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Villa de Leiva Travel Guide: 101 reviews and 431 photos

Villa de Leyva is a charming little town where all houses are whitewashed with green or brown details, many with balconies and courtyards. And the streets are cobbled with almost no motor traffic. The town has been able to keep its old charm as it was declared a national monument in 1954 and since then has been well preserved and not many modern buildings have been built. The town was founded already in 1572 and got the name Nuestra Señora de la Villa Santa Maria de Leyva.

When I arrived to Villa de Leyva the church by Plaza Mayor was not white, but before I left it was being painted. Earlier during the year all houses around the plaza had been stripped of their white colour and painted in other colours, just because a movie was filmed there. I’m glad it was back to the white colours when I visited.

Villa de Leyva is situated only a few hours ride from Bogotá and it is a very popular destination to visit during weekends. I arrived on a Sunday afternoon and found the town more crowded than the coming days. Villa de Leyva is situated at an altitude of 1572 metres, so especially in the evenings it can be cold and it is necessary to wear a sweater.

It is easy to spend some relaxing days in Villa de Leyva, walking around, sitting down at the restaurants/cafes watching people, visiting the craft shops or take an excursion. There are also several hiking trails in the surroundings.

  • Last visit to Villa de Leiva: Jul 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    It's funny that they painted the houses all different colors for the movie, and then painted them white again when the movie was finished.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jan 22, 2016 at 11:14 PM

      But, it is good that they painted them back to the original white colour.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jan 22, 2016 at 11:17 PM

      Thank you Don for visiting my Villa de Leyva page!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    A lovely page!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Nov 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      Thank you for visiting Dee! Villa de Leyva is such a lovely and tranquil place!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jun 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    It all looks absolutely delightful! Excellent page Malena!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jun 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Thank you Dee for visiting! Villa de Leyva was absolutely lovely!

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Malena, I'm going crazy: Colombia or Bangladesh? I would like to go to Mompox, and V. de Leiva, but Cartagena seems too "pretty" for me. One big difference between C. and BD. is 5h by plane, vs 17h by plane from where I live...

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Stunning shots of a beautiful place. I can see you had no problem walking off all that pizza and beer from the Plaza. ;)

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2007 at 9:36 AM

    an interesting page, Malena, and I see you had a lot of fun at El Infiernito, looks a bit like a playground for adults... <;-) Kronosaurus looks interesting,too !

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2007 at 12:04 AM

    Another excellent page on Columbia! Impressive viewpoint - Sagrado Corazon. A very unexpected tip on a baby kronosaurus! Pity, but your intro pic doesn't want to be seen... Thanks Malena for sharing!

  • zizkov's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2007 at 6:20 AM

    I like the kronosaurus.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2007 at 9:33 AM

    Very picturesque houses! Nice that you were able to share the costs of your day trip.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2007 at 10:52 PM

    Yes, it didn't change much :-) You hotel looks adorable - ahh, these so beautiful courtyards with all the flowers :-))

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