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An upscale full service hotel facility in Villa de Leyva that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Villa de Leyva hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Boutique hotels of Villa de Leyva are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Villa de Leyva boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Villa de Leyva may be classified as luxury hotels.

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A bed and breakfast in Villa de Leyva is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Villa de Leyva bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Villa de Leyva B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Villa de Leyva
Villa de Leyva hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Villa de Leyva hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Villa de Leyva
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Villa de Leyva hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Villa de Leyva lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Villa de Leyva
Villa de Leyva timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Villa de Leyva often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Villa de Leyva on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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Villa de Leyva
Church of Villa de Leyva on the central square
Church of Villa de Leyva on the central square
Flag of Villa de Leyva
Official seal of Villa de Leyva
Nickname(s): Villa de Nuestra Señora
de Santa Maria de Leyva
Location of the town of Villa de Leyva and the Leyva municipality in Boyacá Department
Location of the town of Villa de Leyva and the Leyva municipality in Boyacá Department
Coordinates:  / 5.633; -73.533  / 5.633; -73.533
Department Boyacá Department
Province Ricaurte Province
Founded June 12, 1572
Founded by André Diaz Venero de Leyva
• Mayor Víctor Hugo Forero
• City 128 km (49 sq mi)
Elevation 2,149 m (7,051 ft)
Population (2015)
• City 16,984
• Density 130/km (340/sq mi)
• Urban 9,926
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

Villa de Leyva, also called Villa de Leiva, is a touristic colonial town and municipality, in the Ricaurte Province, part of the Boyacá department of Colombia. The town is located 37 kilometres (23 mi) west of the departmental capital Tunja. It is "three and a half hours by car or bus from Bogotá."

Located away from major trade routes in a high altitude valley of semi-desert terrain, and with no mineral deposits nearby to exploit, the town has undergone little development in the last 400 years. As a consequence, it is one of the few towns in Colombia to have preserved much of its original colonial style and architecture: the streets and large central plaza are still paved with cobblestones, and many buildings date from the sixteenth century. This has resulted in Villa de Leyva becoming one of Colombia's principal tourist attractions, and it was declared a National Monument on December 17, 1954 to preserve its architecture. The town and the surrounding countryside, which contains several sites of interest, are popular weekend destinations for citizens of Bogota, and attract an increasing number of foreign tourists.

Villa de Leyva: Geography

The urban centre of Villa de Leyva is located in an intermontane valley on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense at 2,149 metres (7,051 ft).

Villa de Leyva: History

The area of Villa de Leyva was inhabited early in the inhabitation of the Altiplano Cundiboyacense. The earliest archaeological evidence has been surfaced around El Infiernito, an archeoastronomical site dating back to pre-Herrera times. The Muisca were the inhabitants of the area at the time of the Spanish conquest and the zaque of Hunza ruled over the area of Villa de Leyva.

The town was founded on June 12, 1572 by and named after the first president of the New Kingdom of Granada, Andrés Díaz Venero de Leiva.

Villa de Leyva: Arts and culture

There are several festivals held throughout the year, including a gastronomical festival in November, the water festival, the tree festival, the Villa de Leyva Jazz Festival in July, the International Kite-flying Festival in August, the onion beauty pageant in October, and the Festival of Lights on December 7.

Villa de Leyva: Tourism

The focus of the town is the Plaza Mayor, which at 14,000 square meters is the largest square in Colombia and believed to be the largest entirely cobbled square in South America.

The town's most famous son is Antonio Ricaurte (1797–1814), a captain in Simon Bolivar's army fighting for independence, and who died in a famous act of self-sacrifice at San Mateo in what is now Venezuela. The house in which he was born, on the Plazuela de San Agustín, was acquired by Colombia's Air Force in 1977 and turned into a military museum.

Villa de Leyva has also been home to two other well-known figures in Colombian history. Antonio Nariño, best known for translating The Rights of Man into Spanish and a leading advocate for Colombian independence, lived the last few years of his life and died in Villa de Leyva. Luis Alberto Acuña (1904 – 1993), one of the most important Colombian artists of the 20th century, also spent his final years in the town. The houses of both men are now museums containing their personal properties, and in the case of Acuña, a selection of his works, including two murals on the walls of the internal patio.

The House of the First Congress, where the First Congress of the United Provinces of Nueva Granada met on October 4, 1812, is located on the north corner of the main plaza. It is currently the site of the municipal council.

A few miles further west is a Muisca astronomy observatory, made of phallic stones, colloquially named El Infiernito ("little hell" in Spanish), as the Spanish conquistadors were horrified by the stones and proclaimed that the Muisca would be banished to hell for their obscene representations.

To the north-east of Villa de Leyva, the land rises to cloud-forest and includes the national park of Iguaque, and a group of seven waterfalls collectively named La Periquera, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the town centre.

Villa de Leyva: Paleontology

Near Villa de Leyva are several other sites of interest. The valley in which the town is located is rich in fossils from the Paja Formation (Cretaceous era), the most famous being a near-complete Kronosaurus boyacensis discovered in 1977 about 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Villa de Leyva. Known simply as El Fósil, the fossil was left in situ where it was discovered and a museum was built around it: another smaller Kronosaurus fossil was discovered nearby and brought to the museum to be displayed alongside the larger specimen. In the same formation the fossil ichthyosaurs Platypterygius sachicarum and Muiscasaurus catheti and the brachiosaur Padillasaurus leivaensis and pliosaur Brachauchenius, later reclassified as Stenorhynchosaurus, have been discovered.

Panoramic view of Villa de Leyva's main square
Panoramic view of Villa de Leyva's semi-desert
  • Florentino Ariza, the main character of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel Love in the Time of Cholera, spends part of his life in Villa de Leyva
  • Part of the film Cobra Verde by Werner Herzog was filmed here
  • A Spanish-language soap opera version of the Zorro story has been filmed here

Villa de Leyva: See also

  • El Infiernito

Villa de Leyva: References

  1. David Carr (October 22, 2009). "Villa de Leyva, a Graceful Window on Colonial Colombia". NY Times. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  2. (in Spanish) Official website Villa de Leyva
  3. Platypterygius sachicarum in the Paleobiology Database
  4. Muiscasaurus catheti in the Paleobiology Database
  5. Padillasaurus leivaensis in the Paleobiology Database
  6. Brachauchenius in the Paleobiology Database
  • (in Spanish) Tourism guide
  • (in Spanish) Colombia Official Travel Guide
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