Weekend Trips: Villa de Leyva, Colombia

I celebrated New Year's Eve in a magical little town in Colombia called Villa de Leyva (pronounced Vee-ya de Lay-va).  The town is mainly known for its colonial architecture, huge central plaza, summer kite festival and NYE fireworks display. 

It was so great to escape the chaos of Bogotá and disconnect for a few days. In fact, unbeknownst to me (until we arrived), my bf booked a hotel without internet/WiFi/connectivity to the outside world. !!?!?!

I didn't even know that existed.

After my panic attack ended I started to appreciate a little but of quiet time.

The skies were a deep blue everyday and the temperatures in the seventies. Yummy.

Villa is a (pretty) 3-4 hour drive north of Bogotá and a really cool place to spend the weekend. Every time I go I feel like I have left Colombia and landed in Spain.

All the buildings in the town are painted white and have red-tiled roofs. The streets are paved with huge stones. While we were there we went hiking in the nearby hills, off-roading on 4-wheelers, and did a little bit of wine tasting.

A 10k drive from the town is a really beautiful vineyard. Yes. Where you grow grapes and make wine.

It was (unsurprisingly) my favorite part of the trip. The vineyard has actually won a few awards for their Sauvignon Blanc. My favorite was their 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip. Enjoy!


Hasta Luego!


Melissa

Founder, Azulina Ceramics


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