Discover the colonial city of Villa de Leyva
Villa de Leyva, in the department of Boyaca, is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Colombia.
Classified as a national monument in 1954, it aims at preserving its architectural heritage, with the Plaza Mayor, its bright white houses and various typical buildings from the Spanish period of the 16th century.
In the surroundings, do not miss the archeological sites (El Fossil, Muisca Astronomical Centre…).
Visiting them, as well as the picturesque villages in the surrounding area (such as Raquira, famous for its ceramics), will make you want to explore more of these pre-Colombian territories surrounded by amazing mountains.
Further to the east of Boyaca is another pearl of the Boyaca department: the village of Mongui, less touristy, with its cobbled streets and numerous workshops.
Mongui is one of the starting point to visit the Paramo d’Oceta, one of the best preserved in the world, where the hike is breathtaking.
You can also visit the many villages in the surrounding area, each of them being unique.
It is impossible to leave the area without visiting the Tota Lake at 3800 m altitude and its Playa Blanca beach.