August kite flying festival in Villa de Leyva

Photo credit: Colombia Festiva
Photo credit: Colombia Festiva

During August the UNESCO town of Villa de Leyva in Colombia sees strong winds making it the perfect time for the Kite Flying Festival. Locals and tourists gather for three days to fill the sky with colourful kites. Throughout the festival there are plenty of competitions to keep everyone exciting including team flying, long-distance and night flights as well as contests for kids.

The festival dates back to the 70s when it was created to celebrate the Battle of Boyacá and since then it’s been a fixture ever since. If you want to visit you’ll need to book up fast – over 70,000 people are expected to attend this year.

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