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Savor a taste of traditional Colombian village life on this 3-day exploration of Villa de Leyva from Bogotá. This picturesque colonial town offers the perfect opportunity to experience the city’s impressive architecture at the Boyacá Bridge, El Infiernito (Litte hell), the blue pond and Ráquira. Your leisurely exploration of Villa de Leyva also includes 2 nights of accommodations in a traditional Colombian hotel, breakfast, entrance fees and round-trip transportation from Bogotá.

Highlights

  • Take a 3-day trip to Villa de Leyva from Bogotá
  • Stop at the Boyaca Bridge and learn a bit about an important battle that was fought for Colombian independence
  • Be delighted by a visit to the blue ponds
  • Visit El Infiernito and learn how the Muiscas used to plan their harvests
  • End the trip with a visit to Raquira, a small town with opportunities to shop for artisan crafts
  • Double accommodations with breakfast included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Pickup and dropoff at Bogota hotels

What You Can Expect

3-Day Trip to Villa de Leyva from Bogotá

3-Day Trip to Villa de Leyva from Bogota

Spend 3 relaxing days exploring the traditional Colombian village of Villa de Leyva, a city that was declared national monument in 1954. Slip away from the hustle and bustle of Bogotá into the laid-back pace of life in this picturesque haven, its streets lined with whitewashed colonial homes and cobblestone streets.  Enjoy a stay at traditional guesthouse that includes breakfast and take daily excursions in Villa de Leyva. During your trip you'll have the chance to see such landmarks as Boyacá Bridge, El Infiernito (Litte hell), the blue pond and Ráquira. Learn about the area's history and culture from your guide along the way. See Itinerary section for full details.

Itinerary

Day 1:

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. 

Day 2:

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.

Day 3

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. 

Customer Reviews

Ingrid G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

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.

Alice K

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2015

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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