Villa de Leyva, a place for everybody

We had to go to Villa de Leyva, since it is listed as one of most beautiful villages in Colombia. Being so close we had to check it out.

We left Bogotá early in the morning, the trip would take 4 hours. My father took us to the Estación Norte where we bought our tickets and waited for the bus for about 45 minutes, maybe more –we were already thinking: “damn, they cheated us! They sold us fake tickets for a bus that wouldn’t come”. But no– the man who sold them to us came and said: “there it is, the bus is coming, go forward to get a good seat”… the only one left were the infamous “seats of the musicians” –the last one– well, it was already done, so we took our places. The bus jumped all the way to our destination.

Andrea in the main square of Villa de Leyva, one of the most famous attractions (the square, not Andrea).

Andrea in the main square of Villa de Leyva, one of the most famous attractions (the square, not Andrea).

Villa de Leyva has the particularity of gathering people of different ages and with multiple personalities.

There is no doubt that Villa de Leyva and its cobbled streets attract tourists from all over the world. Even being a small village, not only it brings people from the five continents, but it also has the particularity of gathering people of different ages and with multiple personalities, which you just notice when you see their faces during a typical walk through its streets or the inevitable stroll on the main square with picture included.

Villa de Leyva.

Villa de Leyva.

Villa de Leyva.

You can meet a Colombian family, a backpacker, a couple in love during a romantic weekend, the one who looks for adventure and the 60-70 years old German with all his combo of friends.

...and dogs, stray dogs everywhere.

…and dogs, stray dogs everywhere.

Lunch time was amazing, a new place, good food and nice music.

We arrived just a little before lunch time, so we took our time to choose the restaurant where to eat. After some walking we encountered “La Feria Piqueteadero de Origen” where the BBQ pork ribs –made with panela molasses– are delicious.

Lunch time was amazing, a new place, good food and nice music. What else do you need?

Our delicious lunch in "La Feria, Piqueteadero de Origen".

Our delicious lunch in “La Feria, Piqueteadero de Origen”.

And of course we couldn't miss the dessert!

And of course we couldn’t miss the dessert!

There is an excellent gastronomic offer.

To tell the truth in Villa de Leyva you don’t have much to do except to walk and enjoy good food. There is an excellent gastronomic offer and you can find a huge variety of good restaurants where to delight your palate.

You shouldn't miss also a night walk in the main square and the surrounding small streets.

You shouldn’t miss also a night walk in the main square and the surrounding small streets.

Villa de Leyva.

Villa de Leyva.

We visited four of them and we can honestly recommend three: “La Feria Piqueteadero de Origen”, “Mi Cocina” and “Antique Cafe y Vinos”.

Lunch in "Mi Cocina".

Lunch in “Mi Cocina”.

If you're lucky and the terrace in "Antique Cafe y Vinos" is empty, it's a cozy and intimate place.

If you’re lucky and the terrace in “Antique Cafe y Vinos” is empty, it’s a cozy and intimate place.

With live music.

With live music.

As I said, you don’t have much to do in the village itself, but you can find what you’re looking for, around there are different activities that you can enjoy, like hiking to Iguaque Wildlife Sanctuary.

P.S.: we went to the Terracotta house but we don’t recommend it. They ask you for 7.000 Colombian Pesos each (about $2.4), it’s nice but not anything special, so if you want to make good use of your time and maybe you don’t have much of it, we suggest you to leave it as a last option.

This is the terracotta house, so you know what to expect.

This is the terracotta house, so you know what to expect.

Villa de Leyva. Casa Terracota.

Villa de Leyva. Casa Terracota.

Villa de Leyva. Casa Terracota.

 

How to get there?
  • From Portal Norte there are direct busses. The trip lasts 4 hours and the cost is 23,000 pesos (about $7.40).

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