Popayán

The Roofs of PopayánThere is Cartagena and there is Popayán... The 2nd jewel of Colombian colonial architecture shines because it's not been assaulted by tourists like her big sister yet. "The White City" is famous for her superb churches, her white facades made of chalk and a certain nonchalance.

Main Square PopayánPopayán's historic downtown is considered one of the most beautiful and best preserved in whole Latin America. You will find beautiful churches, cathedrals, plazas and museums to visit and make sure to enjoy the magic of the city by getting lost in its peaceful streets.

It's the main university town of the Cauca region and there's a young, sociable feel to the city.

=> Have a look at our Popayán photos album
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For Easter, Popayán hosts the largest religious celebrations in Colombia, Semana Santa.

Another reason to come to Popayán is to visit the nearby National Park Puracé a geothermal wonderland of hot springs, waterfalls, and an active volcano from which the park derives its name.

And for something off the beaten tracks, don't miss the Tuesday market in Silvia to meet with the Guambianos community.

=> Pleasant climate makes Popayán a very enjoyable place to visit all year round.

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COOL THINGS TO DO IN POPAYÁN
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Streets of Popayan
Visit Popayán cobbled streets and churches The Dann Monasterio Hotel Popayán Sleep in an old monestary in the 5 star Dann Monasterio Hotel
Puracé National Park Climb the Puracé Volcano Guambianos in Silvia Meet the Guambianos on market's day in Silvia

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A terrible earthquake destroyed many monuments of the city in 1983, most of the buildings were rebuilt but the heart of the city still bears ruins.

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