SOUTHWEST COLOMBIA

Best of Southwest Colombia

San Agustín
San Agustín

 

A combination of the most important archaeological site in Colombia and breathtaking natural beauty makes San Agustín a worthwhile destination. The laid-back town also features some excellent restaurants.

Popayán
Popayán

 

Popayán is known as the "White City" for its whitewashed colonial buildings in the city center. The most popular time to visit is during Holy Week, when visitors from all over Colombia travel there to see the processions.

Tatacoa
Tatacoa Desert

 

A desert that's not really a desert! Tatacoa has a magical landscape that makes you feel like you're on another planet. After the sun sets, the sky is illuminated by millions of brilliant stars, making it a perfect place for stargazers.

Cali
Cali

 

Spicy Cali is the salsa capital of the world. Before you show off your dance moves in the city's hottest clubs, spend a day visiting the world-renowned Cali Zoo and some of the fine museums the city has to offer.

Ladrilleros
Ladrilleros

 

Almost 100% gringo-free, this Pacific beach with gray sand has some excellent opportunities to explore the natural surroundings. Go whale watching in-season to see humpback whales and their calves, take a river cruise through the jungle to a natural swimming hole, or visit a waterfall.

Tierradentro
Tierradentro

 

It's a rough road to Tierradentro, Colombia's second most important archaeological site, but it's worth the effort. Pre-Columbian tombs from the 6th to 9th centuries are the attraction, but the scenery on the hikes steals the show.

Fin del Mundo
Mocoa

 

On the edge of the Amazon rain forest, Mocoa offers a hike to an incredible waterfall called Fin del Mundo (End of the World) as well as sleeping in a tree house at Paway, a natural reserve dedicated to rehabilitating animals

Las Lajas
Las Lajas

 

This magnificent church near the Ecuador border was literally built on the wall of a canyon. It's an incredible sight for architecture buffs as well as an important religious destination in Colombia.

Armero
Armero

 

Armero was wiped off the map in 1985 by a devastating volcanic eruption. Visit the ruins with a survivor of the disaster to learn about what happened on that tragic day.

San Cipriano
San Cipriano

 

Riding a "brujita" to get to this natural paradise is half the fun. The other half is enjoying the waterfalls and swimming holes or tubing down the river.