Visit Villa de Leyva and Explore the Cave Complex of Hoyos de Mortiñal, Colombia
Want to learn more about the picturesque and perfectly preserved colonial town of Villa de Leyva, home to one of the oldest fossils in the country? Fancy trying a new and exciting extreme sport, or do you already have caving experience? Then come and join us on this fascinating and thrilling two day cave tour which combines both sightseeing and a trip to the newest speleological park in Colombia!
Villa de Leyva/Hoyos de Mortiñal 2Days/3Nights
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Experience the Beautiful Villa de Leyva and Explore the Newest Speleological Park in Colombia!
- Local transport.
- Professional guide.
- Entrance fees.
- Basic caving kit and ropes.
Bogotá – Villa de Leyva – Gachantivá – Bogotá
This tour’s toughness level depends on your level of caving experience. If you are a novice or still at beginner level, you will be caving within sinkholes and caves designated as suitable for beginners. However, there is also plenty of scope for those of an intermediate or advanced level to challenge themselves. Be aware however, whatever level you are at, that caving is classed as extreme sports, and so be prepared to work your body hard!
Day by Day
We start the tour by meeting at Bogotá bus station, from where we will take a bus to Villa de Leyva. We should arrive about 5pm, giving you plenty of time to explore the beautiful town with it’s perfectly preserved colonial architecture. We will share a delicious dinner in the gorgeous market square.
DAY 1 and NIGHT 2
You will be collected from your hotel at 7:00am, after which we shall share breakfast. Around 8am, we will embark on a sightseeing tour to visit the Ammonite Monument, ‘The Fossil’ (for which Villa de Leyva is famous), the Archaeological Park, and the Infiernito (an archaeoastrological site of the Muisca people. Lunch will be at 12:30pm – 1:30pm. During the afternoon, we will practice torrenting at the spectacular Periquera waterfalls and speleology at the beautiful Feto Cave. In the late afternoon we will travel to Gachantivá, arriving in the early evening so that you can explore the town.
DAY 2 and NIGHT 3
We have an early start, with breakfast at 6:00 – 7:00am, after which we start trek to the speleological park and Mortiñal Holes System. If you are of an intermediate or advanced caving level you will be able to enter the holes system using SRT – the most difficult areas of the caves have 20-30m vertical pitches. If not, you will be able to go crawling, climbing and trekking from one cave to another, or explore each one separately. In total there are 12 sinkholes to discover. Lunch will be at around 1:00pm; we finish at 5:00pm and have dinner at 7:00 pm. That evening we stay in the countryside, stargaze and socialize. In the morning we will travel together back to Bogotá.
You can participate in this tour at any time – however, be aware that in Colombia the two wet seasons are from April to June and September to November.
- Accommodation in shared rooms in a small cottage or in a rural family home.
- Food (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners).
- Entrance to the sites.
- Kit (helmet, headlamp, oversuit, harness) if you do not have them.
- Tour Guide.
- Accommodation and food/drinks in Bogotá.
- Spending money.
Things to Bring
- Cap, hat or sunscreen and buff (a light scarf which protects against dust).
- Woollen or fleece hat and gloves.
- Warm jacket.
- Rain jacket or plastic ponchos.
- Long-sleeved clothes and lightweight trekking pants.
- Comfortable waterproof trekking shoes.
- Sandals or flip flops.
- Light oversuit, if possible waterproof.
- Protective gloves.
- SRT Kit (helmet, headlamp, chest harness, sit harness, belt).
- Black thermal pants and top.
- Extra clothing to change into after the activities.
- Mosquito net.
- Insect repellent, at least 20% DEET.
- Flashlight or headlight, lantern or torch and spare AAA batteries.
- Toilet paper.
- Binoculars (optional).
- Camera with zoom (if you want to catch some moments).
- Battery charger (American style).
- Pocket knife (optional).
- Spending money.
- Passport, valid more than 6 months, stamped with a valid tourist visa for at least the length of your stay.
- Proper A and E and medical insurance.
Please be aware that it can get very cold in the Andes at night, so make sure you bring lots of warm layers.