Mirador Sagrado Corazon (a.k.a.) Mirador el SantoI had read about a viewpoint overlooking the town of Villa de Leyva in The Lonely Planet, so this morning I set out to find it. According to the guide, the trail to the mirador started just behind the Hostal Renacer. I located the hostal in "MAPS.ME" and set out to find the Mirador. However, I walked up a road for an hour and came to the spot in "MAPS.ME" where the hostal was supposed to be, but it was nowhere to be found. Moreover, this just didn't seem like a spot to lead up to a viewpoint. So, I returned to our hotel, and searched some more on-line, and found what seemed to be better information in a blog. So I decided to head up there late this afternoon, hoping for a nice sunset. So I set out from our hotel just after 5 p.m., with the sun to set about 6 p.m., and told Susann I'd be back in two hours.
From Plaza Mayor I turned east on Calle 12 and walked up it for about 10 minutes until I reached a sport's field, and went through the gate.
|I passed through the gate to the right of the truck. You can see the trail up above the stadium, and can just make out the statue.|
and this woman in bare feet! (She was carrying her sandals.)
I took the next shot at 5:46, not too far from the mirador.
I took this picture of the statue of Jesus at 5:50 p.m., about 35 minutes after I left Plaza Mayor.
I then climbed above the stature and quickly donned my jacket to protect myself against the cool breeze. I set up my tripod and looked for the best vantage point from which to photograph.
|I took this photo at 6:00 p.m|
I tried a few different spots before settling on the one from which I took this next photo.