What to do and see in La Vega, Colombia: The Best Places and Tips

February 25, 2018 Marlin Saiz

Discover the best top things to do in La Vega, Colombia including Laguna el Tabacal, Enchanted Garden, El Escobo Extreme, Bocatoma, Piedras del Tunjo Archaeological Park, Cascadas del Chupal, Saltos de los Micos, Parque Central San Francisco, Parque Ecologico Jerico, A Pata con Joaco.
Restaurants in La Vega

1. Laguna el Tabacal

La Vega, Colombia
Excellent
42%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Laguna el Tabacal

Reviewed By apayingcustomer27 - San Francisco

Less than an hour’s drive from Bogota through some truly beautiful countryside. Breakfast in a roadside cafe looking down on the clouds in the valley. The lake itself is beautiful, with lots of fish to watch and feed. You can’t get into the water as you will get very sick. It’s cheap to get in. We went here in the morning and to the spectacular Waterfalls nearby in the afternoon.

2. Enchanted Garden

Finca la Tortuguita, San Francisco, Colombia
Excellent
62%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

Enchanted Garden

ENCHANTED GARDEN draws more than 23 species of hummingbirds of the 165 which have been classified in Colombia . This place is a reference point for ornithologists , Photographers , environmentalists and nature lovers . This garden esta strategically located an the banks of the river reeds In the municipality of San Francisco de Sales , an altitude of 1,500 meters claw ; The average temperature is 22 C and the distance of Bogota is 52 kilometers .

Reviewed By StuartOswald - London, United Kingdom

I had been staying in the nearby town of Villeta when I was reminded by friends of this place that I had first heard of through a program called Wild Colombia with Nigel Marven (Episode one of four). It was an easy location an easy an easy enough location to find. For those travelling from Bogotá‎ it is a very easy journey. There is a fairly regular private bus service from Bogotá‎ bus terminals. In recent times the main road has been resurfaced and widened. Travel time from Bogotá‎'s exterior to this location should be easily reachable inside one hour. However before hand the Enchanted Garden's website didn't offer usable location information. Emailing the listed email address resulted in no reply. However calling resulting in great and friendly information in Spanish. Arriving at the location there's parking on a public dirt road. The road is not busy and at the time of my visit (midday), parking was fine. Ringing the bell got a prompt welcome and brief guide along with a pamphlet giving some nice but general information on the garden and birds. We received an introduction from the owner whom's present a the property most days. The introduction was fine however it did just come across as impersonal, scripted and motionless. The owner obviously must be repeating this introduction many times everyday so it is understandable. She did take a brief opportunity to point out a few different species. The fee is overpriced compared to other attractions. But does offer richer Westerners a truly unforgettable experience. Viewing the Hummingbirds couldn't be any better. There's a stretch along the side of the house that is covered and separated from the birding garden. There's a bench to sit too. The bird feeders (filled with syrup) are so close they are almost an arms stretch away. The number and verity of birds is breathtaking. Photo opportunities are endless. Countless number of birds are coming and going. There are some rare species (smallest Hummingbird) are a little less common, so be ready with your camera to snap them. A small but advisable tip is the utilize your cameras burst mode. The birds move so fast it's impossible to take any meaningful picture without using your camera's burst mode. Another small tip is to stand at the end of the viewing stretch with your arms raised out slightly. I found that a few birds flew past between my body and arms, beautiful. Try not to use the whole time taking pictures, just watching a feeder for a few minutes will amaze you. During the visit I easily managed to be entertained and amazed for almost an hour. Children might find this a little difficult whilst remaining quite. It is a wonderful environment and clearly a functioning home for the owner. During my hour here, roughly a dozen or so people came and went. A wonderful opportunity to observe such wonderful birds in concentration. It's great even if you are not a bird enthusiast.

3. El Escobo Extreme

Km 2 via Vergara, Nimaima 253637, Colombia
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 5 reviews

El Escobo Extreme

“EL ESCOBO EXTREME SAS”, es una empresa ubicada en el municipio de Nimaima, Cundinamarca (Colombia), a solo 77 Km de Bogotá, con un excelente clima templado que alcanza una temperatura máxima de 28°C. Desde hace 3 años, Gracias a la belleza y el esplendor de los paisajes que ofrece la región le damos a nuestros visitantes la oportunidad de acercarse a la naturaleza y disfrutar al máximo de las emociones que su contemplación nos brinda. Con el ánimo de hacer de su visita una experincia inolvidable, se construyó el que hoy en día es el Canopy más largo en Colombia de un solo tramo, el cual termina en la cascada El Escobo nombre que da origen a nuestra empresa y que con su majestuosidad nos permite realizar torrentismo entre sus aguas para que decenas de personas vivan una aventura Extrema y sientan una descarga de adrenalina.

