Northern Boyacá – Towns of Yore

1 day
  • Market on the Road to Aquitania, Tota Lake. Cultural-and-History-with-Colombian-Highlands-67-1024×683
  • Iza, Boyacá, Colombia. Cultural-and-History-with-Colombian-Highlands-65-1024×683
  • White Beach at Tota Lake (Playa Blanca). Ecotours-with-Colombian-Highlands-6-1024×768
  • Frailejón, Paramo Ecosistem. Ecotours-with-Colombian-Highlands-4-1024×768
  • Tota Lake, Aquitania, Boyacá. Ecotours-with-Colombian-Highlands-3
  • Monguí, Colombia

This day-long tour visits historic and natural interest sites, as well as settlements that seem to have been transported back to ancient times –all of them beautiful and unique. Starting from Villa de Leyva and heading towards Paipa we find the Pantano de Vargas monument, a symbol of heroism in the Colombian independency wars. The second destination is the town of Firavitoba and Iza, a place famous for its sweat lodges and mouthwatering desserts. After enjoying a good sweat (Iza Hot Spring) and a delicious lunch, we continue towards Observation Points that look down on the Tota Lagoon until we reach the Playa Blanca (White Beach) area, where we will enjoy a stroll through its white sands. At mid-afternoon, we continue towards Patrimonio de Monguí (Monguí’s Heritage Site) to tour its colonial-fashioned streets, where the tour will end and the party returns to Villa de Leyva or continues to another destination, according to its convenience.

Relaxing-contemplative-cultural tour. Ideal for any age group from 8 years old to mature travelers. Maximum 2 hours visit to the sweat lodges. Return to Villa de Leyva or to another destination at the travelers’ request. Cold weather with high probability of rain. Adequate trekking clothes and shoes are a must. Swimming suits and towels are encouraged.

Recommendation: Include an additional night at Iza to spend more time at the sweat lodges and another night at Monguí to visit the numerous interesting locations, such as the Ocetá Paramo and the nearby lagoons. All lodgings are organized by Colombian Highlands. See additional fees. Colombian Highlands also offer transportation from Monguí or Iza to Bogota or Barichara.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION: Hotel –Villa de Leyva Hotel or according to its convenience.

DEPARTURE TIME: 8AM, please be ready to depart 10 minutes before the aforementioned time.

INCLUDED: Professional guide, accident insurance, Lunch bag, entrance to thermal spring.

NOT INCLUDED: Other entrance fees, Guide gratuity. Bilingual Guide (Additional Cost, options: English & French. Ask for the price).


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8AM. Pickup at your hotel. Travel towards Tunja on route to our first destination.

9:30AM. Stop at the Pantano de Vargas Monument and listen to a recount of the Battle that transpired that day. We continue towards Firabitova, and upon arrival a brief stop will be made at the main street.

10:30AM. When reaching Iza we will tour its main streets and plaza.

11AM. We reach Batán thermal grounds to enjoy its medicinal waters and have lunch afterwards.

2:30PM. Hiking continues towards Playa Blanca at the Tota Lagoon sector and from there to the Monguí village.

4:30PM. Arrival at the Monguí village and tour/photographic tour of the streets of this heritage village and a long pause to drinking a coffee or to enjoy the traditional “onces” from Boyacá (hot chocolate or coffee with cakes or biscuits).

5:30PM. Return to Villa de Leyva or end tour if the traveler may wish to stay at Monguí.

7:30PM. End of the tour at your hotel in Villa de Leyva.


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