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Little Known Ways to Experience Pitalito, Huila

Little Known Ways to Experience Pitalito, Huila

There is really no useful purpose in my explanation for finding myself in Pitalito, Huila, suffice to say it was totally unexpected.

Church, Pitalito
Church, Pitalito

At the airport, I was given a couple of suggestions for lodgings in the city, but they seemed lukewarm at best. I was on my own. Alighting from the taxi just off the Central Plaza, I spied what looked like a reasonable gaff and went over to inquire about availability.

Hotel Colonial Andino

Hotel Casa Andino, Pitalito
Hotel Casa Andino, Pitalito

It was more than adequate and well located – Hotel Colonial. Before long I stepped out into the cool of the evening and took a walk around the plaza. It was busy in a calm way, in that there were a lot of people around, however, there was plenty of space for everyone. A delightful place to enjoy a drink and people-watch.

Main Square, Pitalito, Huila
Main Square, Pitalito, Huila

Next to this, it was easy enough to find a capital restaurant in El Caporal, which also had live music and where I enjoyed a delicious typical dinner.

Llanero dinner
Llanero dinner

Awaking early, I returned to the Plaza for coffee to make a plan for the day, and the very friendly waitress suggested El Salto del Mortiño. I had not heard of it, so went to the ever-faithful iPhone for details. I didn’t doubt to say yes, this would be the perfect way to spend the day!

So next, I commandeered a Willys Jeep, a typical Colombian form of transport for the half-hour journey to Isnos, which is the launching pad for entrance to this natural phenomenon.

My ride – Willys Jeep, traditional Colombian Transport

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Salto Moriño

El Salto del Mortiño is a massive waterfall in the gorges of the Magdalena River. 170 meters tall. There are others nearby as well and Isnos has plenty to offer by way of things to do and see.

The entrance fee is just 10,000 COP/US2.50 and there are some small additional charges for other activities.

Salto De Mortiño
Salto De Mortiño

The area has been developed well and is quite like a natural theme park as there are a variety of things to see and do.
There is a stunning vista, with the water crashing down the side of the mountain. For those who like adventure, there is a glass-floored walkway extending out towards the waterfall. Also, too several high-altitude rides cross the gorge.

Glass-floored walkway
Glass-floored walkway

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Isnos, Huila

Isnos, Huila

Of course, there are more tranquil areas where the water meanders by and makes for a lovely calming atmosphere and several restaurants and cafes to enjoy, or you can return to the town of Isnos.


Should you find yourself near El Salto del Mortiño this is a must-visit location for a fun-filled day of excitement. Sometimes when you are in unexpected situations, you can be pleasantly surprised.


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