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The department of Boyacá evokes a sense of patriotism among Colombians; it was here that Colombian troops won their independence from Spain at the Battle of Boyacá. The department is dotted with quaint towns; you could easily spend a few days bouncing between them. Boyacá's crown jewel is the spectacular Parque Nacional Natural (PNN) El Cocuy, located 154 miles (249km) northeast of the department capital, Tunja, though access has been cut back by park officials.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Boyacá.