Would you like to travel 440+ years to the past? Villa de Leyva is a colonial town that endures the centuries passing by and remains almost the same since its foundation around 1572.
Enjoy a 2-Day Trip that takes you to key landmarks in the area spanning from natural to historical places. Discover some off-the-beaten tourist attractions around the town; the largest piece of pottery in the world, a dinosaur-museum, an internationally multi-awarded vineyard, and many more! There’s also a 2000+ years old Indigenous observatory called “The Little Hell.”
✓ Come and find out why!
No need to plan a thing. Just enjoy the pickup service at 7 a.m., where we’ll meet at the hotel.
Then, your driver and guide will take you to Villa de Leyva town. Listen as your guide shares insights into the landscape, and introduces you to what you’re going to experience during the tour. During the ride, you’ll enjoy some typical snacks while enjoying the landscape.
It’s been a long trip so far. So, enjoy some typical snacks—a sort of light breakfast before arriving at Villa de Leyva.
Stroll through this colonial house from the 17th century and discover why it is known as the Seed of Liberty. It’s been named after the legendary Mr. Antonio Nariño. He is considered The Colombian of all time due to his achievements during the time of the Independence, such as translating the Human Rights Declaration and many more!
Notice the distinct beauty of the remarkable fluorescent blue color given by the interaction between natural salts and minerals in the soil and the water.
Located at about 3 km from Villa de Leyva; 6 mins ride. Blue Ponds is a captivating place and its five artificial wellsprings—two of them somewhat big lakes—offer an outstanding scenery surrounded by a Pine forest and a semi-desertic landscape. It looks like a giant emerald from afar.
Enjoy the local cuisine at a typical restaurant.
This tourist attraction is essentially a 500 m² house made entirely of clay, known as the largest piece of pottery in the world. It turns out to be a completely liveable house, which is super interesting and enthralling too.
Wander around its corridors, bedrooms, kitchen, terraces and the lake. Enjoy the stunning landscape surrounding it and the other pieces of pottery scattered around the garden. It looks like a sort of huge honeycomb from afar.
Get to know one of the only three Kronosaurus ever discovered in the world. This 120+ million-year-old fossil is known as the Jewel of Colombian Paleontology.
Besides, there is a wide collection of ichthyosaurs remains, ammonites, bivalves, and gastropods that show how life should have been in this place over 90 millions of years ago.
It is currently considered an archaeological park located in the rolling hills outside Villa de Leyva. However, it’s a 2000+ years old sacred place for the ancient communities. It turns out to be a sort of unusual indigenous solar observatory.
Come and find out how the ancient indigenous communities used this place as a way to calculate solstices and equinoxes. Besides, there is an intriguing connection with their spiritual traditions and it’s not what you probably think!
Upon arriving at Villa de Leyva—an enchanting colonial town from 1572 with the largest plaza in Colombia (14.000 m2)—stroll through cobbled streets and gaze at the white façades, clay roof tiles, wood balconies while listening to fascinating stories about Colombia’s origins. By the way, this town is a National Monument.
Enjoy the stunning scenery at the internationally multi-awarded Ain Karim Vineyard, located just about 10 km from Villa de Leyva. It is a somewhat unique vineyard at 2100 MASL in the Andean mountain range, 12 hectares big. Its ideal location allows the production of exquisite wines. And yes, you can purchase some.
Walk-through the place and hear in-depth commentary on all of the aspects of wine production, while enjoying the enchanting landscape.
Stroll through the old corridors of a Dominican colonial monastery located at about 15 km from Villa de Leyva. It was founded by friars as a convent in 1620 and declared museum in 1958.
It was declared a national heritage in 1996 and as one of the seven wonders of Colombia in 2007. Gaze at the 200 historical objects here. And find out why it’s known as the Universal Monument of Silence.
On the way back to Bogota, listen to your guide as he/she shares curious and fun facts about Colombian culture while enjoying the sunset.
Finally, we will leave you in the comfort of your hotel in the evening hours—or the El Dorado international airport.
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