Cali & South of ColombiaColonial towns

Popayan is a destination that is not very popular compared to what it can offer. Many of the visitors are backpackers in transit between Colombia and Ecuador. Most of them make the mistake of staying only one night before hitting the road again.

However, even if it is true that there is not so much to do in the white city, you will be surprised to discover a colonial city steeped in history. Did you know that a significant proportion of Colombian presidents were born in Popayan?



Although the old centre is charming and culturally rich this is not the only reason that makes this destination attractive. The surrounding area is full of little gems that you can add to your Colombian itinerary.

Here are some possible options:

  • Visit Silvia’s market on Tuesday morning
  • Spends several days in Purace National Park. Paramos, condors, mountains, volcano, natural thermal baths…
  • Trips to Tierradentro and/or San Agustin. Indiana Jones himself would be jealous!
  • Canyoning in El Tambo
  • Gastronomy and history of the white city



Would you like to add Popayan to your itinerary to Colombia?

Find all the information you need in our Popayan travel guide.


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