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  • 1. Casa Terracota

    Notable Building

    Started in 1999 and built over a 14-year span using no steel or concrete, local artist and architect Octavio Mendoza's former home outside Villa...

    Started in 1999 and built over a 14-year span using no steel or concrete, local artist and architect Octavio Mendoza's former home outside Villa la Leyva is made entirely of baked-clay pieces. It's open daily for self-guided tours, and although he lives in town, most days you'll find Mendoza in residence, continuing his work.

    Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: 10,000 pesos
  • 2. Convento de las Carmelitas

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A block north of Plaza Mayor is the small grassy park of the Convento de las Carmelitas, a cloistered convent with an impressive 17th-century church. ...

    A block north of Plaza Mayor is the small grassy park of the Convento de las Carmelitas, a cloistered convent with an impressive 17th-century church.

    Cra. 11 #14–1, , 154001, Colombia
  • 3. Desierto de la Candelaria

    Nature Sight

    The Desierto de la Candelaria, 7 km (4 miles) east of Villa de Leyva, is covered with marine fossils left behind when the ancient sea that once...

    The Desierto de la Candelaria, 7 km (4 miles) east of Villa de Leyva, is covered with marine fossils left behind when the ancient sea that once covered the area receded. The most impressive is El Fósil, a 30-foot skeleton of a kronosaurus housed in a small museum. This ancient ancestor of the dolphin swam the seas in the Mesozoic era, long before the Andes pushed their way out of the ocean. In the middle of the Desierto de la Candelaria is El Infiernillo (literally "little hell"), a field of phallic statues dedicated to long-lost fertility rites. The best way to find these sights is by bicycle or on horseback; you can find horses and guides in a field three blocks north of the northwest corner of the Plaza Mayor. Several companies offer tours in air-conditioned vans and do a complete circuit of all the sights, and some itineraries even include the nearby winery.

    Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: El Fósil 5,000 pesos; El Infiernillo 6,000 pesos
  • 4. Mirador de Filandia

    Viewpoint

    This 88-foot-tall wood viewing tower has balconies that offer 360-degree panoramic views of the village and the surrounding valleys. Set aside...

    This 88-foot-tall wood viewing tower has balconies that offer 360-degree panoramic views of the village and the surrounding valleys. Set aside time for a leisurely stroll from the town center out to the tower, as that's half the fun of the visit.

    Quimbaya Filandia Rd., , Quindío, Colombia

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: 5,000 Pesos
  • 5. Museo del Carmen

    Museum/Gallery

    Across from the Convento de las Carmelitas is the Museo de Arte Religioso de Las Carmelitas, better known simply as El Museo del Carmen. Here...

    Across from the Convento de las Carmelitas is the Museo de Arte Religioso de Las Carmelitas, better known simply as El Museo del Carmen. Here you'll find a large selection of religious art from the first centuries of Spanish rule.

    Plazoleta del Carmen, Calle 14 and Carrera 10, Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, 154001, Colombia
    8-732–0214

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: 3,000 pesos, Closed weekdays
  • 6. Ráquira

    Town/Village

    The town of Ráquira, 25 km (16 miles) southwest of Villa de Leyva, is famous for its ceramics, sold in shops along the main square. In contrast...

    The town of Ráquira, 25 km (16 miles) southwest of Villa de Leyva, is famous for its ceramics, sold in shops along the main square. In contrast with the whitewashed buildings of Villa de Leyva, Ráquira is bursting with color. A taxi from Villa de Layva will cost around 70,000 pesos.

    , Boyacá, Colombia
  • 7. Santuario de Fauna y Flora Laguna de Iguaque

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This national wildlife sanctuary lies 15 km (9 miles) north of Villa de Leyva. There are seven glacial lakes, scattered at altitudes ranging...

    This national wildlife sanctuary lies 15 km (9 miles) north of Villa de Leyva. There are seven glacial lakes, scattered at altitudes ranging between 7,500 feet and 12,000 feet, but the centerpiece is the Laguna de Iguaque, which the Muiscas believed was the source of all life; it's still a commonly held belief. Hiking the 8 km (5 mile) trail, which winds its way uphill through cloud forest, isn't easy. Wear practical boots, and be prepared for cold and rainy weather, as the temperature can fall to near freezing. It's worth it when you reach the páramo, a climatic zone with a unique plant system. Here you'll find unusual flora such as the ubiquitous frailejón (literally, "big friar"), a gray felt-leaf plant from the Espletia family. At the trailhead are cabins and a cafeteria.

    , Boyacá, Colombia

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: 42,000 pesos
  • 8. Viñedo Ain Karim

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The sunny high altitudes of Villa de Leyva make for interesting wine terroir, and a few wineries have sprung up in the area. Focused mainly...

    The sunny high altitudes of Villa de Leyva make for interesting wine terroir, and a few wineries have sprung up in the area. Focused mainly on producing Cabernet Sauvignon and a few other classic French varietals, this family-owned winery welcomes visitors to take a tour, followed by a short tasting. They also offer the chance to relax in the gardens afterwards and sample more wine by the glass. The wines aren't world-beaters, but the experience makes for one of the area's best day trips.

    Santa Sofia, Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
    8-258–9933

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Tour 10,000 pesos

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