Usually, only backpackers who travel from Colombia to Equador decide to stop in Popayan. Most of them make a mistake to stay just one night before moving to their next destination.
While is it true that there is not so much to do within the white city, you will be surprised to uncover a city steeped in history.Did you know that a significant proportion of Colombian presidents were born in Popayan?
Although the old colonial city center is charming, this is not the main reason why we like to stay there. Popayan is a strategic point to visit the Silvia Market on Tuesday and organize a 2-day trek in the National Park El Purace for observing the condors in the Paramós. Don’t forget your hiking gears, the weather can be quite harsh up there.
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All the tourist sights are in the colonial city center. There are tons of students during the day, but the streets are quiet at night. There are some good options for lunch & dinner, and a couple of charming bars. However, you will have to take a short cab ride if you decide to party in the Zona Rosa. Most of the hotels are quite old, with a weird-interesting "religious" decoration.
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Things to do in Popayan
Exploring the colonial center of Popayan won't take long, and we don't recommend you travel all the way done there only for visiting the white city. However, it's a stop to add to your Colombia itinerary if you're looking for an easy hike to admire the Paramo in the national park El Purace.
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