Stretching from the southern edge of the Valle de Cauca to the border with Ecuador, the Southern Colombian region contains everything your imagination can conjure: high-altitude p├íramo plains and snowy volcanoes, flanked by mangrove-filigreed coastline to the west and sultry jungle to the east.
Further south are Pasto at the foot of smoldering Galeras volcano, and the country's second-largest lake, Laguna La Cocha with Santuario de Flora y Fauna Isla La Carota. On the Ecuadorian border is Ipiales, with nearby attractions like Santuario de Nuestra Se├▒ora de las Lajas and Cumbal.
Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Southern Colombia: Ipiales Overview, Laguna de la Cocha Overview, Parque Nacional Purac├ę Overview, Pasto Overview, Tierradentro Overview, San Agust├şn Overview and Popay├ín Overview.
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