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From Bogota: Villa de Leyva Day Magic Town Tour

From Bogota: Villa de Leyva Day Magic Town Tour

Declared a National Monument in 1954, this magical town located 3 hours from Bogotá is a jewel of colonial Spanish architecture built in 1572. This Tour is a journey through time, an encounter with history, science, ceramics, archeology, art, and culture. We will pick you up at your Hotel / Hostel and make a stop on the way to have breakfast near the "Puente de Boyacá" (Bridge of Boyacá) where the final battle of Colombian independence took place. Once we arrive at Villa de Leyva, we will go down to the Plaza Mayor) where you will have time to have lunch before we keep going with the group towards Ráquira. This town also known as "the artisanal capital of Colombia", a very picturesque village with decorations on its houses.

Villa de Leyva Trip by Private Transportation

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.

Bogotá: Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour

Bogotá: Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour

Private Zipaquirá and Salt Cathedral Tour Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Bogotá at 09:00 AM or a time to suit you, and then journey to the colonial town of Zipaquirá, famous for its Salt Cathedral. Relax on the 60 to 90-minute trip to the cathedral, where on arrival you will be accompanied to the entrance of the mine for a 2-hour guided tour in English or Spanish.  Located inside the depths of the world's biggest salt rock reserve, Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral was adapted from an old salt mine to function as a place of worship. Marvel at the icons, ornaments and architectural details hand-carved in the halite rock. Surface the mine to enjoy a typical Colombian lunch in one of Zipaquirá's best restaurants. Choose from fish or vegetarian options, or savor different plates of meat prepared in the traditional way on fire. Then, explore the main sights of the town, including Independence Square and the colonial center. Admire one of the oldest churches in Colombia. Drive back to Bogotá for drop-off at your accommodation, or book one of the following options to continue exploring. Salt Cathedral and Lake Guatavitá Tour with Lunch After visiting the Salt Cathedral and enjoying a typical Colombian meal, go to the colonial town of Guatavitá. Take a short guided hike, admire the scenic landscape and discover the birthplace of the El Dorado legend. On the return trip to Bogotá stop at La Calera viewpoint for panoramic views of the city. Salt Cathedral and Nemocón Mine Tour with Lunch Once you have visited the Salt Cathedral and enjoyed a traditional Colombian lunch, discover the salt mine tunnels of Nemocón. Experience what it felt like to work 60 meters below ground. Be dropped off back in Bogotá at the end of the tour. Salt Cathedral & Villa de Levya Tour without Lunch Go from the Salt Cathedral to Villa de Leyva, famous for its cobblestone square Plaza Mayor, which at 150,695 square feet is the largest in Colombia. Learn about the history of this charming town before returning to your accommodation in Bogotá.

Bogotá: Villa de Leyva Full-Day Tour with Meals

Bogotá: Villa de Leyva Full-Day Tour with Meals

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.

From Bogota: Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral & Villa de Leyva Tour

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: Full day tour to Villa de Leyva and Raquira

From Bogotá: Full day tour to Villa de Leyva and Raquira

Your adventure kicks off with a pick-up from your Bogotá accommodation and a scenic drive to Villa de Leyva, a picturesque colonial town approximately 4 hours away. Upon arrival, you'll be enchanted by the cobblestone streets, adorned with historic buildings that tell tales of Colombia's past. Your first stop is the iconic Plaza Mayor, the heart of Villa de Leyva and the largest cobblestone square in South America. Here, you'll soak in the colonial charm while admiring the surrounding architecture and lively atmosphere. Next, indulge your senses at the Chocolate Museum, where you'll learn about the history of chocolate in Colombia and sample some mouthwatering treats. It's a sweet experience you won't soon forget! Then, get ready for outdoor adventure as you choose between exploring the vibrant Pozos de Colores, embarking on a scenic hike around Villa de Leyva, or tackling the thrilling 12 Desafíos adventure course. From hanging bridges to canopy tours, there's plenty of adrenaline-pumping fun to be had. After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious lunch in Ráquira, a nearby artisan village known for its colorful pottery and crafts. Take in the sights and sounds of this charming town as you savor traditional Colombian cuisine. Before heading back to Bogotá, don't miss the chance to visit the Mano del Artesano viewpoint in Ráquira. From here, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, providing the perfect backdrop for some memorable photos. As the day comes to a close, reflect on the unforgettable experiences and new memories made during your adventure in Villa de Leyva and Ráquira. With its blend of history, culture, and outdoor excitement, this day trip promises to be a highlight of your Colombian journey.

From Bogotá: Private Tour to Villa de Leyva

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 Villa de Leyva

Overall rating

4.8
(73 reviews)

We enjoyed this tour. Ale was very friendly and prompt. She let us free wander the Cathedral for a couple of hours which was nice. Afterwards she took us around the nearby town and guided around which we enjoyed. Lunch was also delicious. We felt this tour is more of a transportation service, getting us to the Cathedral without any guidance inside. Overall we enjoyed this but if you want a guide inside the Cathedral this may not be the tour for you.

Tour guides Santiago and Juanes were a fun and wonderful team. The tour was designed to have maximum flexibility which is greatly appreciated. It is a long day visiting places that are far away but Santiago and Juanes ensured that the tourist experience is top notch and entertaining.

Karen and Carlos were an amazing company for our trip! Both were really kind, providing us with a huge amount of information and knowledge regarding the places we visited and Colombia in general! Amazing vibe…we totally recommend them for any future excursion!

Very good Very responsible driver Excellent transport It just wasn't better because one of the attractions we would most like to see (terracotta house) was closed, without this prior information

The tour with Andrea from the Gran Colombia Tour was very eventful. The places where we ate and drank were very tasty. What particularly impressed me was driving through Bogota.