Villa de Leyva sits about two and a half hours north of Bogotá, but, with its cobble-stone streets and whitewashed buildings, it seems to be hundreds of years away from the 21st century. Villa de Leyva tours are easily accessible from Colombia’s capital. Around this colonial gem´s massive plaza new restaurants and shops are springing up to accommodate the increasing droves of people wishing to go on a Villa de Leyva tour, giving the town a lively and dynamic restaurant scene. The result is that those who plan to see the town in a day are inevitably drawn into staying longer, captivated by the town’s rustic ambience and excellent dining as well as the numerous opportunities for tourism and exploration in the immediate outskirts of the town. See Colombia Travel offers a range of Villa de Leyva tours all year round, so you don´t have any excuses for not coming.
There are two buses directly from Bogotá to Villa de Leyva, leaving at 5am and 2pm. For an indirect but more frequent route, you can take the Transmilenio to Portal del Norte (1hr) and take a bus from here to Tunja. In Tunja, buses to Villa de Leyva run every 15 minutes until 7pm.
What to do in Villa de Leyva
Villa de Leyva is the perfect town for aimlessly wandering through streets and, as such, the best thing to do here is just to meander. There are two colonial houses particularly worth visiting. The first is the house in which Antonio Nariño lived, and the second is known as the Casa del Primer Congreso. Villa de Leyva is also home to one of the best museums of religious art in Colombia: the Monasterio de las Carmelitas Descalzas. Taxis offer trips around the surrounding attractions, which come highly recommended. On Saturday there’s a bustling market in the central Plaza that peaks in the morning.
Villa de Leyva Weather
Generally warm and dry, expect temperatures of around 18°C with the evenings feeling noticeably colder.