Laguna Verde Volcan Azufral in Tuquerrez, Colombia

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On my last trip to Colombia, I mostly visit the cities to the South of Bogota, so I didn't follow the most popular trail: Cartagena, Medellin, Caribbean coast beaches, San Agustin or the stunning Ciudad Perdid, I did go to Zona Cafetera to visit the breathtaking Cocora Valley, I remember its absolute beauty until this day. Colombia is the first country I visited in South America, it's also the country that made me fall in love with this wonderful continent and later I went back to visit a few more SA countries. The Colombians are probably the most friendly people I've met in my past travels, the country is maybe not the most diverse in nature compared to other SA countries (It's still beautiful, but you know what I mean if you've been to South American, especially Patagonia,etc) If I ever go back to Colombia, I'll visit all these places.

Best base to visit the lake is Pasto, a city in the South of Payed 17500 pesos p.p back then (2,3 years ago already) for a return taxi trip from Tuquerres to the entrance of the lake (sharing with two others), get any taxi from Tuquerres.

After the entrance, you'll have to walk 1-2 km until you see the lake. There's zero infrastructure, pure nature, which I like. Remember to pack some food and drinks, because hiking above 4000m is tiring!


On the way you gotta see some nice flora.




Hike down the lake, it was fun! The lake has some sort of lava smell.


There are two road after arriving the 4000m sign, take the one to the right hand side when you face the lake, seems a bit longer but much easier and less muddy especially on a rainy day.







If you decide to visit the lake, better start your day early enough, normally the weather becomes rainy and cloudy after 12 pm ish, when I left, the weather became like this.

These few years I've seen some crazy natures in other parts of the world, sometimes I feel I become less and less easy to get impressed. Still every time when I think of this lake, I never forget its beauty. Photos don't do justice, as it was taken by a crappy phone camera.

Update: I heard the lake is closed since 2017, wonder if it'll ever reopen again, was such a gem.


我在哥伦比亚最喜欢的地方:Azufral火山,位于哥伦比亚厄瓜多尔边境Pasto附近,湖很绿,弥漫着一股和在冰岛热水一样的硫磺味,很奇特。

最近整理一些这几年的旅游帖到我自己刚弄的博客里面。欢迎大家围观哦。


Since my photos aren't of great quality, you can check the link above to see more details about the lake.


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looks awesome. The last time i was hiking above 4000 meters one of my team was very badly affected by the altitude (this was in Nepal) and we were worried maybe she got altitude sickness. I have heard stories of people nearly dying for this sort of thing.

It didn't affect me though and at the time i was 25 kg overweight and smoked pretty much the entire trek (I was foolish then, i have reformed!)

Any idea what that white crap is on the water? Looks kinda gross.

I'd love to visit Nepal, but I'm scared of the altitude....a bit, so good for you. Smelled like lava, really strong smell, are it keeps boiling (i don't know the right word)