HOW TO GET HERE FROM BOGOTÁ:
Take a taxi from the airport to Portal Salitre or Portal del Norte in Bogotá. Grab a direct bus to Tunja to change buses from there (this buses leave constantly from 5am to 4pm). Once at the bus terminal in Tunja, go to the window of Colmutransvilla to buy your ticket to Villa de Leyva. Remember, the last bus leaves at 7pm.
You can also grab the direct bus to Villa de Leyva at 6am, 9am or 3:30pm by Flota Valle de Tenza or Alianza. The direct bus through Samacá will take you here in 3 hours from Portal del Norte.
If you take a bus from Bogotá through Chiquinquirá it will take you 5 hours to get here, so ask for the correct route.
Tickets from Bogotá to Tunja are around $25.000 COP
From Tunja to Villa de Leyva around $8.000 COP
Direct bus tickets are $28.000 COP (this prices can change depending on the company)
Villa de Leyva is a very well preserved colonial town, just 3 hours from Bogotá. Founded in 1572, you can still see Colombia's history on it's walls and stone streets. In this region you will also visit prehistoric sites and sacred places of the indigenous Muisca. The beauty and variety of the surroundings is ideal for mountain biking, hiking and exploring the exotic fauna and flora of this area. From the desert up to the Paramo, waterfalls, springs, lagoons, caves and farm fields, this town is waiting for you to explore, learn, relax, contemplate or create memories that you will never forget.
Plaza Mayor - Main Square
Founded in 1604 and framed by colonial buildings as the church, the First Congress House is where the first reunion of the United provinces of Nueva Granada took place in 1812. There is also the house of the colombian artist Luis Alberto Acuña and the Mayor's House. In the middle of the square is a fountain named "AraSagrada" where town people use to get water to bring to their houses. This is where big events as the Kite Festival and Festival of Lights take place.
Casa museo Acuña
In this antique house lived Luis Alberto Acuña, colombian artist, borned in Suaita Santander in 1904, well-known by his mural paintings and sculptures. You can also see his work at de Museum of Modern Art in New York City, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels as well as in the Museo Nacional and the gallery of the Historic Academy in Bogotá.
Parque Antonio Ricaurte
La Piedra del elefante
Laguna de Iguaque
Biking around Villa de Leyva
Ride to the nearby attractions, you'll learn more with less impact
view from above
Hike to the nearby trails, visit our office and we'll give you some advice for free
Claustro de San Agustin
Now home to the Humboldt Institute
Patio Casa Ricaurte
cobbled stone streets
Villa de Leyva is famous for its cobbled stone streets, but were not installed until 1950's.
This is a windy city, warm in the desertic area most of the year.