Colonial village of Villa de Leyva

Considered one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Colombia, Villa de Leyva seems to have been frozen in time. Declared a national monument in 1954, the town has retained its colonial charm, as evidenced by its typical architecture, characterised by its lime-walled buildings, cobbled streets and majestic Plaza Mayor (the largest in Colombia). The recent influx of visitors to the area has considerably changed the internal activity of the village, as many hotels, shops, art galleries, gourmet restaurants and local craft markets have sprung up.

Your Itinerary

At a Glance

Highlights of this trip

Pleasant walks through the pretty streets of this traditional village.
Stroll through the atypical and colourful streets of Raquira.
Soak up the history and culture of Colombia.
Day by Day

Detailed Itinerary

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Historical visit to Villa de Leyva

History, Handicraft, Walking Tour
Guided walking tour through the historical centre of the city with the large Plaza Mayor, its cafés and craft shops, a wool weaving workshop, the Mesopotamia Mill, a relic of the Spanish colonisation where you can discover the functioning of the mill and the life of the local population of the time. The Convent of the Discalced Carmelites (Carmelitas descalzas): a community of Carmelite nuns has lived here in permanent seclusion since the convent was founded in 1645. They dedicate themselves entirely to manual work and prayer.
  Posada de San Antonio
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Museum and Raquira

Museum, Art & Culture, Architecture
We set off to discover the main sites of interest around Villa de Leyva. The El Fossil museum, where we can admire a 120 million year old Kronosaurus fossil, makes us understand that a long time ago there was an ocean in place of everything we see. The archaeological park teaches us about the beliefs of the ancient peoples with its Muisca calendar formed by monoliths and the massive Monastery of Santo Ecce Homo invites us to enjoy the calm and beauty of its architecture. In the afternoon, we leave Villa de Leyva for the artisanal village of Raquira where we can stroll and visit a ceramics workshop (subject to availability).
  Posada de San Antonio
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Free day

Stroll, Handicraft, Art & Culture
Free day to enjoy and shop in the small artisanal shops of the city. Transfer to your next destination.

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Terms of stay

What the Trip Includes


BreakfastsAccommodation in first-class hotelsTransportation in comfortable vehiclesEnglish-speaking guide

Not Included

Additional Information

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