Villa de Leyva
About this tour
We will cross the beautiful mountains and valleys of the northwest of Cundinamarca and Ubaté and then we will enter the centuries-old oak forests of Ráquira; Later we will cross the desert of La Candelaria and finally we will arrive at Villa de Leyva, a jewel of colonial architecture that is part of the network of heritage towns of Colombia and is nominated to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
- Place: From Sisga Dam (Cundinamarca) to Villa de Leyva (Boyaca), Colombia
- Horse riding vacations of 8 days / 7 nights (5 days of horseback riding) or 7 days / 6 nights (4 days of horseback riding)
- Meeting: Bogotá
- Airport: Bogotá
- Weather: Cold to Moderate temperatures
- Group: Min 4 / Max 12
- Also available for small (2-3 riders) groups (with supplement).
- Price: From USD 2.000 (5 days riding)
- Single supplement: USD 40 per night
- Age: Min 12 / Max 70
- Difficulty: strong intermediate
- Departure dates: Flexible
- Rainy season: April through August, October-November
Day 1: Bogotá Arrival in Bogotá.
Transfer Airport / Hotel. Check into hotel and overnight (no meals included).
Day 2: Sisga Dam – Cucunubá
Horses and guides await for us near the beautiful Sisga Dam, 1 hour from Bogotá. We will start our riding tour through the valley of the Sisga River until it flows into the Bogotá River, whose water at this point is still crystalline and full of aquatic life. Then, we will take a mountain trail on our way to Suesca Lake, from where we can appreciate the northern side of the Bogotá Savanna with the legendary Tominé Reservoir in the background. After crossing the Cajones Mountain at 3200 m.a.s.l. (meters above sea level) we will descend to the beautiful Suesca Lake where we can see the old railway station, which was used until the middle of last century. We will continue our way to Cucunubá, a beautiful colonial town well-known for its handmade virgin wool fabrics and clothes, located in a corner of the Ubaté Valley where we will spend the night at a cozy inn while the horses rest and are fed.
Day 3: Cucunubá – Guachetá
From Cucunubá we will take the road to Guachetá, admiring the beautiful natural lakes of Cucunubá and Fúquene, through paths that cross artisanal coal mines and beautiful dairy farms in the Ubaté Valley, arriving in the afternoon to a beautiful private Hacienda from the 1800´ s, full of history and just renewed.
Day 4: Guachetá – Monastery of La Candelaria
After breakfast we will proceed to Ráquira and the Monastery of La Candelaria where we will spend the night. Along this route we will see native oak tree forests, hundreds of years old, and with the Desert of La Candelaria within sight, we will find the many clay ceramic handicraft workshops for which the Ráquira region is famous. Finally, we will arrive at the beautiful Monastery of La Candelaria, the first to be established in the Americas by the Augustinian monks. It was founded by Father Mateo Delgado in 1604, on the banks of the Gacheneca River, where he started a community by bringing together the hermits that lived scattered in caves in the surrounding area. Today, the convent houses the novitiate of the Augustinian monks, is used for spiritual retreats, and also provides lodging for tourists.
Day 5: Monastery of La Candelaria – Villa de Leyva
After leaving the monastery we will cross the beautiful Desert of La Candelaria on our way to the Valley of Villa de Leyva. We will ride along the hills surrounding this beautiful town, founded in 1572 by order of Don Andres Diaz Venero de Leyva, first President of the New Kingdom of Granada, with the main purpose of becoming the supplier of foodstuffs for the conquistador armies stationed in Moniquirá and Tunja. In the afternoon we will arrive to a farm in the outskirts of town, and we will proceed to Villa de Leyva where we will enjoy a delicious meal in one of the many excellent restaurants that are available there.
Day 6: Villa de Leyva
We will ride heading north of Villa de Leyva enjoying the beautiful landscape and weather of this área and have a picnic besides one of the many creeks crossing this región. In the afternoon after a shower and something to drink at the hotel, we will go to Villa de Leyva where we will have a delicious meal in one of the many excellent restaurants that are available there.
7: City Tour in Villa de Leyva – Bogotá
We will visit the main square in the center of the Villa, considerate the biggest square of Colombia. It’s the most important attraction in the town along with the Church located in the principal square. The city tour includes the visit to the «Casa del Cabildo», a historical relic located next to the Principal Square, the «Casa de Nariño», house where Antonio Nariño died in 1823. The house is a museum now, where you can find an interesting material of the colonial time and the independence fight. Finally, we will see the «Claustro de San Agustín», first church of the town and headquarters of the Humboldt Institute. Return to Bogota in the afternoon and accommodation in a comfortable hotel (dinner not included).
Day 8: Bogotá Transfer Hotel / Airport.
End of this great adventure.
2 nights of accommodation in a Hotel in Bogotá (double rooms)
Transfer from Bogotá to/from the start/end point of the activity (round trip)
Professional guide (Spanish –English)
Horses with saddles. Spare horses and saddlebags https://www.acaballoporcolombia.co/siten/our-horses/
All meals and drinks during the riding program (lunch box or in local´ s houses and dinner in hotels or restaurants)
5 nights of accommodations in hotels during the riding expedition
First Aid Kit
Accident Insurance – Includes Covid assistance
Satellite tracker monitored by an assistance company
4×4 Support vehicle wth first aid profesional guide in permanent contact via satellite tracker and 2 way radios with the ride guides and the assistance company
Transport of luggage in private vehicles (1 suitcase per person)