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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: Ipiales Activities, San Agustín Activities, Parque Nacional Puracé Activities, Tierradentro Activities, Pasto Activities, Popayán 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...

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Parque Nacional Puracé

A road heads east from Popay√°n towards Parque Nacional Natural...

National Park, City
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

Camino Natural

One of the three park roads, the Camino Natural cuts across the park, from San Sebastián in Cauca to San Agustín in Huila. This pre-Hispanic...

Trekking
Colombia
Centro Cultural Bolívar

Centro Cultural Bolívar

The Central Cultural Bolívar screens art films from Colombia and around the world Thursday to Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. in this...

Entertainment
Popay√°n, Colombia
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...

Ruin
Tierradentro, Colombia

Horseback Riding

Imagine mounting a beautiful mare to traverse these emerald hills, exploring the silent sentinels that yet guard the San Agustín region, or the...

Horseback Riding
San Agustín, Colombia

WhitewaterRafting on the Magdalena

As Colombia’s greatest river, the Magdalena winds 1540 kilometers (924 miles) through an estrecho (narrow) and boils through many canyons before...

Rafting
San Agustín, Colombia
Parque Arqueológico

Parque Arqueológico

The main attraction in San Agustín is the Parque Arqueológico, which encompasses four mesetas (A, B, C and D), artificially leveled hills...

Ruin
San Agustín, Colombia

El Macizo Colombiano

If you are yearning to get off the beaten track and experience rural Southern Colombian charm, then go take a hike‚ÄĒfrom San Agust√≠n to...

Trekking
Near San Agustín, San Agustín, 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

Piedra de los Monos

While at Santuario Nuestra Se√Īora de las Lajas, take a hike down to what was certainly a holy site for the previous...

Ruin
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

Museums of Pasto

Pasto has many museums devoted to just as many topics. Whether your interest is in colonial, graphic, photographic or traditional arts, or natural...

Museum
Pasto, Colombia
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