Days 349-351: Colonial towns and salt mines
On my way to Villa de Leyva and Zipaquira. Along the way were plenty of fun roads, as usual for Colombia. 🙂
After a short half day ride, I arrived into the colonial town of Villa de Leyva. It’s a small town nestled in the hills of central Colombia and a popular weekend gateway spot for Rolo’s (people from Bogota).Again, I went to a hostel that was recommended by some ADV riders and I was not disappointed. Renacer Hostal is up on the hillside and overlooks the town. It’s a really tranquilo kinda place.
Villa de Leyva is known for its huge central square, which is supposedly the largest in all of South America. Lots of people walking around and flying kites. The place has a really laid back vibe with cafes and boutique shops scattered about.Since it was so nice, I decided to stay here for another day to relax a bit and then go for a hike with a couple of other travelers staying at the hostel. Around noon, we went down to the square to find lunch and buy a few things from the market to make dinner back at the hostel. This French Bakery was super busy and really good. Some of freshest bread I’ve ever had.In the afternoon, a few of us went for a hike up the hillside, which provided a great view of the valley and town. Back at the hostel, we all hung out and made a big dinner together, which for me was fun and different than the norm. I’m not sure what dinner was called, but it resembled a big quiche kinda-lookin’ thing (no pics) that we baked over an open fire and was made with eggs and some local veggies purchased from the local street market. Some kinda British concoction.. It was really good. The next morning, I packed up and said goodbye to my fellow hostel friends. Back on the road for another short ride. Destination: Zipaquira. This place is famous for its old salt mines which were later transformed into an underground Cathedral.
The entrance into the salt mines/cathedral. It was really really dark inside, so not many good photos. Overall, a fairly cool place to check out if you’re passing by on the way to Bogota.
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