Welcome to Villa de Leyva

One of the most beautiful colonial villages in Colombia, Villa de Leyva is a city frozen in time. Declared a national monument in 1954, the photogenic village has been preserved in its entirety with cobblestone roads and whitewashed buildings.The city's physical beauty and mild, dry climate have long attracted outsiders. The town was founded in 1572 by Hernán Suárez de Villalobos, who named it for his boss, Andrés... Read More

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$156 Day Trips & Excursions

Villa de Leyva Day Trip from Bogotá

You will hardly find a place in Colombia that takes architectonic preservation as serious as Villa de Leyva. This small village located in the department of Boyacá and it’s a 3-hour drive from Bogotá. Spanish colonizers founded the village in 1572, visiting it gives the sensation of going back in time and in 1954 it was declared a national monument.  Get a closer look at the colonial history of Colombia’s and the fascinating towns outside of Bogotá on an 11-hour daytrip to Villa de Leyva. This mellow area’s exceptional architecture, great artisan craft shopping and historical richness offer the perfect combination. Get started with a 7 am pickup at the hotel, proceeding north towards Villa de Leyva. Enjoy of a historical stop at the Boyacá Bridge, where the battle of Boyacá took place in the 19th century which helped secure Colombia’s independence from the Spaniards. Afterwards you’ll arrive to Villa de Leyva where you can take your time to admire the striking architecture of this area and learn the history around it thanks to a professional guide. Go to El Infiernito (Little Hell) and marvel in an ancient Muisca observatory and how they used to calculate the optimal time for harvest and then visit the blue pond, a water reservoir created by farmers. The water’s color has turned into a surprisingly vivid blue that contrasts beautifully with the arid vegetation. Finish your visit to Villa de Leyva with an authentic Colombian lunch and (at your own expense) before proceeding to Raquirá, a small village nearby, famous for its amazing craftsmanship of woodworking, pottery, basketry and more. Have the opportunity to do some souvenir shopping and the then proceed to go back to Bogotá where you’ll be taken back to your hotel. Optional: Change any of the activities above for the Casa de Terracota, which is a house made of clay measuring 500 m², considered the largest piece of pottery in the world. Designed and built by architect Octavio Mendoza, this house is baked in the same manner as pottery makers when they produce vases, dishes and other decorative objects.

$219 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Full-Day Trip to Villa de Leyva

This full-day trip will start at 7am in the morning, departing from your hotel in Bogotá. The number of attractions in this little town are uncountable—from shopping around the handicraft markets to drinking a glass of wine in one of the wineries near the town, this day tour will be unforgettable for you.Villa de Leyva won’t stop surprising us. The blue wells, located in the middle of a nearby desert, are a mandatory destination. Let’s see the Kronosaurus at the Fossil Museum (Museo el Fosil) and let the beauty of the town architecture blow your mind. With this tour you have plenty of options and places that we can visit.The tour can travel through the unique towns of Ubaté, Chiquinquirá and Raquira, where the landscapes and little warehouses of handcrafts will astonish you. The tour can also pass along the highway going north, where you can witness the greatness of the Sisga lagoon, a reserve that looks like it's appeared straight out of a fairy tale.

$324 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Trip to Villa de Leyva from Bogotá

You will hardly find a place in Colombia that takes architectonic preservation as serious as Villa de Leyva. This small village located in the department of Boyacá and it’s a 3-hout drive from Bogotá. Spanish colonizers founded the village in 1572, visiting it gives the sensation of going back in time and in 1954 it was declared a national monument.  Get a closer look at the colonial history of Colombia’s and the fascinating towns outside of Bogotá on an 11-hour daytrip to Villa de Leyva. This mellow area’s exceptional architecture, great artisan craft shopping and historical richness offer the perfect combination.

