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Villa de Leyva has a richness of activities little found in other parts of Colombia. Besides the village itself being a masterpiece of colonial architecture with artisan workshops and historical, art and science museums, the countryside encases fossils, petroglyphs, ancient ruins, vineyards and religious centers. Its intense natural beauty spreads across deserts, tropical forests and páramo, embracing 112 waterfalls and the Santuario de Flora y Fauna Iguaque. If you like betting on the ponies, catch the thoroughbred racing at the Hipódromo.










By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

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The Churches of Villa de Leyva

The Churches of Villa de Leyva

The 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,...

Historical Building
Villa de Leyva , Colombia
Museums of Villa de Leyva

Museums of Villa de Leyva

Homes of Independence war leaders and of a contemporary artist, religious art to fossils—Villa de Leyva’s museums are bound to have something...

Museum
Villa de Leyva , Colombia
Casas Coloniales of Villa de Leyva

Casas Coloniales of Villa de Leyva

Besides those that have been made into museums, you may visit other colonial-era buildings:• Casa del Primer Congreso is the building where...

Historical Building
Villa de Leyva , Colombia
Casa Museo Luis Alberto Acuña

Casa Museo Luis Alberto Acuña

Luis Alberto Acuña (1904-1993) is considered one of Colombia's most important 20th century artists. In 1979 he established this museum to...

Museum
Villa de Leyva , Colombia
Viñedo Guananí

Viñedo Guananí

Viñedo Guananí wines are in high demand by Colombian connoisseurs. You may tour the vineyard, from the three hectares where Carbernet Sauvignon,...

Other Activity
Villa de Leyva , Colombia
To Santa SofĂ­a

To Santa SofĂ­a

In 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...

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Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia
El FĂłsil

El FĂłsil

In 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...

Museum
Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia
El Infiernito

El Infiernito

The official name is Parque Arqueológico de Monquirá, but everyone calls it El Infiernito. This Muisca site was an astronomical center—and,...

Ruin
Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia
Monasterio Santo Ecce Homo

Monasterio Santo Ecce Homo

On a green spread of boulder-strewn land, four Dominican monks established a monastery in 1620. Inside this fossil-studded stone edifice, you can...

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...

Museum
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...

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Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia

Beyond Santa SofĂ­a

If the road to Santa SofĂ­a is imprinted by the past and present denizens of the Desierto de Villa de Leyva, the road beyond this small village is...

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Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia

To Gachantivá

The road to Gachantivá is a pleasant mix of human and nature’s hand. Delve into one of the many caves that pockmark the land, like Cueva del...

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Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia

Santuario de Flora y Fauna de Iguaque

Amidst the chill mists swirling across this páramo, the goddess Bachue rose from the crystalline waters of Laguna de Iguaque. Thus was born...

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Near Villa de Leyva, Villa de Leyva , Colombia
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