Departamento de Nariño Travel Guide

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See all 34 Pasto Tips
  • Santurio de Las Lajas

    Pasto Off The Beaten Path

    If you are in the need of a miracle, look no further. Spanning one gorgeous gorge sits the neo-Gothic Santurio de Las Lajas, an other-worldly sight especially at night. Though the original church in this spectacular location was built in 1803, this lovely incarnation dates back to the early mid-1900s and took nearly 20 years to complete. Certainly,...

  • Hotel La Maison del Ejecutivo

    Pasto Hotels

    Calle 19 no. 37-16, Pasto, 000000, Colombia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • on a mission for ice

    Pasto Restaurants

    Pasto is noted as a cold town and one thing I had read about was a local ice cream called helado de paíla. This was evidently prepared in a copper tub with ice beneath it, all by hand. Many years earlier we had another such frozen treat called queso helado in Arequipa in Peru. That was one of our all time favorite deserts and was a bit like a...



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    Ipiales Things to Do

    While enroute to Ecuador from Colombia, I suggest that you make it a point to stop by briefly in Ipiales to view the Santuario de Las Lajas.Firstly, if you take the early morning bus from Pasto, there is no need to stay overnight in Ipiales.Once you arrive in Ipiales' large bus terminal, leave your luggage at the Left Luggage and walk outside to...

  • Las Lajas Cathedral

    Ipiales Things to Do

    What do you do when an image of the Virgin Mary appears on a cliff? Well, naturally you build a church on the spot!It is said that in the mid 1700's that is exactly what happened, and in 1803 a chapel was build on the spot. Todays neo-gothic cathedral was built on the spot the Virgin is said to have appeared. There is a now a painted on version on...

  • Thanks To The Virgin

    Ipiales Local Customs

    All around the cathedral you will see them. Along the cliff walls, on the stairs handrail, on the walls....everywhere. Thousands upon thousands of plaques of thanks to the 'Virgin of Las Lajas' for miracles performed.These are plaques that individuals and organizations are putting up anywhere they can, in thanks. I looked at them for a while,...


Las Lajas

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  • best to travel light

    Las Lajas What to Pack

    Most will come through Las Lajas en route to some place else so a backpack will serve them best. At any rate, you won't want to bring much. We left most of our gear in Pasto since we were returning there and only came with what we needed for one night. The trail into the gorge is mostly on man made steps and paved flat sections. Boots would be...

  • a bit like points further south

    Las Lajas Local Customs

    Las Lajas is very close to Ecuador. In fact, many people will visit this area of Colombia only if they are traveling between the two countries. We were not doing that so it was quite out of our way. Ironically, we had been in Ecuador a few years earlier, probably as close to Las Lajas as we were when in most of or Colombian travels but didn't even...

  • lookng for real nightlife, look...

    Las Lajas Nightlife

    This is a town made fore religious pilgrims so don't expect a raging nightlife experience. There are many restaurants and most serve beer so you can certainly keep yourself occupied in the evenings though my guess is most close fairly early. When we were there many were closed period as it was obviously off season and during the week. We did enjoy...


Laguna La Cocha

  • a perfect place to bring your other half

    Laguna La Cocha What to Pack

    While I'm sure many come here for a night or two, it is mainly a day trip destination so you don't need to bring much. We only brought our cameras and a bottle of water with us. Comfy shoes for walking on the island but no need for boots as you are a boardwalk trail and only about one kilometer round trip at that. Definitely bring something warm...

  • a cute if touristy gateway town

    Laguna La Cocha Things to Do

    Las Cochas is the little “town” that is the gateway to Laguna de la Cocha. It may be a little touristy for some but it's in an entirely charming way. It's not fancy by any means and the ramshackle buildings that house restaurants and sweet shops are too cute to not want to take photos of. This is not a swank tourist destination and it draws almost...

  • boat trip to Isla Corota

    Laguna La Cocha Things to Do

    Though admiring Laguna de la Cocha from afar is not to be missed, a boat trip on it is a must if you've come all this way. Another good reason for doing this is you also get to visit the island that dots its surface. Isla Corota is not only stunning but also a national park. At 2830 meters, it is home to a near perfect tract of evergreen cloud...


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