Located in the southwest of Colombia, the department of Nariño has an embarrassment of natural wealth, many micro climates, altitudes ranging from just a few meters above sea level to several thousand meters. With this range of altitudes, you can visit cloud forests, waterfalls, lagoons, volcanoes, wetlands, warm valleys and even tropical beaches on the Pacific coast.  In addition to the natural beauties of Nariño the region is recognized for his handicrafts known as the Barniz de Pasto.

Founded in 1593 the historic capital of Nariño is San Juan de Pasto and it is here that all the administrative, cultural and religious institutions in the region have their base. Just two hours south from Pasto is the town of Ipiales known for its incredible church called the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Las Lajas. Built as if hanging from the valley wall at 2,612 meters above sea level this is a true wonder of architectural skill and has become a major site for pilgrims in Colombia.

In Nariño, there are many important cultural events to choose from ranging from the Currulao Festival of music, the Fire Festival and the Carnaval de Blancos y Negros in Pasto, famous across Colombia and recognized by UNESCO, which takes place between January 2 and 7.