Away from the touristic itineraries, the departments of Nariño and Putumayo, border to Ecuador, are full of treasures. The city of Ipiales is host to the famous Las Lajas Cathedral, built in the cliffs of the Andes.
The city of Pasto, at the bottom of the Galeras volcano, is a must stop spot to visit the surroundings. The Laguna Cocha, a mini version of the Titicaca lake located 24 km away from Pasto on the road to the Amazon, is another natural attraction of the region.
There we also find the sanctuary of the fauna and flora of the Corota island, small island in the middle of the laguna.
The city also hosts the annual White and Black carnival every January.