While at Santuario Nuestra SeĆ±ora de las Lajas, take a hike down to what was certainly a holy site for the previous inhabitants of this region: Piedra de los Monos. Following a well-signed path from the Catholic sanctuary, along the RĆo GuĆ”itra, you will arrive at these petroglyphs, or rock paintings.
In crimson, white and shades of purple, the Pasto people decorated this rock overhang with zoo- and anthropomorphic figures, and their signature sun symbol. The entire ācanvasā measures six meters (20 ft) by four meters (13 feet). The age of these creations is not known.
Above, on the rim of this gorge, we can witness the ceremonies of the valleyās modern inhabitants. But here, we can only speculate what types of rites the Pasto performed in some past.
Three kilometers (1.8 miles) from Santuario Nuestra SeĆ±ora de las Lajas.
To get to Las Lajas, colectivo taxis leave Ipiales from Carrera 6 and Calle 6 ($2.25) and from the bus terminal ($1.25).
No entry fee.
Relative price: Budget
Open Hours from:Dawn
Open Hours to:Dusk
Travel Skills: None
You Need to Bring:
A picnic lunch.
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