The hostel in Pasto was right downtown on the main square. Actually, there seems to be two main squares in Pasto, the traditional one opposite the grande iglesia physically square in configuration, and a much larger rectangular one adjacent to some government buildings with modern sculpture and a vast expanse of interestingly sloped and terraced stone and concrete surface - we faced the latter of the two.
We stopped at a hostal in the countryside outside Palmira after almost 500km of riding. It was a "rustic" place; a swimming pool, but so murky you couldn't see the bottom, no shower heads in the bathrooms etc. - the property has only recently been acquired as a family operation, and although a considerable amount of renovation has been completed around the grounds, and much more is in progress, there is still alot to be done.
Petra went to grab a quick shower, and as soon as she turned on the water a pipe burst in the vanity, sending a geyser of dark brown water up to the ceiling. Once we'd dried out a bit, we hit the sack for an early start tomorrow to try and get to Bogota - it's only 450km's away, but apparently a 10 to 12 hour ride!