Summary of The Day: Get started with a 7 am pickup at the hotel, proceeding north towards Villa de Leyva. Enjoy of a historical stop at the Boyacá Bridge, where the battle of Boyacá took place in the 19th century which helped secure Colombia’s independence from the Spaniards.
Right before arriving to Villa de Leyva, go to El Infiernito (Little Hell) and marvel in an ancient Muisca observatory and how they used to calculate the optimal time for harvest and then visit the blue pond, a water reservoir created by farmers. The water’s color has turned into a surprisingly vivid blue that contrasts beautifully with the arid vegetation.
You’ll reach the colonial village around 2:30 pm and check into the cozy traditional guest house that’ll be booked for your group. Casa de las Ventanas del Fierro is a guest house in the historical part of Villa de Leyva two blocks away from the square. The house was built in 1623 and the actual owners bought it and finished its reconstruction in 1976, at first it was a family house but it’s became a guest house over the years. The house has a gorgeous interior garden and a balcony over the small stream that passes through San Agustin’s convent.
Feel free to explore the town the rest of the afternoon. The village was established around the enormous Plaza Mayor, a cobblestone main square that has a surface of 14.000m² and its delimited by the church and the colonial houses which are know shops, restaurants, hotels. Wander through narrow cobblestone streets and be swept of your feet by their charm, white washed facades and rustic wooden doors.
Summary of The Day: Explore the village and its surroundings by yourself or we can help by arranging any other activity of your preference (not included in the price). Even though Villa de Leyva is a small it has a wide range of activities to offer from hiking in natural parks to buggy races, horseback riding, bird watching, archaeological sites to museums and historical buildings.
At 11:00 am you will be picked up at your hotel and you’ll be taken to Ráquira, a small village nearby, famous for its amazing craftsmanship of woodworking, pottery, basketry and more. Have the opportunity to do some souvenir shopping and the then proceed to go back to Bogotá where you’ll be taken back to your hotel.
Casa de Terracota
It is also optional to change any of the activities above for the Casa de Terracota, which is a house made of clay measuring 500 m² in Villa de Leyva is considered the largest piece of pottery in the world. This is the Terracotta House, bricked colored structure that architect Octavio Mendoza baked in the same manner as pottery makers when they produce vases, dishes and other decorative objects. It is a construction which according to its creator, transforms it into habitable architecture.
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