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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 AgustĂ­n 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 Popayán, and numerous churches and museums. Stunning modern edifices also invite you, like Santuario Nuestra Señora 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: Laguna de la Cocha Activities, San Agustín Activities, Popayán Activities, Tierradentro Activities, Parque Nacional Puracé Activities, Pasto Activities and Ipiales Activities.








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The Tombs of Tierradentro

The Tombs of Tierradentro

Four major archaeological sites, all dating from 600 to 900 AD, comprise Tierradentro: three burial and one of statures. The tombs were carved by...

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The Museums of Tierradentro

When the rain comes, pass the time in the two fine museums Tierradentro Archaeological Park offers. On the river side of the road is the Museo...

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Ritual de Refrescamiento y Limpieza

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A road heads east from Popayán towards Parque Nacional Natural...

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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...

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Cadena Volcánica de Coconuco

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Camino Natural

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Hot Springs

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Trout Fishing

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