A visit to the sanctuary of Las Lajas: The most beautiful church in the world

Many churches are part of the tourist attractions of many places, either because of its antiquity or its architecture. The Sanctuary of Las Lajas amazed everyone thanks to its medieval architecture and its amazing location. This lovely location is one of the most photographed places in Colombia. Are you planning to spend your next holidays in Colombia? Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the most beautiful church in the world.

Where is the Sanctuary of Las Lajas?

A visit to the sanctuary of Las Lajas

Located in the municipality of Ipiales, The Sanctuary of Las Lajas is only 3 km from the border with Ecuador and belongs to the department of Nariño. While you are visiting this area, don’t forget to try the “Cuy”. A Cuy is a South American guinea pig. The cuy is one of the most popular ingredients in Ecuadorian and Colombian gastronomy thanks to its tender meat. Always accompanied by “pira” maize, steamed potatoes, peanut butter and cooked egg mixed with red chilli. Don’t miss the chance to try this delicious dish.

About the Sanctuary of Las Lajas.

The Sanctuary of Las Lajas was built on a slab that measures 3.20 high by 2.30 meters wide. This stone belongs to this geographical area and it’s located fifty meters above the river. The sanctuary of the Lajas, considered “the miracle of God on the abyss“, is visited every year by 750,000 parishioners. Certainly, Its most notorious characteristic is its exquisite Gothic style. However, it’s also fabulous how this construction rises from a canyon to a height of 100 meters on the river Guáitara. Declared in 2066 a sight of Cultural Interest of National Character, undoubtedly, this Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful areas of Colombia. The grey and white stone construction consist of three naves raised on a bridge of two arches that crosses the river and which functions as a sort of square.

To access, you must walk through a wide staircase with two hundred sixty-six steps that descend to one side of the sanctuary. To reach the atrium you must cross a bridge over the river that has guardian angels. From this bridge, you can admire frontally the sanctuary. Certainly, if you are visiting Colombia, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the Sanctuary of Las Lajas. Tell us what do you think about this beautiful construction?

5 Theme Parks in Colombia: Fabulous attractions for everyone

Colombia is a country that offers a wide range of tourist alternatives; So year after year is visited by millions of travellers who come attracted to its large array of ecological, cultural, adventure, family and business options. On all these options we cannot fail to mention the Theme Parks, which are one of the activities that have become super popular in recent years, both locally and internationally.

So if you plan to tour Colombia and still have not chosen a destination, we present five theme parks in Colombia that can help you with your decision.

5 Theme Parks in Colombia

National Coffee Park

Located near Armenia the National Coffee Park is an attraction that you should visit if you are in Colombia. The Coffee National Park was born almost 20 years ago as an initiative of the National Federation of Coffee Growers and the Committee of Coffee Growers of Quindío. Its main objective is to show its visitors the importance of its guild for the economy of the country, without leaving aside a fundamental aspect that involves this activity: nature and its preservation.

If you visit the Park to learn more regarding the coffee culture, the first thing to visit is the Interactive Coffee Museum. After that, we suggest you visit the traditional Cafetal or the Coffee Variety Garden and go to “Casa Campesina” which represents a typical house of the area. Furthermore, the National Coffee Park features a thrilling Roller coaster, carousel, bumper cars, bumper boats, and much more. Certainly, this is one of the best theme parks in Colombia, perfect for families.

National Park of the Agricultural Culture – PANACA

PANACA’s slogan “Without a field, there is no city”, says it all. This park has managed to bring millions of national and international tourists to the activities of the countryside. The PANACA was born in 1999 in Quindío, with the objective of “… rescuing the importance and the values of the countryman, through the interactivity of man with nature and domestic zoology …”. Currently, it has another headquarters in Zipaquirá, and it’s developing a new project in Puebla, Mexico.

The first Park, located in Quimbaya between Armenia and Pereira, has eight thematic stations where you can interact with animals and feed them. Also, there are about 30-minute shows for children. Also, there are other attractions such as the “Mirador”(Balcony), restaurants and rest areas.

Chicamocha National Park

Also known as PANACHI, this park was inaugurated less than ten years ago and has become one of the main tourist attractions of Santander and the country. One of its strengths is the diversity of outdoor activities as well as the stunning views of Chicamocha Canyon. In the historical and cultural aspect, you will find the Guane Museum, with archaeological pieces of the region. The Square, with restaurants and shops of crafts, and the Monument to “Santandereanidad”.

Although if you come want to enjoy the breathtaking scenario, prepare for extreme adventures such as paragliding over the canyon, travel one or several flights in flight, or move quickly in the air, about 15m high, on the swing extreme. However, if you are coming to the park with your family and kids, there are other activities such as a cable flight for children and activities like the Goats Park, Ostrich Park, the Ice Rink or the 4D movie theatre.


