8 days in Bogota, Villa de Leyva & Zipaquira Itinerary

8 days in Bogota, Villa de Leyva & Zipaquira Itinerary

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8 days in Bogota, Villa de Leyva & Zipaquira Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  15​h 15​min
Bogota
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Villa de Leyva
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Zipaquira
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

3
nights
Bogota

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): wander the streets of Parque 93, then stroll through Parque de Usaquen, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Comercial Cento Chia. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Basilica del Senor de Monserrate, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Francisco, and then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Bogota Jose Celestino Mutis.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Bogota route maker site .

Charlotte, USA to Bogota is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Charlotte in May, things will get slightly colder in Bogota: highs are around 66°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Villa de Leyva.

Things to do in Bogota

#Parks, #Shopping, #Wildlife

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Centro Comercial Cento Chia
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2
nights
Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva ©
Positioned away from major trade routes and exploitable resources, the colonial town of Villa de Leyva has been largely left alone--leaving a window into the 16th century that has become one of Colombia's most popular attractions.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Granja de Avestruces, then examine the collection at Museo El Fosil, then engage your brain at Centro de Investigaciones Paleontologicas - CIP, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia del Carmen. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Couvent ecce homo, then do a tasting at Viñedo Ain Karim, then see the interesting displays at Casa Museo Antonio Narino, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Rosario.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Villa de Leyva visit planner.

Getting from Bogota to Villa de Leyva by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Villa de Leyva can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zipaquira.

Things to do in Villa de Leyva

#Museums, #Wineries, #Childrens Museums
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Museo El Fosil ©
Museo El Fosil
Viñedo Ain Karim ©
Viñedo Ain Karim

1
night
Zipaquira

Zipaquira ©
A tour of Zipaquira, the salt-mining capital of Colombia, remains one of the best day-trip ideas from Bogota.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Laguna de Guatavita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Diocesana, don't miss a visit to Plaza del Minero, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sal.

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Traveling by car from Villa de Leyva to Zipaquira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zipaquira

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks

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Laguna de Guatavita
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Laguna de Guatavita ©
Laguna de Guatavita
Catedral de Sal ©
Catedral de Sal
Catedral Diocesana ©
Catedral Diocesana

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