Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, Villa de Leyva

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A visit to Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP allows you to step into a world of marine dinosaurs that inhabited these parts eons ago. The surrounding area was once part of the ocean, and proof of that is found in the museum housing many well-preserved fossils and bones from the prehistoric era. Exhibited in the museum, among other things, are remains of plesiosaurus, ichtiosaurus, kronosaurus, and many smaller creatures. Add Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP to your Villa de Leyva travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Villa de Leyva trip itinerary planner.
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  • Interesting project visit with children is excellent, there are many activities to be developed. I consider rather high cost, most still in season low and during the week, I think that this would improve the flow of visitors. The tour is short and very well explained.
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  • Highly surprised to find a fossil of the size and status of a Kronosaurio, it's worth coming and visitor this magnificent site that keeps track of the evolution of the world.
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  • Small but very well organized, the guided tour is mandatory to understand the content of the pieces gathered there. I hope to continue to grow. Highly qualified guides
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  • Knowledgeable guides make a difference here. Two of us joined three other people to listen to their English-speaking guide. We learned a lot about the exhibit and the research that is going on in the Center. Even though they have labels in English, still you get a lot more information from the guide. Don't miss this opportunity, especially since you probably won't have a guide at the nearby El Fósil . This place (the Center) is much more informative about different kinds of fossils that can be found in the area, so go see the giant dino at El Fósil first, and then come to this Center to see other kinds of fossils and get valuable information. Both sites together will take less than two hours, maybe even an hour of you are in a hurry and don't spend much time at El Fósil and leave the Center right after the guided tour (assuming that you are lucky and don't have to wait (we did not)). Visited in January 2016
  • Very interesting place, some awesome fossils and nice guides but very small place. The visit lasted about 20 minutes.
  • Nice museum to visit
  • Wonderful place and informative museum like
  • Paleontology building.

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A popular destination for international tourists and weekend visitors from Bogota, Villa de Leyva offers a good number of accommodations to suit its varied list of visitors. The town's largely unchanged colonial core features characterful period lodgings set in old manor homes and villas, possessing an atmosphere entirely in keeping with the cobblestone streets and peaceful plazas. Simpler posadas (guesthouses) dot Villa de Leyva's side streets, offering comfortable rooms in relaxed lodgings.
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