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After checking in at Koala Inn and despite being pretty damn tired, I decided to stick to my plan of going to see the Laguna de la Cocha, which is about 25km from Pasto. I got the collectivo from their main office (ask at the hostel), although I had to wait around for the car to fill up with people which was a bit annoying (CP$4,000 each way). Eventually we left, and then waited again at the hospital stop, so it was about 11am before we actually got on the road. The road is bloody bumpy and our car had no suspension to speak of, so it was bone-shaking journey and I was pleased to get out half an hour later.
There was a village at the edge of the lake with umpteen restaurants and cafes and men trying to sell boat trips out the little island in the lake - I guess it must be low season as I only saw 4 other tourists and there was no way these 50-odd places could survive if this was the trade they got! You have to hire the boats as a whole, and being on my own it was too expensive (CP$25,000/£8/US$12) to justify it given that it was an overcast day.
Pasto itself is pretty uneventful, and really is a place just to break up a journey. The best thing I could say is about the Koala Inn, which is a nice friendly place to stay!