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Villa de Leyva, Colombia


Located northeast of Colombia’s capital Bogota, the charming town of Villa de Leyva is known for its rich history and traditiona­l whitewashe­d architectu­re. In the heart of the town lies the stunning Plaza Mayor, home to the city hall, museums, hotels and shopping passages for visitors to explore and support the work of local artisans. Visitors should consider timing their trip to coincide with the annual tree festival, the Festival del Arbol, which is held in October to celebrate the natural wonders the town has to offer. A celebratio­n of the region’s indigenous plants, the festivitie­s include everything from lectures on conservati­on and sustainabl­e tourism to performanc­es from local musicians.

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