Villa de Leyva
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  • Bogota: Villa de Leyva Tour

    1. Bogota: Villa de Leyva Tour

    After meeting with your guide in Bogota, commence your trip of approximately 3 hours through beautiful landscapes to Villa de Leyva. Cross the Bogota Savana and make a stop at the Boyacá Bridge before arriving in the town center, where you will challenge time and transport yourself to the colonial past. Discover a lovely space rich in colonial architecture, where the Plaza Mayor stands out, famous for its size and paved floor.  From there you will explore the surroundings of Villa de Leyva and visit places such as the paleontological investigation center, the Sol Muisca, where you will learn about the cultural heritage of the Muisca people and the Terracota house, which is considered to be the largest piece of pottery in the world and called the Flintstones' house by many. Heading back to Bogotá, you will pass through the town of Ráquira. This town offers a picturesque and charming pla...

    A great experience to have. A great way to see the countryside. 3 hours travel each way wit a stop or two to refresh.

  • From Bogota: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral & Villa de Leyva Tour

    2. From Bogota: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral & Villa de Leyva Tour

    Begin your tour with hotel pick-up in the morning and a scenic drive out to Villa de Leyva. On the way, enjoy the delicious staple of arepas, corn cakes that are often grilled or fried. Upon arrival in Villa de Leyva, step out and walk through the ancient streets lined with colonial-style houses that have remained mostly untouched since their construction. Founded in 1572, Villa de Leyva is famous for its cobblestone square Plaza Mayor, which at 150,695 square feet is the largest in Colombia. Learn about the history of the charming town from your guide before moving on. Head next to Zipaquira, where you will wander below ground into an enormous salt mine. Your guide will teach you about the history of salt and salt mining as you explore the beautifully lit cavern, eventually reaching the salt cathedral. The church was originally built in 1932 as a place for miners to offer daily prayers...

    We loved the trip it was a full on day but Jhon our guide was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

  • Bogotá: Villa de Leyva Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    3. Bogotá: Villa de Leyva Full-Day Tour with Lunch

    Discover Villa de Leyva on a full-day guided tour. See some of the most well-preserved colonial structures in Colombia, and admire the town's vibrant culture, historical sights, and striking natural beauty. Start your adventure at the breathtaking Sisga Dam. Then, head north to Raquira, a small town known for its traditional pottery. Next, take a short drive to Villa de Leyva’s Square: the largest entirely cobbled square in South America. Visit the Paleontological Museum and marvel at the fossils taken from the valley where Villa de Leyva is located. Learn their fascinating history dating back to the Cretaceous era. Stop for a quick break at a traditional restaurant and enjoy a local breakfast. Once ready, continue towards the hills to the Pozos Azules. Admire the blue-green reflection of the sky in these mineral-rich pools. Next stop: the Terracotta House. See the house made entirel...

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What people are saying about Villa de Leyva

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 9 reviews

This is a long (12 hrs) excursion, but the time was flying fast driving through beautiful, breathtaking scenery of Colombia, visiting small colonial towns and other attractions and historical sites. Our tour guide Alex was very knowledgeable and presented the excursion at well planned pace. We were very happy to have Alex as our tour guide for second time - after Bogota City tour. His knowledge of Colombian geography, history and culture are really impressive.

I had a great day! My tour guide Alex was amazing, informative, fun and very careful. Made sure I had great experience. Definitely worth a price. Long road but place is great! Thank you!

A great experience to have. A great way to see the countryside. 3 hours travel each way wit a stop or two to refresh.

Highly recommend! Even the drive itself is beautiful. A great way to spend a day exploring outside Bogota.

My driver/guide was very friendly, knowledgeable about the places visited, and i