Villa De Leyva Day Trip From Bogota

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up service from Bogotá Hotels /Accommodations. Please enter your pick up details.
    * Note: pick-up from other towns have an additional cost (including but not lim.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Discover the charming colonial architecture and cobblestone streets of Villa De Leyva, one of Colombias magical villages, on an 11-hour day trip departing from Bogot. Explore i fascinating history, how its been beautifully preserved and the variety of sights including Boyac Bridge, El Infiernito (Litte hell), the blue ponds and Rquira.

Know More about this tour

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 Boyac and its a 3-hour drive from Bogot. 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 Colombias and the fascinating towns outside of Bogot on an 11-hour daytrip to Villa de Leyva. This mellow areas 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 Boyac Bridge, where the battle of Boyac took place in the 19th century which helped secure Colombias independence from the Spaniards. Afterwards youll 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 waters 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 Raquir, a small village nearby, famous for its amazing craftsmanship of woodworking, pottery, basketry and more. Have the opportunity to do some souvenir shoppingand the then proceed to go back to Bogot where youll 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 m, considered the largest piece of pottery in the world. Designed and built byarchitect Octavio Mendoza, this house is baked in the same manner as pottery makers when they produce vases, dishes and other decorative objects.

Inclusions

Air-conditioned vehicle

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Professional guide

Entry/Admission - Monasterio Del Santo Eccehomo

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

This tour includes an insurance. Please send Passport number by the time of booking to make the insurance effective

Traveler Reviews

  • 07-Feb-2020

    My tour to Villa De Leyva was a one with a detour that took us on a path we had not planned for giving us a day of memories I won’t soon forget. In the morning we lost our car on our way to Villa De Layva. Instead of waiting for a replacement car, our tour guide Daniel Pedraza Archila was able to quickly get us on a local bus to the nearest of Tunja. From Tunja, we boarded another bus to our final destination of Villa De Layva. The local bus experience was awesome. Once we arrived in Villa De Layva, we explored the old street that have not changed much since 1620 when the city was founded. By the time we finished lunch, the Impulse tour company had a new car waiting for us to continue with our stops outside of Villa De Layva. What I liked the most about this trip was exploring the streets of Villa De Layva, seeing the unique architecture of Casa Terracotta and the morning local bus rides seeing a different side of Colombia. Thank you Daniel for being a professional guide making a situation that could have been a disaster into a memorable experience. Thank you Impulse Tour Company for getting the replacement car and driver so quickly. I am a very satisfied customer.

  • 25-Dec-2019

    This was a fantastic day with guide Juan and our driver Leonardo. it was a long day but was made so enjoyable with the great chats we had. Juan was an amazing guide and made a solo female traveler very comfortable and I had a great time. highly recommend this trip!

  • 12-May-2018

    My husband and I took the Villa de Leyva trip on a Wednesday in April. We were told it could be cold and rainy, but the weather was perfect, sunny and 70 or so. The tour was indeed customized for us. We were picked up promptly at 7am the traffic leaving Bogota was horrible that time of day and we were later told its because of so many students going that direction to the universities at that time.
    Our first stop was to sample the local specialty of arepa made with corn flour and local cheese very delicious. Next we went to the village of Chiquinquirá to visit a cathedral renown for a miracle concerning an image of the Virgin Mary. We then drove 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.
    After lunch we stopped 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.
    We arrived in Villa de Leyva about 2:00 and walked around the village, taking note of the fossils which the Spanish colonists incorporated into their buildings and pavements as decoration. We also stopped for a hot chocolate at the Museum of Chocolate an unexpected, but delicious, experience.
    Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained the background of all the sites on the tour as well as information on the lifestyle of the farm people. The farmers have their own cultural practices, music and way of dressing.
    It was a very full day and we felt that we were able to see a much more diverse side of Colombia by going on this tour.

  • 31-Jan-2017

    This is a great trip and a way to visit an area that few people who visit Bogota get to see as it is a long one. It took 3 1/2 hours of driving through very interesting countryside to get to our first stop which was Todo Raquira, a very picturesque old Colonial town. Then to the pre-Columbian astronomical Muisca Observatory and next to Villa de Leyva, a very well-preserved Spanish colonial town. A great lunch was had in Villa de Leyva. My tour guide was very knowledgeable and a great companion. This wasn't a private tour, but I was the only one on it. We had torrential rain going back to Bogota, which was handled expertly by our driver.

  • 28-Sep-2014

    This is a beautiful town and the landscapes you watch while getting there are breathtaking. I gave it 4 stars because the driver was like a "maniac on wheels". At some point when I saw him passing 4 cars in a curved two lanes highway I started to think "That's it". I am glad we came back alive.

  • 20-Jul-2014

    Too far away from Bogota for a day trip

  • 13-May-2014

    Villa de Leyva is definitely an enchanting village with an amazingly big plaza, it is worth seeing. However my tour guide, even if a very nice young man, was not prepared at all. He barely said few words about this place and if you pay for a private tour as I did you surely except much more information.

  • 21-Feb-2013

    We cannot rate this your highly. Although our guide (Haiti) spoke English, she did not have a strong command of the language. It was very difficult to understand many of her words. She often didn't understand what we were asking (with repeated attempts, rephrased differently). See e-mail sent.