The official name is Parque ArqueolĂłgico de MonquirĂˇ, but everyone calls it El Infiernito. This Muisca site was an astronomical centerâ€”and, according to archaeologists, a bit more. They state the Muisca (1000-1550 A.D.) believed when the sun cast no shadow of observatoryâ€™s twin lines of 36 stones each, then it was busy fertilizing the earth. Planting would begin. At this time, too, the women would be fertile, and perform rituals amongst the forest of phallic statues, hugging and caressing them to ensure pregnancy. Due east of this is Laguna de Iguaque, the birthplace of humans, according to Muisca mythology. Recent excavations have revealed a tomb and a 4,000-year-old proto-Muisca altar.
Total 7 kilometers (4.2 miles) from Villa de Leyva, VĂa Santa SofĂa
Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia
Take a buseta towards Santa SofĂa, telling the driver you want to get off at El Infiernito. From the roadside itâ€™s about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) to the front gate. Many tours include this on their itinerary.
Price Description: Adults $1.70, students and children $1.05
Relative price: Budget
Open Hours from:Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m., 2 p.m.
Open Hours to:Tuesday-Sunday noon, 5 p.m.
Days Closed:Closed Tuesday after puente (three-day holiday) weekend.
Travel Skills: None
You Need to Bring: Bring water, food (snacks and for a picnic lunch), money enough for entries, hat, sunblock, camera.
On the same road to Santa SofĂa: Pozos Azules, Amonita, Criadero de Avestruces, Fibas JardĂn del Desierto, Museo El FĂłsil, Ruinas de MonquirĂˇ, ViĂ±edo Aim Karin and Monasterio Santo Ecce Homo. The museums, churches and colonial buildings in Villa de Leyva; the natural wonders beyond Santa SofĂa and along the Villa de Leyva-GachantivĂˇ road; RĂˇquira and Candelaria; Santuario de Flora y Fauna Iguaque.
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