Look out upon the city of Buga from the terrace of the Basilica of the Lord of Miracles and you will see that the architectural style of the historic center, namely its meticulously tiled roofs, has been respected as the city has expanded. This city, a municipality of the department of Valle del Cauca, is surrounded by sugarcane crops and is part of the Network of Heritage Villages. The locals are proud of the town’s basilica, which houses an image of the Lord of Miracles.
What to do in Buga
The essence of Buga lies in is its historic center, where many 17th and 18th century buildings still stand. After walking through the heart of the town, visited twice by Simon Bolivar, you can add a few more nearby destinations to your itinerary: Lake Calima, where you can enjoy a wide variety of water sports, and Ginebra, a town famous for sancocho (chicken soup) cooked over a wood fire.
Buga is a site of pilgrimage thanks to an inexplicable phenomenon attributed for centuries to divine intervention: a crucifix that grew daily before the astonished eyes of a laundress. The town’s basilica was completed in 1907 to honor this crucifix. Today it is filled with faithful devotees, especially on the 14th of September, the Day of the Lord of Miracles.
Tourists from Buga have easy access to places that are intimately bonded with nature, where wildlife and flora thrive in peace amidst spiritually nourishing landscapes.