Fight the mundanity of yet another Monday by diving in (metaphorically) to Colombia’s beautiful Lake Iguaque and all the history that’s on offer here. Iguaque lies about 45 minutes away from Villa de Leyva in the Boyaca region of Colombia.
The pleasant incline hike that you’ll traverse if you decide to journey to Lake Iguaque is really part of the experience. Start your journey before sunset and, as you ascend, you’ll slowly spot the wondrous flora and fauna that surrounds you as the sun begins shine above. You’ll also want to pause to soak in the dramatic views of the Andean landscape that will increasingly present themselves as you get closer to the summit.
Once you arrive at the lake, (after conquering the notorious ‘wall’ section of the hike) you’ll be presented with the perfect opportunity to rest your weary feet. Sit on the verdant slopes and watch as the surface of the stunning lake ripples and rolls in the valley winds. Enjoy a picnic as you learn about what Lake Iguaque meant to the indigenous Muisca people. This is an incredibly scared site, as the Muisca believe that this is where all life and creation began; specifically Iguaque is where the goddess Bachue emerged from the lake, with a child in arms and when the child grew, they populated the earth.
So whether you’re an ecotourist, a culture-vulture, a history buff, or an explorer with a passion of all things outdoorsy, this is the perfect place to begin your Colombian adventure. The cradle of civilisation; how’s that for an exotic vacation destination.