Southern Colombia and Las Lajas


After we leave Salento, we head back to the highway and south toward Buga for the night. We stay in a hostel located in a microbrewery that had a lovely terrace on the roof. After settling into the brewhouse, We wandered over to see the Senor de Los Milagros Cathedral – Man of Miracles – just a block away.
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We left the next morning and kept moving south…heading for Popayan, known as the White City.
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About 30 miles before we got to town that afternoon we met our friend Tom, aka Mustache South, on the highway….what a wonderful and lucky surprise! We stopped for a roadside chat and then he was on his way…
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Popayan was lovely, and definitely “White”. We were lucky enough to meet a fellow biker, Ruslan from Russia, in a car park late one night as he rode in from Quito. And we ran into Michael and Simone, a Swiss couple traveling overland by Land Rover. Great to see all these new friends along the road time and again.
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After a couple of days, we kept pushing south toward the border and got as far as Pasto where we camped in a National Park for the night. The last 30-40 miles ride into Pasto was spectacular.
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Had stopped that day for lunch and ordered two bowls of the chicken soup for us….and yes, those are feet.
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After leaving the National Park the next morning, we push on to Ipiales. It was only 55 miles or so, and gorgeous landscapes. We took a quick detour to stop in at Las Lajas and see the incredibly beautiful Sancturary.
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Next stop Ecuador.

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