January 21, 2013
villa de leyva, boyaca, colombia
A highlight of our trip was going to Villa de Leyva, a small town about three and a half hours north of Bogota. I used to visit this town often as a kiddo because my mom has childhood friends who live there. One of my earliest memories is walking on the cobblestone streets one cool, bright morning and hearing the sound of horse's hooves against the stones, clop, clop, clop, clop.
Stepping on the enormous plaza takes your breath away (corny, but true) as well as looking towards the church and feeling the mountain behind it will topple on top of you any minute. The streets are full of restaurants, craft shops, and hotels/B&Bs/hostels and there are always street musicians around (some of whom have sung their way to Villa from Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia).
This little town is definitely my favourite place on earth and it was great visiting it with my family this time around. Getting there from Bogota (by car) is easy and there are tons and tons of things to see and do in and around the town.
I can't wait to go back (buy a house, and stay there forever).