Cañon de Las Hermosas, is situated close to the
national park Las Hermosas that covers large areas in the
departments of Tolima and Cauca. "Cañón de las Hermosas"
means "Canyon of the Beautiful", but the remote area’s beauty
has long been inaccessible for many. In recent years the area
was heavily infiltrated by the Colombian leftist army, the FARC.
FARC presence contributed to the region’s isolation and gave
the area a reputation as being unsafe and violent. Only in the
last 5 years or so (since approximately 2012), has it been safe
enough to travel to the region. The Colombian government
maintains peace talks with the rebels and through both parties
this is insuring stability in the region.