Villa de Leyva is a city located in the Boyacá Department. It was founded as Villa de Santa María de Leyva in 1572, and it is known for the preservation of its historical heritage from the colonial era, as well for the archeological remains that date to the prehistoric times.Specialists have concluded that the area was originally a primordial sea in the Cretacic era which was inhabited by several species of dinosaurs. Several museums and institutions research and exhibit the archeological remains that have been found so far.During the colonial times the city became an important town that was renowned for its wheat production. The town began to be abandoned by the end of the XVIIIth century, but halfway through the XXth president Gustavo Rojas Pinillas declared the city as an historical monument and pushed forward several policies for the recovery of its historical heritage. Thanks to this kind of iniciatives, Villa de Leyva is now a must see destination for everyone interested in visiting Colombia.
Travel tips for Villa de Leyva
-It would be better to make reservations for bus tickets leaving town with anticipation, as buses tend to be full and bus companies sell the last tickets at a much higher price.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.
Villa de Leyva weather
Best time to visit Villa de Leyva
Villa de Leyva is an interesting destination all year long. However, it is recommended that you plan to match the dates of any of the many festivities celebrated during the year, such as the Festival of Lights in late December, to get the most out of your trip.
Climate in Villa de Leyva
-Average temperature in Villa de Leyva is around 62-64º Farenheit degrees. The region has three climatic zones, and you can encounter rain all year long.
Things to do in Villa de Leyva
The main tourism attractions in Villa de Leyva are its archeological and architectonic remains, as well as the many cultural festivities hosted along the year.
Nightlife in Villa de Leyva
La Cava de Don Fernando
Location: Carrera 10 .Pub with different music ranges, mostly classical rock from the 80's and onwards
Location: near the crossing of Carrera 13 with Calle 15 Excelent place to grab some drinks and also has an ample dance floor
Where to eat in Villa de Leyva
Restaurante Antique Villa de Leyva
Location: Carrera 9 n.13 .Deluxe restaurant located in an old colombian manor
Location: Carrera 13 Delicious typical colombian dishes at a comida típica colombiana a un reasonable price.
The tourist places to see in Villa de Leyva are
With an area of 14.000 m² and being totally covered in stone, it is the biggest plaza in Colombia, and it is one of the main atractions. Access by car is restricted in order to preserve its historical aesthethic. It's right next to the Cabildo and the Church.
Casa de Nariño
Location: Cra. 9 #10-25, Villa de Leyva, Boyacá Resting house where Antonio Nariño died in December 1833. It can be visited as a museum which has interesting material of the colonial era and the campaign for colonial independency.
Casa de Antonio Ricaurte
Location:#8-1 a, Cl. 15 #8115 Birthplace of the Independence Campaign Hero. It is an Air Force museum in the present day.
Claustro de San Agustín
Location: West of Ricaurte Plaza The first church of the Villa. It now houses the Humboldt Institute.
The things to do in Villa de Leyva
Paleontological Investigation Center (C.I.P)
Home to one of the best collections of pre-historic sea reptiles that lived in South America. It includes the remains of dinosaurs, mammals and seaplants.
Location: Begins in Plaza Ricaurte The main commercial street in Villa de Leyva where one can find several stores with a nice offer of restaurants, local crafs and modern art.
Luis Alberto Acuña Museum
Location: Cra. 10, right next to the house of Vargas Vila It has a collection of oil paintings, acrilics, and murals made by master Luis Alberto Acuña
Location: Casona El Molino de Osada, Carrera 9 The museum exhibits fossils of inverrtebrates, bivalves, gastropods, echinoderm and vertebrates like fishes and sea dinosaurs, as well as plants of the sea
El Carmen Museum
Location; Southwest corner of the Plaza El Carmen Houses a great number of pieces of religious art from the colonial era.
Royal Liqour Factory
Location: Calle 13 Building of the former official beer company of the Spanish Empire. It still uses Spain's Shield. It now functions as a Cultural Center and one can visit what remains of the old factory.
Typical dishes in Villa de Leyva
A typical dish of the region which incorporates pig ribs, chicken, cow meat and potatoes, mixed with local spices
How to reach Villa de Leyva
Villa de Leyva by train
Currently there is no passenger train going through Villa de Leyva.
Villa de Leyva by flight
Villa de Leyva doesn't have an airport. The closest one is located in Tunja.
Villa de Leyva by bus
There are frecuent buses making trips to different Columbian cities. The most common is the Tunja-Villa de Leyva route, of which there are departures every hour. There are also buses that make the Bogotá-Villa de Leyva Route, but those depart only twice and day.
Accomodations in Villa de Leyva
Hostal El Pino
Location: Carrera 8 N° 7-96 | Barrio la Palma Price: From 50.234 COP Bed & Breakfast that offers an economic alternative for travelling.
Hospederia Villa de los Sáenz
Location: Carrera 13 12-05 Price: From 362.000 COP (Double Room) Hostel located near the Plaza Principal with comfortable rooms and 24 it's open up all 24 hours..
Hostal Villa Anita
Location: Vereda el Roble Lote N.5. Paralel Urbanización Villa Teresa Price: From 360000 COP (Triple Room) ,Comfortable lodgings and you can book some rooms with a view to the mountains.
Hotel Boutique Villa Roma
Location: Calle 8 No. 10 / 166 Price: Rooms from 233243 COP Hotel that offers ample rooms, open pool, spa and other services to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Hotel Boutique Iguaque Campestre Spa & Ecolodge
Location: Km1 vía a el Hipódromo de Villa de Leyva Price: Rooms from 251270 COP (Habitación Triple) Hotel located at 8 minutes away from the Plaza Principal of the City. It has open pool, ample colonial style rooms and several other services.
Important dates in Villa de Leyva
Festival of Astronomy
(Last week of January or first week of February)
Event that fathers specialists both national and international and looks to position astronomy as a tourist atraction. One can find workshops, lectures and the chance to gaze upon the stars with proffesional telescopes.
Birthday of Villa de Leyva
It coincides with a National Band and Jazz Festival that gathers the best national artists and some international guests.
Event that summons the best gourmet cheffs of the country. You will be able to find degustations of the best colombian dishes of the region and all Colombia.
Festival of Light
(End of December)
The streets and houses of Villa de Leyva are decorated with lanterns and candles. There are also fireworks and several choruses sing christmas carols across the whole town. Several tourists visit Villa de Leyva during this celebration.