Boyaca practical Guide: All you need to know to visit Boyaca in Colombia

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Boyaca is one of Angélica’s favorite departments in Colombia. We love the mountain landscapes, the traditional crafts, the culture and the atmosphere of the villages. Its people reflect a particular soul, a peasant soul, made up of hard work, cold and rain… and yet there’s a special warmth and kindness.

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Boyaca General information

Boyaca Travel Guide

The department of Boyaca lies to the north of Bogotá. Its cultural identity is so close to that of the neighboring department of Cundimarca (Bogotá) that it is referred to as the “Cundino-boyacense” culture.

It’s a mountainous, rural region, known for its potato crops and wool crafts, and boasts some of the highest villages in Colombia.

Boyaca practical Guide: All you need to know to visit Boyaca in Colombia
  • Foundation: 7 de agosto de 1539
  • Capital : Tunja
  • Natural region: Andes
  • Population: 1.2 million
  • Average altitude: 2.400 m
  • Highestpeak: Ritacuba Blanco (5330m)
  • General climate: high mountain tropical climate
  • Averageminimum temperature: 8°C
  • Average maximum temperature : 17°C
  • Dry season: December to February
  • Rainy season: March to November (peaks in April, May, October and November)

Best things to do in Boyaca

Boyaca Travel Guide

Boyaca is a magnificent department where the mountains rule the landscape. But the department’s high altitude makes for a very different landscape from that of Colombia’s other mountainous regions.

You’ll find sublime villages that have kept their colonial heritage intact, such as Villa de Leyva and Mongui. Boyaca also offers a wealth of hiking opportunities, whether in the El Cocuy natural park, the Paramo de Oceta or the Iguaque.

Boyaca practical Guide: All you need to know to visit Boyaca in Colombia

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How to get to Boyaca in Colombia

Boyaca Travel Guide

The department of Boyaca is easily accessible from Bogota or Bucaramanga. Its geographical location allows us to include it in some very interesting loops, including Santander and Casanare.

Getting to Tunja by bus

Bus terminal

  • Address: Carrera 7 No. 16-40 Oficina 21
  • Tel: 7433203
  • Mobile : 316 4734956

BUS | Bogota – Tunja

  • Duration: approx. 3 hours
  • Fare: approx. $20.000 COP
  • Company: Copetran, Cootransbol, Rápido Duitama

BUS | Bucaramanga – Tunja

  • Duration: approx. 7 hours
  • Fare: approx. $70.000 COP
  • Company: Copetran, Concorde

BUS | San Gil – Tunja

  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Fare : about $60.000 COP
  • Company: Concorde

Getting to Boyaca by plane

A new airport has recently opened in Paipa, and the EasyFly airline will be offering flights from Medellin and Bucaramanga.

Paipa airport

  • Name : Juan José Rondón
  • Code : RON
  • Address: Paipa

FLIGHT | Medellin – Paipa

  • Duration: 1h40
  • Fare: approximately $315.000 COP
  • Airline : EasyFly

FLIGHT | Bucaramanga – Paipa

  • Duration : about 45 min.
  • Fare : approx. $260.000 COP
  • Airline : EasyFly

Where to stay in Boyaca

Boyaca Travel Guide

Our selection of accommodations close to Boyaca’s tourist attractions.

Mongui, the best hotels

Las Cabañas Hospedaje

Eco Lodge

Las Cabañas Hospedaje

Double room : $0 to $100.000 COP

Individual wooden cabins for this unusual accommodation at the entrance to the village of Mongui

Mongui, the best hotels

Los recuerdos de Florito y Leo Hotel

Finca

Los recuerdos de Florito y Leo Hotel

Double room : $100.000 to $150.000 COP

An accommodation recommended by our readers, offering comfortable rooms with mountain views and a warm welcome.

Mongui, the best hotels

Hotel Mongui Plaza

Hotel

Hotel Mongui Plaza

Double room : $100.000 to $150.000 COP

This is certainly the best-located hotel in Mongui, opening directly onto the village’s main square, opposite the cathedral. Beautiful colonial house, heating, hot water, breakfast, everything you need for a pleasant stay.

Mongui, the best hotels

Hotel Otti Colonial

Hotel

Hotel Otti Colonial

Double room : $150.000 to $200.000 COP

The Hotel Otti Colonial is one of Mongui’s best-known hotels, located in the historic center just a stone’s throw from the Puente Calicanto, offering attractive rooms and a warm welcome from the owners.

El Cocuy, the best hotels

Hotel Brisas del nevado

Hotel

Hotel Brisas del nevado

Double room : $0 to $100.000 COP

Located a little higher up, in Guican, the Brisas del nevado hotel welcomes you in a very mountain chalet atmosphere. The owner will prepare delicious meals and help you prepare for your hikes.

El Cocuy, the best hotels

Hotel Pinares del Carrizalito

Finca

Hotel Pinares del Carrizalito

Double room : $100.000 to $150.000 COP

A house full of light and life and a fabulous view of the valley! This is what awaits you just a few km from El Cocuy. A family welcome and the opportunity to take advantage of the owners’ valuable advice and contacts to go hiking.

El Cocuy, the best hotels

El caminante Hostal

Hostal

El caminante Hostal

Double room : $0 to $100.000 COP

A hostal recommended by one of our readers, low prices and like almost all the accommodations on site have guides available to accompany you on the various hikes in El Cocuy.

Villa de Leyva, the best hotels

Nibiru Hostal

Hostal

Nibiru Hostal

Double room : $0 to $100.000 COP

A well-decorated hostel with great facilities at a great price. The house is modern, clean, the breakfast is top-notch and the owners are very friendly!

Villa de Leyva, the best hotels

Hostal Casa Beija Flor

Hostal

Hostal Casa Beija Flor

Double room : $0 to $100.000 COP

Communal areas that make you want to chill out, clean rooms and bathrooms, a friendly welcome… that’s what you’d expect from a good hostal!

Villa de Leyva, the best hotels

Hotel Casa Cantabria

Hotel

Hotel Casa Cantabria

Double room : $150.000 to $200.000 COP

A hotel recommended by our readers, located two blocks from Villa de Leiva’s main square, this beautiful colonial house offers excellent value for money. Special mention for the small roof terrace!