5 Theme Parks in Colombia

Divercity is an urban theme park dedicated exclusively to children between 3 and 13 years old. The goal is to show kids how to develop in the city life, so recreate different professions and situations of adult life in which they interact. Several business partners are present here to teach young people about their role in the city and how they can get involved. The fire station, the bank, the hairdresser, the university, the hospital, the theatre, the language school, the mechanics, the bus terminal and the food court, are some of the more than 50 places where different occupations and professions.

Divercity was inaugurated in 2006 in Bogota and currently has offices in Medellín, Barranquilla and Lima, Peru. It’s the perfect plan for families with kids.


This science and technology theme park is one of the most interesting attractions in Bogota. No matter what ages, sizes, professions or interests, all who visit Maloka loves their experiential activities. Do you know how cool your brain is? Are you afraid of Earthquakes? Do you think you know enough about Colombia? Do you have any more questions? In Maloka you will surely find the answer to all of them.

Here our selection with 5 fabulous theme parks in Colombia. Do you want to add another theme park? Comment!

A Visit to the gold museum of Bogota, heritage of Colombia

A Visit to the gold museum of Bogota allowed you to immerse yourself in the rich and magical prehispanic spirit of Colombia. Although historically Colombians inhabitants are a blend of cultures, the country itself has a strong indigenous essence. The gold museum of Bogota highlights the richness and traditions of the civilisations that inhabited the valleys and mountains of what we all known as Colombia.

The gold museum of Bogota: Understanding the Past

To understand the present culture of a country, it’s necessary to discover its cultural past. Hence it’s very important to visit museums and places that expose the traces of the human being through time. When visiting a place it’s important to understand its history, to try to learn about the exploits, the creativity and the mistakes of the past if possible. But equally about the traditions that transcend through time to become indelible.

Gold Museum: Cultural and anthropological wealth of Colombia

A Visit to the gold museum of Bogota, heritage of Colombia

If you are planning a visit to the gold museum of Bogota, you have to prepare yourself to be a witness of the largest collection of pieces of gold and ceramic pre-Hispanic in the world. Thousands and thousands of objects that explain in detail the life and history of well-organized civilisations that inhabited Colombia. But, do you know who inhabited Colombian soil before the arrival of the European settlers? As in other regions of South America, the towns were organised by ethnic groups defined according to the geographical area. The Communities that lives in Colombia: Muiscas, Tolimas, Calimas, Nariño, Quimbaya, Sinú, Taironas among many others.

It’s necessary to see the exhibits in the gold museum, to understand and get an idea of the cultural identity of the country. In figures of gold and ceramics, can be seen images of everyday activities like agriculture, fishing, mining and goldsmithing. These societies, well structured, exchanged products among them with the famous “barter”.

The wealth of the exhibits is immeasurable. Some pieces of gold seem made by current jewellers, which is admirable considering the artefacts they used. The quantity and quality of the objects of the gold museum are a sign of the cultural richness of Colombia.

Collection: The gold seen differently

The gold museum of Bogot

The building that houses the gold museum of Bogota comprises 4 floors full of rooms; Which in turn are replete with thousands of figures surviving through time, bad weather conditions and the infamous looting. Regarding the museum, gold covers all its walls as if the museums represents the legend of “El Dorado”. The Dorado that for centuries everyone looked for but no one couldn’t find it.

Seeing so much gold will give you a very strange feeling because today gold is synonymous with wealth. But it’s surprising to know that for indigenous communities, gold was a decorative element with a purely emotional value. A Visit to the gold museum of Bogota gives you a different perspective of the world, a world seen through indigenous eyes, those who believed in the strangers, who pitifully saw the world with avarice.

The salt cathedral of Zipaquira, a marvellous wonder of Colombia.

Are you planning to spend your holidays in Bogota? If so, the bustling capital of Colombia is a fabulous destination with a vast array of attractions and activities. After admiring local attractions like beautiful squares and interesting museums, we encourage you to visit Zipaquira. Zipaquira is home to a unique attraction, a church built underground, The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira. Check out all its details on this post.

The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, “ The First Wonder of Colombia”.

The salt cathedral of Zipaquira

Zipaquira is a small town location, just over an hour from Bogota. This beautiful location is home to the Cathedral of Salt located in an old salt mine. Since the beginning of the 19th century, this mine continues to function. At the moment only 10% of salt is extracted. This 10% is enough to supply the country’s salt needs and also for export. It’s on this mountain, next to the town of Zipaquirá, where locals decided to build an underground cathedral that would take advantage of the disused galleries of the mine. Due to structural problems and water leaks the old cathedral, locals replaced it by a new one of bigger dimensions and with a greater resistance to the erosion.

According to recent studies, these mountains of salt have its origins in the Cretaceous period. During the Cretaceous, this area was occupied by a sea. After the process of evaporation of the water, these enormous deposits of salt were left, and after several years the salt mixed with the ground, solidifying and transforming into great rocks of high saline content. The continuous filtrations of water drag the sodium chloride of the rocks provoking saline outcrops of an intense white colour and that later on, they form stalactites and stalagmites.

