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Quito, Ecuador

Calle García Moreno

This historic street in Quito is known for its seven stone crosses—and one presidential assassination.
Quito, Ecuador

La Virgen de Quito

This 12-inch-tall wooden sculpture of a winged Virgin Mary has inspired much devotion and countless replicas.
Agua Blanca, Ecuador

Agua Blanca Community

The remains of an ancient settlement in one of the oldest archeological sites in South America.
Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Villa de Leyva

This colonial town in Colombia sits around the largest stone paved square in South America.
Ocaña, Colombia

Column of the Freedom of the Slaves

Colombia’s only monument erected to mark the end of slavery in the former Republic of New Granada.
Palmira, Colombia

Sugarcane Museum - Hacienda Piedechinche Museo de la Caña de Azucar

A museum showcasing the history of sugarcane with a rich history.
Barranquilla, Colombia

Shakira Monument

This 16-foot, 6-ton statue in the singer's hometown doesn't actually look like her.
Bogotá, Colombia

Museo Botero

A celebration of Colombia’s premier contemporary artist.
Zipaquira, Colombia

Cathedral of Salt

Cathedral carved out of salt, located a mile below the earth's surface.
Cartagena, Colombia

The Circo Teatro of Old Cartagena

A mouldering Colombian bull ring stands as a reminder of the country's complicated relationship with a brutal sport.
Isla de Tierra Bomba, Colombia

Batería del Ángel San Rafael

An 18th-century battery complete with original kitchen and garrison.
GUAPÁN, Ecuador

Ingapirca

Ecuador's largest Incan ruins show evidence of sophisticated irrigation and diplomacy among the ancient builders.
Cabrera, Colombia

Sumapaz Páramo

The world's largest ecosystem of its kind is home to South America's only native species of bear.
Villavieja, Colombia

Tatacoa Astronomia

A self-taught astronomer fell in love with the stars and built his own observatory in Colombia.
Gigante, Colombia

La Mano del Gigante (The Giant’s Hand)

The enormous appendage offers spectacular views of Colombia's Huila Department.
Cartagena, Colombia

The Palace of the Inquisition

This elegant Colombian fortress was one of the torture headquarters for the Spanish Inquisition.