Villa de Leyva Day Trip

Bogotá

12 hours

Private Tour

Discover the enchanting colonial town of Villa de Leyva. Wander its well-preserved streets, visit the expansive Plaza Mayor and stunning cathedral, and explore the ancient archaeological site, El Infiernito. Marvel at the Blue Ponds and a prehistoric Kronosaurus fossil.

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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 to have stood still in time, offering visitors a unique opportunity to step back in time and immerse themselves in its fascinating history and architectural beauty.

Your journey begins with a scenic 3-hour drive through the picturesque Colombian countryside, where you'll be treated to breathtaking views of rolling hills and verdant landscapes. Upon arrival in Villa de Leyva, your knowledgeable guide will lead you on a captivating tour of the town's main highlights, including the expansive Plaza Mayor and the stunning Villa de Leyva Cathedral. As you wander through the town's charming streets, you'll be enchanted by its well-preserved colonial architecture, which serves as a testament to its rich cultural heritage and unwavering commitment to architectural preservation.

After exploring the village and soaking in its historical charm, you'll have the opportunity to indulge in a delicious lunch at one of the town's quaint local restaurants (at your own expense). Following lunch, prepare to be mesmerized by the striking Blue Ponds, vivid blue water reservoirs nestled amidst the arid desert landscape, offering a stark contrast to the surrounding dry soil and vegetation. For those interested in paleontology, an optional visit to the 7-meter-long fossil of a Kronosaurus, a predatory dinosaur that roamed the earth 120 million years ago when this area was submerged under the ancient Atlantic Ocean, awaits.

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

With so much to see and do in Villa de Leyva and its surrounding areas, we highly recommend extending your stay to fully immerse yourself in all that this enchanting region has to offer. From hiking in nearby natural parks and exploring archaeological sites to horseback riding, bird watching, and visiting local wineries, there's something for everyone to enjoy. As the day draws to a close, you'll make your way back to Bogotá, reflecting on the unforgettable memories and experiences you've gathered on this captivating journey through time.

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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.

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  • Foods or drinks

Important information

We strongly suggest considering taking a 1 or 2-night trip given the destination's far away location. 

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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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