• Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
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Visit Colombia’s Villa de Leyva on this 11-hour day trip departing from Bogotá. Discover the fascinating history of this beautifully-preserved village as you explore its wealth of attractions, including El Infiernito (Litte Hell), Boyacá Bridge the blue ponds and the nearby town of Raquirá, a hotspot for handcrafted souvenirs. Your day trip includes round-trip transportation from your Bogotá hotel, along with a guide and all entrance fees.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Villa de Leyva from Bogotá
  • See the vivid cerulean water of the blue ponds
  • At El Infiernito, learn how the Muiscas planned their harvests
  • Stop at the Boyacá Bridge, where the Battle of Boyacá took place in the 19th century
  • Visit Raquira, a nearby town famous for its handicrafts
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

Villa de Leyva Day Trip from Bogotá

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Get a closer look at the colonial history of Colombia and the fascinating towns just outside Bogotá on this 11-hour day trip to Villa de Leyva. This placid area’s exceptional architecture, great shopping and wealth of historic attractions offer the perfect overview of the greater Bogotá region.
Start the day with a 7am pickup from your Bogotá hotel, proceeding north towards Villa de Leyva. While en route, stop at the Boyacá Bridge, site of the famous Battle of Boyacá, which helped secure Colombian independence from the Spanish.

Soon you arrive in Villa de Leyva proper. Take your time to investigate the striking architecture of the area, and listen as your guide shares an overview of the municipality’s history. You’ll stop to check out the town’s main square, the Plaza de Mayor, and then have an opportunity to visit the area’s local shops and restaurants. 

Stop at El Infiernito (Little Hell), where you can marvel at an ancient Muisca observatory. Learn how they used to calculate the optimal time for harvest and then visit water reservoir created by farmers called the blue pond, filled with vivid cerulean water. Continue to an an authentic Colombian lunch and (at your own expense).

Finish your day in Raquirá, where you’ll have the opportunity to browse a wealth of craft stores offering everything from pottery to wood carvings to jewelry and baskets, to pick up the perfect memento of your day.  Then return to your transportation for the trip back to your Bogotá hotel.

Customer Reviews

Cheryl M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

My husband and I took the Villa de Leyva trip on a Wednesday in April. We were told it could be cold and rainy, but the weather was perfect, sunny and 70 or so. The tour was indeed customized for us. We were picked up promptly at 7am the traffic leaving Bogota was horrible that time of day and we were later told its because of so many students going that direction to the universities at that time.
Our first stop was to sample the local specialty of arepa made with corn flour and local cheese very delicious. Next we went to the village of Chiquinquirá to visit a cathedral renown for a miracle concerning an image of the Virgin Mary. We then drove on to Raquira to do a little souvenir shopping and to have a traditional lunch at a restaurant on the main square. The town is very picturesque and has many shops that sell pottery made of the local red clay.
After lunch we stopped at El Infiernito Little Hell, a title given to the area by the Spanish colonists due to a number of phallic pillars at the site. It was a religious worship site for the indigenous people. It is now an archeological dig site belonging to a university. The site served the indigenous as a burial ground and observatory, helping them to create a calendar.
We arrived in Villa de Leyva about 2:00 and walked around the village, taking note of the fossils which the Spanish colonists incorporated into their buildings and pavements as decoration. We also stopped for a hot chocolate at the Museum of Chocolate an unexpected, but delicious, experience.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained the background of all the sites on the tour as well as information on the lifestyle of the farm people. The farmers have their own cultural practices, music and way of dressing.
It was a very full day and we felt that we were able to see a much more diverse side of Colombia by going on this tour.

Margaret D USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This is a great trip and a way to visit an area that few people who visit Bogota get to see as it is a long one. It took 3 1/2 hours of driving through very interesting countryside to get to our first stop which was Todo Raquira, a very picturesque old Colonial town. Then to the pre-Columbian astronomical Muisca Observatory and next to Villa de Leyva, a very well-preserved Spanish colonial town. A great lunch was had in Villa de Leyva. My tour guide was very knowledgeable and a great companion. This wasn't a private tour, but I was the only one on it. We had torrential rain going back to Bogota, which was handled expertly by our driver.

Manuel U

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

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.

Antonino P Costa Rica

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2014

Too far away from Bogota for a day trip

Laura S

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2014

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.

Ellen H. D

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better February 2013

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.

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