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

Historical Building
Popay√°n, Colombia
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...

Museum
Popay√°n, 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
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
Obando

Obando

Altitude: 1,700 meters / 5,576 feet, Population: 1,000, City Code: 2Traveling towards the small village of Obando, you’ll cross the...

Ruin
Near San Agustín, San Agustín, Colombia
San José de Isnos

San José de Isnos

Altitude: 2,075 meters / 6,806 feet, Population: 23,756, City Code: 2San José de Isnos (Quechua for Sacred Rock) is a small village...

Ruin
Near San Agustín, San Agustín, Colombia
Piscina Municipal Las Moyas

Piscina Municipal Las Moyas

Once the sun begins to shine in San Agustín, it gets down right hot. The perfect way to cool down after visiting the Parque Arqueológico or...

Other Activity
San Agustín, Colombia
Las Piramides

Las Piramides

Las Pir√°mides is the ideal place to film something like ‚ÄúIndiana Jones‚ÄĚ or any action-adventure movie. Most tourists do not budget enough time...

Monument
Tierradentro, Colombia
Shamanic and Ecological Association of Colombia

Other Activity
San Agustín, 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

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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