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Cultural in Pasto

Carnaval de Blancos y Negros

Pasto’s major event is held on January 5 and 6. Its origins go back to the times of Spanish rule, when slaves were allowed to celebrate on January 5 and their masters showed approval by painting their faces black. O…
National Park in Pasto

Santuario de Flora y Fauna Volcán Galeras

Just 8km from the center of Pasto, Volcán Galeras (4267m), one of Colombia's most active volcanoes, continues to rumble and threaten. The upper slopes of the volcano are protected as the Santuario de Flora y Fauna V…
Cafe in Pasto

Salón Guadalquivir

This cozy cafe on the plaza serves classic pastuso snacks, including empanadas de anejo (small fried pastries), quimbilitos (sweet pastries of raisin, vanilla and sweetcorn) and envueltas de chocolo (sweetcorn cakes…
Bar in Pasto

Cola de Gallo

Down one of 80 different cocktails or a steaming mug of locally sourced gourmet coffee while listening to a hip jazz/blues/world music soundtrack at this swanky cafe-lounge.
Arts & Crafts in Pasto

Barniz de Pasto Obando

Purchase traditional wooden crafts decorated with vegetable resin at this fine gallery. Come on weekday afternoons to watch maestro José María Obando at work.
Colombian in Pasto

Asadero de Cuyes Pinzón

Pastusos get dressed up to eat at this place about 1.5km north of the center of town. There's only one thing on the menu: asado de cuy (grilled guinea pig). The best way to get the meat off the bone is to eat with y…
Museum in Pasto

Museo del Oro

For insight into the pre-Columbian cultures of Nariño, check out this museum's small but interesting collection of indigenous gold and pottery. Among the most interesting pieces are the gold diadems worn by indigeno…
Museum in Pasto

Museo Taminango de Artes y Tradiciones

This museum has interesting displays on indigenous weaving techniques and barniz de Pasto alongside a hodgepodge of antiques. It's worth visiting since it's housed in a meticulously restored casona (large house) fro…
Cafe in Pasto

Cafe La Catedral

Pastusos love sitting and chatting over a good cup of coffee and this cafe half a block from the cathedral is a popular place to hang out. There's a full selection of beverages but the real reason to swing by is the…
Cafe in Pasto


This fancy bakery-cafe does gourmet sandwiches, crepes, lasagna and salads. The cakes are stupendous, and it also serves enormous ice-cream sundaes and real espresso coffee. Enough to satisfy even the most jaded tra…