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Moving to Villa de Leyva, Colombia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Moving to Villa de Leyva, Colombia? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Villa de Leyva.

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What do I need to know before moving to Villa de Leyva?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Villa de Leyva, they said:

"Expats considering a move to Villa de Leyva, should be aware of several factors to ensure a smooth transition. Firstly, it is essential to have a basic understanding of Spanish, as English is not widely spoken in the town. This will help with daily interactions, finding housing, and navigating the local culture. Villa de Leyva is a small, picturesque town with cobblestone streets and well-preserved colonial architecture. It is a popular tourist destination, which means that it can get crowded during weekends and holidays. Expats should be prepared for an influx of visitors during these times. The cost of living in Villa de Leyva is generally lower than in larger Colombian cities like Bogotá or Medellín. However, due to its popularity among tourists, some goods and services may be more expensive than in other parts of the country. Expats should budget accordingly and be prepared to negotiate prices when shopping at local markets. Healthcare facilities in Villa de Leyva are limited, with only a small hospital and a few clinics available. Expats with ongoing medical needs or those who require specialized care should consider living in a larger city with more comprehensive healthcare options. Public transportation within Villa de Leyva is limited, so expats may need to rely on taxis or private vehicles for getting around. Additionally, the town's cobblestone streets can be challenging to navigate for those with mobility issues. The climate in Villa de Leyva is mild, with temperatures ranging from 50°F to 70°F (10°C to 21°C) throughout the year. Expats should be prepared for cooler evenings and occasional rain, especially during the rainy seasons from April to May and October to November. Villa de Leyva offers a range of housing options, from traditional colonial homes to modern apartments. Expats should work with a local real estate agent to find suitable accommodations that fit their needs and budget. Finally, it is essential for expats to familiarize themselves with Colombian customs, traditions, and etiquette. This will help them integrate into the local community and make the most of their time in Villa de Leyva," remarked one expat who made the move to Villa de Leyva.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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