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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Romance the Past in Bogotá


5. Oddball Day

The village of Villa de Leyva.  

Do as posh Bogatenos do and head for the hills, specifically to the charming town of Villa de Leyva, about three hours west of the capital by car or bus. Nestled amid the towering Andes, the town is a postcard-ready mix of cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses, and horse-drawn carriages. Make your base at the Hotel Boutique Candelaria (from $65), a quiet, five-room bed-and-breakfast that's a short stroll from the main square. Visit nearby pre-Colombian temples at the hillside site known as Sachica, or see a 40-foot, 100-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton at the kid-friendly Paleontology Museum (578-732-0466). Later, shop for handcrafted leather goods at Ricardo Luna (Calle 13, no 7-42; 573 15 311 3851) before retiring for drinks at La Chicheria del Pote (Mercado Guaca), which specializes in chicha, a local liquor made of corn.

Published on Jun 4, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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