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.