This town is known for the Archeological Parks with many sculptures, statues and tombs which a mysterious pre-Columbian civilization left behind. It was not this park that attracted us to this area, but the beautiful drive through the páramo from Popayán to San Agustín and then to cross over the “Trampoline of Death”, the most spectacular but also the most dangerous road in Colombia that connects Mocoa and Pasto in the Southern part of Colombia.
Trampolín del Diablo (Devil’s Trampoline)
With a length of 69.7 km, the road between Mocoa and San Francisco is the most spectacular but also the most dangerous road in Colombia. The road is known as “Trampolín del Diablo” (Devils trampoline) or “Trampolin de la Muerte” (Trampoline of Death) – one of the most dangerous and spectacular roads on the continent. It is an unpaved, single-carriage road and when you meet oncoming traffic you often have to navigate in reverse! The road includes sheer cliffs, precipices and more than 100 hairpins. Ivan loves such challenging roads but with great road conditions and his driving experience this route wasn’t as bad. We are glad we choose this route – it was amazing zigzaging the Andean mountain range.
Laguna de la Cocha
The second largest lake in Colombia – a glacial lake and considered one of the most important wetland areas in both the Andes and Colombia.
Visit of the impressive Las Lajas Sanctuary
Before crossing to Ecuador, we visited this impressive sanctuary. Built as if clinging to the walls of a canyon, the imposing “Santuario Las Lajas” has been a destination for pilgrims dating back to the 18th century. This setting reminded me of the movie “Lord of the Rings”.
lots of “action” with people & animals at our camp close to Las Lajas
This is the last post about Colombia. There is only one thing left to say: Visit Colombia – we loved every second of our time in Colombia – you will be so glad you did!!!!