Villa De Leyva is a little colonial town in the department of Boyaca. Narrow streets made of uneven cobblestones checker the quiet village. It won’t be easy if you’re a heel addict 😉

Early in the morning, kids wake up to get to school while older adults drink their coffees at one of the largest main square in Colombia – The Plaza Mayor.

I recommend you to wander among the alleyways, looking for flourishing squares, museums, and churches.

Then, don’t hesitate to explore the surroundings by walking or with a rental bike/quad.


Where is Villa De Leyva

Villa De Leyva is nestled near the Paramo de Iguaque, at 4 hours from Bogota. With an elevation of above 2 000 m, I suggest you bring a jacket for the evening. The temperatures drop around 10º C.

  • 4-hours bus drive from Bogota
  • 6-hours bus drive from San Gil

Read our travel transportation guide about Villa de Leyva


Why would you like to visit Villa De Leyva

  • Enjoy a delicious coffee in trendy coffees
  • Relax in an authentic colonial town
  • Explore the Paramo de Iguaque
  • Observe old fossils
  • Organize a romantic stay in a Spa hotel

Read our list of things to do in Villa de Leyva


How much do you need to enjoy Villa De Leyva

  • Bus Drive Bogota – Villa de Leyva: Around 25 000 COP | 8 $
  • Night in a Camping: Around 20 000 COP | 7 $
  • Night in a dorm: Around 30 000 COP | 10 $
  • Night in a Hotel (2 pers): Around 150 000 COP | 50 $
  • Night in a Luxury Spa Hotel (2 pers): Around 350 000 COP | 118 $
  • Nice dinner: Around 40 000 COP | 14 $
  • 2 hours Quad Rental: Around 100 000 COP | 34 $
  • Entrance Waterfall Periquera: 20 000 COP | 7 $
  • Entrance Paramo Iguaque: Around 49 000 COP | 16 $

Read our travel accommodation guide about Villa de Leyva


Events in Villa De Leyva

  • Festival international de Jazz | End of June
  • Festival del Viento y Las Cometas | Mid-August
  • Festival de Luces | Beginning of December


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Where to stay in Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva is the perfect romantic stop for your Colombia itinerary. Decide to stay in a gorgeous hotel boutique, a luxury SPA Hotel, or a remote hostel. Whatever your choice, you won't need public transportation to move around the town.

  • Renacer



    Lovely hostel with a great view of the mountains. 20 min walk from the center. Peaceful.
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  • Antonio Nariño


    Antonio Nariño

    Beautiful colonial house with a courtyard. In the center. Great value for money. Friendly staff.
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  • La Hormiga


    La Hormiga

    Economical option. Spacious room. Near the bus station. Friendly staff. Above a mall
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  • Casa Terra

    Boutique hotel

    Casa Terra

    The best upscale hotel in Villa de Leyva. Great garden, near the center. Fantastic host. Small.
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  • Getsemani

    Hotel & Spa


    Excellent value for money. Affordable massages and spa. Great food. Near the center.
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  • Duruelo

    Hotel & Spa


    Enormous hotel with great facilities. 2 delicious restaurants, 3 pools, SPA, massage.
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Things to do in Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva is a small town with many interesting highlights scattered all around. Therefore, it deserves a lot more than a short day trip from Bogota. Biking is an easy and cheap option to explore the area. Between 2 activities, don't hesitate to look for the best restaurants in the city. Some of them are delicious!

  • The town


    The town

    Back in time, Villa de Leya was an important city in Colombia. Learn about its secrets and histories.
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  • Casa Terracota

    Around the city

    Casa Terracota

    Big house made of clay that travelers can visit. A short walk from the center. Fun.
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  • Museums



    El Fossil and the Museo Paleontogico hold a little collection of fossils. Learn there why.
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  • Ain Karim


    Ain Karim

    A perfect stop for your bike itinerary. A short explanation and good wine. Lovely spot.
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  • Santa Ecce Homo


    Santa Ecce Homo

    A perfect stop for your bike itinerary. Many fossils and ammonites. Peaceful place.
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  • Hoyo la Romera

    Extreme sport

    Hoyo la Romera

    40m rappelling into a giant cave. Then, you have to climb up by a tree. Good feeling.
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  • Biking tours


    Biking tours

    With or without a guide. It's easy and fun to bike around Villa de Leyva. Do it.
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  • Raquira



    Raquira is located 1h away from Villa de Leyva. Thousands of cheap handcraft souvenirs.
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  • Paramo Iguaque


    Paramo Iguaque

    A great 5-6h hike to admire the paramo and the laguna de Iguaque. Lovely sceneries.
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  • El Santo


    El Santo

    Easy 30 min hike from Villa de Leyva. Great view of the town. Better in the morning.
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  • La Periquera


    La Periquera

    Ecological park with 2 waterfalls. 40 min away by bus. Guided tour only. Easy hike.
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