HIKING AND BIRDING
Our hiking tours will immerse you in the natural beauty of Villa de Leyva. Follow the trail up to the Iguaque lagoon, or join us into some private natural reservations, to discover the amazing birds in this area.
You'll come across some details that typical tourists miss while enjoying spontaneous encounters along the way. You'll also be fully insured.
THE BIRDS AND THE CHEESE
Birdwatching at this part of the country is a bit of a challenge, it takes sensibility and patience, birds are shy in paramos and cloud forest, and this is perfect if you are just starting with this activity! Our guides are very knowledgeable about finding their favorite places.
This tour will take you to the perfect location for birding. It is a 5 hectares property, that has been recovering oak forests and undergrowth for the last 22 years.
Here you can spot some specialties such as: Chlorospingus flavopectus, Anabacerthia striaticollis, Tangara nigroviridis, Cinnycerthia unirufa, Grallaria ruficapilla, Aulacorhynchus prasinus, Assio flammeus, Cyclarhis nigrirostris, Xiphorhynchus triangularis and Coeligena prunellei
Carlos and Mara are the owners of this private nature reserve, and have developed a harmonious way of living that is really worth seeing and learning.
They have also wonderful cooking skills, so at the end of the introductory 3 hours hike, we'll stop by their house for a nice breakfast with fruit, colombian coffee or agua de panela, bread and THE ARTISANAL CHEESE!!!
everything is growth or made in the area. If you're a strict vegan, we'll have some alternatives for you.
After the break and a little farm tour, you can walk freely inside the property to spot and photograph new birds or hike around to enjoy the magnificent scenery. This tour starts at 6am and ends at 1pm, so be prepared because we'll pick you at your hotel at 5am.
Duration: 5 to 7 hours
Participants: From 2 to 10
Availability: All year round
IGUAQUE SANCTUARY OF FLORA AND FAUNA
For this hiking trip we'll pick you at your hotel in Villa de Leyva, previous booking at our office, and drive you to the entrance of the national park of Iguaque (the entrance fee is not included) From there you'll start hiking up along with a guide towards the San Pedro de Iguaque lagoon, a beautiful and sacred place for the Muisca people who believe this was the point of origin of mankind.
Hiking the 9 km (5,5 mi) trail, which winds its way uphill through cloud forest, isn't easy. Wear practical boots, and be prepared for cold and rainy weather, as the temperature can drop fast.
It's worth it when you reach the Páramo, a unique ecosystem. With our guide you'll be able to spot and identify different species of Fauna and Flora.
The site is a magical place that invites you to reflect while in deep contact with nature, clean your spirit and come down from the mountain feeling renovated and full of energy, so be respectful and always follow the guide's instructions.
Duration: full day
Participants: From 2 to 10
Availability: Just during dry season, please check the weather conditions
For this excursion we'll meet at our office in Villa de Leyva. You will hike into the main mountain, up the town and into the hills, following narrow paths you'll pass by impressive rock walls and native trees, heading to a viewpoint where you'll be able to appreciate the majestic canyon location of the town of Chiquiza.
This path was a traditional road for the Muisca people to move and commerce between one town and the other.
Wear practical boots, and comfortable clothes.
You can do this hike on your own, so pass by our office and we'll give you directions to get there. You can also hire a guide so please contact us for special rates for groups.
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Availability: Just during rainy season, due to fire risk. Please check the weather conditions
available for self-guided tour!