14. – 16. Apr 2019
Having arrived in Cali on a Sunday morning, this city was much less exciting than imagined. First, we chilled for a bit in the Pixel Hostel (great price & amazing decoration) and then took a stroll around the city center ending up at Park San Antonio where everybody was hanging out in the evening. Unfortunately, there was no Salsa Party that night… 🙁 The next day, we took part in the Free Walking Tour by Valley Adventours – Fernando did a great job showing us around and telling us about Cali’s culture and origins.
In the early afternoon, I took the bus to Popayan. Unfortunately, this one did not arrive before dawn. Thus, I did my sightseeing at night this time – truly a very neat city with white houses and many churches. And right at that time, one of the Easter processions was taking place in the old city center. Nevertheless, I took the night bus some hours later.
In Ipiales, the must-see is the Las Lajas Sanctuary – the most beautiful church in the country and one of the most outstanding architectural monuments in the world. Built inside the canyon where the Guitara river flows, it was just a stunning sight not far away from the border to Ecuador where we crossed a little later.