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Southern Colombia has a bit to offer, no matter if your interests are adrenaline or culture. Several national park and reserve crown jewels rest in the folds of the south: Volcán Galeras; Puracé National Park, with páramo, volcanoes and thermal springs; and Isla La Corota, covered by low mountain humid forest inhabited by orchids, ferns and 32 bird species.

 

 

Other hiking and climbing options include volcanoes Cumbal, Chili and Azufral, and historic routes like Circuito Ancestral and El Macizo Colombiano. You can spend days walking the countryside, exploring the enigmatic tombs and statues of San Agustín and Tierradentro, two premiere archaeological sites.

 

 

The towns of Cumbal, Sandoná and Silvia have indigenous markets where shoppers can pick up a poncho or other artesanía. The colorfully-painted barniz ceramics of Pasto may be the perfect gift to take home.

 

Southern Colombia has beautiful colonial architecture, especially in Popay√°n, and numerous churches and museums. Stunning modern edifices also invite you, like Santuario Nuestra Se√Īora de las Lajas.

 

Sports aficionados aren't left out of the scene here, either. There's chaza in Pasto, tejo (with a curious twist) in San Agustín, and some mighty fine trout fishing at Coconuco and Paletará.

 



Other Activity pages in Southern Colombia that may be of interest: Parque Nacional Puracé Activities, Tierradentro Activities, San Agustín Activities, Popayán Activities, Pasto Activities, Ipiales Activities and Laguna de la Cocha Activities.








By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

23 Sep 2011

 
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Semana Santa

Easily the most important holiday in Popay√°n, and one that has been celebrated annually for more than 450 years, Semana Santa transforms Popay√°n...

Other Activity
Popay√°n, Colombia

Circuito Ancestral

The Circuito Ancestral is another tour of small villages, this East of Popay√°n. The route was used in olden times by Mosquera to travel from his...

Horseback Riding
Near Popay√°n, Popay√°n, Colombia

Circuito del Maíz

Traveling west of Popayán, you enter the Circuito del Maíz, or the Corn Circuit, a gastronomic tour of the region. Sample homemade arepas, tamales,...

Cultural Tour
Near Popay√°n, Popay√°n, Colombia
Churches & Plazas of Ipiales

Churches & Plazas of Ipiales

Ipiales has two pleasant public squares: Parque de la Independencia (also known as Parque 20 de Julio), between Carreras 5 and6, and Calles 8...

City Plaza
Ipiales, Colombia
Cumbal

Cumbal

In this small indigenous village on the altiplano, the Sunday market trading is still going strong. Stalls display fruits from highlands and...

Other Activity
Near Ipiales, Ipiales, Colombia
Santuario Nuestra Se√Īora de las Lajas

Santuario Nuestra Se√Īora de las Lajas

One day in 1750 (more or less), Mar√≠a Mueses de Qui√Ī√≥nez was walking from Potos√≠ to Ipiales. Upon her back she carried her young, deaf-mute...

Cultural Tour
Near Ipiales, Ipiales, Colombia
Termales San Juan

Termales San Juan

Sulfur-laden waters bubble from out of the earth, flowing, rushing to a brook winding across the p√°ramo at 3,200 meter (10,496 feet) altitude....

National Park
Colombia
Volcán Puracé

Volcán Puracé

The star of this 803,600-hectare national park is Volcán Puracé. A near-perfect cone peak, it rises 4,760 meters (15,613 feet). A well-defined...

Climbing
Colombia
Cadena Volc√°nica de Coconuco

Cadena Volc√°nica de Coconuco

Like a necklace of rough, uncut jet stones draping the p√°ramo is the Cadena Volc√°nica de Coconuco. Beginning at Pan de Az√ļcar, a volcano...

Trekking
Colombia
The Churches of Pasto

The Churches of Pasto

Some stunning temples have been bestowed upon Pasto during its nearly 500 years of existence. Some of the most noteworthy...

Historical Building
Pasto, Colombia
Iglesia de San Juan

Iglesia de San Juan

Walking into Iglesia de San Juan’s interior is like entering a mosque. Built within a century of the Spanish conquest of the...

Historical Building
Pasto, Colombia
Iglesia del Cristo Rey

Iglesia del Cristo Rey

Whereas the Iglesia de San Juan displays one style of medieval architecture, that of Arab-influenced Spain, a few blocks...

Historical Building
Pasto, Colombia
Museo Casona Taminango de Artes y Tradiciones Populares de Nari√Īo

Museo Casona Taminango de Artes y Tradiciones Populares de Nari√Īo

The casona in which the Taminango museum is housed, built in 1623, is not only the oldest house in Pasto, but also one of the oldest ones in the...

Museum
Pasto, Colombia
La Chaza

La Chaza

Sundays, men of all ages partake in Chaza de Bombo, a ball game where four-to eight-man teams hit a tennis ball with a bombo, an...

Other Activity
Pasto, Colombia
Volc√°n Galeras

Volc√°n Galeras

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...

Climbing
Near Pasto, Pasto, Colombia
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