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There was No Risk: I Wanted to Stay in Villa de Leyva

For my first blog trip, courtesy of ProExport (the same people who bring you colombia.travel), my mission was to discover Villa de Leyva in the state of Boyaca. Villa de Leyva is a focal point of history, paleontology, art and nature. There is no crime, no garbage in the streets or streams, no raucous crowds. All the buildings are in the colonial Spanish style, with white walls and tiled roofs as mandated by the town's charter. Most of the streets are made of the original stones and mortar, completing the illusion that here time has stopped. The climate is perfect thanks to the dry air of the adjacent Candelaria desert, despite being located at over 2,000 meters (6,000 feet) above sea level. It is a place of singular beauty, and not unlike many others who have discovered it, I fell under its spell and long to return, not just to visit, but to live!

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  • Juancho
    Juancho says #
    I disagree that lodging is inexpensive, it is quite pricey considering how basic accomodations are. If you go on a "puente" (holi...
  • Scott
    Scott says #
    Hi Tom, Do you have any contact info for the inexpensive hospedaje located 1 block from the plaza. Thank you. Scott...

Usaquén and its Flea Market

Usaquén's colonial district has always been one of my favorite places in Bogotá, especially during the popular flea market held on every Sunday and holiday. In addition to the market, this area has several great restaurants, a large beautiful plaza, and a lot more history than you'd imagine.

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    Paige says #
    Go to Usaquen, on a market day, is most definitely on my list of things to do next time I am in Bogotá Thanks for the post!...
  • Missy
    Missy says #
    I picked up some beautiful traditional Colombian pottery at this flea market. A great way to spend the afternoon.

Medellin's Architectural Revolution

The rest of the world could learn a thing or two from the uplifting story unfolding in Colombia’s second city, Medellin.

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  • Paul Merchant
    Paul Merchant says #
    Thanks for this article.

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