Villa de Leyva is a small colonial town in Boyacá region, three and a half hours by car or bus from Bogotá.
Villa de Leyva is surrounded by mountains of the Andes, on 2100 meters of altitude, and there you can see the Andean culture and indigenous traditions which make the city interesting.
The village has white well-maintained buildings and a nice cultural life. The city has a European face, with churches and Iberian-style facades, thanks to the Spaniards who settled in the mountains nearly five centuries ago. The people are very friendly and always ready to help.
Although many foreigners have already discovered Villa de Leyva, most of the visitors are Colombians. It is a pity because Villa de Leyva is a charming city with good points to see. Also, it is a real alternative to escape the common visit points.
Must see places:
- Plaza Mayor, the main plaza surrounded by restaurants and shop points.
- Terracotta House, a big house made entirely of baked clay.
- The museums El Carmen, Luis Alberto Acuña and Museo El Fósil.
- Pozos Azules.
- Granja de Los Avestruces.
To get Villa de Leyva, from Bogotá, you need go to Portal Norte and take a bus. It takes around 20.000 and 25.000 COP (around 7-8 dollars) one way. The buses do not have a specific hour to leave and the drivers stay in the street inviting people to get on.
You have two options to get Villa de Leyva: one is take a bus right to Villa de Leyva or take a bus to Tunja and then take another one to Villa de Leyva. If you have time, it is a good option to make a stop by Tunja. You just need be careful because there are no buses from Tunja to Villa de Leyva after 7 pm.