Panama and Colombia - Winter 2010 travel blog

Dash-8 plane Armenia to Bogota

View from the bus

My hostel

My room - best so far!

Plaza Mayor (the main square)

Typical street (plus following 3)




Parque NariƱo

Door detail

Fountain and church on plaza

Ricaurte - local hero


Villa de Leyva is a pretty colonial town from the 16th century, which has been preserved pretty much intact. I've been here two days already, after travelling from Salento all day on Sunday (bus-taxi-plane-taxi-bus-bus-taxi). It has several small museums and is packed with restaurants, cafes and handicraft shops. Of course one has to remember that pretty much everything shuts down between 12 and 2 (or even 3).

Despite the altitude (2100 metres), the sun is fierce and I think my brain would melt without my faithful Tilley hat to protect me. At night and in the early morning the air is cool. You sleep with blankets up here.

I have to walk 20 minutes to get to the centre of town which is the only disadvantage, as the hostel where I am staying now has by far the best rooms of all the places I've stayed so far. This presents a bit of a problem for getting dinner as it's pretty dark here after 6:30 and there are always stray dogs around, which I hate (and sometimes cows and horses too).

I think I'll relax in a hammock this morning and read a book. :)

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