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$54 Day Trips & Excursions

Villa de Leyva Day Trip from Bogotá

You will hardly find a place in Colombia that takes architectonic preservation as serious as Villa de Leyva. This small village located in the department of Boyacá and it’s a 3-hour drive from Bogotá. Spanish colonizers founded the village in 1572, visiting it gives the sensation of going back in time and in 1954 it was declared a national monument.  Get a closer look at the colonial history of Colombia’s and the fascinating towns outside of Bogotá on an 11-hour daytrip to Villa de Leyva. This mellow area’s exceptional architecture, great artisan craft shopping and historical richness offer the perfect combination. Get started with a 7 am pickup at the hotel, proceeding north towards Villa de Leyva. Enjoy of a historical stop at the Boyacá Bridge, where the battle of Boyacá took place in the 19th century which helped secure Colombia’s independence from the Spaniards. Afterwards you’ll arrive to Villa de Leyva where you can take your time to admire the striking architecture of this area and learn the history around it thanks to a professional guide. Go to El Infiernito (Little Hell) and marvel in an ancient Muisca observatory and how they used to calculate the optimal time for harvest and then visit the blue pond, a water reservoir created by farmers. The water’s color has turned into a surprisingly vivid blue that contrasts beautifully with the arid vegetation. Finish your visit to Villa de Leyva with an authentic Colombian lunch and (at your own expense) before proceeding to Raquirá, a small village nearby, famous for its amazing craftsmanship of woodworking, pottery, basketry and more. Have the opportunity to do some souvenir shopping and the then proceed to go back to Bogotá where you’ll be taken back to your hotel. Optional: Change any of the activities above for the Casa de Terracota, which is a house made of clay measuring 500 m², considered the largest piece of pottery in the world. Designed and built by architect Octavio Mendoza, this house is baked in the same manner as pottery makers when they produce vases, dishes and other decorative objects.

$251 Day Trips & Excursions

Bogota to Villa de Leyva Private Full-Day Trip Including Lunch

This full-day trip will start at 7am in the morning, departing from your hotel in Bogotá. The number of attractions in this little town are uncountable—from shopping around the handicraft markets to drinking a glass of wine in one of the wineries near the town, this day tour will be unforgettable for you.Villa de Leyva won’t stop surprising us. The blue wells, located in the middle of a nearby desert, are a mandatory destination. Let’s see the Kronosaurus at the Fossil Museum (Museo el Fosil) and let the beauty of the town architecture blow your mind. With this tour you have plenty of options and places that we can visit.The tour can travel through the unique towns of Ubaté, Chiquinquirá and Raquira, where the landscapes and little warehouses of handcrafts will astonish you. The tour can also pass along the highway going north, where you can witness the greatness of the Sisga lagoon, a reserve that looks like it's appeared straight out of a fairy tale.

$47 Day Trips & Excursions

Villa de Leyva Day Tour

This full day tour is made for those who love the villages that have maintained that particular colonial air over the centuries, Villa de Leyva will surely give you one of the best options in your visit to the Andean territories of the country. After a trip of approximately three hours through the beautiful savannah, you reach the Plaza Mayor of the village, famous for its large size and cobbled floor. From there one leaves towards 'El Infiernito', an incredible place of more than two millennia of antiquity, that presumed served as an indigenous astronomical observatory. From that point we then move to the Blue Wells, a quiet and relaxing space whose waters have a beautiful and very characteristic blue color, and on our way back to Bogotá, we cross the town of Ráquira, a picturesque and charming place world famous for its long tradition of working in ceramics.

$150 Cultural & Theme Tours

Villa de Leyva - Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Bogota Pass, BogotaYou will be pick up at 7 am. The first stop is to sample the local specialty of arepa made with corn flour and local cheese. Stop At: Basilica de Nuestra Senora Del Rosario de Chiquinquira, Chiquinquira, Boyaca DepartmentNext, you will go to the village of Chiquinquirá to visit a cathedral renown for a miracle concerning an image of the Virgin Mary. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Plaza de Raquira, Raquira, Boyaca DepartmentWe will drive 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. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Archaeological Site El Infiernito, Villa de Leyva, Boyaca DepartmentAfter lunch, we will stop 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. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Pozos Azules, Villa de Leyva, Boyaca DepartmentThen, you will visit Pozos Azules, a water tank created by farmers. The color of the water has become a surprisingly intense blue that contrasts with the arid vegetation.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Alcaldia Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva, Boyaca DepartmentYou will arrive in Villa de Leyva about 2:00 and walk around the village, taking note of the fossils which the Spanish colonists incorporated into their buildings and pavements as decoration. Duration: 2 hours

