"The Secret Sauce of Pasto" Pasto by richiecdisc

Pasto Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 54 photos

Pasto may not be on the average tourist to Colombia's top agenda list but it is not without considerable charm despite a less than perfect climate and it being somewhat isolated from the rest of the country. It does however have a great position to “catch” those traveling from Ecuador to Colombia or vice-versa. It appears much of its poor reputation stems from those forced to spend a night en route to somewhere else, no doubt on a tight time schedule. If given even a cursory investigation, the town reveals itself to have quite a few stunning churches, great day trips into the stunning nature that surrounds it, and some pretty fine eating too. Let's not forget its gorgeous setting if you are lucky enough to see the sun while there. It may not be the most Colombian of towns and it definitely has some Ecuadorian overtones if the latter is not on your itinerary. Perhaps it's not worth going out of your way for but it is by the same token not something to dread if you are heading this way. Pasto will surprise you if you let it and if you find yourself there why not do exactly that?

  • Last visit to Pasto: Feb 2010
  • Intro Updated Jan 19, 2011
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  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Another great page! Those empanadas look drool inducing....

    • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
      Sep 1, 2014 at 7:53 AM

      Founds some great food down that way for sure. Thanks for continuing with the Colombian saga.

    • garridogal's Profile Photo
      Sep 18, 2014 at 3:47 AM

      The Colombian saga is in my blood!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2011 at 4:10 AM

    I can see why you liked San Juan Bautista so much, and San Sebastián too - that blue is glorious! And as always I leave one of your pages hungry ;-)

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Interesting foot tips :) Man, what you spent here in 8 places will be enough for one meal in the Nordic Countries ;-) But OK, I can also cook some local or Asian food and that will go well with the cold beer :))

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    Truly enjoyable page on Pasto Richie. The culinary delights which you so richly described, really interested me, esp. the tamales, the home-made potato chips and "the pig".

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2011 at 6:32 AM

    Interesting tips from your "illustrious Colombian snacking career." Glad you found Pasto not so bad after all. I must admit I had never heard of the town and had to look it up on the map. Good that your guidebook was wrong about the hotel.

  • Jan 17, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    the santuario las lajas is absolutely stunning, what a backdrop!!! of course, yummy food as always on your pages!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Mmmmhhhh, these dishes look gorgeous! Especially the banana leaf wrapped thingies and the lomo. And that blue church San Sebastian - oh wow!!! Yes, more pages, about the laguna and that valley church! Please :-)

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2011 at 7:23 AM

    I wanted to go to Pasto just for the gorgeous Sntuario Las Lajas but there is much more. The churches look stunning and well worth visiting. Oh, lulada... it makes my mouth water :) Quimbolito sounds good too, but the pig... I can leave that to you, lol.

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