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Sleepy colonial towns, many originally settled by the pre-Columbian Muiscas, punctuate the rolling green hills and mountains of Boyacá, a region a few hours north of Bogotá. Charming communities such as Villa de Leyva and Paipa have central squares dominated by colonial churches. In this region you'll also find the cloud forest of Santuario de Fauna y Flora Laguna de Iguaque and the parched
landscape of the Desierto de la Candelaria.
The area has been spared the unrest that has plagued other parts of Colombia in the last decades, but always exercise caution while visiting.