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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

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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