Villa de Leyva
Its cobbled main square, or Plaza Mayor, its authentic atmosphere & distinctive architecture lend this colonial treasure a unique character. This is a cosy, historical & beautiful settlement surrounded by endless hills & the Iguaque National Park. The area is renowned for the abundance of fossils. See a nearly complete Kronosaurus fossil, experience some Muisca culture in the astronomical observatory, El Infiernito, or visit the La Periquera waterfalls.
Villa de Leyva is also listed as "Heritage Village" of Colombia. Look at this map with all the heritage villages of Colombia (2015).
Ciclotrip tours & bicycle rental: turn your trip into a great experience! Rent a bicycle (±4/hr); go on a guided cycling trip, walking tour (±45/t) or private tour in 4x4 (±60/t). The guide speaks uk, is trained in 1st aid & has interesting stories to tell. Highly recommended! www.ciclotrip.com, office cra 8 # 11-32, Parque Nariño, cel: 320-899 44 42.
Ráquira = pottery town: a mini village that consists of many striking rainbow colors & perfect souvenirs. B = 45min, 5.5pp. From Tunja: B = 1,5hr/7.5pp.
PNN Iguaque: páramo vegetation & frailejones, the largest lagoon is @3600m (11.811ft), the sacred home of water for the Muiscas. Entrance = 39.5pp foreigners, 15pp Colombians+residents, 8pp students+kids. Villa de Leyva to Casa de Piedra (3km < administration center) = 1hr, 4pp.
Activities in the Muisca heartland: horseback riding, rappelling, caving, canyoning, waterfall exploration, nature trails, visits to nearby hot springs, Angel Step or La Candelaria, a desert where you can find fossils from > than 100 million years ago.
Villa de Leyva - Ciclotrip Bike Tours & Rentals: live an unforgettable experience! Rent a bike, join a guided bike, hike or 4x4 tour & receive a 5% off by presenting your CF guide. If your bike ride lasts more than 6hrs you will also receive a "MOUNTAIN AWARD". You can choose between an artisan ice cream, 1 cup of coffee or 1 BBC beer. www.ciclotrip.com, Cel: 320-899 44 42, Cra 8 # 11-32.
Tunja = 1hr, 6.5pp. Bogotá = 4,5-5hrs, 20-22pp. Tunja-Bogotá = 4hrs, ±25pp.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site & a National Monument since 1954. Kite festival @August.