Once voted the most beautiful village in Boyacá, Monguí is just 14km east of Sogamoso but feels far removed from the latter's industrial landscapes. The first missionaries appeared in the region around 1555 but the town was not founded until 1601 and later became a catechetic center of the Franciscan monks – as evidenced by one of the town's most striking buildings, the Convento de los Franciscanos, which dominates the gorgeous plaza.
Today, this idyllic Christmas-colored village boasts uniform green and white colonial architecture only broken by occasional newer brick constructions that evoke the English countryside. Either way, the beautiful facades are all dripping with colorful red rose-scented geraniums and ivy. It's a truly lovely pueblo adhering to a fiercely authentic ethos, a sort of mini Villa de Leyva if nobody had ever heard of it.