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The breadth of things to do and see in Eastern Colombia spans the range from culture to high-octane sports. Tunja has many beautiful churches, most notably Iglesia de Santa Bárbara which displays embroidery done by Juana la Loca, the “mad” mother of Emperor Carlos V. Villa de Leyva and Barichara are both classic colonial towns on the national register of historic villages. The countryside of the former bears the fossilized marks of its denizens over 160 million years ago. San Gil is the adventure sports capital of the nation, with everything from whitewater rafting to caving. Between this village and bustling Bucaramanga are the Cañón de Chicamocha and Mesa de Ruitoque, the nation’s best place to paraglide. In the deep folds of the Cordillera Oriental are small villages like Málaga, Concepción (the Wool Capital of Colombia) and Capitanejo (the Goat, Tobacco and Melon Capital) with diverse climates and customs. At the apex of these mountains is Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy, with superb mountain and rock climbing, and trekking. Pamplona is another town with its place in history, as is Cúcuta and neighboring Villa del Rosario.



Other Activity pages in Eastern Colombia that may be of interest: Bucaramanga Activities, Barichara Activities, Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy Things to Do , Málaga Activities, Villa de Leyva Activities, Near San Gil Activities, Cúcuta Activities, Capitanejo Activities, Cocuy Activities and Pamplona Activities.








By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

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Saturday market

Saturday market

Saturday is market day in Málaga. The main market area has a roof, in the upper part is an ecological market, then stands for fish and chicken....

Market
Málaga, Colombia
Mountain Climbing

Mountain Climbing

One of the biggest draws to PNN El Cocuy is the mountain climbing. The Sierra Nevada del Cocuy is considered to be one of the most beautiful...

Climbing
Colombia
Trekking

Trekking

Another prime activity in PNN El Cocuy is trekking across its plains. A series old trails traverse the wind-swept landscaped rimed with...

Trekking
Colombia
Las Lagunillas

Las Lagunillas

An easy one-day hike road trip is to Las Laguillas. The “camino” is well defined along the Río Lagunillas, a small stream flowing around...

Trekking
Colombia
Cueva de Cuchumba

Cueva de Cuchumba

Not too far from Hacienda La Esperanza, along the Quebrada El CĂłncavo, is Cueva de Cuchumba. This cave with a waterfall within was once an...

Trekking
Colombia
To Santa SofĂ­a

To Santa SofĂ­a

In the 18-kilometer (10.8-mile) stretch of road from Villa de Leyva to Santa SofĂ­a, many attractions await the eager visitor to the Desierto de...

Other Activity
Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia
El FĂłsil

El FĂłsil

In 1977 at a hamlet outside Villa de Leyva, some farmers found the skeletal remains of a former inhabitant of this valley: a Kronosaurus who had...

Museum
Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia
El Infiernito

El Infiernito

The official name is Parque Arqueológico de Monquirá, but everyone calls it El Infiernito. This Muisca site was an astronomical center—and,...

Ruin
Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia
Monasterio Santo Ecce Homo

Monasterio Santo Ecce Homo

On a green spread of boulder-strewn land, four Dominican monks established a monastery in 1620. Inside this fossil-studded stone edifice, you can...

Historical Building
Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia
Sierra Nevada del Cocuy

Sierra Nevada del Cocuy

If mountaineering and appreciating rare, natural beauty is your cup of tea, then you better start planning now to climb Sierra Nevada del Cocuy....

Trekking
Cocuy , Colombia
A Walking Tour of Colonial Barichara

A Walking Tour of Colonial Barichara

The real treasure of Barichara is its pristine colonial architecture. Many come to this pueblo just to wander its flagstone lanes, snapping photos of...

City Walk
Barichara , Colombia
Parque para las Artes

Parque para las Artes

Uphill from the Capilla de Santa Bárbara is Parque para las Artes, a small park dedicated to the main art form Barichara is known for: stone...

City Park
Barichara , Colombia
Camino Real to Guane

Camino Real to Guane

The Camino Real to Guane is part of the old Camino de Herradura that traversed the countryside from GirĂłn, near Bucaramanga, to Barrancabermeja...

Hiking
Barichara , Colombia
Cave Exploration

Cave Exploration

Tourists brave enough to ignore the bad publicity given to such a culturally diverse country, must surely contain a sense of adventure somewhere...

Trekking
Near San Gil, San Gil, Colombia
The Churches of Villa de Leyva

The Churches of Villa de Leyva

The Catedral, on the Plaza Mayor, dates from 1604-1665, and reconstructed after an earthquake in 1845. A few blocks away, Carrera 10 and Calle 14,...

Historical Building
Villa de Leyva , Colombia
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