Southern Colombia in Photos

We breezed through the South of Colombia pretty quickly, which is a shame because it is, in my opinion, the prettiest part of the country. Here are the highlights:


Salento is in the heart of the Zone Cafeterra, the coffee region of Colombia. It rained most if the time we were there so we never did get to see a coffee plantation, but I still enjoyed the gorgeous scenery and the colorful town.


One of my very favorite spots on Colombia! Popayan is mainly known for being on the way to the Ecuadorian border, but it’s also a really beautiful town, known as “the White City,” because of all the white washed buildings and churches. The old town was just gorgeous.

Las Lajas

One of Colombia’s little surprises. Just 20 minutes outside of Ipiales (the border town with Ecuador) is this massive, gothic style cathedral, set dramatically in a gorge. Very popular with tourists and pilgrims alike. It was Sunday when we visited and the church was packed for mass.


19 Responses to Southern Colombia in Photos

  1. Nisa December 4, 2011 at 10:05 AM #

    Wonderful photos!

  2. Alexa December 4, 2011 at 10:20 AM #

    Yes, fabulous pictures! Everything’s so colorful and happy! That cathedral in Las Lajas is INSANE(ly awesome).

  3. Dave December 4, 2011 at 11:39 AM #

    Beautiful — I must get to Popayan and that church near the Ecuador border in 2012 🙂

  4. Dalene December 4, 2011 at 1:44 PM #

    LOVED the south of Colombia, especially Popayan. Mucho!

  5. Amanda December 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM #

    Wow, awesome photos! That cathedral is especially pretty!

  6. Erica December 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM #

    Makes me a little excited to finally get there. 😛

  7. Chris December 5, 2011 at 3:36 PM #

    Ditto re: the cathedral; WOW!!

  8. ehalvey December 5, 2011 at 4:18 PM #

    That cathedral is AMAZING!

    • Steph December 9, 2011 at 10:55 PM #

      It’s such a random thing to find on the border of colombia and ecuador!

  9. Jaime December 5, 2011 at 5:30 PM #

    Thanks for posting!!! So excited to see it in person!!

  10. Alex December 6, 2011 at 1:43 AM #

    Wow. Columbia is quickly moving up my list of must-see countries!

    • Steph December 9, 2011 at 10:53 PM #

      It’s definitely a cool place!

  11. Active Planet Travels December 6, 2011 at 8:03 AM #

    Breathtaking photos! I love how they incorporate all of the colors into their architecture! Inspiring & cultural!

    • Steph December 9, 2011 at 10:52 PM #

      Yeah they really know how to use a can of paint.

  12. Dani | Globetrottergirls December 15, 2011 at 2:50 AM #

    This is one of the times when I ask myself – why didn’t we continue our journey through Latin America this last spring?! We were so close to Colombia when we finally got to Panama – why did we leave again? 😉 So looking forward to finally going to South America!

    • Steph December 22, 2011 at 3:49 PM #

      Ahh, you’ll have another chance I’m sure!

  13. kyh December 16, 2011 at 10:21 AM #

    This is really really beautiful, esp the painted churches, homes, and the cathedral on the gorge. Gosh – impressive engineering feat! I wonder how did they build that.. my my…

  14. Brock September 13, 2015 at 1:56 AM #

    I hear that they have dinner for breakfast, over there :). That plate of food above is something that the Colombians would eat for breakfast – so I’m told. What have you noticed?

    • Steph September 14, 2015 at 12:04 PM #

      Yup that was a shot of my breakfast! So tasty.

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