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Ráquira in Chibcha means “The City of Pots.” To this day, the workshops of this village give credence to the name by making the animal-shaped ceramics for which they are famous. Most visitors come for the Sunday market, but any time is pleasant. The narrow streets are lined with colorful houses and gardens. Ráquira’s main temple dates from about 1600. Six kilometers (3.5 miles) away in the Desierto de la Candelaria is Convento Monasterio Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, an Agustinian monastery founded in 1597. Its museum of religious art and antiques is open to the public ($2.65). The monastery additionally has a restaurant and hostel (Tel.: 8-257-7837 / 315-257-4152 / 310-261-3135. In Bogotá: Calle 73A 69A-69, Tel.: 1-251-6886 / 252-9954, Fax: 1-430-1075).


(Altitude: 2,200 m / 7216 ft, Population: 1,600, City Code: 8)

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Things to do in Near Villa de Leyva

To Santa SofĂ­a

122949In 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 Villa de Leyva. Pozos Azules, three kilometers (1.8 ...
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El FĂłsil

122952In 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 perished some 110-115 million years earlier. This ...
Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia

El Infiernito

122953The official name is Parque Arqueológico de Monquirá, but everyone calls it El Infiernito. This Muisca site was an astronomical center—and, according to archaeologists, a bit more. They state the ...
Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia

Monasterio Santo Ecce Homo

122956On a green spread of boulder-strewn land, four Dominican monks established a monastery in 1620. Inside this fossil-studded stone edifice, you can tour the original chapel (note the moon and sun in ...
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Fibas JardĂ­n del Desierto

Fibas JardĂ­n del Desierto is more than just a botanical garden. In the Muisca language, fibas means wind. This garden is a project to recover a piece of land was eroded by the winds. Through this ...
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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 sculpted by nature herself. Waterfalls, like Cascada ...
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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 Indio and Cueva la Furatena. This earth, too, is bathed ...
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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 mankind, according to Muisca legend. It is believed a ...
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