Introducing Villa de Leyva
Villa de Leyva is where time stands still. Declared a national monument in 1954, the town has been preserved in its entirety and virtually no modern architecture exists. The result is a colonial town par excellence - a place where the streets are still cobbled and the walls still whitewashed. It's easy to see the place in just a day, but many travelers find themselves caught in its magical grasp and hang on for several more.
The town was founded in 1572 by Hernán Suárez de Villalobos and named Nuestra Señora de la Villa Santa María de Leyva. It enjoys a healthy, mild climate, warmer than Tunja, just 39km away but 700m higher.
Villa de Leyva's proximity to Bogotá has made it a popular weekend destination for tourists, a trend that has created a miniboom in hotels, craft shops and tourist-oriented restaurants. You can beat the rush and get a better deal on a hotel if you come early in the week. For more details, check out www.villadeleyva.net (in Spanish).
Villa de Leyva destination guides
Colombian Cultural Adventure
Colonial towns, the coffee corner 'Eje Cafetero', the Cocora Valley, the Tairona Coastal Park and vibrant Cartagena
Villa de Leyva Day Trip from Bogotá
Visit one of Colombia’s most beautiful colonial villages on this day trip from Bogotá. Explore Villa de Leyva with your expert guide and learn the history of this preserved colonial town. Admire the village’s authentic architecture as you walk through cobblestone streets.