Here is a great idea for a day trip, and this comes from my personal BEEN THERE DONE THAT file. And lest you think the trip is too difficult, we made it with a 21 month old and a 5 year old in tow.
Place #1 – Puente Boyacá (Boyacá Bridge)
Located about 120 kilometers outside of Bogotá, Puente Boyacá is the most important site in the Colombian battle for Independence from Spain. It was here that Simón Bolivar and his troops defeated the Spanish and the Spanish Royalists and won Independence from Spain – on August 7, 1819.
It is a lovely Park and National Monument site. There you will see the following monuments:
1. La Llama de la Libertad – The Flame of Freedom = the flame is to burn eternally and never be extinguished.
2. La Puente Boyacá – The Boyacá Bridge = a small bridge that spans the Teatinos River.
3. Monumento Von Miller – Von Miller Monument = a statue with 5 female figures (representing Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia) holding up Simón Bolivar.
4. Francisco de Paula Santander Statue
5. La Capilla – the chapel = 4 Catholic masses are held here daily.
The Park also has Tourism Police that can tell you the history in Spanish, English and sometimes French, German or Italian (depending on which soldier is there on the day you visit).
For those of you who already missed your opportunity to visit, I am including photos that you can use for your child’s life book or country reports in school. Find more at FLICKR by typing in Puente Boyacá.