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 wasn't founded until 1601. It later became a catechetic center of the Franciscan monks – as evidenced by one of Monguí'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 interrupted by the occasional newer brick construction that evokes the English countryside. Either way, the beautiful facades drip with colorful red-rose-scented geraniums and ivy. It's a truly lovely pueblo adhering to a fiercely authentic ethos.