Villa de Leyva, 207 km from Bogota, is a beautiful historic town, founded in 1572 and declared a national monument in 1954. The town has remained practically untouched as there are no modern buildings and it has just whitewashed colonial houses, cobbled streets and the Plaza Mayor, at 14,000 sq m is the country’s largest.
- Meander through the historic cobbled streets beneath flowery balconies
- Soak up the atmosphere of this colonial gem’s expansive plaza
- Visit the Santo Ecce Homo Convent founded by the Dominicans
- Enjoy a tasty local meringue cake known as a ‘girlfriend’s kiss’
- Explore the nearby artisan villages with their fine ceramics & sausages !
Villa de Leyva offers four churches dating back to the 16th & 17th Centuries, museums such as the Museo del Maestro Acuna, the Casa de Antonio Narinho, the house of Antonio Ricaurte, the House of Congress, and in addition, due to its altitude of 2144 m, numerous fossils from the Mesozoic and Cretaceous periods can be seen. Not far from Villa de Leyva is the Convento del Santo Ecce Homo, founded by the Dominicans in 1620 and considered a most outstanding Spanish legacy.