Reviewed By Jessie E

Loved the town!! El Escobo Extreme offers great service and the things to do there are amazing!! Love it

Bagazal, Villeta, Colombia
Excellent
73%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Bocatoma

Reviewed By geoffturner100 - Middlewich, United Kingdom

We went to the Bocatoma as we couldn't go to Los Saltos de Micos. To be honest, the walk was not very interesting although our guide did his best. We were not able to do one part of the walk because it involved wading across the river at above waist height. When you arrive at Bocatoma, it is a swimming place in the river formed by an artificial weir. The only food avaialble is typical Colombian, such as Sancocho de gallina.

5. Piedras del Tunjo Archaeological Park

Facatativa, Colombia +57 315 6702507
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

Piedras del Tunjo Archaeological Park

Reviewed By Kevin H

I enjoyed seeing the massive rocks where people lived inside long ago. Very enjoyable to climb on the rocks and see the nice nature. Relaxing place less than 2 hours from Bogota via Portal 80 bus.

6. Cascadas del Chupal

La Vega, Colombia
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Cascadas del Chupal

Reviewed By apayingcustomer27 - San Francisco

After visiting La Laguna del Chupal (8km away) in the morning, we visited the spectacular Waterfalls in the afternoon. They cost 5,000 pesos (£1.20) to get in. 10 min walk from the car park. Once on site, some of the walks are very very steep. Most walks are on rocks so bring strong footwear. There are four Waterfalls (4 cascadas) close together. The best 2 are “la piscina” which is as it says, a small swimming pool at the bottom of a powerful waterfall. Just incredible and amazing to be able to swim in it. Another is “el paraiso” which is truly beautiful. One of the best experiences of my life. Just go, go, go if you get the chance - you won’t regret it !

7. Saltos de los Micos

Villeta, Colombia
Excellent
26%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Saltos de los Micos

Reviewed By geoffturner100 - Middlewich, United Kingdom

Although we were unable to visit, I believe our experience will be useful to other visitors. We went to Villeta in January 2017. The main reason for the visit was to go to Los Saltos de los Micos. We followed advice and looked for a guide in the main square. We found a man who said he would take us the next day and we agreed to phone him later. When we went back to the hotel and asked them, they arranged for a guide who was known to them to come to the hotel. When he arrived, he told us that the attraction had been closed by the local authorities due to an accident on a suspension bridge in another part of the country. He also advised us that it was not a good place for foreigners to visit as there are many delinquents and drug taking there. I strongly recommend to any foreign visitors to check with tourist information and/or the Alcaldia before going to Villeta.

8. Parque Central San Francisco

Carrera 7 # 3-50 | Parque Principal, San Francisco 253601, Colombia
Excellent
51%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Parque Central San Francisco

Reviewed By Andres P - Bogota, Colombia

Un muy Bonito parque y en Navidad con un alumbrado excelente, muchos lugares alrededor de el para comer, tomarse un trago o un helado, en la noche puestos de venta de comida y por que no disfrutar de los partidos de fútbol u otros que siempre hay alli.

9. Parque Ecologico Jerico

Km 33 Via Bogota - La Vega, La Vega, Colombia +57 310 8834854
Excellent
15%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
15%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 32 reviews

Parque Ecologico Jerico

Just 20,5 miles of Bogota City you can find 120 acres to enjoy nature and the outdoors. Fishing, Horseback riding, Hiking, Restaurants, Cottage and other activities that offer you a pleasant experience of rest and healthy recreation.

Reviewed By nannitaupn - Bogota, Colombia

The place is gorgeous , full of nature ,you can see several animals like the peacock , horses , cows and ducks , it is ideal for trekking and horse riding , the restaurants and cabins are affordable and confortable you can fish in the lakes and prepare your own trout . However some areas like the Playgrounds are kind of obsolet and need improvement .

10. A Pata con Joaco

Plaza Central, Villeta, Colombia +57 310 2399812
Excellent
82%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

A Pata con Joaco

Reviewed By Jasmine_Colette - California, USA

The business is a kiosk on the corner of the plaza of Villeta, Colombia. They do adventure sports near Villeta. I did torrentismo with a friend. Torrentismo is rappel but in Waterfalls! You walk along a creek/river to three different Waterfalls that you rappel down....MoreHello thank you for your description, here we are in Villeta and the Waterfalls are waiting for them to come back or know them for the first time who has not come the climate is 30 degrees and near Bogota Cordially Joaco

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