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Visitors from different parts of the country and abroad enjoy the beauty and landscape of a small town built within a city, which has been listed as a cultural heritage of the nation.
A dream come true
In the holiday season of December and January, the numbers of visitors exceed those of the previous years, with about 13,000 people, according to reports delivered by the Administration of Pueblito Boyacense.
23 years ago, in 1992, José Ricardo Bautista Pamplona, former Secretary of Culture and Tourism of Boyacá, designed a great project that two decades later, has become one of the largest tourist attractions in the region and the country: El Pueblito Boyacense.
At that time, Bautista’s goal was to create a people in every sense of the word, within Duitama, where composers, musicians, writers, craftsmen, sculptors and all lovers of art and culture would live. Then, together with their closest collaborators they undertook the search for land in different mountains of the city.
Thus they decided that the most appropriate place to erect their dream, was a large lot located on the sidewalk of Tocogua, El Rosal sector, because the surrounding landscape are splendid mountains that convinced the project manager that it would be the most suitable place to achieve a perfect inspiration for artists.
When the idea became a goal endorsed by the Municipal Administration, it gave way to the selection of its inhabitants. To this end, great characters of Colombian Culture such as the teacher Jorge Villamil and the illustrious writer Fernando Soto Aparicio interviewed the interested parties, selecting the musicians, poets and art lovers who met the profile posed to dwell in the houses that would mark the history of Duitama and Boyacá.
Considering that at that time, seven municipalities had been exalted as the most beautiful in the Department: Tibasosa, Villa de Leyva, Sáchica, Monguí, Cocuy, Ráquira and Tenza, 100 houses were built spread over seven blocks. Each block is characterized by having a terminus that represents the main park of the town that honors.
In the same way, a chapel and an event square were built, where important cultural events are frequently held, such as the Bazaar of the Arts in October, the Gastronomic Festival in June, the Ninth of Aguinaldos in December and the Festival of Sacred Music in Easter.
Likewise, there is a hotel, restaurants, craft shops, cafes, bars, bakeries and a forging shop, where at all times the notes of Colombian music play harmoniously and where you can appreciate rustic furniture and elements of culture on cobbled streets, illuminated with lanterns of the colony.
Many stumbles and serious problems faced its inhabitants, such as the Duitama garbage dump within a few meters, a situation that lasted several years to resolve. Today, only the remains of that filling that caused great discomfort in the community remain.
Today, in all the departments of Colombia, you hear about Pueblito Boyacense, an exclusive corner in Boyacá and a real small town within a city, which emerged in the mind of a dreamer, but that today is “A Dream Made Reality”.
June 30, 2019