Paipa and Iguaque

View of Paipa ColombiaPaipa, despite the fact you may never have heard of it, is actually a big tourist city and boasts a large selection of big hotels, restaurants and beautiful architecture. Not only that but there are hot springs nearby, and the unmissable Iguaque National Park.

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The town itself is typical of the Boyaca region of Colombia - a charming, picture-perfect colonial town laden with white-washed walls, cobblestone paths and laid-back charm. Of particular note in the town is the main cathedral, named the Catedral de Paipa, which looms large over the pretty main plaza.

Hot Springs in PaipaThe hot springs are roughly 5 hectares in size, and contain myriad private and public pools, as well as bars, tiendas and cafes. Owing to the pleasant climate of the area, they’re a great way to escape the pressures of city life and spend a day relaxing with little to worry about apart from where your next beer is going to come from.

Iguaque National Park is a large park located near to Paipa, and is one of the treasures of Colombia. Not only does it boast unforgettable views from the heights of its peaks, it is also home to a dizzying array of wildlife, including many plants and birds native to Colombia. For nature enthusiasts it’s a must, but the casual hiker will undoubtedly find the park’s vistas enough to warrant a visit too.

Iguaque National ParkA few recommendations and tips :

=> We recommend taking a jacket as it can get quite nippy...
=> Entry to the park costs $35,000 for foreigners, so put on your best Colombian accent...
=> Feeling like your soul needs a clean? A pilgrimage to the Sacred Lake of Iguaque is said to clean your soul and purify your spirit according to Muisca legend...

...=> Paipa and Iguaque Travel Guide Part 2: Accommodation, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Nightlife, Getting There

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