Villeta is a Colombian municipality, part of Cundinamarca, whose name means little villa and it's dedicated to the archangel Miguel; it's also called La Ciudad Dulce de Colombia (the sweet city) due to the panela, a dessert they produce. The foundation of Villeta took place in 1551 and was at the beginning settled by religious people to catechize the indigenous inhabitants of the area. In Villeta several historic episodes took place as one of the first Independence traces at that time with the meeting of Jose Antonio Galan, a famous commoner of the region, the step of the viceroy Juan de Samano scaping from the patriots or the overthrow of the president Manuel Sanclemente, who died after the terrible tortures by the vice president Jose Manuel Marroquin. During your stay you can visit the Parque de la Molienda, that welcomes all the visitors and the Plaza de la Panela, where you will find the byproducts of the sugar cane. You should also contemplate the Mico waterfalls, with seven natural waterfalls and exotic vegetation around -just accessible with guides from the third waterfall- or the Bocatoma de Bagazal, from where you can admire beautiful landscapes and diverse houses of the area. We stand out the diverse preparations of the sugar cane products as alfandoques, a type of coconut sweet prepared as the molasses, and the soft arequipe, that has milk, sugar and panelita de leche. If you prefer salty food, you also have the ajiaco bogotano, la fritanga with varied meats and a delicious sobrebarrida al horno, with spices. In Villeta the Festival y Reinado Nacional de la Panela is celebrated in January, which includes tourist tours, float parades and the reign of the festival's queen. Besides that, the Festival Departamental de Bandas Sinfonicas, with music competitions in diverse styles. When you go to Villeta you will have a warm welcome by the inhabitants and nice souvenirs of the places that you visit, don't you wait more time!
Travel tips for Acacias
If you have planned to move around the regions in Colombia, you might be asked to have the yellow fever vaccine. Other vaccines that you should consider -in case you travel to the jungle- are the tetanus vaccine and the hepatitis A/B.The electric current kind used in Colombia is 110-volt AC (110 V), with a frequence of 60 Hz. We recommend you to have a plug adapter if you travel to places that use other voltage to avoid that the electronic devices suffer a short-circuit and don't work.