Villa de Leyva Trail

Andean Colombia: (IT-COL08)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/colombia_villa_de_leyva_trail.aspx

Introduction
Andean Colombia
The Viceroy's Roads - Ponds, Desert and Colonial Heritage.

Accomodation

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Experience
This trip caters to strong intermediate riders and above as it includes several long days on horseback.
Overall, guest should come with a positive attitude and ability to listen to the guide’s instructions.

Horses
Our horses are the result of a careful selection for more than 25 years, and all of them have some Colombian Criollo in their blood. Our horses have a heart marked on their left forearm. This symbol has been used on cattle and horses in family haciendas for more than 150 years.
For our trails, we like to use angloarabians crossed with Colombian Criollos as they are particularly suited for multi-day excursions and long distance rides.

Itinerary

Sample itinerary - Subject to changes

Day 1: Bogotá Arrival in Bogotá.

Transfer Airport / Hotel. Check into hotel and overnight (no meals included).

Day 2: Sisga Dam - Cucunubá
Following a traditional breakfast at a restaurant by the beautiful Sisga Dam, 1 hour from Bogotá, where the horses and guides await us, we will start our riding tour through the valley of the Sisga River until it flows into the Bogotá River, whose water at this point is still crystalline and full of aquatic life. Then, we will take a mountain trail on our way to Suesca Lake, from where we can appreciate the northern side of the Bogotá Savanna with the legendary Tominé Reservoir in the background. After crossing the Cajones Mountain at 3200 m.a.s.l. (meters above sea level) we will descend to the beautiful Suesca Lake where we can see the old railway station, which was used until the middle of last century. We will continue our way to Cucunubá, a beautiful colonial town well-known for its handmade virgin wool fabrics and clothes, located in a corner of the Ubaté Valley where we will spend the night at a cozy inn while the horses rest and are fed.

Day 3: Cucunubá - Monastery of La Candelaria
From Cucunubá we will take the road to Guachetá, admiring the beautiful natural lakes of Cucunubá and Fúquene, through paths that cross artisanal coal mines, and then proceed to Ráquira and the Monastery of La Candelaria where we will spend the night. Along this route we will see native oak tree forests, hundreds of years old and, with the Desert of La Candelaria within sight, we will find the many clay ceramic handicraft workshops for which the Ráquira region is famous. Finally, we will arrive at the beautiful Monastery of La Candelaria, the first to be established in the Americas by the Augustinian monks. It was founded by Father Mateo Delgado in 1604, on the banks of the Gacheneca River, where he started a community by bringing together the hermits that lived scattered in caves in the surrounding area. Today, the convent houses the novitiate of the Augustinian monks, is used for spiritual retreats, and also provides lodging for tourists.

Day 4: Monastery of La Candelaria - Villa de Leyva
After leaving the monastery we will cross the beautiful Desert of La Candelaria on our way to the Valley of Villa de Leyva. We will ride through the cobblestone streets of this beautiful town, founded in 1572 by order of Don Andres Diaz Venero de Leyva, first President of the New Kingdom of Granada, with the main purpose of becoming the supplier of foodstuffs for the conquistador armies stationed in Moniquirá and Tunja. The horses will stay at a farm in the outskirts of town, and we will proceed to Villa de Leyva where we will enjoy a delicious meal in one of the many excellent restaurants that are available there. We will spend the night at a comfortable colonial hotel.

Day 5: City Tour in Villa de Leyva - Bogotá
We will visit the principal square in the center of the Villa, considerate the biggest square of Colombia. It's the most important attraction in the town along with the Church located in the principal square. The city tour includes the visit to the "Casa del Cabildo", a historical relic located next to the Principal Square, the "Casa de Nariño", house where Antonio Nariño died in 1823. The house is a museum now, where you can find an interesting material of the colonial time and the independence fight. Finally, we will see the "Claustro de San Agustín", first church of the town and headquarters of the Humboldt Institute. Return to Bogota in the afternoon and accommodation in a comfortable hotel (no meals included).

Day 6: Bogotá Transfer Hotel / Airport.
End of this great adventure.

** Also available in extended version 8 days / 7 nights / 5 days of horseback riding.


Rates and Dates for Villa de Leyva Trail

Rates include:

accommodations, meals, 3 days riding, 1 day city tour in Villa de Leyva, guide, taxes

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20196-day tour, AP$2130

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Single supplement - please inquire $0
2019 Non-rider rate - please inquire $0
2019 Transfers from/to Bogotá included $0
2019 Group discount (8+), dbl, pp $-525

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 01/01 - 12/31 6d / 5n 6-day tour, AP 4 /12 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

meals on first and last day at the hotel in Bogotá, alcoholic drinks, laundry, tips

Other Info
Meeting: Bogotá
Airport: Bogotá
Transfer: Bogotá

Climate:
                                                Bogotá area


Month

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Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

68

68

68

67

67

66

65

66

66

67

67

67

Average Low Temperature (°F)

43

45

47

49

49

48

47

46

46

47

47

45

Average High Temperature (°C)

20

20

20

20

19

19

18

19

19

19

19

20

Average Low Temperature (°C)

6

7

8

9

9

9

8

8

8

8

8

7

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

3

6

9

11

12

9

7

7

8

11

10

7

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The average daily temperature is hot and relative humidity is above 75%. The rainy season is between April and November, and the summer or dry season is from December to March.

It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes, long-sleeved shirts, long, fresh and easy to dry pants, hat, boots or shoes to tie, sunscreen and repellent that’s environmentally friendly, sunglasses and if you want  equestrian gloves.

What To Bring:
Attire: 
  • Hat of wide wing. 
  • Raincoat. 
  • 2 baggy pants. 
  • 2 shirts (long sleeves). 
  • 3 to 6 pairs of socks.
  • 2 t-shirts. 
  • Footwear: 1 – 2 pairs of sporting shoes. Do not wear very wide shoes to avoid trouble putting your feet in the stirrups. Riding boots are recommended.
  • Breeches. If you want to wear jeans or similar we recommend to use chaps if you have them or long underwear to avoid bruises. 
  • Gloves to avoid sunburn and bruises.
Personal equipment:
  • Particular medications. 
  • Flashlight and batteries. 
  • Sunglasses. Eyedrops (for people sensitive or allergic to the dust). 
  • Sunblock factor (30 minimum, desirable 50), moisturizer, lip balm, creams to heal bruising.
  • Elements for personal hygiene (medium towel, soap, toothbrush, wet wipes, etc.). 
  • Camera with good or rechargeable batteries.