Church hopping.

Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
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Friday, October 21, 2005

I haven't really spent much time on this trip visiting museums, but I have seen a good few churches. More than my share for sure. I have never really been a museum freak, but of course I like a good museum, only problem is that it's not often I find one that amazes me. Most of them bores me to be honest, so often I don't bother visiting unless I hear someone rave about a particular place. Churches however I tend to walk past (not necessarily peak inside them), as they are often photogenic and also typically located at an interesting spot in town. Hence there's really no way to avoid them. I find it kind of funny to be honest, when you read a guide book like Lonely Planet, more or less for every single city they write about, they dedicate heaps of space to museums and churches. And that's often all they write about, missing out on ritzy shopping centers, interesting neighborhoods, parks etc. So all us backpacker sheep's end up spending a vast amount of our time looking at stuffed animals in a Xela museum or admiring church spires in Sucre, because that's all we know about the city beforehand. Activities we probably wouldn't have dreamt about doing back home.

Anyway, I had both heard and seen pictures of the neo-Gothic style church in Las Lajas, just outside the city of Ipiales close to the border with Ecuador. So one morning before our bus north, my brother and I took a taxi (again!) to go visit. And I must say it was worth the trip. The church is built on a bridge that's spanning a deep river gorge, and hence it's probably one of the most spectacular I have ever seen. That's all there is to say about it, Cali is next up folks.
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