This valley of peace has always been a retreat for well-heeled city-slickers; from Viceroys to Independence lynch-pins. In 1954, Colombia finally realised the full significance of such history and beauty by proclaiming the whole town a National Monument. This is the main reason why the impeccably whitewashed houses look like they come from another time: they pretty much do.
There´s no more beautiful way to lose time than by spending it aimlessly wandering over the cobblestones of Colombia´s biggest plaza, taking your fill from the town´s hypnotic sense of ease. Once sated, venture out of the town itself to discover the surrounds´ many historical treasures. All of this adds up to centuries of reasons for the travel-weary to lose some time in Villa de Leyva´s timelessness.