Bogota-Villa de Leyva-San Gill-Bucaramanga
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Sep 22, 2012 11:05 AM Last Post By: playaso
Sep 16, 2012 9:01 AM
Bogota-Villa de Leyva-San Gill-BucaramangaWe are planning a 19 day trip to Colombia in February. This is our first leg and I could use some advice/suggestions.
Is Villa De Leyva worth a 2 night visit or just fly from Bogota to San Gill and see Barichara, parque del chicamocha on way to Bucaramanga ?
The bus service between Bogota and (Tunja)Viila de Leyva is about 3 hrs but not sure from VDL to San Gill or to Bucaramanga?
Our 2nd leg will be to Zona Cafetaria
All comments welcome
Sep 16, 2012 11:12 AM
1About 45 minutes to Tunja, and another 4.5 hours to San Gil, or 7 hours to Bucaramanga. Buses run at least every hour, so little wait in Tunja.
You ask if Villa de Leyva is worth a visit. For some it is a don't miss, but that sort of thing always depends on what each person likes. I suggest you read up on what is there, then decide if Villa de Leyva is for you
Sep 20, 2012 9:06 AM
2The zona cafetera has become the second tourist attraction in Colombia, not only for the beauty of the land but because it offers to the traveler a combination of great places and great entertainment at very VERY reasonable prices. To begin with you´ll find an excellent lodging offer with reasonable prices, entertainment of all kinds for extreme sports (kiyaking, rafting, gliding, etc), parks for all ages (Del Cafe and Panaca), nature (Botanical garden and Butterflys) and coffee culture (Recuca). Beautiful towns like Salento which can be complemented with the Cocora Valley (hicking and horseback riding) and even with the El Parque de los Nevados in Manizales.
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Sep 20, 2012 10:41 AM
Sep 22, 2012 11:05 AM
4Yes,to catch an onward bus to San Gil you need to go back - Tunja. Our bus trip was Bogota -Tunja - San Gil - Barichara. Barichara was nice and relaxing. If you want to see some fantastic scenery take the bus http://www.terminaldetransporte.gov.co/home/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=12 The hike - Guanes was interesting as well the town and it's little museum.If you do the hike - Guanes leave early before it gets too hot,wear suitable foot wear and pack water. The canyon views from the top of the hill in Barichara are spectacular, as well along the road that leads to the Guanes trail. The trailhead is not well marked, look for the rock wall and an old partially covered sign.
Parque de Chicamocha is overrated; the highlight is the cable car across the canyon and the view from the observation tower overlooking the Park. You could pay for the Cable car and skip the rest.The cable car cuts time off the trip - Bucaramanga.
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