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Villa de Leyva, Colombia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 27, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Villa de Leyva, Colombia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Villa de Leyva?

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

"Villa de Leyva is a charming colonial town in Colombia, known for its preserved architecture and cobblestone streets. Before retiring there, expats should know that the cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, making it an attractive option for retirees. The official language is Spanish, so it would be beneficial to learn the language or at least basic phrases. English is not widely spoken, especially among the older population. Healthcare in Colombia is of a high standard and is affordable. However, it's important to secure a good health insurance plan that covers you in Colombia. The climate in Villa de Leyva is mild and pleasant, with temperatures rarely exceeding 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, it can get quite chilly at night, so appropriate clothing is necessary. The town is relatively safe, but like anywhere, it's important to take precautions. Avoid displaying wealth openly and be aware of your surroundings. Public transportation is not as developed as in larger cities, so having a car can be beneficial. However, the town itself is small and walkable. The cuisine in Villa de Leyva is diverse, with many restaurants offering traditional Colombian dishes. However, if you prefer to cook at home, fresh produce is readily available at local markets. The culture in Villa de Leyva is rich and vibrant, with numerous festivals and events taking place throughout the year. It's important to respect local customs and traditions. Finally, it's crucial to have all your paperwork in order before moving. This includes visas, residency permits, and any necessary financial documentation. It's recommended to consult with a legal expert to ensure everything is correctly handled," said one expat in 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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