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Nestled in the hills of rural Boyacá, Villa de Leyva is one of Colombia's treasures. It's a charming old colonial town with decent tourist infrastructure but not overrun by tourism yet. Time seems to have stopped here, it looks very much the same now as it did then. Idyllic whitewashed walls, cobblestone streets, red-tiled roofs, balconies and private courtyards retain the heritage. Villa de Leyva's most distinct feature is the huge cobblestone plaza, the largest in Colombia.
Declared a national monument in 1954, the town is a popular weekend retreat for Bogotanos and it can get quite crowded. But during the week you'll find the town very quiet. Villa de Leyva is home to many artists and there are many nice shops selling beautiful handcrafted folk art pieces. The town has been used also as a location for filming. Werner Herzog was one of the famous directors who chose Villa de Leyva as location for his film Cobra Verde.
The town is small and easy to see it in just one day. But the charm and atmosphere of the place, and hiking in the surrounding area, will certainly make you want to stay longer as you planned.
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