» Villa de Leyva
Villa de Leyva is a town frozen in time, and one of almost unparalleled colonial beauty in Colombia. The wonderfully preserved cobblestone roads and white washed buildings of photogenic Villa de Leyva were declared a national monument in 1954.
Originally built by Hernan Suarez de Villabos as a retreat for military officers, nobility and clergy in 1572, Villa de Leyva has a lovely selection of boutique hotels, quality cafes and restaurants to punctuate your days of calmly wondering the charming picturesque streets.
Keep an eye out for the impressive fossils that have been used as construction materials for floors, walls and pavements.
The surrounding hills make for pleasant walking and hiking where marvelous bird’s-eye views of the town can be had.