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"And Lastly Las Lajas" Las Lajas by richiecdisc

Las Lajas Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 35 photos

If you are in the need of a miracle, look no further. Spanning one gorgeous gorge sits the neo-Gothic Santurio de Las Lajas, an other-worldly sight especially at night. Though the original church in this spectacular location was built in 1803, this lovely incarnation dates back to the early mid-1900s and took nearly 20 years to complete. Certainly, its stunning location had something to do with the lengthy construction time but make no bones about it, this is one church where setting and architecture vie for top honors in just why you came. To be honest, this is the reason why we came to the far south of Colombia in the first place and though we found a few gems along the way, we were not disappointed with Las Lajas though the “town” that is its gateway leaves a lot to be desired.

where to do it from?

To be honest, Las Lajas is most easily done as a day trip from Ipiales but that town does not look nearly as appealing as Pasto which seems a tourist paradise in comparison! It could be done as a fairly long day trip from Pasto but be prepared for a two hour trip in each direction.

  • Last visit to Las Lajas: Feb 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Sounds like an adventure but one I would take to see such a feat of architecture!

    • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
      Sep 1, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      Definitely worth the trip but not sure I'll be back that far south in Colombia again...though for the food I'd be more likely to return!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Wow, that's stunning! Worth the trip it seems, despite the eerie accommodation and rain. Great night shots, even without a tripod ;-) Cute llama too!

  • Jan 31, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    the cathedral and its location is truly a masterpiece!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    Oh my, yes, I can feel your wish to have done this only as a daytrip. Sounds a bit scary to be there all alone in that rain and cold weather. But the cathedral looks impressive! Especially the details :-)


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