Lynn & David travelling in South America travel blog

Roasted Ant for lunch - a regional delicacy, San Gil, Colombia

Cronosaurus Fossil near Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Fossil near Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Town Plaza, Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Church Steeple, Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Thursday 1st May 2014

San Gil to Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Left San Gil at around 7:45am and because there were protesters blocking the main road, we travelled via a secondary road, much narrower and windy, through the hills. We had beautiful views of the valleys and the farms between us and the hills. There were many crops growing, including tomatoes in large buildings covered in plastic (like hothouses), corn, cane and wheat. The scenery was quite spectacular – very green, with many rushing rivers. We stopped at a fossil museum – they had found a giant crocodile-like creature and had built a museum at the site. There were also many other bones and fossils from the Jurassic era as well as many other eras. We had lunch in the grounds of a monastery and then continued on the last bit of the journey to Villa de Leyva, a well preserved old Spanish town. After checking into the hotel we went out for a walk and looked at the shops and took some photos. Back to the hotel for an aperitif then out to dinner. The weather here is much cooler but still fine. It was only about 12-14C tonight, as cold as it has been for us since February in Patagonia. To bed around 11:00pm.

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