£655 4 Days
Villa de Leyva and Beyond Tour
An authentic view of Villa de Leyva and other colonial Colombian towns
The department of Boyaca is famous in Colombia for having the most beautiful and picturesque towns and villages in the country. Its breath-taking mountain landscapes and its historical memorials of Colombia's independence are features of this area that will intrigue you. This 3-day tour offers the opportunity to visit some of the most iconic towns in central Colombia and discover the unique attractions that captivate travelers in their own special ways.
We will visit the spectacular colonial village of Villa de Leyva, a place that seems to be frozen in time. This trip to Colombia will also include a visit to the colorful village of Raquira, famous for its pieces of pottery and wool. We will also see "Pueblito Boyacence" (little Boyaca) in Duitama, with its charming miniature replica of the region. During this tour, you will taste the delicious sweets and other products made of feijoa in Tibasosa and enjoy the natural hot water springs in Paipa.
EXPERIENCE TYPE History and Culture
Duitama is famous for its local neighbourhood called "Pueblito Boyacence" (little Boyaca village). This neighbourhood was built as a representation of the colonial architecture of seven of the most beautiful towns in Boyaca: Villa de Leyva, Tibasosa, Tenza, El Cocuy, Sachica, Monguí and Raquira.
This beautiful village with great colonial streets is about 30 minutes away from Duitama. It is famous for its delicious sweets and other products made of "feijoa", an endemic fruit produced extensively across in the local farms.
A colonial village famous for its products and handicrafts made of new wool
This is a spa town built near lake Sochagota where you can find natural hot water springs, aquatic sports and nice hotels. Just 5 km away from Paipa, you can visit one of the most important monuments in Colombia, the "Pantano de Vargas" battle memorial. One of the hardest and perhaps the most decisive battle for Colombia's independence was fought here on July 25th 1819.
Villa de Leyva
It is definitely the most touristy and popular town in Boyaca. This colonial village frozen in time will make you feel like you have been transported back to the colonial times. Its main plaza is surrounded by magnificent colonial structures and a beautiful parish church, the area of the plaza is about 14000 square meters and is considered the largest plaza in Colombia
This picturesque town has always been a place where artisans produce pieces of pottery and wool, its name literally means "City of pots" in the native American Chibcha language. The place is full of colour with all the houses, streets and the central square adorned with an infinite variety of pieces made of clay.
We will pick you up from your hotel or home in Bogota to start our journey towards Boyaca. During our first day, we will visit Duitama, Nobsa and Tibasosa before heading to Paipa where you will spend the night in a beautiful colonial hotel. Paipa is famous in Colombia for its natural hot water springs and, at the hotel, you will have the opportunity to relax in one of these natural hot water pools.
On our way North from Bogota, we will stop at two historical places where the most important battles of the Colombian war of independence took place: The Puente the Boyaca and the Pantano de Vargas.
The first town to visit will be Duitama, famous for its local neighbourhood called "Pueblito Boyacence" (little Boyaca village). This neighbourhood was built as a representation of the colonial architecture of seven of the most beautiful towns in Boyaca. We will have lunch at the Pueblito Boyacence before continuing our journey towards Nobsa, a colonial village famous for its products and handicrafts made of new wool.
After visiting Nobsa, we will go to Tibasosa, the perfect stop to have a sweet snack in the afternoon, as Tibasosa is famous for its delicious sweets and other products made of "feijoa", an endemic fruit produced extensively across the local farms. After Tibasosa we will go to Paipa, where we will spend the night.
Meal plan: Lunch
In the morning, we will travel to Villa de Leyva, a beautiful colonial village that will make you feel like you have been transported back to Spanish colonial times. At Villa de Leyva, we will take a tour around the village to explore its cobbled streets and main places of interest, then you will have the rest of the day free to wonder around and explore this beautiful town at your leisure.
Overnight: Villa de Leyva
Meal Plan: Breakfast
You will have the morning to relax or walk around the town, then after lunch, we will visit the Fossil Museum to see the petrified skeleton of a large marine reptile that inhabited this region 120 million years ago, followed by a visit to the Convento Santo Ecce Homo, founded by the Dominican fathers in 1620. This is a spectacular stone-and-adobe construction with a lovely courtyard and floors paved with stones quarried in the region, containing ammonites and fossils, including petrified corn and flowers.
We will continue our trip towards Raquira, a small a colourful village with brightly painted facades and a jumble of crafts shops. This beautiful village is famous for its pottery and handicrafts made of clay, we will visit a workshop to see how this crafts are made. Raquira is an interesting spot for shopping.
From Raquira we will start our journey back to Bogota.
Meal Plan: Breakfast
- Private ground transport
- 1 night accommodation in a Boutique Hotel in Villa de Leyva
- 1 night accommodation in a Hotel in Paipa.
- Meals as defined in the itinerary
- Local English-speaking tour guides
- Entry Tickets to all tourist attractions mentioned in the itinerary
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- International flights
- Meals not listed in the itinerary
- Tips and other discretionary expenses
Paipa: Enjoy staying in a hotel with colonial charm that also features a natural hot springs pool.
Villa de Leyva: Relax in a tranquil boutique hotel near the centre of historic Villa de Leyva.