As soon as you enter the mine through a large opening you will walk through galleries. Across the church, you can discover crosses carved in the salt rock. The main nave of the Cathedral presided over by a giant crucifix carved into the rock 16 meters high, is simply stunning.

Another fabulous room is the one with a large bluish dome on the rock that looks like a lunar landscape. The effect of the colour of the light is spectacular and this, together with the dimensions of the place, causes a feeling of dwarfing and defenselessness of the vile mortals who visited it. Once you finish the 2 hours tour, we suggest visiting the centre of Zipaquirá. The city centre features a beautiful square surrounded by houses with two floors and wooden balconies.

Certainly, either you believe in god or not, the salt cathedral of Zipaquira constitutes a must visit place in Colombia.

Practical information:

– The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira opens every day from 9 am to 5:30 pm.

– The price of admission for adults is about 7£.

– The cheapest way to get there is by public transport.

Fabulous Adventure in Colombia: 5 places to visit in Medellin

Medellín is not the capital of Colombia, but neither its lively centre nor its incredible cultural offer cannot make you feel that you are in a huge and diversity city. Medellin is one of the most important cities in the country, and for many visitors, it is also the most dynamic of all of Colombia. So, What are you waiting to discover this top location of Colombia? Check out the following advice and enjoy a Fabulous Adventure in Colombia through 5 places to visit in Medellin.

5 places to visit in Medellin

The Metrocable to Santo Domingo

5 places to visit in Medellin

Going around Medellin is extraordinarily easier than doing it in Bogota. In Medellín, the metro is a very useful and efficient way to get from one point to another in the city, but also has something unique that makes it an unforgettable experience. Due to the orography of the city, located in a valley, some of its most popular neighbourhoods are on the slopes of some hills.

Don’t worry, to reach them you have the option to take the Metrocable. The Metrocable is an extension of the metro (the price is the same, as it’s fully integrated) that goes high to reach the areas where the subway could never reach. The neighbourhood of Santo Domingo is an excellent example of this, from there, the views over Medellín are incredible.

The Spain Library Park

After a trip in Metrocable to Santo Domingo, a visit to Parque Biblioteca España is mandatory. Parque España was financed in part by the Spanish Government; it’s a modern building that features programme cultural activities, exhibitions, talks and meetings and which also serves as an energising of the neighbourhood.

Santo Domingo was affected by the conflict that years ago obscured Colombia and in particular the city of Medellin. But fortunately, the years of violence and drugs are over, and today Santo Domingo is safe and friendly.

The Museum of Antioquia

Undoubtedly, this is an attraction that must be included on our list for 5 places to visit in Medellin. For Art’s Lovers, the Museum of Antioch could be considered a world-class museum. This museum features an excellent exhibition of artworks (sculptures, paintings, sketches and drawings) of Fernando Botero. Museum of Antioch and Botero Museum of Bogota are important places in which to enjoy different artworks.

However, in addition to Botero’s works, the museum has fascinating itinerant exhibitions, as well as a fixed collection of modern Latin American art that deserves a visit. The entrance costs around 10,000 Colombian pesos (3.5 euros).

La Plaza Botero

Just in front of the Antioch Museum is the Plaza Botero, named after the crowd of Botero sculptures that the artist donated to the city. The 7500 metres squares are a perfect place to enjoy the active and vibrant city while admiring Botero’s sculptures. Although La Plaza Botero was built in 1999, the 23 sculptures were not placed there until 2002, originally from other cities such as New York, Madrid or Paris. In this way, once again, Medellín turned a somewhat obscure area into a safe and colourful centre.

The Botanic Gardens of Medellín

Finally, we suggest you visit the beautiful Botanical Garden of Medellín. Under the slogan of “The Garden is yours“, the mayor of Medellín built the gardens thinking of the town, its inhabitants and tourists. Therefore the park is a pleasant place to walk around while enjoying the nature. The park is free entrance.

One of its most appreciated places is the “Orquídeorama“. Apart from all kind of vegetation, in the Botanical Garden, there are also small animals like monkeys. Undoubtedly, The Botanical Garden offers a different experience to escape from the hustle and bustle of Medellin.

Bonus: San Pedro Cemetery Museum

Yes, you have read well, the Cemetery Museum. San Pedro Cemetery is the only cemetery that performs cultural activities., In this museum, people leave the fear of the unknown and enjoy impressive sculptures and gargles. San Pedro Cemetery Museum you can see death with an entirely different perspective. Visitors can get there by Metro, getting off at the Hospital station.

Medellin is certainly a fabulous city you cannot miss the chance to explore. Don’t miss the occasion to enjoy a Fabulous Adventure in Colombia through these 5 places to visit in Medellin.