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Bogotá: Villa de Leyva Full-Day Tour with Lunch

1. 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 entirely out of clay and famously called "the largest piece of pottery in the world." Take some time to explore the quaint streets at your own pace before stopping once more for a delicious lunch.

Villa de Leyva Trip by Private Transportation

2. Villa de Leyva Trip by Private Transportation

Travel with a friendly and knowledge driver on an excursion from Bogotá to the colonial village of Villa de Leyva. Before you arrive at the village, you'll have the option of visiting two nearby sights – choosing from Lagunas Azules, Casa de Barro, El Fossil, and El Infiernito. Afterwards, you’ll be driven to the Plaza Mayor in Villa de Leyva, and the driver will wait while you enjoy lunch and spend some time exploring the village on your own. Then you’re free to decide which additional sights you would like to visit. Late in the afternoon you’ll head back to Bogotá, where you’ll be dropped off.

From Bogota: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral & Villa de Leyva Tour

3. 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 and was inaugurated in 1954. Today it is a fully functional church with a weekly service held on Sundays. Spend time in the unique cathedral before returning to the surface and heading back to Bogota.

From Bogotá: Private Tour to Villa de Leyva

4. From Bogotá: Private Tour to Villa de Leyva

Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation in Bogotá and drive to the historic town of Villa de Leyva, approximately 4 hours from the city center. Explore the colonial buildings on foot on arrival. Go to the main square (Plaza Mayor), thought to be the largest cobbled square in South America. we will visit the emblematic and traditional chocolate museum where you can taste a delicious chocolate. You will have a tour of a wonderful vineyard called ain karim ending with a wine tasting. Then we will go to have lunch in a nearby artisan village called raquira where you can see all kinds of typical handicrafts of the region.

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What people are saying about Boyaca

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 59 reviews

My wife and I enjoyed our day with Jorge. We had a stretch break to taste the arepas boyacences and drink a tinto. We stopped at El Puente de Boyacá and learned some history. Our next stop was the Casa de Terracota, a very unique house which we toured, visiting every room. The rest of our day we wandered around Villa de Leyva admiring the colonial architecture. Altogether it was a great day.

Maravillosa experiencia, nos recogieron en punto en nuestro hotel, nuestra guía Jules es una chica muy cordial pero sobretodo muy preparada y conocedora de la historia de Colombia. Nos mantuvo muy entretenidos todo el camino, contandonos muchos detalles y curiosidades de cada lugar que visitamos. El conductor John también fue muy amable. Recomiendo mucho este tour.

Driver was fine on time at the hotel. Jorge (because that is his name) was very sympathetic and brought us safely and well to the agreed places. Everything perfectly arranged so we are very satisfied with our first experience with tyoueguide.

Villa de Leyva is a must see, a beautiful village with lots of restaurants and shops. Unfortunately a very long journey there and back. We would go back anytime.

The driver and the sites were wonderful, however, the traffic was horrific. I would recommend that others do not take the tour on a Saturday