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42 reviews of Villa de Leyva

charming village

One of the most charming villages of Colombia, 100% colonial, with cobble stone streets and a huge central square. On the weekends it fills up because it's only three hours from Bogota, but during the week, it's a peaceful village. Hikes through the surrounding mountains are very nice, and is relatively easy to find fossils.



Deep in the stomach of the Andes, grows this colonial jewel of adobe and cobblestone splendor. Three and half hours northeast of Bogota yet a million miles removed from the capital’s chaotic chugging, Valle de Leyva seduces with its flowery passageways, candlelit dinners and artisan markets. Time slows here to a crawl. Walking the contours of the Plaza Mayor – at 120 meters by 120 meters it is one of the largest plazas in the Americas – can feel like a day, maybe a week. Short, simple, spectacular white buildings line the square. Once colonial homes, many have been transformed into chic boutique hotels and cosmopolitan restaurants. The small streets are filled with big and heavy stones making vehicles a rarity; watch your step, however.

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