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Piedra de los Monos - Ruin Ipiales - Colombia

While at Santuario Nuestra Señora 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 Río Guáitra, 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 “canvas” 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 valley’s 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 Señora de las Lajas.

Near Ipiales, Ipiales, Colombia

Ruin Types:
Rock paintings

Getting There

To get to Las Lajas, colectivo taxis leave Ipiales from Carrera 6 and Calle 6 ($2.25) and from the bus terminal ($1.25).

Price Description:

No entry fee.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Dawn

Open Hours to:Dusk

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

A picnic lunch.

Santuario Nustra Señora de las Lajas.

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