$198 Private & Custom Tours

Ráquira Handicrafts 11 Hours Private Tour with Lunch

Before describing the route, it is important to have a clear idea of the cultural context of the territory. The arrival of the Spaniards produced great changes in the communities where they had the most influence, but in the high and remote lands their impact was very weak (or none). Many indigenous people (even entire communities) decided to take refuge in the high mountains as a way of preserving their culture and independence. This explains how in very high territories throughout the Andes, traits of identity, culture, folklore, traditions, gastronomy, ways of dressing, tools and work techniques will remain intact through time in regions very distant from each other, even in transnational territories. In Colombia, a typical example of the highlands is Boyacá, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful provinces of Colombia. Territory of impressive mountains, beautiful landscapes, extraordinary lakes, green and fertile land entirely covered by crops, honest and hospitable people who proudly show their ancestors, their legends and their traditions. The trip is to Ráquira, but the whole journey has the charm of our roots. It starts from Bogotá to the north, via Chiquinquirá through the beautiful countryside, to turn the deviation to Ráquira (potters' village, according to the translation from Chibcha, native language). On Sunday the traditional local market is celebrated, one of the most authentic events in Colombia, where you can feel the real atmosphere of the South American Andes. La Candelaria village, seven km ahead of Ráquira, is famous for the Monastery of the same name, founded in 1597 by the Augustinian priests. The architecture of the monastery, the art collection and the surrounding desert present a landscape of extraordinary beauty.A delicious lunch in a typical restaurant complements the trip. Return. Do you want to stop somewhere? Something that especially calls your attention? DO NOT WORRY! THE TOUR IS YOURS! IT IS PRIVATE!YOU WILL NEVER HAVE A STRANGE AS A TOUR PARTNER!THE GUIDE IS ONLY FOR YOU AND YOUR GROUP! He will tell you about history and tell you stories, legends, traditions, folklore, art, politics, news...Ask him about what interests you...He will be happy to talk with you!

$137.34 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Overnight Trip to Villa de Leyva from Bogotá

Day 1:Get started with a 7am pickup at your hotel, proceeding north towards Villa de Leyva. Enjoy a historical stop at the Boyacá Bridge, where the battle of Boyacá took place in the 19th century which helped secure Colombia’s independence from the Spaniards. Right before arriving at Villa de Leyva, you'll travel to El Infiernito (Little Hell) and marvel in an ancient Muisca observatory and how they used to calculate the optimal time for harvest and then visit the blue pond, a water reservoir created by farmers. The water’s color has turned into a surprisingly vivid blue that contrasts beautifully with the arid vegetation.You’ll reach the colonial village around 2:30 pm (14:30) and check into the beautiful cozy hotel, located a few minutes away from Plaza Mayor, that’s booked for your group. Feel free to explore the town the rest of the afternoon. The village was established around the enormous Plaza Mayor, a cobblestone main square that has a surface of 14,000 square meters and its delimited by the church and the colonial houses which are know shops, restaurants, hotels. Wander through narrow cobblestone streets and be swept of your feet by their charm, white washed facades and rustic wooden doors. Day 2:Explore the village and its surroundings by yourself, or you can arrange any other activity of your preference (not included in the price). Even though Villa de Leyva is small, it has a wide range of activities to offer from hiking in natural parks to buggy races, horseback riding, bird watching, archaeological sites to museums and historical buildings. At 11am, you will be picked up at your hotel and you’ll be taken to Raquirá, a small village nearby, famous for its amazing craftsmanship of woodworking, pottery, basketry and more. There, you have the opportunity to do some souvenir shopping and then proceed to go back to Bogotá where you’ll be taken back to your hotel.*Please note: you can change any of the activities above for the Casa de Terracota, which is a house made of clay measuring 500 m² in Villa de Leyva is considered the largest piece of pottery in the world. This is the Terracotta House, bricked coloured structure that architect Octavio Mendoza baked in the same manner as pottery makers when they produce vases, dishes and other decorative objects. It is a construction which according to its creator, transforms it into habitable architecture.