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Tunja and Villa de Leyva

I've never been further in the north of Bogotá than Sutatausa. Yesterday I decided to go to Tunja (capital of department of Boyacá) and Villa de Leyva, a colonial spanish style town. I got surprised what I found on the way to Tunja. This time I also took my Sony alpha 7 camera, to get better results.

I stopped at Puente del Sisga, a large steel bridge, to take a picture of Embalse del Sisga. The bridge is maybe 40m in height, and has a lot of vibration when a truck passes the bridge. I have problems with height, and its not helpful that vibration, but I took the landscape picture of the lake.

Another stop I did like 40km later at Puente de Boyacá. -> "Numerous monuments have been erected in the surroundings to commemorate the historic battle of August 7, 1819 known as the Battle of Boyacá which granted independence to New Granada." (Wikipedia)

At Tunja I made a break for lunch and I was seeking for a high position for a good landscape. i think I found it... and also that beautiful cow.

35km to the west of Tunja is Villa de Leyva, which was my primary target. The city itself is super-touristic and shows a spanish colonial look. Houses are white and very nice with a lot of balconies. The town's shops are expensive, also the food and I payed 2000 pesos for 20 minutes or parking my motorcycle - which is just greedy - to take some pictures. I did not stayed long, even its a pretty town.

The way back was in direction to Zipaquirá, passing Chiquiquirá, Villa de San Diego de Ubaté and Tausa. The "highway" 45A I really recommend, doesn't matter if with a car or a motorcycle - of course its a bit more fun with a motorcycle :) . It shows very different nature and mountains.

I returned home in Bogotá after 370km at sunset.

Embalse del SisgaTaken from Puente del Sisga, the steel bridge. The lake is 55km in the north of Bogotá, Colombia.
Puente del SisgaA steel bridge, above Embalse del Sisga. I don't know the exactly height, but I would say around 40m.
Bolivar Monument and Lanscape at Puente de BoyacáThe landscape in direction to the monument of Simon Bolivar at Puente Boyacá, Colombia
Simon Bolivar MonumentTaken at Puente de Boyacá, Colombia
Puente de BoyacáPuente de Boyacá (in English: The Bridge of Boyacá) is a small bridge located at the Bogota-Tunja highway, 110 km east of Bogotá and 14 km west from Tunja in a valley, crossing Teatinos river. Numerous monuments have been erected in the surroundings to commemorate the historic battle of August 7, 1819 known as the Battle of Boyacá which granted independence to New Granada. (Wikipedia)
TunjaTunja is a city with around 181.000 inhabitants on the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes, in the region known as the Altiplano Cundiboyacense, 130 km northeast of Bogotá in the department of Boyacá. (Wikipedia)
La VacaThat beautiful cow was just beside the position I choosed for the Tunja landscape picture. She was very curious about what I did there.
Villa de Leyva ParkA little park in Villa de Leyva, Colombia
Statue of a Military GeneralThe statue is located in Villa de Leyva, Colombia.
Streets of Villa de LeyvaA typical street in Villa de Leyva, Colombia
Villa de Leyva Main SquareVilla de Leiva, is a touristic colonial town and municipality, in the Ricaurte Province, part of the Boyacá department of Colombia. The town is located 37 kilometres west of the departmental capital Tunja. The town main square is the largest one in Colombia and believed to be the largest entirely cobbled square in South America. (Wikipedia)
Villa de Leyva BalconyTypical balkony with flowers in Villa de Leyva, Colombia