Las Lajas Cathedral is a beautiful neo-Gothic cathedral outside the Colombian border town of Ipiales. The church spans a gorge where, a legend has it, an image of the Virgin Mary appeared to a deaf-mute girl in 1754, causing her to speak for the first time.
Drawn by both the spiritual legend and the glorious architecture, the church is a popular spot for Colombian tourists. It’s definitely worth a look if you’re on the road to or from Ecuador. It’s an easy detour; just take a shared taxi to and from the Ipiales bus terminal. It only takes about an hour to get there and see the church.
One of the weirdest/best things we’ve seen so far was stationed in the Las Lajas parking lot. This llama in full royal/Biblical gear was just chilling, seemingly just there for photo ops! Hilarious!