RĂˇquira in Chibcha means â€śThe City of Pots.â€ť 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. RĂˇquiraâ€™s main temple dates from about 1600. Six kilometers (3.5 miles) away in the Desierto de la Candelaria is Convento Monasterio Nuestra SeĂ±ora 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 BogotĂˇ: 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)