Get started with a 7 am pickup at the hotel, proceeding north towards Villa de Leyva. Enjoy of a historical stop at the Boyacá Bridge, where the battle of Boyacá took place in the 19th century which helped secure Colombia’s independence from the Spaniards.
Right before arriving to Villa de Leyva, go to El Infiernito (Little Hell) and marvel in an ancient Muisca observatory and how they used to calculate the optimal time for harvest and then visit the blue pond, a water reservoir created by farmers. The water’s color has turned into a surprisingly vivid blue that contrasts beautifully with the arid vegetation.
You’ll reach the colonial village around 2:30 pm (14:30) and check into the cozy traditional guest house that’ll be booked for your group. Casa de las Ventanas del Fierro is a guest house in the historical part of Villa de Leyva two blocks away from the square. The house was built in 1623 and the actual owners bought it and finished its reconstruction in 1976. The house has a gorgeous interior garden and a balcony over the small stream that passes through San Agustin’s convent.
Feel free to explore the town the rest of the afternoon. The village was established around the enormous Plaza Mayor, a cobblestone square that is surrounded by the church and the colonial houses which are now shops, restaurants, hotels. Wander through narrow cobblestone streets admiring white-washed facades and rustic wooden doors.
Explore the village and its surroundings by yourself. We can help by arranging any other activity of your preference (not included in the price). Even though Villa de Leyva is a small it has a wide range of activities to offer from hiking in natural parks to buggy races, horseback riding, bird watching, archaeological sites to museums and historical buildings.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before beginning your journey back to Bogotá. At 11:00 am you will be picked up at your hotel and you’ll be taken to Raquirá, a small village nearby, famous for its amazing craftsmanship of woodworking, pottery, basketry and more. Do some souvenir shopping and the then proceed to go back to Bogotá where you’ll be taken back to your hotel.
Optional: Change any of the activities above for the Casa de Terracota, a house made of clay in Villa de Leyva, considered the largest piece of pottery in the world. Architect Octavio Mendoza baked the house in the same manner as pottery makers when they produce vases, dishes and other decorative objects.
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.
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