Colombia
Villa de Leyva

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  • Day8

    Eine andere Welt

    September 29, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Aus unseren Betten stolperten wir direkt in den Bus, ohne eigentlich genau zu wissen was uns erwarten würde. Ca. 40 Minuten dauerte es bis wir am Füße des Berges ankamen und die ersten Schritte Richtung Lagune gingen. Weitere 20 Minuten zu Fuß, kamen wir am Eingang des Nationalparks an. Nun hieß es 3h lang einen Berg erklimmen, um die einzigartige Flora und Fauna "Páramo" sowie die Lagune "La Laguna de Iguaqué" zu entdecken. Páramo ist eine Vegetationsform der baumlosen, tropisch-äquatorialen Hochlandsteppen in den Höhenlagen der Gebirge. Diese sind typisch für die nördlichen Anden Südamerikas. Insgesamt gibt es 9 Stationen bis die Lagune de Iguaqué erreicht wird. Gemeinsam mit den Französinnen bestiegen wir die ersten beiden Stationen. Wir mussten uns dann jedoch schnell eingestehen, dass die Höhe uns immer noch zu schaffen macht und man uns wie eine Dampflok schnaufen hörte. Wir beschlossen die Wanderung in unserem eigenem Tempo fortzusetzen, Pausen einzulegen, die Natur sowie die faszinierende Aussicht zu genießen. Der Weg war schlammig, steinig und stufig, sodass unsere Lust und Kraft weiter zu gehen, sich manchmal in Luft auflöste. Nach drei Stunden bergauf wandernd als auch mit allen Vieren kletternd, waren wir begeistert, überwältigt und fasziniert von der Natur. Bäume wuchsen in dieser Höhe nicht mehr. Dafür einzigartige Schopfrosetten und Horstgräser, die pro Jahr nur 1 cm wachsen. Umgeben von einer Berglandschaft und einer zauberhaften unberührten Natur lag die Lagune. Stolz auf uns, dies gemeistert zu haben, aßen wir umgeben von der Melodie des Parkes unser Proviant. Da es ziemlich schnell anfing zu regnen, machten wir uns wieder auf den Weg nach unten, der durch den Regen teilweise ziemlich rutschig war. Nach über 6 h und 28000 Schritten, nahmen wir nur noch eine Dusche bevor wir uns ins Bett kuschelten und gemeinsam den Tag Revue passieren ließen.Read more

  • Day9

    Die Seele baumeln lassen

    September 30, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Villa de Leyva weckte uns mit schönsten Sonnenstrahlen. Wir ließen den Tag ruhig angehen, frühstückten in einem nahegelegenen Café und schlenderten anschließend durch die Gassen der Kolonialstadt. Zum Mittag trudelten wir in einem kleinen Restaurant ein und freuten uns auf den bestellten Salat. Nachmittags nahmen wir uns Zeit für Telefonte in die Heimat. Zuhause war es mittlerweile schon fast Mitternacht, sodass dort schon bald Schlafenszeit war. Guter Dinge nach den wohltuenden Gesprächen, aßen wir gemeinsam mit den Volunteers des Hostels Abendbrot und ließen den Tag mit interessanten Reisegeschichten ausklingen.Read more

  • Day7

    Villa de Leyva

    September 28, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Nach dem Frühstück hieß es für uns Abschied nehmen. Anbei bemerkt, wird das tägliche Rührei wohl das einzige sein, was wir nicht vermissen werden. ;)
    Der Bus fuhr pünktlich los, allerdings wurden aus den erwarteten 2h, 4h Busfahrt. Wir gerieten unterwegs in einen krassen Regen, der Steine von einem Berg neben der Fahrbahn spülte und auf den Bus rieseln ließ. Wir waren sichtlich erleichtert als wir heil in Villa de Leyva ankamen.
    Nach einem mittlerweile gewohnten Umherirren und Nachfragen fanden wir unser Hostel in dem idyllischen Kolonialort. Kopfsteinpfasterstraßen und weiß gekalkte Häuser ließen die Zeit in dieser Stadt gefühlt stehenbleiben. In unserem Hostelzimmer lernten wir zwei Französinnen kennen und verabredeten uns für den nächsten Tag für eine Wanderung zu einer nahegelegenen Lagune. Da der Bus schon um 7Uhr morgens fahren sollte, fielen wir nach dem Abendbrot und einem Proviantkauf früh in die Federn.
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  • Day429

    Villa de Leyva, Columbia

    July 9, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Our middle-of-the-night flight out of Bolivia landed before 7am in Bogota. We hopped in a cab to the bus station and ~4 hours later arrived in the ridiculously charming colonial town of Villa de Leyva.
    We were immediately struck by how clean, well-developed, and vibrantly green Columbia appears. And this little village was a wonderful soft landing as it’s one of the most picturesque parts of the country and we were staying at a beautifully restored villa-hotel. Luxury!
    We love South America’s colonial cities. We recognize they were (sadly) mostly built on pillage and oppression and they can feel a little Disney-ish because they are just that perfect. Still, we can’t resist their charm.
    Apart from wandering through the cobblestone streets and enjoying some delicious juices, coffee (for John) and good food, we had to deal with a few annoyances. First, John threw his back out while playing with the adorable resident boxer (dog) and ended up in bed for a couple of days, unable to walk without discomfort. Luckily, it only cost ~$40 for a doctor to visit our hotel and give him a shot so he could get back on his feet. We also got attacked one morning by small biting insects that managed to bite Christy at least 40 times, and John a bit less. The bites are the worse we’ve experienced in terms of itchiness and swelling. We still don’t know what they were, but yuck. Otherwise, we loved this town!
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  • Day219

