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The Plaza's fountain takes on a new light - Villa de Leiva

The Plaza's fountain takes on a new light

Plaza Mayor by Night: much nicer at night, Plaza Mayor

While Plaza Mayor may seem a bit too unprotected during the midday sun, it comes to life in the evenings when locals congregate around the immense square to have a coffee or beer and share in animated conversations about their days. In this respect, it is not spoiled in the least and though we are not night owls, we enjoyed strolling the square and enjoying the cool air and lively atmosphere. The tasteful lighting of the Plaza's buildings and church make for good night photos so bring your tripod.

Dress Code: Evenings can get chilly in Villa de Leyva so bring something warm to stroll around in.

Theme: People Watching

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 17, 2010
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looks can be deceiving - Villa de Leiva

looks can be deceiving

Mr. Coqui's Beer Factory: not quite the beer we had hoped for

While taking some photos of the main square while the sun went down on our first evening in town, we noticed Mr. Coqui's Beer Factory. Figuring it was just a pub, I popped my head in and noticed they did in fact have beers of their own, or at least not the regular mass-produced Colombian beers I'd so far encountered outside the very good Bogota Beer Company. It was already kind of late and we were pretty stuffed from our big Italian meal earlier in the evening so made a mental note to stop back. It was unfortunately never open again, or at least so I thought. It was just this front entrance that opened into the square that was closed. When walking around the corner one night we saw that the main entrance was on that side so decided to give it a try. It was obviously an upscale place and there was a cool little courtyard to sit in so did just that and ordered one of each of their beers since there were only two to choose from. Out they came, unfiltered with nice rocky heads. They sure looked promising but both had very odd tastes which made them hard to even finish. When asked how we liked them we politely shook our heads in approval but obviously did not order anymore. It was 7000 COP (about $3.50) for the two pints of the odd tasting brews. I'm all for supporting anyone that makes an effort to bring new beers into virgin territory but these entrepreneurs need to hire real brewers to make the beer.

Dress Code: Colombians will be dressed well in upscale places like this but backpackers can wear pretty much what they like. That said, it's best to wear the best you have with you to try and fit in a little. If you are going to sit in the courtyard at night, bring a jacket as it is quite cool.

Directions: On the main square, next to the cathedral.

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 17, 2010
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