- Day trip to Villa de Leyva from Bogotá
- Learn the history of this colonial village from your knowledgeable guide
- Visit Convento Santo Ecce Homo and the craft town of Raquira
- Stop at the Boyacá Bridge, where the Battle of Boyacá took place in the 19th century
- Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off
What You Can Expect
After pickup from your Bogotá hotel, head north towards Villa de Leyva. On the way to the village, stop at Boyacá Bridge, where the Battle of Boyacá took place in the 1800s, securing Colombia’s independence from the Spaniards.
Once you reach the village, admire the picturesque colonial architecture as you follow your knowledgeable guide around the village. See Plaza Mayor (Main Square), which is in the center of the village. See many local shops and restaurants in the square as your guide teaches you about the rich history of this small village.
Then, visit the Convento Santo Ecce Homo, which is now a historic site. Once a monastery, this beautiful building holds a mysterious charm. Stroll through the outdoor garden area while observing the exquisite architecture of the building. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant (not included) for an authentic Colombian meal before heading to Raquirá.
Visit the nearby town of Raquirá where you’ll find craftwork from dozens of local merchants. The brightly painted buildings and craft shops are welcoming, and you’ll have the chance to see pottery making and browse various crafts in the main town square, including wood carvings, jewelry and baskets.
This is a beautiful town and the landscapes you watch while getting there are breathtaking. I gave it 4 stars because the driver was like a "maniac on wheels". At some point when I saw him passing 4 cars in a curved two lanes highway I started to think "That's it". I am glad we came back alive.
Too far away from Bogota for a day trip
Villa de Leyva is definitely an enchanting village with an amazingly big plaza, it is worth seeing. However my tour guide, even if a very nice young man, was not prepared at all. He barely said few words about this place and if you pay for a private tour as I did you surely except much more information.
We cannot rate this your highly. Although our guide (Haiti) spoke English, she did not have a strong command of the language. It was very difficult to understand many of her words. She often didn't understand what we were asking (with repeated attempts, rephrased differently). See e-mail sent.