    Villa de Leyva

    September 16, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Nach gut vier Stunden Busfahrt von Bogota, sind wir im Kolonialstädtchen Villa de Leyva angekommen. Die kleine Ortschaft hat uns auf Anhieb gefallen und gehört zu den schönsten Kolonialorten in Kolumbien. In einem Freiluftrestaurant mit vielen bunten Tischen und Stühlen, haben wir typisch kolumbianisches Essen genossen. Am nächsten Tag schlenderten wir durch die hübschen Gassen und schauten in die unzähligen kleinen Läden rein. Wir fanden hier und da bereits die ersten Souvenirs für unsere Liebsten zu Hause. Auch die vielen schönen Cafes, von welchen die meisten Sitzplätze im freien anbieten, haben wir auskundschaftet. Die Pflasterstrassen, die vielen bunten Blumen und die schönen Fassaden machen die Ortschaft einfach schön. Am darauffolgenden Tag nehmen wir den Vormittagsbus zurück nach Bogota, wo wir noch die letzten paar Tage Lateinamerika in uns auf saugen.Read more

  • Day16

    Half of the country in one day

    May 29, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    A day of pure travelling: I started in the morning with a flight from Pasto to Bogotá, where I went to fetch some stuff at Daniel's house. From there, I took the transmilenio to the bus station, so I could go to Villa de Leyva, changing buses in Tunja. Even though it was a really tiring day, I enjoyed seeing the beautiful landscapes on my way. Also, in Pasto I launched from the smallest airport I have seen in all my life: it offers solely flights from and to Bogotá, has two waiting rooms and security opens only before boarding.
    In the afternoon I finally arrived in the amazing colonial city of Villa de Leyva, and in the equally beautiful hostel. It is a little far to walk and not really cheap, but worth going, because it has an awesome ambient.
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  • Day17

    Villa de Leyva

    May 30, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Today was reeeeaaaaally relaxed. In the morning I went to a farmer's market in town with Alicia from England. The food was by far not as cheap as we expected, but really good, so we bought fruits and vegetables for the whole stay in Villa de Leyva.
    After lunch and chilling for some time in the hammocks, we did a little hike right next to the hostel. What we didn't expect was the spectacular countryside that was waiting for us within a distance of only 1h of walking!
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  • Day19

    Horseback riding

    June 1, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We had a nice four-hour ride to pozo de la vieja. There is also a story to it, which locals claim is true: from 1910 to 1986, once in a while people would see a woman in that part of the river, which was only covered by her golden hair. We were told the story by a woman who has a little shop over there, and according to her even her grandpa had seen the “vieja“.
    It was a really nice ride through an absolutely beautiful landscape with a lot of cattle with their babies. Also, the horses were amazing and really well trained. I had one that loved galloping, but equal to the others would stop at the end of every galloping part it knows.
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  • Day562

    Villa de Leyva

    November 29, 2017 in Colombia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    We left the San Gil area & headed off the beaten track on a windy, occasionally paved road to a great little spot that some earlier overlanders had discovered. A short walk from the road is a river that runs over smooth rock bed but has sudden & deep round holes - a bit like Swiss Cheese! Maya discovered this the hard way by happily trotting along in the very shallow water until suddenly there was no hard ground beneath her & she had an unexpected swim!

    We spent a fun afternoon here and found a lovely camp spot at a local swimming hole, although we did have to drive through a river crossing to get there. The next morning we visited the nearby town of Guadeloupe, which had a nice hustle & bustle about it along with some incredible BBQ (basically half a cow on a fire) that the chef took great pride in letting us taste - we of course bought some for our lunch.

    We continued on to the colonial town of Villa de Leyva, an incredible town of white-washed houses, cobbled streets and the biggest town square in Latin America. The scenery here is stunning, with glorious rolling fields and the high peaks create a lovely microclimate.

    This was also to be where Phil would start a new decade!

    On his birthday after an early round of Bucks Fizz we rode our bikes to look at the worlds most complete example of a kronosaurus (marine dinosaur). At 110 million years old it made Phil feel less ancient and I managed to find him another big fish as he’s become accustomed to on his birthday! We cycled on to see the calendar of the Muisca people who were the inhabitants here before the Spanish came along and massacred them. The calendar consisted of precisely placed phalic stones arranged so that the first light of the day would cast a shadow over other stones so they could follow the equinoxes for planting and harvesting. We had a wonderfully enthusiastic guide that really gave us an insight into the Muisca society and science behind the calendar. We finished off the ride with the obligatory tea & cakes.

    The previous evening we had a lovely meal in a fancy restaurant, where the owner tickled the ivories in the background, but I'd spotted a fondue restaurant and didn't see why I couldn't have two birthday meals. Unfortunately when we arrived ravenous after our long ride and wanting to ease the aches with a massive cheese overdose, they were shut despite earlier telling us they would be open.

    The drive out of town up through a high pass was even more spectacular, with landscape reminiscent of the states albeit it on a smaller scale.
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  • Day5

    Villa de Leyva

    April 4, 2017 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Spent one day in this lovely village, where the film Zorro was filmed. Our room was beautiful, with a balcony overlooking our garden with hammocks we could enjoy. All this for the equivalent of a tenner a night. During the day we hired bikes and cycled round the main tourist attractions - the clay house, the fossil museum, the ostrich farm and the 'blue pools'. The square was lovely and the locals were very friendly.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Villa de Leyva, ვილია-დე-ლეივა, Vilja de Lejva, 萊瓦鎮

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