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Volcán Galeras - Climbing Pasto - Colombia

Early Pastuso mornings you can catch a glimpse of Galeras, when the clouds lift enough to see it sending up smoke signals. Located only seven kilometers (4.2 mi) from Pasto, the volcano has high Andean páramo and sub-parámo ecosystems woven by over 120 rivers and four lagoons. Butterflies, deer, foxes, squirrels, cusumbo (kinkajou), raposa (fox) and 95 species of birds make their home on these flanks. Two hiking trails begin from the ranger station: Sendero Achichay (4,060 m/13,195 ft) and Sendero Frailajón (3,360-3,960 m/10,920-12,870 ft).


Since reawakening from a deep slumber in 1989, Galeras has been closed to hiking and climbing. You can, however, visit towns at its base in the Circumvalar de Galeras.

Near Pasto, Pasto, Colombia

Climbing Types:
Mountain climbing

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: intermediate/somewhat difficult.

The many pueblos at its base in the Circumvalar de Galeras.

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

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