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 attractions planner .
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  • A small, but very interesting place to visit! Our guide was very friendly and spoke English! He had a lot of knowledge about the fossils and provided thorough explanations of all the fossil exhibits. ...  more »
  • It is a very interesting Museum. It boasts several fossils and skeletons of various species of dinosaurs and extinct animals. Our guide was very nice and clear with all the information. They have enough knowledge on the different species. Very recommended this place!
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  • I visited this Center with my family (kids of 6 and 12 years old) and they were really interested listening to our guide explaining different fossils exhibited and labor developed in this Research cen...  more »
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  • Is a good place to visit even if you are not an archeologist or paleontologist. You learn some interesting things like how half of Colombia, all the andean mountains, were under water million of years ago, and Villa de Leyva was a beach.
  • Cool place to enjoy about the Colombian paleontology.
  • Very interesting place, some awesome fossils and nice guides but very small place. The visit lasted about 20 minutes.
  • Very great and informative
  • 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

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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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