaurs. The valley where Villa de Leyva is located is rich in fossils from the Cretaceous era, its most famous one being the near-complete Kronosaurus displayed in El Fosilmuseum. The story goes that a kid digging in his backyard stumbled into the first fossils.
The town was also an early Muisca settlement and has some famous ruins: El Infiernito. These pillars were a Muisca astronomy observatory, although the Spanish were horrified when they first saw them and named in “the little hell”.
Our first day will conclude with a local Boyacense dinner and live music.
The second day we’ve reserved for the exploration of nature.
After breakfast, we’ll start off with a horse-ride of the surrounding areas near the town. This is a great opportunity to see the interesting and unique environments that arose here. The valley’s unique geography allowed the formation of a semi-desert with surrounding low-shrubberies and tropical forests.
After lunch, we’ll hike deeper into the hills to Pozos Azules. These mineral-rich pools reflect a blue-green sky on a clear day: a wonderful contrast to the surrounding semi-desert and pine-forests. These artificial water-reservoirs are too mineral rich to bathe in or drink, but beautiful to contemplate.
After the hike we’ll head back to town to rest and eat dinner.
After another hotel breakfast we’ll head out again. This time we will go to La Periquera Natural Park. This park is well known for its lush forests and beautiful waterfalls and its amazing biodiversity.
We will share our lunch with one of these waterfalls as our scenic background.
Then, we will go back to Villa de Leyva where we will visit the busy market street. Here you’ll have time to browse and buy all kinds of souvenirs. Villa de Leyva’s pottery is very well known.
We will reconvene at 5 pm to take the bus back to Bogotá.
Come with us to famous Villa de Leyva! A beautiful colonial town known for its striking natural landscapes and archeological history. This two-day trip will take you to the heart of Boyacá to a town popular for its fossils, its coffee, its kites, and its striking natural beauty.