villa de leyva


Posted on May 14, 2012 by

in order to escape the city for a few days before bob’s sister emily arrived, we headed north through the countryside to a small colonial town called villa de leyva. lots of colombians and tourists alike told us it was a must see place. the ride there was pretty spectacular itself. the valleys are expansive here and you can see miles and miles of mountainside farms and lush green hills. we took a few pictures in route, but the camera really doesn’t do the view justice.

we got into villa de leyva late in the afternoon and quickly found ourselves on the rough cobblestone streets typical of the city center of an old colonial town. these were huge stones, and a litttle tricky to maneuver, but we made it through town and found the hostel we were looking for just up the hill from the city center. they had camping available and a pretty nice common space. so, we jumped at the chance to save some money while still getting use of a bathroom and kitchen.

our campsite at sunset with a great view of the valley and mountains surrounding the town

the main plaza was expansive

the four nights we spent in villa de leyva went by in a flash. we kept pretty busy and also enjoyed the company of some travelers from all over the world at the hostel (south africa, the netherlands, argentina, belgium, colorado). it was a great place to practice our spanish, too, because most folks were trying to stick to spanish there. we feel like we are finally improving on that front. so, we get excited at the chance to chat with folks whenever we can.

we hiked to a waterfall in the area just above our hostal

a view of the valley from the highest point in our hike

we've been working hard to try all the different fresh juices here. there are SO many to try. at this restaurant we liked the green one, called feijoa, the best.

we rented bikes one day and had fun riding the rough gravel roads around the area. the trip back to the hostel was all uphill, though. so it wasn't nearly as fun as the trip down.

we stopped at a winery for a break from the bikes and ended up loving the wine. we were impressed as we hadn't heard much about colombian wine.

bob was feeling a little dramatic at the winery.

we headed back to the city yesterday to await emily’s arrival. but, we stopped in a little town called chia for the afternoon to meet our friend andrea for lunch. it turned into an entire afternoon of events: lunch in the historic center of town, an adventurous car ride with her brother and cousins up to a church overlooking the city, and then we stopped by a dairy factory where they had a grocery store full of milk products and desserts. colombians like to eat. we got a huge day of spanish practice with andrea and her family. and by the end of it we were brain-dead and had a long drive of bumper-to-bumper city traffic to deal with in order to get back into bogota. but, we made it. we found a hostel and are anxiously awaiting emily’s arrival this evening. we’re so excited to have another visitor and to explore more of colombia with her!

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I'm not your typical motorcycle adventure blogger. First, I'm a girl. Second, I'm a passenger on a v-strom 650 riding behind my boyfriend from Louisville, Kentucky through 13 countries to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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