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May 1, 2014 - San Gil to Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Thursday 1st May 2014 San Gil to Villa de Leyva, Colombia Left San Gil at around 7:45am and because there were protesters blocking the main road, we travelled via a secondary road, much narrower and windy, through the hills. We had beautiful views of the valleys and the farms between us and the hills. There were many crops growing, including tomatoes in large buildings covered in plastic (like hothouses), corn, cane and wheat. The scenery was quite spectacular – very green, with many rushing rivers. We stopped at a fossil museum – they had...

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Feb 19, 2014 - Villa de Leyva to Armenia

I woke up at 7 and thought I ought to opt into the 'optional' trip if I were the only one to be picked up at the hotel in the late morning but, when I mentioned this to the guide hetold me others were not going so they would have to come back in any case. So I had made the gesture and set off leisurely for the museum based in the old colonial home of a local artist which the Lonely Planet said opened at 9. Instead, it opened at 10 leaving me a bit stranded. I had wanted to do a hike but had not got the information as there was not enough...

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Cuba and Colombia

Feb 18, 2014 - To Villa de Leyva

We packed up and left our wonderfully comfortable hotel in Bogota to drive firstly to the ‘old new town’ of Guatavita – the real old one having been drowned in 1967 to give way to a reservoir. The new town was built in a similar style and is quite a pretty little place with walkways and little roads. A local restaurant has some photos of the villagers packing up and leaving – the most suggestive one with people standing on the steps of the church and watching the water begin to rise. We then continue to the Guatavita Lagoon the one of the...

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Cuba and Colombia

Apr 8, 2011 - Tunja - Colombia

April 7, 2011 Today I wanted to get to a town called Tunja.. It is a university town. One in five people is a student. Should be cool. The first thing I did was check the tyre pressure. A little low [5lbs] but good to go. I should mention the reason why I don’t want to buy a new tyre is that this one is bald. Really really bald. To put HER in my living room with a bald tyre is much more appropriate that to put her there with a new one. She only has 350km’s to go. And now, in Tunja 220km’s. When I fueled up I also put in 10lbs. The front...

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May 9, 2010 - Villa de Leyva via Tunja

Day of riding buses...start at 7 am to a bus stop near Hostel but I failed to heed the hostel suggestion to only get on a bus w/ 'Terminal' on it! Instead, I asked driver if he went to the Terminal - Yes! After 45 min we were dropped off at a place to get another bus - we thought. I looked across the blvd and saw a street sign reading 'Terminal', but since driver said we needed another bus & we asked 2 girls at the stop, both said Yes, we needed another bus. Ten minutes later we got on one that said 'Terminal'...girls indicated this was it!...

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Jan 2, 2010 - Les pueblos coloniaux

On remonte la cordillère (des Andes) orientale, en busetas (petits minibus bondés), avec pour objectif la côte caraïbe. Première escale dans le Boyaca, à Villa de Leyva. Ce petit village colonial, très bien conservé, est niché au creux des montagnes. Rues pavées de grosses pierres, maisons blanchies à la chaux, et en prime une très bonne pâtisserie francaise! On a rencontré beaucoup de Bogotanos, qui viennent passer le week-end là, mais très peu de touristes étrangers (comme c´est le cas dans beaucoup de campagnes colombiennes). Conseillés...

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Sep 2, 2006 - Villa de Leyva

Close to Bogotá, many people had talked of Villa de Leyva as a small, pretty village off the high sierra i.e. better and warmer weather. I fancied a couple of days away from the traffic, noise and pollution of Bogotá..... Only 3 hours away (close) I thought I was the only foreigner in the village. Not quite Gunfight at the OK Corral, but I could imagine how it could have been 100 years ago. The village is small, less than 5,000 inhabitants and a few more out in the surronding countryside. It's popular as a weekend retreat for Bogotanos so I...

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Aug 22, 2005 - Surprising Colombia

Colombia is a bag full of surprises. Baigalmaa, Justin and myself were skeptical of Bogotá upon arrival, but our appreciation of the city grew day by day. The colonial architecture, excellent museums, diverse restaurant scene and the amazing friendliness of the locals continued to inspire good thoughts over our first three days. It's a clean city, and easily manageable using a combination of foot power and low-cost taxis. La Candelaria, the historic district, is one of narrow alleys, pastel-colored shops and the sounds of Colombian music...

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Jul 18, 2005 - Colombia - Tunja

A quick stop off for breakfast and to visit some of Colombia's finest churches and the Casa del Fundador Suarez Rendon - a house built in the 16th century with amazing painted ceilings that have lasted over 400years. Then its off to one of the numerous chemists that frequent all of South America for the latest Dodley incident...from the symptoms and its best I don't go there, Dodley ends up with the choice of an injection (imagine that being offered in Boots!) or 4 horse tablets in one go... Suffice to say the tablets are swallowed and my...

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Jul 16, 2005 - Colombia - Villa De Leyva

We arrived here on the recommendation of a couple of travellers and what a tip it was - this is an absolutely fantastic place and as luck would have it we arrive midst the Feista de Carmen - a weekend of music, live bands, incredible fireworks, markets and equestrian events. The town is a colonial, national monument, with beautiful architecture, the largest Colombian plaza and characters straight out of a spaghetti western. It is also a getaway for rich Bogotarians and consequently has great resturants, bars and shops. Our hotel is one of...

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Mar 21, 2005 - Colombia: Villa De Leyva

I'd been ill with some kind of stomach bug so the relatively short bus 4hr bus journey from San Gil to Villa de Leyva was a relief with only one bus change at Tunja. This was my first time at altitude above 2,500m (Tunja is at 2,800m) and I really felt it! Despite the breathlessness that accompanies the thin air, the freshness of it and cooler temperatures was a welcome change. Villa de Leyva is a very pretty colonial mountain town set in a valley - all cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings with flowers on the balconies and shutters....

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Nov 20, 2004 - Tunja

Take a step back from all your expectations of Latin America here. This is a little piece of Europe, transplanted into the mountains at nearly 2900m, so just as cold. The city is up on hte hill and quite pretty in the old colonial style. It has big plazas( still called Bolivar) and quaint buildings all around. They havn`t quite caught up on the big cities, but that makes the place all the nicer. I just couldn`t be on the bus to Bogota nay longer- I will head there tomorrow and meet Trudy I hope.

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