Southwest Colombia

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  • 1. Jardín Botánico del Quindío (Butterfly Farm)

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    One of Colombia's truly enjoyable nature outings is the Jardín Botánico del Quindío, an enormous complex of botanical gardens outside Armenia...Read More

  • 2. Parque Arqueológico Alto de los Idolos

    Ruins

    The Alto de los Idolos park, a few miles southwest of the town of Isnos, could be viewed as an extension of the San Agustín park, with a single...Read More

  • 3. Parque Arqueológico de San Agustín

    Ruins

    The parks surrounding San Agustín make up the largest pre-Columbian site outside Central America and Peru and are part of a vast complex of...Read More

  • 4. Parque Arqueológico de Tierradentro

    Ruins

    Loosely translated, tierradentro means "within the ground." Within the ground here you'll find the New World's largest concentration of hypogea...Read More

  • 5. Valle de Cocora

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The most popular day trip from Salento is a visit to the Valle de Cocora, a narrowing canyon that follows the Río Quindío. Its verdant slopes...Read More

  • 6. Zoologico de Cali

    Zoo/Aquarium

    A modern, well-kept zoo, arguably the best in Colombia, makes for an excellent family outing and an opportunity to see a range of indigenous...Read More

  • 7. Catedral Metropolitana

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although ground was broken in 1772, construction on the Metropolitan Cathedral was halted during the war for independence. The grand structure...Read More

  • 8. Cerro de los Cristales and the Cristo Rey

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The Hill of the Crystals affords a spectacular view of the city. The monumental statue of Christ at the top is visible for miles. A taxi from...Read More

  • 9. Iglesia de la Ermita

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A neo-Gothic church built between 1930 and 1948, the white-and-blue Hermitage Church has become such an enduring symbol of Cali that it is one...Read More

  • 10. Iglesia de San Francisco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This large brick church and the adjacent Franciscan monastery date from the early 19th century. The church's brick Torre Mudéjar (Moorish Tower...Read More

  • 11. Iglesia de San Francisco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Popayán's most important colonial church is in remarkable condition, thanks to extensive renovation following the 1983 earthquake. The baroque...Read More

  • 12. Iglesia de San José

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 18th-century Jesuit church, painted a bright yellow, is one of Popayán's most distinctive structures. Unfortunately, it's open only for masses. ...Read More

  • 13. Iglesia de Santo Domingo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    After an earthquake destroyed the original chapel, the Dominicans built this baroque-style church in 1741. It's notable for the stonework around...Read More

  • 14. Iglesia y Museo Arqueólogico de la Merced

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Church of Grace, Cali's oldest house of worship, was completed in 1680. It stands on the site where the city's founders celebrated their...Read More

  • 15. Museo Arquidiocesano de Arte Religioso

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a lovely colonial mansion, the Archdiocesan Museum of Religious Art has a collection made up predominately of paintings, but it also...Read More

  • 16. Museo Casa Mosquera

    Historic Home

    One of Popayán's founding families once owned this now-restored colonial house and the religious art displayed inside. Among the family's various...Read More

  • 17. Museo de la Caña de Azucar

    Garden

    Cali is Colombia's premier sugarcane-growing area, and this museum in the countryside east of the city offers a brief history of the industry...Read More

  • 18. Palacio Nacional

    Castle/Palace

    Intricately carved doors under equally ornate arches adorn the 1933 National Palace, on the east side of Plaza de Caicedo. This neoclassical...Read More

  • 19. Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The volcanic peaks that grace the eastern skyline of the coffee region are bound by the PNN Los Nevados, one of Colombia's natural treasures...Read More

  • 20. Paseo de Bolívar

    City Park

    Tropical trees shade this large park on the Río Cali's north bank. The modern buildings to the west house municipal offices and are collectively...Read More

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