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Villa de Leiva Travel Guide: 101 reviews and 431 photos

Untouched by Time... Delightfully Chic

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.

  • Last visit to Villa de Leiva: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated Nov 17, 2009
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2009 at 4:41 AM

    You always seem to get really good things to eat on your travels! Great that they turned Antonio Nariño's house into such a nice museum and monument.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2009 at 5:37 AM

    Mira, excellent tips on your 'time machine' trip to villa de Leiva! What a unique place to explore, and your accommodations sounds like my kind of place! Great photos in your Travelogues too.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2009 at 11:39 PM

    Villa de Leyva is lovely and your page brings back many good memories! When I visited in July 2007 all houses were restored to white, except the church, which they started to repaint while I was there.

  • Nov 18, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    ok this is simply marvellous! i love this sort of town and its architecture! i really have to get to colombia one day! a great page my dear mira! x

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2009 at 2:29 AM

    Love the courtyards and cobblestone streets but you know me, it's Almojábana that I'll be looking for. :)

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    Sounds like a great place. Thanks for the nice page!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2009 at 11:53 PM

    Ahhh... homesick even more! Don't they allow parking in P.Mayor? Good idea!! Oh my, Villa de Leiva is always deco, balconies, bougainvilleas, doors, just so cute!! And thanks for the information about it s movie location!!

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Interesting places but I haven't got the SA bug yet :)

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