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 identical since its foundation around 1572. It’s one of the most charming towns in Colombia.
Enjoy a 1-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, and much more! There’s also a 2000-year-old Indigenous observatory called “The Little Hell.”
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Explore one of the most enchanting towns in Colombia and some of its off-the-beaten surroundings. Villa de Leyva’s cobbled streets and colonial houses have lots of fascinating stories to tell you, such as the Spaniard Conquest and the Independence War. Take in the beautiful scenery at Blue Ponds.
Besides, did you know that Colombia has its version of The Flintstones’ house? It’s called the Terracotta House. Hear in-depth commentary on one the most unusual places around the area; the Little Hell. By the way, would you like to see a Kronosaurus? There are only three in the world ever discovered!
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.
Enjoy some typical snacks—a sort of light breakfast before arriving at Villa de Leyva.
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.
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 Independence, such as translating the Human Rights Declaration, and many more!
Notice the distinct beauty of the extraordinary fluorescent blue color given by the interaction between minerals in the soil and the water at Blue Ponds—6 mins ride from Villa de Leyva.
Pozos Azules is a captivating place and its five 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 out of clay. It is the greatest ceramic in the world. It turns out to be a completely liveable house, which is very impressive and enthralling.
Wander around its corridors, bedrooms, kitchen, terraces, and the lake. Gaze at the stunning landscape surrounding. Casa Terracotta looks like a sort of enormous honeycomb from afar.
Get to know one of the only three Kronosaurus ever discovered in the world. This 120+ million years old fossil is known as the Jewel of Colombian Paleontology.
Besides, there is a comprehensive collection of ichthyosaurs remains, ammonites, bivalves, and gastropods that show how life should have been in this place 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-year-old sacred place for the ancient communities. It turns out to be a sort of unusual indigenous solar observatory.
Discover how the ancient indigenous communities used this place as a way to calculate solstices and equinoxes. Besides, there is a fascinating connection between this place and their spiritual traditions, and it’s not what you probably think!
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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