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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: Tierradentro Activities, Popayán Activities, Parque Nacional Puracé Activities, Pasto Activities, Laguna de la Cocha Activities, Ipiales Activities and San Agustín 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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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...

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La Chaza

La Chaza

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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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San Agustín, Colombia
The Churches of Popay√°n

The Churches of Popay√°n

Take refuge from Popay√°n's afternoon showers in the sanctuary of one of her churches. The schedule of masses and church hours is in the telephone...

Historical Building
Popay√°n, Colombia
Catedral Bas√≠lica Nuestra Se√Īora de la Asunci√≥n

Catedral Bas√≠lica Nuestra Se√Īora de la Asunci√≥n

Popay√°n's cathedral is a testament to the clean lines of Roman architecture. The whitewashed exterior is accented only by towering columns with...

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Museums of Popay√°n

Museums of Popay√°n

One place to get out of Popay√°n's rains are the museums. Many are the historical homes of past illustrious citizens. A few premier art museums also...

Museum
Popay√°n, Colombia
Museo Arquidiocesano de Arte Religioso

Museo Arquidiocesano de Arte Religioso

The Museo de Arte Religioso was founded in 1972 by the city's Archdiocese to protect and conserve the most valuable artworks of Popay√°n's churches....

Museum
Popay√°n, Colombia
Museo de Historia Natural

Museo de Historia Natural

Under the auspices of the Universidad de Cauca, the Museo de Historia Natural is a nice break from the usual art and miscellanea-housing...

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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
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...

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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...

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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

Santuario de Flora y Fauna Isla La Corota

A woman, bewitched by jealousy, was made an island that to this day floats in the middle of Laguna de la Cocha. The fruit of her womb is the water...

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Colombia

Reservas Naturales de la Cocha

Since being declared a Ramsar protected area, local indigenous and campesino communities around Laguna de la Cocha have been taking an...

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