We are a group of 4 from Toronto & Hong Kong taking a 7 days trip around Colombia in November 2018. We joined an amazing company called Colombia Travel Operator. The trip was tailor-made to us which covered places like Bogotá, Coffee Area, Medellin, Cartagena and Mompox. Kelly Botero, the charming beautiful young lady who we have corresponded since day 1 and till the end of the trip has been fascinating.
Villa de Leyva Day Tour
Private, 12+ hour tour
Interact with nature & cultural traditions like Boyaca bridge
Explore the Colonial town of Villa de leyva
The perfect day trip from Bogotá: a quaint colonial town
If you want to get deep into the colonial era in Colombia, visiting Villa de Leyva is the best way. Just three hours away from Bogotá, this village is home to the Boyaca Bridge, where the Colombian army fought the war against the Spanish and won the country’s independence. After a warm welcome from the town’s main square, you’ll enjoy a stroll around the town and maybe even sample a pastry from the local bakery. Then, it’s on to Infiernito, an old Muisca observatory and terracota house.
If you want to know more this trip, take a look to this article.
Thanks to Anita from The Sane travel for enjoy the tour.
What you’ll see
Main square at Villa de Leyva
Pozos Azules (Blue Ponds)
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All prices are per passenger and in USD
2 passengers $197
3 passengers $182
4 passengers $149
5 passengers $125
6 passengers $109
7 passengers $97
8 passengers $89
9 passengers $72
10 passengers $72
Hotel pick-up & drop-off anywhere in Bogotá
Year-round, every day (unless otherwise indicated)
2 – 10
- Private transportation and driver
- Bilingual guide
- Entrances to main attractions
- Medical insurance
Lunch, personal expenses, tips
What to bring:
Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
Note: we recommend bringing a raincoat if rain is in the forecast.
Overview of your tour
Once you leave Bogotá, your guide will recount the exact events of the war of independence. The Boyaca Bridge is one of our first stops. Once in Villa de Leyva, you’ll quickly see that this village is frozen in time, like a hidden treasure, due to the preserved Spanish-style architecture.
Upon arriving at Plaza Mayor, you’ll find yourself before the cathedral, where your guide will introduce you to Colombian history. Learn about it and ask him anything. We’ll then head to Infiernito, an ancient Muisca observatory, where you’ll learn how these people predicted the best time to harvest.
We’ll then give you some free time to enjoy lunch (ask your guide for recommendations if you’re lost!). After lunch, it’s off to the Pozos Azules — a gorgeous, blue water reservoir in the middle of the desert. After photographing and enjoying this natural beauty as much as you like, we’ll finish the tour with Casa Terracotta, one of the biggest pieces of pottery in the world.
It is quite a long trip, so we recommend you stay one night in the town. There are several great options, so if you’d like recommendations, please just let us know. We’d also be happy to arrange a 2-day package if you’d prefer — just get in touch with us.
Good to know
This tour explores the history of Colombia and the colonial era.
This tour is private and safe so that you feel comfortable roaming around outside the city.
The proposed route is more of a recommendation — just let us know what sort of things you want to see and we can take you there!
Our guides are local and have been precisely trained to know their way around the area quite well.
Medical insurance is included in the price of all of our tours, so we have you covered in the unlikely event of an accident.
Frequently asked questions
Will there be other people on my tour?
All of our tours are private. That is, if you book a certain day and time slot, you (and your group) will be the only one(s) on the tour, provided that you are all included in the same booking.
Do you only give tours in English and Spanish?
We are proud to say that we have an incredible team with a wide array of languages. In total, we can offer tours in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, and Italian. We also have a Russian interpreter that can come along and translate for us. Please indicate your language preference upon booking (languages other than English and Spanish come at an additional cost).
This tour is a bit lengthy for me. Is there any way to shorten it?
The travel time to and from Villa de Leyva is about 3 hours each way. If you’d like to modify the itinerary of the tour (even split it into 2 days!), just get in touch with us and we’ll help adjust the schedule to your needs.
Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page!
See what previous tour-goers have said
I would like to give special thanks to Kelly for planning my itinerary for Cartagena and Bogota – she also arranged my airport transfers in both cities, my full day tour in Cartagena was amazing! We fell in love with the walled city, such beautiful buildings and great restaurants. Kelly gave us some really good restaurant recommendations and we also enjoyed the trip to fort San Felipe.
Amazing tour and amazing tour guide (Julio)! My first tour in Colombia and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The sites were amazing and the food was incredible. Thanks to our guide Julio for going above and beyond to making sure we had a great time.