Laguna de Iguaque, Villa de Leyva

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#4 of 8 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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  • September 19, 2017
    It is a beautiful, full of nature and views very nice walk and several ecosystems, 3 to be exact. The path very well signposted by national parks. Important to take sufficient liquid meal, keeping runners to the ground, jacket for the cold, in our case it rained in the lagoon, but all worth. I loved the experience.
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  • July 30, 2017
    I had the opportunity to make this journey with my oldest daughter, my spouse and a couple of friends, to make this journey, it is important to take various aspects into account to know what face and be able to enjoy the experience. Should reach over no later than 8:30 am to be at times posed by the guides, the couple of friends came up with us until the third season, they are ten to the lagoon, I recommend to not go up during rainy season because it is an activity in the field of care, the three meet the objective and we crowned in 4 hours ascent in the Lake must not be later than the one in the afternoon, the return is best done with calm and if it takes them overnight in the place isn't for nothing advisable, was for me the most rewarding experiences that I could do, I'm not sure back up but if I recommend you at least go a time in your life wear light clothing, sweatshirt, shoes, climbing water and something sweet can be chocolates, all that rise should download it do not leave anything at the crossing. Good luck if you dare
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  • July 24, 2017
    I have 58 years and not I thought that would be able to upload to the lagoon, three hours walking and climbing a height of 2800 meters to 3800 mtas. but to achieve it, and it was very rewarding. at a pace even breathing, moisturizing and eager. accompanied by my colleague and my two children. the trail is only one of ascent and descent, has difficult parts and parts less difficult. the paramo is beautiful. the frailejones, the silence, the birds, the sounds of nature. the descent is more difficult. I suggest to bring cane to help, good shoes boot type ankle. It is a plan of 6 hours of walking.
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  • January 15, 2017
    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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  • October 18, 2016
    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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