- Take a 3-day trip to beautiful Villa de Leyva from Bogotá
- Visit Convento Santo Ecce Homo, the small village of Raquira and Plaza Mayor
- Learn all about this colonial Colombian city from your expert guide
- Enjoy a day of free time to discover the colonial town at your own pace
- Transportation, breakfast, guided tours and entrance fees included
- Enjoy 2 nights of accommodation in a traditional Colombian hotel
What You Can Expect
Enjoy a stay at a boutique hotel, including complimentary breakfast along with round-trip transportation to your excursions in Villa de Leyva. During your trip you'll have the chance to see such landmarks as Convento Santo Ecce Homo, Plaza Mayor, the nearby village of Raquira and much more, learning about the area's history and culture from your guide along the way.
The full itinerary for the 3-day visit is as follows:
After pickup from your Bogotá hotel, venture north to the small town of Villa de Leyva. On the way, stop at the Boyacá Bridge, where the Battle of Boyacá took place in the 17th century, which led Colombia to acquire its independence from the Spanish. As you continue your drive to Villa de Leyva, admire the scenic landscape while passing by the small Colombian towns of Tocancipá and Chocontá .
Once you reach Villa de Leyva, you'll have the chance to have lunch and relax at your boutique hotel before heading over to Convento Santo Ecce Homo, located right outside of Villa de Leyva. Experience the mysterious charm of this convent, which is now a historic site, on a guided tour. Explore the outdoor garden area while observing the exquisite architecture of the building. Then, head back to your hotel where the rest of the night is yours to enjoy.
After breakfast, enjoy a day to explore Villa de Leyva on your own. Create your personal sightseeing itinerary to see this charming Colombian city at your own pace. Visit Plaza Mayor, one of the largest town squares in the Americas. Surrounded by magnificent colonial structures and paved with cobblestones, this vast plaza is home to Casa Museo de Luis Alberto Acuña and Casa Museo de Antonio Nariño, both honoring great Colombian men. Also visit Iglesia Parroquial, built in 1608, which boasts an impressive baroque retable. Stop at any of the nearby cafés or restaurants for lunch and dinner before heading back to your hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before beginning your journey back to Bogotá. On your way back, stop at the small village of Raquira. Admire the brightly painted buildings and welcoming locals as you browse dozens of craft shops around the main square. You'll see homemade pottery, baskets, bags, jewelry, wood carvings and more as you cruise around the main square. Enjoy lunch (own expense) in Raquira before heading to your Bogotá hotel.
Our guide, David, was fun, spoke English well and took us to many interesting places on the way to the village . Our stay in the village was relaxing and a good respite from heavy traveling.
Alberto the driver and David the guide were great. The hotel staff were very nice but the hotel itself just OK. The town was a pleasure to see. More info on options of stops and hotels should be available BEFORE, to make better plans.