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Time travel to the past in the romantic town of Villa De Leyva, declared a national monument in the 1950’s, Villa de Leyva is a town that is completely colonial and almost absolutely no modern architecture exists.
Villa De Leyva, just 177 km north of Bogotá, packed with plenty of activities to undertake such as horseback-riding in the town or a short ride to the Pozos Azules, vivid blue pools set in the desert.
Other activities include Kite flying in the town center with visits to the paleontology museums or simply relax walking around the beautiful cobblestone streets.
Don’t miss the Iguaque Flora and Fauna Sanctuary (Sanctuario de Iguaque) which is a natural reserve that is so grand it stretches over Villa De Leyva, Arcabuco and Chíquiza towns or without visiting some nearby archeological relics; it is a great place for fossil hunting, such as a prehistoric marine reptile fossil still in the place it was discovered.
5 km southwest of Villa De Leyva is the famous Ostrich Farm which houses more than 120 ostriches, llamas, horses and sheep. If you’re feeling curious you can try the ostrich meat at the farms restaurant or try on some ostrich leather shoes at the farms shop.
Ráquira is also a great place to visit during your stay, a small town just 25 km south west of Villa De Leyva famous for its pottery. Go take a pottery workshop or go see the production process and shop for some souvenirs.
La Periquera waterfalls are also a wonderful place to take a walk, amongst a lush backdrop with a number of coinciding waterfalls.
The climate ranges from 12 °C and 20 °C so be sure to pack a sweater or a jacket just in case. Don’t forget to bring comfortable walking shoes.
By bus – There are 2 direct buses from Bogotá daily.
By land within the city - Most of the city can be done by foot or by a more earth-friendly option such as traveling by bike or by horse. Horses and bicycles are available to rent but a standing option is still buses or taxis.
Remember, when traveling by taxi always ask for the ride fare, as prices may vary.
Restaurants - Within the main square of Villa De Leyva (the biggest in Colombia), there are Dutch bars, French’s restaurants and bakeries, Italian pizzas, Austrian apple strudels, and Lebanon kibbes.