The town of Raquira produces the most traditional handiwork in Colombia. It is told the first Spaniards to arrive where marveled at the fine pottery produced by the indigenous people, and that they carried on the tradition from generation to generation. The main square features numerous pottery masterwork, religious imagery, a statue of Jorge Veloza (Raquira-born creator of Caranguera music, very common in the region), and even a 4-meter high villager statue. The Candelaria Monastery was the first built in the Americas by the Agustin Recollet brotherhood. It features different rooms that highlight religious life and a salon filled with antiques, along with delicately kept gardens. A visit may be warranted to the caves built by the first holy men to dedicate their lives to prayer and contemplation.
Relaxing-contemplative tour; ideal for any age group, including mature travelers. Relaxing walk through Raquira main square, toured visit to the church, City Hall and several traditional handcraft stores for the purchase of souvenirs. 30-minute car drive to Raquira and another 30-minute drive to La Candelaria Monastery. Average duration: 4-5 hours.
Pottery Workshop: A quick review of the pottery manufacturing process along with explanations of different types of clay, turnstile handiwork, decoration and oven processes. Additional cost per person: 15,000 COP. Duration: 1 hour, approximately. To request an additional stop, please review Tour 3 Table.
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION: Hotel –Villa de Leyva Hotel.
DEPARTURE TIME: 9 AM or 2PM, please be ready to depart 10 minutes before the aforementioned time.
INCLUDED: Professional guide, accident insurance, transport hotel-tour area-hotel, beverages and snacks.
NOT INCLUDED: Entrance fees, Guide gratuity. Bilingual Guide (Additional Cost, options: English & French. Ask for the price).
NOTE: PRICED PER PERSON BASED ON TWO PEOPLE, FOR MORE PEOPLE REQUEST A QUOTE.
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