Archaeological Site El Infiernito, Villa de Leyva

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Head to Archaeological Site El Infiernito, an unusual ancient area of the pre-Columbian Muisca civilisation, dubbed "little hell” by Spanish conquistadors because of its percieved Paganistic ritual practices. The 600 year old monoliths that adorn the site appear unmistakably phallic in shape, said to indicate a reverence to fertility. The archaeology links to practices of astronomy, agriculture, and religion. Remember your camera as these structures should be captured. To visit Archaeological Site El Infiernito on your trip to Villa de Leyva, use our Villa de Leyva trip generator.
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  • You have to imagine what it looked like in times gone by where the Muisca people told about the sun and solstices etc. The area has many phallis around so that is why the Catholics called it little he...  more »
  • The ancient Muiscas used this ceremonial site for studying the solar system and to honor the fertility gods. The phallic statues are interesting to see and there is also a tomb.  more »
  • This is an ancient observatory and religious site. Didn't really pick up everything about it as the signage is in Spanish, but it was a nice walk.  more »