The department of Nariño, where the Nudo de los Pastos (Knot of the Pastos) divides the Andes in three parts in Southern Colombia, is filled with hundreds of small plots cultivated with different produce, creating a dazzling green landscape. From Pasto, the capital, you can travel to lagoons, volcanoes, moors, warm valleys, and tropical beaches.
What to do in Pasto
The department of Nariño’s natural wealth is huge. It contains every thermal zone, and ranges in altitude from 6.5 feet to 3 miles above sea level. Visitors can walk through cloud forests, rivers, and waterfalls, and enjoy nature reserves and National Parks. You will also find unique crafts and have the opportunity to experience a festival that celebrates diversity by uniting people of different races.
Pasto, founded in 1539, begins each year with a joyful celebration. For the first week of January, people’s skin color becomes irrelevant in the Blacks and Whites’ Carnival. This is Nariño’s main festival, celebrating racial integration and tolerance. Near Ipiales visitors can marvel at the Our Lady of Las Lajas church, perched on a cliff in the Guáitara River canyon.
Hiking up volcanoes and visiting museums, churches, nature reserves, and beaches within reach of Pasto are all on the itinerary in Nariño.