Villa de Leyva Day Trip

Bogotá

12 hours

Private Tour

Explore the timeless allure of Villa de Leyva on a day trip from Bogotá. Be amazed by its colonial architecture, from Plaza Mayor to the stunning Cathedral. Discover the vivid waters of the Blue Ponds, delve into the ancient astronomical site of El Infiernito, and shop for ceramics in colorful Raquira. Experience history, culture, and natural beauty all in one captivating journey.

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Nestled in the heart of Colombia lies Villa de Leyva, a town that offers a captivating glimpse into the country's rich colonial past. Founded by Spanish colonizers in 1572, this meticulously preserved heritage town appears frozen in time, providing visitors with a unique chance to immerse themselves in its intriguing history and architectural splendor.

Your adventure commences with a picturesque 3-hour drive through Colombia's scenic countryside, treating you to breathtaking vistas of rolling hills and lush landscapes. Upon reaching Villa de Leyva, your expert guide will lead you on an enthralling tour of the town's main attractions, including the expansive Plaza Mayor and the magnificent Villa de Leyva Cathedral. As you stroll along the town's quaint streets, you'll be captivated by its immaculately maintained colonial buildings, a testament to its rich cultural legacy and steadfast dedication to preserving its architectural heritage.

After exploring the village and savoring its historical allure, you'll have the chance to enjoy a delightful lunch at one of the local eateries (at your own expense). Following lunch, prepare to be enchanted by the striking Blue Ponds, vibrant blue reservoirs nestled amidst the arid desert terrain, providing a striking contrast to the dry surroundings. For those intrigued by paleontology, an optional visit to the 7-meter-long fossil of a Kronosaurus, a predatory dinosaur from 120 million years ago when this area was submerged under the ancient Atlantic Ocean, awaits.

Next, you'll venture to El Infiernito, an ancient archaeological site featuring a series of stone structures believed to have been utilized by the Muisca people for astronomical observations and rituals. As you explore this captivating site, you'll gain insight into the culture and beliefs of this pre-Columbian civilization, marveling at the intricate stone carvings and alignments that showcase their advanced knowledge of astronomy.

On your return journey to Bogotá, you'll stop at Raquira, a charming town renowned for its centuries-old tradition of crafting exquisite ceramics from baked clay. As you wander through the vibrant streets, you'll have the opportunity to admire and purchase finely crafted pottery and crafts, each reflecting the town's rich artistic heritage and the skill of its local artisans.

With numerous attractions in Villa de Leyva and its surroundings, we highly recommend extending your stay to fully immerse yourself in the enchanting region. Whether it's hiking in nearby natural parks, exploring archaeological sites, horseback riding, bird watching, or sampling local wines, there's something for everyone to enjoy. As the day draws to a close, you'll journey back to Bogotá, reflecting on the unforgettable memories and experiences gathered during this captivating journey through history.

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  • Private transportation from and to your hotel.
  • Expert guide in the language of tour preference: (Spanish, English).
  • Entrance tickets to attractions mentioned.

Not Included

  • Foods or drinks

Important information

We strongly suggest considering taking a 1 or 2-night trip given the destination's far away location. The visit to Ráquira depends on the state of the road and time at our disposal.

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Additional information

Things to bring:

  • Comfortable shoes and clothes
  • Sunscreen

Cancellation policies
(Free cancellation available)

This experience can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund

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Leonie May | Bogotá | Dec 2023

Jorge drove us and was fantastic
★★★★★

Jorge drove us and was fantastic. Loved the whole day. Stopped at many different sites and was very accommodating

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