Villa de Leyva
Although just three hours north of Bogotá, Villa de Leyva feels like a world away. As you wander through the town’s historic center, with its cobblestone streets and whitewashed buildings, it’s easy to imagine the tales of centuries past. Founded by the Spanish in 1572, Villa de Leyva boasts an impressive collection of colonial architecture, with its main square, Plaza Mayor, serving as the heart of the town. The town was declared a national monument in 1954 and has remained perfectly preserved ever since.
Continue your journey through time at El Infiernito, an astronomical site built by the indigenous Muisca civilization some 4,000 years ago. Marvel at the mysterious standing stones that served as an ancient calendar.
For outdoor enthusiasts, the countryside surrounding Villa de Leyva is a playground for adventurers. Hike along rugged trails to discover hidden waterfalls, explore the otherworldly landscapes of the nearby desert of La Candelaria, or embark on a horseback ride through rolling hills and valleys.