Snaps from the charming colonial town of Villa de Leyva

A bit north of Bogotá, in the state of Boyacá, lays the colonial, picture-perfect town of Villa de Leyva (even the clouds are picture-perfect). Just a short bus-ride from the capital, it is a popular weekend getaway for Bogotanians and other nearby living Colombians alike. People take a break from big city life and wind down in the cobblestoned streets – where time seems to have come to a halt (except for all the modern cars lining many of the streets) – during day,and drink aguardiente on the steps outside the church at the main square at night.

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Kids playing in the streets

Panorama of the main church in Villa de Leyva

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The main square and church at night