5 Day Trips from Bogotá

I am currently writing from my other Columbia, the one in Maryland, USA! I’m so, so happy to be back– I could barely sleep the night before coming home. But, before I landed on the East Coast, I was able to sneak in a couple day trips away from the Bog, making me think back over a few trips I’d taken earlier in the semester.

  1. Cascada La Chorrera:

    Earlier this year, Iyla and I ventured to La Chorrera (blog post here), the tallest waterfall in Colombia and only an hour drive from the South of Bogotá. In my opinion, this was a hike. With the high elevation of the region and our luck of going on a super rainy day, I had to stop and catch my breath several times. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time and I found the experience well worth the muddy trek.
  2. Suesca:

    In September, I went with two friends to Suesca, Colombia, a small town that revolves around rock climbing culture and sits about an hour north of Bogotá (blog post here). The quiet nights, stars, and fresh air were a big change from city life, and the humongous rock wall provided a lot of options and varying levels of difficulty for outdoor rock climbing.
  3. Zipaquira: 

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    The main square in Zipaquira
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    Entering the famed Salt Cathedral
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    Inside the Salt Cathedral
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    Everything, everything, everything is made of salt

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    More recently, a Fulbright friend and I went to Zipaquira, known for it’s underground Salt Cathedral. I doubt I’d go to the Cathedral again and again (there is a pricey entrance fee), but I liked it more than I expected to. It was strange and interesting to see absolutely everything made of salt, and because the ceilings are so high, I swear it wasn’t as claustrophobic as it may sound.

  4. Chia:
    img_20161122_172503img_20161122_172730I probably wouldn’t have gone to Chia if it hadn’t been for my friend who took a GRE exam in this small town just north of Bogotá, but I’m glad I got to see it. Chia may be best known in the Bog as the home of Andres Carne de Res, a humongous, multi-building restaurant/bar/club with an equally humongous menu, pumping music, and rock wall.
  5. Villa de Leyva:

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    Brunch in Villa de Leyva
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    On our hotel’s balcony

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    Villa de Leyva, ready for Christmas

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    The streets were completely flooded after a rain storm
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    Lighting candles during the Lights Festival
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    Night #1 of the four day Lights Festival, Festival de las Luces
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    The fireworks show was performed in 5 sets and went on for nearly 2 hours!
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    The fireworks were launched from the same plaza where thousands of people watched the show! I seemed to be the only one alarmed by our closeness to the explosives.

    Finally, there’s Villa de Leyva, which is possible as a day trip, but I’d suggest an overnight stay. Like Barichara, Villa de Leyva is a small, preserved colonial town; however, due to its proximity to Bogotá (three hours by bus), it feels far more touristy than Barichara. I went a few days before flying to the US, for the Lights Festival, a Christmas celebration with candles and fireworks. The town is great for shopping, leisurely strolls (really, you should come here to relax), and nearby hikes.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. jnkbrdg says:

    Great post. My friend was also in Leyva for the lights festival

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