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Villa de Leyva

The road to Villa de Leyva winds downhill 39 kilometers (23.5 miles) from Tunja through sparsely greened hills of spellbinding rock. Those incredibly folded strata tilt almost vertical, revealing a fascinating geological history. The road is good blacktop, with some parts subject to flooding and rockslides. Along the way you will pass Cucaita, a village with a 450-year tradition of art and culture.


Villa de Leyva is big on the destination list for Colombian and foreign vacationers alike. The town, a national historic monument, beautifully preserves colonial buildings built with the tapia pisada (rammed earth) technique. White washed buildings hugging cobblestone lanes, the many shops and cultural attractions aren’t the only things drawing many here. The entire region is steeped in history, from fossils of Mesozoic sea denizens to the museum-homes of important independence leaders. Villa de Leyva has excellent services and fine restaurants for the holidaymaker. Some visitors might find it a bit too touristy. Attractions outside the village, though, are definitely worth several days of exploration with a bit of everything for any type of explorer, including indigenous and colonial ruins, vineyards and horseracing, desert and páramo landscapes.


(Altitude: 2149 m / 7149 ft, Population: 12,000, City Code: 8)

Neighborhoods in Villa de Leyva : Near Villa de Leyva,

Other places nearby Villa de Leyva : Barichara , Tunja, Pamplona, Curití, Guane, Guican , Cocuy , Capitanejo , Málaga and San Gil.

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Ráquira in Chibcha means “The City of Pots.” To this day, the workshops of this village give credence to the name by making the animal-shaped ceramics for which they are famous. Most visitors ...
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Things to do in Villa de Leyva

The Churches of Villa de Leyva

122805The Catedral, on the Plaza Mayor, dates from 1604-1665, and reconstructed after an earthquake in 1845. A few blocks away, Carrera 10 and Calle 14, is the relatively new Iglesia del Carmen ...
Historical Building
Villa de Leyva , Colombia

Museums of Villa de Leyva

122806Homes of Independence war leaders and of a contemporary artist, religious art to fossils—Villa de Leyva’s museums are bound to have something for your interests.Casa Museo Antonio Nariño—This ...
Villa de Leyva , Colombia

Casas Coloniales of Villa de Leyva

122807Besides those that have been made into museums, you may visit other colonial-era buildings:• Casa del Primer Congreso is the building where the First Convention of the United Provinces of Nueva ...
Historical Building
Villa de Leyva , Colombia

Casa Museo Luis Alberto Acuña

122808 Luis Alberto Acuña (1904-1993) is considered one of Colombia\'s most important 20th century artists. In 1979 he established this museum to exhibit his own artwork as well as the art of others. ...
Villa de Leyva , Colombia

Viñedo Guananí

122811Viñedo Guananí wines are in high demand by Colombian connoisseurs. You may tour the vineyard, from the three hectares where Carbernet Sauvignon, Isabela and Chardonnay grapes are organically grown ...
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Villa de Leyva , Colombia

To Santa SofĂ­a

122949In the 18-kilometer (10.8-mile) stretch of road from Villa de Leyva to Santa SofĂ­a, many attractions await the eager visitor to the Desierto de Villa de Leyva. Pozos Azules, three kilometers (1.8 ...
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El FĂłsil

122952In 1977 at a hamlet outside Villa de Leyva, some farmers found the skeletal remains of a former inhabitant of this valley: a Kronosaurus who had perished some 110-115 million years earlier. This ...
Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia

El Infiernito

122953The official name is Parque Arqueológico de Monquirá, but everyone calls it El Infiernito. This Muisca site was an astronomical center—and, according to archaeologists, a bit more. They state the ...
Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia

Monasterio Santo Ecce Homo

122956On a green spread of boulder-strewn land, four Dominican monks established a monastery in 1620. Inside this fossil-studded stone edifice, you can tour the original chapel (note the moon and sun in ...
Historical Building
Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia

Museo PaleontolĂłgico

Museo PaleontolĂłgico, in conjunction with the Science Department of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, presents impressive exhibitions on the geology and paleontology of what we today call the ...
Villa de Leyva , Colombia

Fibas JardĂ­n del Desierto

Fibas JardĂ­n del Desierto is more than just a botanical garden. In the Muisca language, fibas means wind. This garden is a project to recover a piece of land was eroded by the winds. Through this ...
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