The region of Cali and the southern part of Colombia is not a very touristy part. This is a pity because many places have a lot to offer and are attracting more and more visitors. Travelers will discover a region full of history, culture, varied landscapes, mountains, old ruins, vestiges of past civilizations, and a fantastic natural setting.

Observe a wonderful starry night in the Tatacoa desert, then, before leaving to visit the archaeological sites of Tierradentro and San Agustin, stop by Paicol, a charming and little known colonial village.

In Popayan, take advantage of the white city and its old center full of history, then plan an expedition to the Purace Park to stretch your legs and soak up the view. You can then head to Cali to enjoy the crazy nightlife and its beautiful salsa dancers.

You can also continue further south and enjoy the waterfalls, rivers, and Amazon jungle in Mocoa, the Blanco y Negro festival in Pasto, and the amazing Santuario Las Lajas church in Ipiales.

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Where to travel in southern Colombia

We traveled through southern Colombia for more than 2 months. Find our best tips for exploring each of the destinations below.

Top things to do in the South of Colombia

Here is a compilation of the best things to do in Cali and the South Of Colombia:

  • Enjoy the Nightlife in Cali
  • Learn Salsa in Cali with Salsa Pura, a great salsa school in San Antonio
  • Observe the stars in the Tatacoa Desert
  • Eat the local food specialties in Popayan
  • Hike the National Park La Purace
  • Explore the underground tombs in Tierradentro
  • Horseride around San Agustin – Unesco site
  • Chase the waterfalls in Mocoa
  • Visit the Santuario de las Lajas

Events in the south of Colombia

List of the main events in Cali and the South of Colombia:

  • January: Festival Blanco y Negro in Pasto
  • February: Colombia bird fair in Cali
  • June: Festival Folclórico y del Reinado Nacional del Bambuco in Neiva
  • August: Petronio Alvarez Festival – Music Festival – in Cali
  • September: World Salsa Festival in Cali
  • September: Gastronomy festival in Popayan
  • End Of December: Cali Fair

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