"A gem not hidden: Villa de Leyva" Top 5 Page for this destination Villa de Leiva by richiecdisc

Villa de Leiva Travel Guide: 101 reviews and 431 photos

Though no longer the hidden gem Colonial town of yore, Villa de Leyva remains not only one of Colombia's can't miss attractions but also one of its most charming if not totally unspoiled destinations. For the well-healed it has perhaps the greatest variety of eating/nightlife options outside of the big cities and one would be hard-pressed to not be impressed with its plethora of white-washed Colonial buildings set on seemingly endless cobblestone streets.

go on the weekend

With its proximity to Bogota it is no wonder it can be overrun on weekends with the capital's inhabitants looking for a piece of a rapidly disappearing simpler time but if you time your visit for mid-week, you should find the town every bit as charming if a bit more expensive than in its less glorified if more glorious past. However you slice it, Villa de Leyva awaits.

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  • Last visit to Villa de Leiva: Jan 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Oct 29, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Pizza & beer are just perfect sometimes and you get back your calories after the trek ;-) I like the photos of Iglesia del Carmen, pity the Coqui's Beer did not taste as good as it looks :)

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    Oct 14, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Glad you found this place to cool your heels and warm your hearts! :) Love the wooden balconies, reminiscent of Garcìa Marquez literature. Beautiful blue sky! With fresh veggies, this would be Eden! ;)

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    Oct 11, 2010 at 7:48 AM

    What a great little town - and that hotel sounds wonderful (and I have say much more my thing than some of the others you've stayed in!) Like the sound of the coffee place too :-)

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    Sep 28, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    The trek was no problem...but spending romantic days....I think we might have to train for that a bit more ;)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Richie, I think it was a good thing for the two of you to just chill out for a while in this pretty little town! Too bad those specially brewed beers were such a disappointment though. I also like wandering around places like this!

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    You stayed in a very nice place! Well deserved after such a long trek and sleeping in the tent. Plaza Mayor is very charming at night when it gets lit by street lights. Also had a beer in Mr. Coqui but preferred a glass of warm wine in another place :)

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    Sep 18, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    Haha, you won't believe it, but we also stayed at Sol de la Villa! But back then prices were cheaper. It seems to be all quite expensive by now, but... nothing can beat the cuteness of the city, right? Maybe consider to relocate and bew beer?


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