Southwest Colombia Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Southwest Colombia - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Catedral Metropolitana

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Although ground was broken in 1772, construction on the Metropolitan Cathedral was halted during the war for independence. The grand...

Cerro de los Cristales and the Cristo Rey

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The Hill of the Crystals affords a spectacular view of the city. The monumental statue of Christ at the top is visible for miles. A taxi...

Iglesia de San Francisco

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This large brick church and the adjacent Franciscan monastery date from the early 19th century. The church's brick Torre Mudéjar (Moorish...

Iglesia de San Francisco

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Popayán's most important colonial church is in remarkable condition, thanks to extensive renovation following the 1983 earthquake. The...

Iglesia de San José

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This 18th-century Jesuit church, painted a bright yellow, is one of Popayán's most distinctive structures. Unfortunately, it's open...

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

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After an earthquake destroyed the original chapel, the Dominicans built this baroque-style church in 1741. It's notable for the stonework...

Iglesia de la Ermita

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A neo-Gothic church built between 1930 and 1948, the white-and-blue Hermitage Church has become such an enduring symbol of Cali that...

Iglesia y Museo Arqueólogico de la Merced

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The Church of Grace, Cali's oldest house of worship, was completed in 1680. It stands on the site where the city's founders celebrated...

Jardín Botánico del Quindío (Butterfly Farm)

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One of Colombia's truly enjoyable nature outings is the Jardín Botánico del Quindío, an enormous complex of botanical gardens outside...

Museo Arquidiocesano de Arte Religioso

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Housed in a lovely colonial mansion, the Archdiocesan Museum of Religious Art has a collection made up predominately of paintings, but...


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