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Top Choice Museum in Around Villa de Leyva

Centro de Investigaciones Paleontológicas

Just across the main road from the famed El Fósil site, this sleek new facility combines an open-window research facility with a collection of impressive fossils, including an amazing full-body plesiosaurus (a Juras…
Top Choice American in San Gil

Gringo Mike's

What isn't good? In a moody, candlelit courtyard, you'll find this US-UK operation thrilling homesick travelers with a surplus of American-portioned gourmet burgers, bacon-heavy sandwiches, breakfast burritos and Fr…
Top Choice Plaza in Villa de Leyva

Plaza Mayor

At 120m by 120m, Plaza Mayor is one of the largest town squares in the Americas. It's paved with massive cobblestones and surrounded by magnificent colonial structures and a charmingly simple parish church. Only a s…
Top Choice National Park in Sierra Nevada del Cocuy

Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy

One of Colombia's most spectacular national parks, PNN El Cocuy is mostly made up of a diverse ecosystem known as the páramo. This glacially formed, neotropical system of valleys, plains and mountain lakes includes …
Top Choice Mountain in Around Villa de Leyva

Paso de Angel

This vertigo-inducing mountain path running along a ridge on the way to the Guatoque waterfall is a popular attraction in its own right. At its narrowest point, the Angel's Step, it's only around 40cm wide for about…
Top Choice Colombian in Villa de Leyva

Mercado Municipal

This chef-driven outdoor restaurant around the gardens of a 1740 colonial house has resurrected ancient techniques of cooking meats in a 1m-deep underground wood-burning barbacoa (barbecue) on its way to becoming Bo…
Top Choice International in Bucaramanga

Penelope Casa Gastronómica

A diverse selection of gourmet plates from lands afar awaits at this small but seriously hip restaurant run by talented young chefs. Among the options are naan bread topped with lamb and baked vegetables, causa lime…
Top Choice Steak in Bucaramanga

Mercagán

Often touted as the best steak in the whole of Colombia, this traditional parrilla run by a team of brothers is all it's cracked up to be. Perfect slabs of meat from the brothers' own farm come in 200g, 300g or 400g…
Top Choice Colombian in San Gil

El Maná

This popular, word-of-mouth favorite is the best Colombian restaurant in town. You can taste the extra love in the fantastic set meals – seven or so to choose from daily – featuring traditional dishes like chicken i…
Top Choice Museum in Villa de Leyva

Museo del Carmen

One of the best museums of religious art in the country, Museo del Carmen is housed in the convent of the same name. It contains valuable paintings, carvings, altarpieces and other religious objects dating from the …