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Tourism Office

The extremely helpful tourism office has information on things to do and see in the city and surrounding region, as well as several excellent booklets on the artisans, painters and culinary traditions (including recipes) of Nariño (daily 8 a.m.–noon, 2-6 p.m. Ca. 18, 25-25, Tel: 723-4962). It also has a kiosk at the bus terminal. For any maps you might need, go to the Instituto Geográfico Agustín Codazzi (Monday–Friday, 8-11:15 a.m., 1:30-4 p.m. Cra. 21b, 18-40). The main Policía Nacional post is at Calle 20 and Carrera 27 (Tel: 723-5852).


Bancolombia (Ca. 19, facing Parque de Nariño) changes Amex travelers checks only on weekdays (Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30p.m.); its branch at Calle 19, 25–57 changes them on Saturday mornings. Both branches have ATMs. Santander, also on Calle 19 on the Parque, changes dollar or Euro Amex travelers checks, but only in the morning (Monday–Thursday 8–11:30 a.m., 2–4 p.m., Friday 8–11:30 a.m., 2–4:30 p.m.) Pasto has both a Western Union agent, Giros and Finanzas (Paseo del Liceo, corner of Ca. 17 and Cra. 26, Local 128) and a MoneyGram agent, Cambiamos (Pasaje del Liceo, Local 228).

Keeping in Touch

Internet is common throughout Pasto. Internel (Centro Comercial Colombia, Ca. 17, 21A-54, Local 103) is one of the few places that has Skype. Make international calls from Telecom (Ca. 17 and Cra. 23). Local and national calls can be made from any shop with a sign announcing minutos or llamadas. Mail letters and postcards from Correos de Colombia (Monday–Friday 8 a.m.-noon, 2-6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.–noon. Ca. 15, 23-60).


Pasto has two Level-III public hospitals: Hospital Departamental (Ca, 22, 7-93. Parque BolĂ­var. Tel: 721-4625) and Hospital San Pedro (Ca. 16, 42-00. Tel: 723-4349). It also has a children's facility, Hospital Infantil (Av los Estudiantes and Carrera 32. Tel: 723-5929). Pharmacies, both national chains and locally-owned stores, are quite common; many can be found on Calle 18, if you are in need of emergency medications.


It is hard to find a wet-wash laundry in Pasto, but there are plenty of dry cleaners. One that offers to do a regular wash is Lavandería Perlmatic (Cra. 25, 15-40. Tel: 723-3025), but only by piece—an expensive option at$1-2 per garment. Lava Mejor (Cra. 27, 15-08, Tel: 722-8088) has one-day service Monday-Saturday, and charges by kilogram: $0.80 for wash and dry, $2.50 with ironing.


Many of your photographic needs can be met right in the heart of Pasto, on Parque Nariño. Foto Almacén Tricolor (Cra. 24, 17-82. Tel: 722-3214), a half-block from the plaza, carries digital cameras and photocards, and 100, 200 and 400 ASA Kodak fi lm. Foto Canon Digital (Ca. 19, 23-61. Tel: 723-3818) offers the same items, but has an extra service: here you can download and print your digital photos or burn them to CD.

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