The importance of raquira is that everything that you buy is done by the peasants of the region. The products are of very good quality and very original
What to buy: In raquira you will find different classes of "artesanias". For instance, Clay is developed for the artisans of Raquira who daily manufacture pots, statues, accessory for kitchen, "alcancias", "materas" and a lot number of decorative articles for the Home. Another example, Stone: The carved and sculpture in stone is a
topic relatively new in Boyaca among its products but requested and appreciated in the elaboration of Sources, Columns, Tables. Other Example, Wool: we Find great variety of products as it are: Roan, Bags, Gloves, Caps, scarves and many but. These Articles have great demand between in the world.
What to pay: Is very hard to know how much you going to spend because the prices are very different and all depends on the flavor of the buyer. There are things of all the prices and for all the inclinations.
In Boyaca the people like a lot of food specially typical food. If you are a tourist you need to know that local people prefer that you eat with them their food.
Some areas of Cundinamarca and Boyaca, in December there are diferent celebrations for these reason you need buy the tickets with the anticipation time. In this date you can enjoy the local customs as follow: you will go to the festivals of diferents kinds in which you can dance the beautiful, also you can drink local licor ("chicha , guarapo").
The weather in Boyaca is cold, maybe you will need hot clothes
ABOUT EASTER WEEK
In March is celebrated the EASTER WEEK this is the main party for the catholic religion, during this week you can see processions that show the stations of the cross bringing statues that are loading by groups of people, during this week is celebrated a mass where the sermon is about seven words.
Cesar Cruz(ABOUT EASTER WEEK)
Is not sure travel in the night because is dangerous. We recommend you drive in the morning; if you don't know the road please take a map.
Another recomendation is do not collect passengers that they are doing car stop sign this is alone by security
7 August 1819, Colombian troops directed by General Bolivar and General Francisco de Paula Santander began the liberation of Colombia from the Spanish King. It’s the most important battle in this process of liberation from the Spanish.
In the same year the first Council was created; named “Angostura”. And then created LA GRAN COLOMBIA the first time that Colombia was used as the name.
In this place you can see the great monument where the battle between Simon Bolivar’s army and Spanish took place.
You can see the stone and the Colombia Flag, eternal fire, and the original small colonial bridge, that stands as a reminder of this battle.
Unique Suggestions: It is a place to stop, take pictures, relax, have a drink and something to eat.
This place is near to villa de leyva. The park is very interesting because the contact with the nature is very beautifull. If you want to go to the lagoons you must walk for a montain.These lakes have a amazing leyend .
In the nigth you don't have ligth
Colombia and specifically the “Cundiboyacense” region is famous for its beauty and great diversity, both in landscapes and culture. Nevertheless, the average tourist might not experience everything this region has to otter, and grasping the overall experience might go amiss.
There’re a great number of places that can fit your own interests. It you enjoy ecotourism them places like the salt mine in Nemocon, with its colossal salt structures can be an extraordinary experience. The “Laguna Verde” or green lagoon is situated in a bleak plateau and is a beautiful place where you can admire “frailejones” and different types of flowers. Finally both the “Represa del Sisga” and the “Páramo del Sisga” are extraordinary sites each one very different form the other.
It you would like to take a pilgrimage to certain religious sites then the dessert of “La Candelaria” and “Santo Eccomo” are both great places to visit. Both are monasteries, the first one being of the Franciscan order while the latter is of the Dominican order.
Finally your visit to the “Cundiboyacense” region cant go without experiencing its people and its various types of cuisine. Charming little towns like “Cogua” and “Pachavita” are well worth visiting in these matters.
No matter what your choices, Colombia has much to offer, so let yourself be taken through a world of great beauty and diversity.
Sports travel tips (events, types of sport and where).
Around Bogotá towns we can practice some sports like:
-Claim (virgin forest)
My recommendation is to fish in the Sisga lake. It is 30 minutes to the north of Bogotá.
The Sisga is very quiet and safe for all people. Don’t forget to arrive early at the weekend.
In the Guatavita Lake you can see events of biking over the water.
If you want to practice water sports you can visit Paipa where you will find a lake to practice ski, rafting and parapent.
CHIQUINQUIRA: This is localized to 107 Kms from Tunja with an altitude of 2150 Mts and a temperture of 17 oC was founded in 1586. This place was choiced by the indigenous for the education theirs priestes. Your basilica is one of the most important of Colombia , keep the miraculous picture of "Nuestra se?ora de chiquinquira".
DUITAMA:To 55 Kms from Tunja with an altitude of 2590 Mts and a temperture of 15 oC is localized very near to paipa , is an importent trader city is famous by your museum of art religion localized in the old "Hacienda de san rafael" that keep little religion images ,carvings and pictures of the colony.
TUNJA: Is the capital of Boyaca with an altitude of 2782 Mts and an average temperture of 13 oC and a population of 235000 people , you can arrive there by airplane arriving to Paipa or by car , it's localized to 145 KMs from Bogota.
Also you can visit other beautiful towns suach as Raquira, Mongui,Iza,tibasosa everything famous for your nice people and handicrafts
The best time for coming from November to February if you want a hot weather. But if you want a period of rainny you can come In the other months. The weather is generally cold but in some months is less cold.
When you go to Guatavita in January you can see events of bike over the lake like ski and windsorf.
If you want to enjoy the best typical food (fritanga) go to Sutamerchan (near Villa de Leiva, about 15 minutes by car).
If you go to La Vega you can practice a lot sports dangerous, like paragliding, rafting, etc.
‘’ AROUND THE VILLA DE LEYVA’’
Near Villa de Leyva you will find desert of Candelaria which is 7 kilometers beyond Raquira. It is famous for the Monasterio de La Candelaria. Raquira is small town, where you can buy typical craftsmanship like musical instruments, pictures, clothes, "ruanas" ( necessary for wrap up purposes).
‘’ AROUND PAIPA’’
10 kilometres from Paipa is "Pantano de Vargas" which was scenery of the key battles for Gran Colombia Independence ( 1819). Additionally you will find the "Monumento a Los Lanceros" which was erected here to commemorate the battle.