Continuing my travel through Colombia after Raquira I went to Villa de Leyva, one of the last colonial towns in Colombia. The town has a regulation that all the buildings have to have similar design, white walls, emerald green or natural wood colour on the doors. Villa de Leyva is considered one of the finest colonial villages of Colombia, and was declared a National Monument in December 17, 1954 to preserve its architecture.
The most famous event that happens in this beautiful town is on August and is the Kite’s Festival. Where there are different competitions of kites, the biggest ones, the ones which fly the highest. People can see how the professionals make the kites dance in the sky.
The town is near to the Villa de Leyva’s desert, and there are different activities that you can do. There are hotels that provide services like spas, horse riding, and walking tours. The town has a wide open selection of restaurants, where you can find a varied type of food, from Colombian, Italian, French, any type of steaks. And
I just love to walk in the rocky streets and get into the old houses to see the varied selection of arts and crafts, that people from all over the country come to the town their work.
If you want to go and take a look, this website can help you to know more about it, Click here.
More information about Colombia, in the Lonely Planet.
More pictures below.
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now I can write 🙂 all those who have not visited Colombia, they should, is one of the best kept secrets in Latinamerica… as Mann says there are not only colonial cities, but festivals, the food is amazing, the people very friendly, nice beaches on the pacific ocean and the caribbean sea, snowy peaks, prairies, mountain ranges, deserts, jungle, tropical forest….. pretty much all what you need and a very reasonable prices!!! for 1 dollar you get 2500 pesos……