Villa de Leiva Things to Do

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    Casona la Guaca & Casa Juan de los Castellanos

    by elsadran Updated Jun 16, 2008

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    Some old mansions have been restored to excellent centers of everyday action. With nicely decorated restaurants and coffee shops in wonderful courtyards are perfect places for a pleasant cup of coffe or a hearty steak! Craftshops are also included for browsing or shopping of a special gift. Two of them are Casona La Cauca and Casa Juan de los Castellanos, found on Carrera 9 just off Plaza Mayor. They are a little pricey.

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    Torrentismo

    by colombiantraveler Updated Mar 4, 2008

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    Once in the first and principal waterfall of 'La Periquera' you can meet with a majestic fall of water of more than 30 meters that will serve as a scenario to begin the development of Torrentismo.
    After burn some adrenaline you will have known five of the cascades that are formed in this canyon.
    OK but if you don’t like X-games, so much; you can walk through the whole edge of the mountain to be able to appreciate the spectacular beauty of the Boyaca lands.

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    Archeology visit

    by colombiantraveler Updated Feb 26, 2008

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    Albert and me behind us the Astronomic Observatory
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    you can get in touch with the biggest culture of the Colombian history, the Muiscas. To do this you have to visit “El Infiernito”.

    “El Infiernito” was an Astronomical Center of the Muiscas, where fragments of the observatory and phallus monoliths can be observed as symbol of fecundity.

    Infiernito is a quite special place, where the remains of some priests still rest Muiscas in a tomb or vault of 15 m2 and the most important thing, some of the phalluses determine the cycles of the moon accurately, the solstices, the equinoxes, the days and the months of the year, and that they also align perfectly with the stars and constellations, tracing between the sky and the earth, a direct line in address to the Iguaque’s Lake, where according to the Muiscas born the humanity's beginning and the famous legend of Bachué.

    It is said that if a girl sits down on one of the phallus monuments she can be embarrassed immediately.

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    Viewpoint - Sagrado Corazon

    by MalenaN Written Dec 10, 2007

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    View over Villa de Leyva
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    Above Villa de Leyva there is a viewpoint called Sagrado Corazon. You can see the white statue of Christ which is standing there on the hill from the town. To go there from Plaza Mayor you should walk up Calle 12, past the marketplace (it was empty when I visited) on to a sports field. The gates are locked but there is an opening in the fence where you can pass. On the other side of the sports field the path to the view point begins. When you come out on the bare rocks white arrows painted on the rock will show you the right way. I can’t remember how long it took to walk up to the view point, but it was less than an hour, and much less to walk down. It is good to bring water and some snacks.
    From the viewpoint you have a great view over Villa de Leyva, the valley and the hills around. It is absolutely worth the effort to do the walk up there.

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    Iglesia Parroquial

    by MalenaN Updated Dec 10, 2007

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    Interior of the parish church in Villa de Leyva
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    The parish church in Villa de Leyva is standing on the south-eastern side of Plaza Mayor, a few steps up. The church was built in 1605 and has got a plain interior. The walls are white with a few paintings hanging on them. There are brown beams in the roof and the benches are brown. But in the front there is a big altarpiece in baroque style and a smaller one in the side chapel.
    During the days I visited Villa de Leyva I only saw the church open once, in the evening.

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    Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen

    by MalenaN Written Dec 8, 2007

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    The Church of Carmen, Villa de Leyva
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    The tower of the Church of Carmen can be seen from Plaza Mayor. It is situated next to a Carmelite convent and the church was built in 1850. It is also a plainly decorated church with some paintings and wooden structures in the roof for support. The Church of Carmen and the parish church are the only churches in service in Villa de Leyva.
    It is open between 6.30 - 8 every day and also between 11 - 12 on Sundays.

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    Plaza Mayor

    by MalenaN Written Dec 7, 2007

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    Plaza Mayor, Villa de Leyva
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    The main square in Villa de Leyva did not change name after independence to Plaza Bolívar like in most mayor cities, but still keeps the traditional name Plaza Mayor. It is the largest square in Colombia and measure 120 metres on each side. It is a cobbled open square with only a small fountain in the middle. That fountain provided the inhabitants of Villa de Leyva with water for centuries.

    The square is surrounded by lovely white painted colonial buildings, the church, cafes/restaurants and handicraft shops. In the evening children and adults come here to fly their kite. It is great just to sit and watch what is going on.

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    Casa Museo de Antonio Nariño

    by MalenaN Written Dec 7, 2007

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    Casa Museo de Antonio Nari��o
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    Antonio Nariño was a general and fought for the Colombian Independence. He had been injured at battlefield and had been imprisoned. After that his health was poor and he came to Villa de Leyva where he died in 1823. He had also been one of the candidates in the president elections.
    The house where Nariño died is now a museum containing furniture and other objects from colonial time and things related to Nariño. The house is a fine colonial building.

    The museum is open Thursday - Tuesday between 8 - 12 and 14 - 17.
    Entrance fee was 3000 pesos (July 2007).

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    Old Town

    by MrRandMcnally Written Feb 28, 2005

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    Old Wall

    Most of Villa de Leiva looks much as it probably did in colonial times but some of the most interesting things to see are the places where it shows its age. This wall near the market is very cool cool, worn by the elements, covered in Cactus and Flowers

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    See the Flowers

    by MrRandMcnally Written Feb 28, 2005

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    Bouganvilla

    Like so much of Colombia, Villa de Leiva is a showcase for amazing flowers, Yucca tower up 20 feet with golden branches, Cactus blume bright red, Roses grow to a massive size. But here the real star is Bouganvilla. Many colors, brilliant blooms cover most walls in town.

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    The Pool at Duruello

    by MrRandMcnally Written Feb 23, 2005

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    The Pools

    Another tip about the resort we stayed at, the other places in town might have colonial charm and be in the city, but the only pool I saw was the Beautiful group of pools at the resort. A series of 4 pools each with an infinity pool style drop of into the pool below lets you hang at the edge of the pool and look out over the town.

    There are also 3 whirlpools, and one of the pools is for kids, and another for laps, and a third has a in pool Bar.

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    More than 1 church in this town

    by MrRandMcnally Written Feb 28, 2005

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    Convent

    Down the hill from the square you can find a beautiful church connected to a convent. With a charming grass covered square this is yet another colonial view not to be missed.

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    The Square

    by MrRandMcnally Written Feb 28, 2005

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    Colonial Square

    Of Course you will go th the square. The center of all Spanish Colonial towns, the Square at Villa de Leiva is a perfect example. A fountian, cobelstone, a charming church. All just as it should be.

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