Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Around Villa de Leyva

Centro de Investigaciones Paleontológicas

Just across the main road from the famed El Fósil site, this sleek new facility combines an open-window research facility with a collection of impressive fossils, including an amazing full-body plesiosaurus (a Juras…
Top Choice Plaza in Villa de Leyva

Plaza Mayor

At 120m by 120m, Plaza Mayor is one of the largest town squares in the Americas. It's paved with massive cobblestones and surrounded by magnificent colonial structures and a charmingly simple parish church. Only a s…
Top Choice National Park in Sierra Nevada del Cocuy

Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy

One of Colombia's most spectacular national parks, PNN El Cocuy is mostly made up of a diverse ecosystem known as the páramo. This glacially formed, neotropical system of valleys, plains and mountain lakes includes …
Top Choice Mountain in Around Villa de Leyva

Paso de Angel

This vertigo-inducing mountain path running along a ridge on the way to the Guatoque waterfall is a popular attraction in its own right. At its narrowest point, the Angel's Step, it's only around 40cm wide for about…
Top Choice Museum in Villa de Leyva

Museo del Carmen

One of the best museums of religious art in the country, Museo del Carmen is housed in the convent of the same name. It contains valuable paintings, carvings, altarpieces and other religious objects dating from the …
Beach in Sugamuxi

Playa Blanca

This white-sand Andean beach on the southwestern shore of Lago de Tota is one of the highest beaches in the world (3015m). On weekends it gets crowded with day trippers, the bravest of whom enjoy taking a dip in the…
Monastery in Ráquira

Monasterio de La Candelaria

Set amid arid hills, 7km beyond Ráquira, the Monasterio de La Candelaria was founded in 1597 by Augustine monks and completed about 1660. A guide will show you around: through the chapel (note the 16th-century paint…
Church in Around Villa de Leyva

Convento del Santo Ecce Homo

Founded by the Dominican fathers in 1620, this convent is a large stone-and-adobe construction with a lovely courtyard. The floors are paved with stones quarried in the region, so they contain ammonites and fossils,…
National Park in Santuario de Iguaque

Santuario de Flora y Fauna de Iguaque

This 67.5-sq-km Muisca Garden of Eden's unique páramo (high-mountain plains) neotropical ecosystem contains hundreds of species of flora and fauna but is most noted for the frailejón, a shrub typical of the highland…
Museum in Tunja

Casa del Fundador Suárez Rendón

The finest historic mansion in town, this place is the original home of the founder of Tunja. Built in the mid-16th century on the eastern side of Plaza de Bolívar, it's a wonderful example of a magnificent aristocr…