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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: Guican Activities, Capitanejo Activities, Floridablanca Activities, Barichara Activities, Guane Activities, Málaga Activities, Near San Gil Activities, Tunja Activities, Bucaramanga Activities and Cocuy Activities.

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Beyond Santa SofĂ­a

If the road to Santa SofĂ­a is imprinted by the past and present denizens of the Desierto de Villa de Leyva, the road beyond this small village is...

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Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia

To Gachantivá

The road to Gachantivá is a pleasant mix of human and nature’s hand. Delve into one of the many caves that pockmark the land, like Cueva del...

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Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia

Santuario de Flora y Fauna de Iguaque

Amidst the chill mists swirling across this páramo, the goddess Bachue rose from the crystalline waters of Laguna de Iguaque. Thus was born...

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Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia


Don't forget to pack your rod and reel when coming to Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy. You can whip loose your fly and take a hand at the trout...

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Rock Climbing

For those who get their adrenaline rush hugging the faces of cliffs, feeling for the next hand hold, the next foot hold, PNN El Cocuy has some...


Vuelta a las Sierras / The Sierra Circuit

The most challenging of the treks in PNN El Cocuy is around the base of the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, which is 22 kilometers (13.2 miles) and...

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