Colonial Charm in Villa de Leyva

3-Day Villa de Leyva Colonial Experience – Colombia

Prices from £275 pp

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Duration3 days / 2 nights (flexible)

LocationVilla le Leyva

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Visit the incredible underground Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira, before stepping back in time with a couple of days in Villa De Leyva – a cobbled colonial gem where you can get a glimpse into Colombia’s distant past. With a mild climate, peaceful hilly surroundings, and plenty of great places to eat and drink, Villa De Leyva provides a welcome break after bustling Bogota.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • 2 x breakfast
  • Local guide
  • Transport via Zipaquira Cathedral

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Travel to the Salt Cathedral and Villa De Leyva

It’s around a 4-hour drive between Bogota and Villa De Leyva by car, and you’ll make a unique stop-off along the way at the Zipaquira Cathedral. Built 200m underground in the tunnels of a former salt mine, it was originally a place of worship for the miners themselves and has since been expanded into an architectural masterpiece with the capacity to welcome visitors and pilgrims from all around. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the sub-terranean complex with a guide, before continuing your journey. On arrival in Villa De Leyva, you’ll check into a comfortable, colonial-style hotel near to the centre of the village with an open central courtyard where you can enjoy a drink when you arrive.

a statue over the village

Exploring the village and surroundings

Today we’ll arrange a walking tour with a local guide for you to get acquainted with this small but interesting village. There are some great museums showing remnants of the area’s history, as well as an award-winning vineyard, a bizarre terracotta house and even an archaeological site on the outskirts which is home to many ‘fertility’ statues. The evening is free for you to stroll through the cobbled streets and plazas, taking in the tranquil atmosphere and picking out one of the many quality restaurants for your evening meal.

a big village square

Continue your Journey

This morning it’ll be time to continue your journey, whether that mean heading north by land, or travelling back to Bogota to catch an onward flight.

a colourful bus on the beach
Rob standing by tree

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