Most of Pasto's sights are located within walking distance of the center. Just outside town, brooding Volcán Galeras looms high over the city but access is limited because of volcanic activity.


Many hotels can be found in the blocks around Plaza de Nariño.


For fast food Nariño-style, visit a picanteria – diners that serve llapingachos (grilled potato cakes topped with cheese). Pasto is big on cuy (guinea pig): you will find it in barbecued form in many restaurants, especially on weekends.

The area around Palermo has many fine restaurants serving both local and international cuisine.

Drinking & Nightlife

Pasto has a couple of good peña bars (traditional Andean drinkeries), which play Andean music and serve guayusa – a hot alcoholic beverage made with local spirits.


The city is known for barniz de Pasto, a traditional indigenous craft that uses processed vegetable resins from the Amazon region to decorate wooden objects in colorful patterns. Items can be bought at Barniz de Pasto Obandos, where you can also arrange to watch the artisans work.