Terracotta Casa & El Fossil – Villa de Leyva
The Terracotta Casa it is worth paying to visit for regardless! There are metal sculptures and great design all through it. These fire tools are an alligator, the top is a dragon. Hands hold the torches, and on it goes.
I love the metal work on the windows and doors – and there are a lot of them.
I love the kitchen. I am not sure if someone lives here now – I doubt it because it has some great idiosyncrasies!
Inside the lights are pottery too hanging in groups in grape-like fashion and the dining area is a dragon chair.
There are fun beds, great windows and just so much to explore.
Chimineas And The Rooftop
I feel like an American tourist with our white socks. But as I have a sore foot after twisting my ankle about a week ago tripping down a curb in Guatavita, so the sneakers and socks might not look elegant, but they do the trick.
You can go up on the roof. Chimineas are all around the place. I can imagine having a party here.
All around the roof is cacti planted in various forms at Terracotta Casa.
Photograph Your Taxi
All the taxis look the same in Colombia, so here is our tip for you. Take a pic of your taxi driver with the car number on the side. We often do this as in Colombia, the license plate is on the side doors of the cars. If you have left some personal items in the taxi whilst you are on your adventure, then you have the photo for the police to track him. Mind you – we only left food and jackets.
Next, we head to El Fossil after our wonderful time at Terracotta Casa. Kronosaurus and other fossils are here so this is a wonderful ‘school’ lesson and forms part of our world-schooling. We had researched about this the last two days. This had been part of a few ‘schooling’ subjects Explorason is keen to know more about.
We were detained here by a bloody nose with my son – something he struggles with a fair bit.
We love the way they use the fossils in walls and floors to make patterns and to preserve history in a useful way.
We even managed to buy a couple of real fossils. I will save them for Explorason’s birthday gifts in a couple of weeks. He will be eight-years-old – where did time fly?
Dinner on the Town Square
We end up with our favorite food for dinner as we huddle around the town square with the locals. We order Empanadas – cheese, mushroom, vegetarian, chicken – there are so many to choose from. They are $700 – $800 COP each – this is about 40 cents. As we order, all the lights in the square go out which is, therefore, a is a bit freaky and very black and dark. We always have a flashlight with us so we sit and wait in the square.
Food, Glorious Food
We look in the cut-out order window of the Empanadas kitchen, and she has gas! Therefore, thankfully no delay in getting our dinner. My son loves these empanadas – it is great that his food tastes are expanding. Though we talk about Chicken Schnitzels from our favorite local pub in Adelaide as he is really missing these. Proud of him too because we never go to MacDonald’s or Burger King – as international foods are so much better!
Questions and Comments
- Have you toured Columbia before?
- Did you get to visit Terracotta Casa or El fossil Villa?
- What amazed you most?
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