Let’s be frank. Nobody knows about Paicol. It’s why we consider it as an excellent alternative for travelers who want to add an unknown place to their Colombia itinerary. 

Located 40 min away from Neiva, Paicol is a tiny colonial town – only 7 streets – built in 1701. Also known as la Puerta del Viento – the Door of the Wind, Paicol is a quiet and safe place where everyone knows everyone. For the evening, locals meet in the main square. They sit on the same bench or share a coffee around the corner. 

Paicol is mainly famous for Caja de Agua, a cave that you can explore with Naventura, an excellent local travel company. With them, organize your daily activities like rafting, biking, and rappelling through the lovely landscapes in the area. 

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Where to stay in Paicol

Paicol is so tiny that the location of your hotel doesn't matter. We went to visit them with Naventura.

  • Puerto Viento


    Puerto Viento

    Lovely hotel with lots of vegetation. Basic and clean rooms. Natural swimming pool.
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  • Guacana



    Posada with an old school decoration. Comfy rooms. Peaceful place and lovely owners.
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Things to do in Paicol

Paicol is a perfect stop if you want to mix easy outdoor activities while staying in a cute colonial town off the beaten path. Moreover, it's a strategical option if you plan to visit Tierradentro and Tatacoa.

  • La Chorrera


    La Chorrera

    An Easy 10 min walk from town. 2 Pools and a great viewpoint. Cool waterfall.
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  • La Motilona


    La Motilona

    40 min by bike with Naventura. Lovely waterfall and a pool where you can swim.
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  • Caja de Agua


    Caja de Agua

    Explore for 1h30 a vast cave where you have to crawl to get out alive. Fun & without risk.
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  • Rappelling

    Extreme sport


    Perfect for beginners. 15 m waterfall to decide if you want to do it more often.
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  • Rafting

    Extreme sport


    Go down the river on a raft. Rapids class 2 - 3. Perfect activity to do for friends and families.
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  • Tierradentro

    Weekend trip


    It's only 2 hours away by private transportation. Uncover underground mystery tombs.
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