$125 Day Trips & Excursions

Tour to Villa de Leyva Inclucing Muisca Observator

Get picked up at 6am from your hotel and leave Bogotá in direction to Villa de Leyva. The drive takes approximately 4 hours. Upon arriving in this historic village, start by discovering the town’s colonial center by foot, including its large main square paved with cobblestones. After taking a break for lunch (own expense), visit attractions in the area surrounding Villa de Leyva. Depending on your interests and your time, you’ll enjoy the silence of the Convent Santo Ecce Homo, constructed in the early 17th century, and taste Colombian wine at "Viñedo Ain Karim" vineyard. You will also have the opportunity to visit the House of Terracotta, along with the "Pozos Azules", artificial pools that get their unique color from the minerals found in the local soil. You might even stop by an ostrich farm. Two more itinerary stops are the Muisca Observatory, located in the desert near Villa de Leyva, and the city museum, where you can learn about the prehistoric environment of the region and admire the center’s collection of fossils. At 6pm you'll return to Bogotá, where you will receive a drop-off at your hotel.

$437.33 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Overnight Trip to Villa de Leyva from Bogotá

Day 1:Get started with a 7am pickup at your hotel, proceeding north towards Villa de Leyva. Enjoy a historical stop at the Boyacá Bridge, where the battle of Boyacá took place in the 19th century which helped secure Colombia’s independence from the Spaniards. Right before arriving at Villa de Leyva, you'll travel to El Infiernito (Little Hell) and marvel in an ancient Muisca observatory and how they used to calculate the optimal time for harvest and then visit the blue pond, a water reservoir created by farmers. The water’s color has turned into a surprisingly vivid blue that contrasts beautifully with the arid vegetation.You’ll reach the colonial village around 2:30 pm (14:30) and check into the beautiful cozy hotel, located a few minutes away from Plaza Mayor, that’s booked for your group. Feel free to explore the town the rest of the afternoon. The village was established around the enormous Plaza Mayor, a cobblestone main square that has a surface of 14,000 square meters and its delimited by the church and the colonial houses which are know shops, restaurants, hotels. Wander through narrow cobblestone streets and be swept of your feet by their charm, white washed facades and rustic wooden doors.  Day 2:Explore the village and its surroundings by yourself, or you can arrange any other activity of your preference (not included in the price). Even though Villa de Leyva is small, it has a wide range of activities to offer from hiking in natural parks to buggy races, horseback riding, bird watching, archaeological sites to museums and historical buildings. At 11am, you will be picked up at your hotel and you’ll be taken to Raquirá, a small village nearby, famous for its amazing craftsmanship of woodworking, pottery, basketry and more. There, you have the opportunity to do some souvenir shopping and then proceed to go back to Bogotá where you’ll be taken back to your hotel. *Please note: you can change any of the activities above for the Casa de Terracota, which is a house made of clay measuring 500 m² in Villa de Leyva is considered the largest piece of pottery in the world. This is the Terracotta House, bricked coloured structure that architect Octavio Mendoza baked in the same manner as pottery makers when they produce vases, dishes and other decorative objects. It is a construction which according to its creator, transforms it into habitable architecture.

$169 Day Trips & Excursions

Villa de Leyva Private Full-Day Trip from Bogota

Once your bilingual guide has met at your hotel, tour embarks on a personalized journey by private car just a couple of hours away towards Villa de Leyva. Share spectacular sceneries of the country side and learn tips from your local guide as you are headed to the first stop at the Boyaca colonial bridge where Colombian independence took place in late 16th century. There is enough time to walk around and take photos but just get ready because the trip has only started and you are next headed to cozy Villa de Leyva. Once at the massive square at Villa de Leyva, you are free to walk around and take amazing photos of such impressive architecture. There are bathrooms and cafeterias so we recommend bringing Colombian pesos since not every store takes credit cards. Next stop, still at Villa de Leyva, there is the popular Terracota House where the largest piece of porcelain on earth is displayed. Discover an amazing piece of art that is constantly being built. Moving right along the tour drives you to the fascinating Dinosaur village where replicas of the most spectacular dinosaurs are displayed in real life scale. Learn from locals and understand the unattended potential of Latin American fossils from more than 65 million years ago. By now you are probably hungry, so let us treat you for some tasty traditional meals right next at Sutamarchan village, where some of the most delicious authentic dishes can be enjoyed. Finally the tour stops at colorful Raquira village where vibrant facades and authentic artwork is the daily basis. Wander around this cozy town and obtain unique pieces of art among natives who are friendly enough to interact with.The tour end with your hotel drop-off in Bogota.