Laguna de Iguaque, Villa de Leyva

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#5 of 9 in Parks in Boyaca Department
Hidden in the middle of a national park lies the sacred and scenic little lake, Laguna de Iguaque--your reward after a challenging, three-hour hike from the visitor center. The surrounding wildlife sanctuary includes a mountainscape with a páramo ecosystem, complete with frailejon plants, ferns, lichen, and puyas that thrive in the alpine tundra. The lake also has cultural significance: an indigenous legend tells how a goddess rose out of the lake and bore a baby boy, the originator of the human race. The area lends itself to a moderate hike, led by a local guide. Do wear shoes with a good grip, and dress in many layers in order to adjust to the changing temperatures. Using our world travel planner, Villa de Leyva attractions like Laguna de Iguaque can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • He is recommended to wear clothes for the weather cold, grippy shoes or boots of rubber and snacks for the road. Okay senalizado. It is a challenge that will surely enjoy the beauty of the landscape and a path of adventure. It is not recommended for small children or older people
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  • We have 4 hours needed for the ascent to the lagoon. The so-called "wall" is a steeper initially Rocky, later existing grass climb that has it all. Then, it's direction rather cosy lagoon.
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  • Not only the walk through the Park is amazing, although a little heavy, but that to reach the top after a spectacular lagoon with landscapes typical of Boyacá.
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  • A fascinating place full of a unique beauty; where one breathes an atmosphere of peace and unparalleled tranquility. Special thanks to Jacky and Nohora Esperanza for his big heart, help and service during our short but beautiful visit.
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  • Spectacular natural environment! The trail is well signposted and the Lake is beautiful. The ascent and the descent have a steep stretch so it is recommended to have good physical condition and carry enough hydration. It is an excellent day for travelers who are staying in Villa de Leyva.
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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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