Some of the main tourist destinations of the cold climate have an ancient cultural and religious tradition.
For example, the Lajas’ Sanctuary, “God’s miracle above the abyss”, was built to honor Nuestra Señora del Rosario de las Lajas. It lies on a precipice, 7 kilometers away from Ipiales, Nariño, and it looks like held by the grace of God. It is one of the main pilgrim centers in the south part of the country.
Other Colombian wonder that plays with the extreme conditions of Mother Nature is, no doubt about it, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. This architectonic and religious monument was granted in 2007 as Colombia’s number one marvel. It is a chapel built within the tunnels of the Salt’s Thematic Park, which is the combined group of Zipaquirá’s salt mines. Although it is not a religious center per se, this cathedral also attracts a great number of religious pilgrims and tourists.
And, of course, for those seeking to explore one of the most important villages of Colombian colony culture, Villa de Leyva is a mandatory destination. Here, not only the stoned roads and colonial houses architecture survives, but the village also comprises an immense desert and a rich archaeological park, only a few kilometers away.
VILLA DE LEYVA
Zipaquirá’s Salt Mines