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An authentic view of Villa de Leyva and other colonial 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 Villa de Leyva, one of the most beautiful colonial towns in Boyaca that seems to be frozen in time.

This interesting journey will also include a visit to the colourful village of Raquira, famous for its pieces of pottery, and the local community of Gachantiva, where you will be immersed in their regular activities by learning how to cook traditional Colombian snacks, milk a caw and shear a sheep. 


EXPERIENCE TYPE History, Culture and Local Traditions

Villa de Leyva Tour Colombia
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DAY 1 Travel to Villa de Leyva via Zipaquira

We will pick you up from your hotel to start our journey towards Villa de Leyva. Along the way, we will visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira and other towns. The Salt Cathedral is located 50km north of Bogota and was built within the tunnels of a salt mine. The cathedral is situated 180m underground and has three sections representing the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ. It is an amazing work of architecture and engineering.

Then, we will continue with our journey. We will make a small stop to visit the wonderful traditional village of Cucunuba, which has been trapped in time, with its narrow streets and colonial houses that still retain the majority of its original architecture. There we will enjoy a delicious yogurt along with a traditional snack.

After making this wonderful visit that transports us in time, we will go to the town of Chiquinquirá, famous for its imposing Basilica of Our Lady of Chiquinquira, to which thousands of parishioners go in search of religious miracles or to show gratitude. At this point, we will take our lunch before continuing our trip.

Once we've had lunch, we will continue our adventure 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. An interesting spot for shopping.

Leaving Raquira we will continue our journey to Villa de Leyva. Once we arrive, we will check in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for individual exploration of the town that will transport you back to Spanish colonial times.

Overnight: Villa de Leyva
Meal Plan: Lunch

DAY 2 Gastronomic Tour and Santo Ecce Homo Convent

Early in the morning we will go to a farm located an hour from the town, where we will have our traditional breakfast and learn from the gastronomic tradition of the region through a workshop of traditional cooking, for which we will interact with typical food such as corn, which is one of the most important because of its relationship with the ancestral natives and in the same way we will use traditional preparation techniques in a beautiful wood oven.

After this beautiful gastronomic activity, we will go to another nearby farm where we will learn everything related to the production of Panela, a product derived from sugar cane, there we will learn from its cultivation, harvest, transformation processes to the importance for habitual consumption in our local gastronomy. Later we will have our lunch accompanied by a delicious refreshing drink based on this product called aguapanela.

We will continue visiting 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.

The rest of the day is at leisure for your own exploration. 

Overnight: Villa de Leyva
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3 Wool workshop and milking activities. Travel back to Bogota

After breakfast we will go to a traditional farm, where the hosts will teach us the whole process to obtain the wool, from the sheared to the sheep, subsequent washing and handling of the fibers that generate the threads. We will also have the opportunity to perform a milking activity, in which we will learn the importance of milk in this area and the products derived from it, such as “cuajada”, a traditional cheese that we will be taught to make. Before starting our return to the city of Bogotá, we will have a delicious lunch.

On our way to Bogota, we will stop at Boyacá Bridge, which is a very important historical place where the most important battle of the Colombian War of Independence took place. Upon arrival in Bogota, we will go to your hotel.

Overnight: -
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch

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What's Included

  •  2 nights' accommodation (double occupancy)
  •  Private ground transport
  •  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

  •  Meals not listed in the itinerary 
  •  Tips and other discretionary expenses

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