After some relaxing, we headed out.(yes, there was a girl on the back of my bike...just a friend from Argentina)
Anyway the ride south was pleasant and this time I made sure we stopped at the Sanctuary just before the border and it was just amazing. A large cathedral built right into a secluded canyon wall.
Here is an exert from wikipedia I wanted to share, because it's such an interesting story.
"Las Lajas Sanctuary (in Spanish Santuario de Las Lajas) is a minor basilica church located in the southern ColombianDepartment of Nariño, municipality of Ipiales and built inside the canyon of the Guáitara River.
The present church was built in Gothic Revival style in 1949. The name Laja comes from the name of a type of flat sedimentary rock similar to shale.
The inspiration for the church's creation was a result of a miraculous event in 1754 when an Amerindian named Maria Mueces and her deaf-mute daughter Rosa were caught in a very strong storm. The two sought refuge between the gigantic Lajas, when to Maria Mueces's surprise, her mute daughter, Rosa exclaimed "the mestiza is calling me..." and pointed to thelightning-illuminated silhouette over the laja. This apparition of the Virgin Mary caused pilgrimage to this location, with occasional miraculous cases of healing reported. The image on the stone is still visible today."
|This place is a shrine and I could feel the energy. It literally radiated.|
|Lots of places for drinks and such on the beach, but not many tourists and a bit over-priced.|
We had a great ride down the coast the next day and when we finally arrived in Canoa, I was like....yes! This is the place. The beach was lovely, not extremely white sand, but very nice and great waves. This place rocks!
We got a hostel for the first night, then realised there was a great place next door for about the same price and promptly moved.
|These are the blades that they fix to the roosters beaks and ultimately they will kill each other with.|